5 JANUARY 1940, Page 23

Sta,—I read " A Spectator's Notebook " of December 8th.

In several newspapers and illustrated papers one can see pictures of German captives taking their tea, lunch, &c., proving how comfortable they are made in this country. On the other hand, one learns how German U-boat ratings and their commander mock at English marines, whose ships were torpedoed and who fight in the sea for their very life. I cannot help saying that fairness is all right, but one can exaggerate it. As you put it rightly, cordiality is overdone.

A foe who is so ruthless and mean should be treated with the utmost strictness or better rigour.—I am, dear Sir, yours