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r CUB LOf)ON LETTER. [from OW Special Cor-reqpmdent.] It waa more or less true in Napoleon'e day that every private in the French Army carried a. fieki-ma.rshal's baton in hia kn.a.p- eack; but these are changed times, and what- ever may be the caBc in the French Army, caseg are not numerous in our own in which enlisted men have risen to high rank. The amnaJa of the British Array cannot show a career as remarkable as that of General Sir William Robert Robert&on, who ia no longer Chieff of the Imperial General Staff. There have been a few cases in which "rankers" have climbed to be major-genefraJa, but Sir William Robertson !ia8 gone two steps higher in actual rank, while for more than two veara hia has been the directing mind and brain, so far strategy is conoersed, of the British Armies in the greatest var in the world's history. 2Lnd he served ten years in the ranks before he got his commMsion, and was once beard to say, even after that, when promotion ooemed slow in coming, that he had a good TBind to throw up tke Army. Though such €ucceas as hie haa been hitherto rare in our Army, his career &hows that the way is open for exceptional ability and talE:!lt. even without in-auenc&. Sometimes, at any rate. The general public knows very little about Sir Henry Wilson, who haa succeeded Sir William Robertacm at Whitehall. I'nore aTe a few eminent soldiers who were well known before the present war. and many more whose names have become household words Mnce the tragic summer of 1914. Sir Henry Wilson is not one of these, and the man in the street was a good deal surprised when he was made British representative on the Allied War Council. The man in the street is apt to think that the men of whom lie knows nothing cannot ba of much ac- count. That is one of his many big mis- takes. It is not always the ablest soldiers who are the be<?t known. In Army circles Sir Henry Wilaon's record is very woU known, and it stamps him aa a man of great ability. Even before war broke out he had been charged with the duty of plan- ming the movementa of the Expeditionary Force in case of a Continental war. Hia Staff work during the war has been excel- lently spoken of, and he is on very cordia! terms with the French Staff, whose Ian- g,uage he speaks like a native. Mr. Lloyd George is understood to have a very high opinion of Sir Henry Wilton's gifts. Rather than have the trouble of dealing Tvith meat coupons a number of City caterers have decided to g'ive up supplying meat to customers. They forsee dimculties in connection with the working of the meat- <ajd scheme which, with their depleted etans, they declare they will be unable to cope. To put it shortly, they have come to the conclusion, without waiting to give the echeme a trial, that to go on supplying meat dishes will now not be worth the trouble. It is certain that the collection of a coupon for every mea.t dish supplied, or half a coupon for a half portion, and to be able to show the authorities that the coupons re- ceived correctly account for the quantity of meat supplied is going to add considerably to the work of the staffs and make prpprietora and managers old before their time. But I rather wonder how the regular customers will take the decision. Meat In the middle of the day is regarded as almost a necessity by many people, and eome of the meatless restaurants may find that rather than sub- mit to five meatless days a week their old customers will go elsewhere to lunch and dine. London is to have a chance to improve its Tank Bank record. As I said a week or two ago, that record makes a very poor show by the side of thc.e of towns in the Midlands and the North. There is this to be said, however, London didn't, really know it was going to be a competition. It did its bit, but it didn't do its—well, what the Tanks were asked to do at Cambrai. But next time it will, knowing what it has to beat. London's task is to beat the best, and it will have every opportunity to bank ita bottom dollar. There are to be six tanka, one in the City and one in the West-End, while the ethers will probably go lumbering through London and the suburbs, picking up everybody's money a.s they go. The National War Savings Committee is organi- sing a Business Man's Week, beginning on March 4, when every business man in the country is to be asked to put money into War Bonds, and to use his best powers of persuasion to induce other people to do so ae well. If the sale of War Bonds can be maintained at the present level, the neces- sity for issuing another War Loan will be avoided. Not long ago, in a paragraph on the work of Parliament for this year, I referred to a Bill for the establishment of a Ministry of Health as a measure of the Session. It may be that the statement went rather too far. The position is that while there is general agreement as to the need of such a Ministry, and that all obstacles, some of which not long ago aeemed very formidable, arc on the point of being cleared away, with the result that the cr&ation of a Ministry of Health may be regarded as a settled thing, it will depend entirely upon circumstances whether the introduction of the necessary Bill can be undertaken during this year. That is a matter up<m. which no man can prophesy at present; but the establishment of the Ministry is a matter of such vital import- ance to the nation tHat it is to be hoped time may be found to pass the measure. Dr. Addison states that on the main points of the scheme he has obtained a substantial measure of consent and agreement from doctors and insurance corporations, and that he anticipates no dimculty with the local authorities. With such genera! agreement among all parties concerned, and practical tmanjmity in the House of Commone, the passing of the Bill ought to be an easy matter. A. E. M. I

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