6 JUNE 1931, Page 3

Honours The Birthday Honours were not exciting, but they fall

to a well chosen number of admirable persons whom the King-may well delight to honour for their services to him and his people. No peerages are"conferred. Science is recognized 'by the bestowal, of the Order Of Merit upon that learned 'student and most popular lectdrer, Sir Williani''Bragg. A Privy Councillorship" has been amply earned by Lord Athlone in South Africa. Our somewhat cynical' Attorney-General -receives the -sane honour. Music is honoured by the baronetcy conferred on Sir Edward Elgar, and among other new baronets is Sir Herbert Gibson, who has added to the services he rendered in Argentina during the War a great work of peace for the recent Exhibition there. Art is recognized by a Knighthood for Mr. Caw, for long the enthusiastic director of the Scottish Galleries, and by a " step " in the Royal Victorian Order for the President of the Royal Academy. Dr. Dampier-Whetham, a many-sided man, becomes a Knight " for services to agriculture " : in Dr. Vanier- Jones, also to be a Knight, enthusiasm is rewarded for the newest treatment, medical and social, of consumptive soldiers. • * * *