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OUR LONDON LEFTER. I [Trom Our Special Correspondea.] An appeal to citizens to lend their m<Tie\ to the country has been issued by the Lore! Mayor, who points cut that those who do ec help to win the -far as surely as a soldiel in the trenches. It mav mean hard sacri. fices, but the obligation lips upon evervore. And those who criy lend their money get off lightly nfter all. Says the Lord Mayor, "The sacrifices <jl comforts and luxuries are as nothing to the sacrifice of life." The Lord Mayor suggests that everyone of m should strive to save at least ten per cent. of his income and lend it to the Govern- ment. He does not, however, lay down anv rigid standard. There are many who wiF certainly not be able to save ten per cent. and will be hard put to it to spare any- thing at all; but there are others who <re earning much more than in pre-war days, and many of these could, if they only would, lend more than ten per cent. An average of .anything approaching ten per cent. of incomes-in addition to what is now ob- tained by taxation-would amount to an enormous sum. Those who are able to lend the country a proportion of their 'income will be helping to win the war, and at the same time providing against the hard times which may be in store. So far as my observation goes, the pro- posal that all of us should do without meat for one day a week has not caught on. One big catering firm has announced that, in consequ-cnc-e of the suggestion, the nuir.ber of vegetarian difbcs on sale a/t its restau- rants h:s been Increased. But no other firm seem<s to Lave done anything in the matter, and at most of the restaurants in and about the City the menus are much the same on the TTmr&days as any other days. In spite nf the great changes which have taken place in recent years there are eti'il many luncheon bouses witcre the man who should suggest R meal without meat would be regarded as a peace crank, a No-Conscription Fellowship man, or a conscientious objector. He would certainly be thought un-English. However, if the price of meat continues to increase at the present rate, many people will be no [onger able to aNord it. They will become converts to vegetarianism from necessity. Mr. Herbert PanTueI's statement with regard to the public-house used as a meet- ing-place of -naturalised Germans who u<'ed there language of a treasonable and anti- British character, opens up unpleasant possibilities. Thft. such a place could exist in the very heart cf London after twenty months of Vi'r came as a surprise, and sh,,w,, what vigilance is necessary on the pn,rt of the police authorities in dealing with the alien peril. This particular .public- Louse, it is understood, was in the neigh- bourhood of Piccadilly-circus, and sensa- tional stories are being told about what took place theie. It is stated that the frequenters of the establishment hel<f dinners in celebration of any special Ger- man "frightfulness," that they drank the health of the Kiaser, and that they had telephone warnings of coming Zeppelin raids. It is very likely that most of tht stories are exaggerated, but clearly th<Te was ample gromid for the action of the authorities, who,. have interned the natu- ralised landlord and some of his natura- lised customers. The authorities are said to have received mformation of the existence of other places of the kind. Theatre taxes have come in. Quite fairly, the general attitude of the managers is that the public must pay. The new tax is a tsx on amusement, a.nd it is the public and not the managers who find amusement in tjhe-atres. Sometimes, it is true, even the public do not Snd much. Anyhow, thry have to pay the fr.-x.. Onlyon theatre, the Royalty, has aiterrd its prices, and here the pit patrons will benefit by a reduction, while patrons of ihe more expensive seats and the management will pay the tax between them. Several theatres are aSrxuig adhesive stamps to the tickets sold in ad- vance. The general practice, so far as pit and gallery are concerned, will be to isstt<& strip tickets in rolls sul3p]ied by the Govern- ment in place of the metal dMCs which came eo mysteriously out of a machine on the turning of a handle. For ways that are dark and tricks that are only too often successful the London milkman is peculiar. I should not like to in- clude the whole of the early morning brigade in one sweeping and universal condemna- tion let me rather say that the sins of a few have gained for the many an unenviable reputation. The sins in question are sins of short measure, and it has been ,tid that the milkmen are more or IcsR <jblig<d to cheat their customers, as otherwise they would not be able to account for che quantity charged to themselves. It is an interesting study to watch a short-measure milkman measuring milk when he thinks a. customer is not look- ing. First he dashes into the can or jug what looks like a full measure, but isn't and then he throws in a little more with a great show of generous dealing. The custo- mer nnallv gets about seveu-eighths of the proper quantity. But there are other methods, and a friend of mine came across one the other day which was decidedly in- genious. A milkman with a round in a poor district had & half-pint measure which looked all right, but on examination proved to have a very considerable leak. In the process of ratsiug the measure and pouring the milk into the customer's jug, 20 per cent. of the contents of the measure ran back into the can. Tha leak was so bad that when tested the measure emptied itself in seventeen seconds. It is satisfactory to know that this milkman's little game has been stopped. There has been a good deal of criticism with regard to the composition of the Com- mittee appointed to inquire into the ad- ministration and command of the Royal Flying Corps. The Committee is largely composed of lawyers, and it is pointed out, tha-t the study and practice of law has really nothing at all to do with the science of aviation. Flights of eloquence are, of course, quite in a lawyer's line, but with regard to the other sort of night he may be a complete ignoramus. This Committee, however, is not concerned with the science of Sight or with .problems ot engineering; it has to investigate certain charges which were made in the House of Commons, one of which is that airmen have been sent up with inemcient machines—murdered, some- body eaid. The duty of the Co-nmittee will be to hear evidence, to weigh it carefully, and to say whether there is any truth in the charge or not. They are a judicial and not & scientific body, and there does not seem to be any reason why they should be experts. A. E. M.

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IN THE POULTRY YARD. I

DRESS OF THE DAY.I

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IWOMAN'S TWO ALLOWANCES, j

IFEWER BIRTHS IN WAR TIME.I

I200,000 GERMANS CAPTURED.

PENSION REFORMS.

IRAILWAY LIGHTS. I

I SOMEWHERE AT SEA.I

LORD DERBY AND PRESS CRITICISMI

MR. HENRY JAMES' WILL I

HARROW MASTERS KILLED.I

JUDICIAL CALM. I

IWOUNDS ANO INFECTION.I

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I "THE RATCATCHER KING."I

IBOY HOUSEBREAKERS.I

I AEROPLANE CRASHES INTO TREE.…

IBRIGADIER GENERAL KILLED.

iGERMAN FUGITIVE CAUGHT.

GALLIPOLI NAVAL AWARDS. I

I GENERALS SON'S WILL

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