3 MARCH 1939, Page 6

This strange piece of news reaches me from Georgetown, British

Guiana. I give it without comment, not being quite clear what comment is called for.

" The Royal Commission arrived this week-end. The enquiry has already opened. One of the most striking facts is the number of members of the Government who have left the Colony since the news of the appointment of the Com- mission was made public. Some have suddenly become ill ; others have found new posts. They include : the Colonial Secretary ; the Chief Justice ; the Director of Education ; the Director of Public Works (ill); the Acting Director (ill); the Chief of Police, the acting Chief of Police (ill); the Governor of Prisons ; the Director of Medical Services ; the Postmaster-General. There are only four or five of the permanent officials left."

It is an odd set of coincidences.

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