The War Illustrated No 130 Vol 5 June 12th 1942

N all the competing plans for rebuilding our devastated towns and villagps, in which I take avery tepid interest while the War is still raging, I sincerely hope that R u skin’s harmful advice to Victorian builders will be completely ignored. “Build your house as though it were to last forever.” No greater hindrance to the.dom estic comfort o f the majority o f the inhabitants in our built- up areas, if these were inbuilt Victorian times, could be imagined. The destruction o f thousands o f these old structures will yet prove a blessing in disguise. Their builders kept too close toR uskin’s pernicious advice. Why should our houses last forever ?Wed on't !Few houses, apart from the mansions o f the great and noble, that have stood for a hundred years, are too J today for anything but pulling down. There arc lots of council houses better adapted to notions o f modern comfort than thousands o f badly de­signed. inconvenient but solidly built Victorian dwellings that have degenerated into slums just because the horrid things were strong enough to last for ever—but for Hitler. waste. Most o f those who received this elaborate literary aftd cartographic contribu­tion would bung it unread into the wastebasket. The blank back o f the map yielded me 16 pages royal octavo, which 1 shall use for writing some o f my articles. For this small favour I return thanks, but I feel that here is a wasteful use o f good white paper that ought not. to be sanctioned by the Controller-. H P iiat venerable saw “the nearer the kirk the farther from grace ”has anew applica­tion today. ‘The nearer your house to a church (especially a cathedral) the nearer you are to bomb danger. I have seen within have jumped up (o twelve o r fifteen shillings in the pound :“Well, we’re all in the same boat, ole man,” I suppose there is'.-quality of a s o r teach is losing according to his means, and the cheery chappie who his aid p-u and happy is losing as much ashe has got to lose, which is nil. A correspondent signing himself “Working Prop rieto r,” in a letter to Truth, mentions that his income is“ a little less than three times ”the amount he has to pay his warehouse foreman. But his income taxis“ sixty-six and a halftimes ”that paid by the foreman. I rather gather that when the foreman says to him “we’re all in the same boat, guv ’nor” a colour floods his vision that is redder than arose in June. We maybe all in the same boat, but some o f us have to pull a heavier oar than others. But, o f course, some o f us possess financial muscles that are stronger than those o f other oarsmen. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT Volume Five Now Ready Twas glad to read some back that at least while experienced architect had had the courage to oppose this Ruskinian nonsense (though he did not associate R u skin’s name with what he opposed) and take his stand for building lightly constructed but entirely up-to-date dwellings that need not last for much more than thirty years, w-hen they could give way to new buildings that would embody later scientific improvements not yet devised. It was Mr. Donald Gibson, C oventry’s City Architect, who advanced this revolutionary idea for housing the populace, and his own skill in quick construction can already be seen in the efficient temporary rebuilding o f his ‘‘coven­ trated ”city. The number of people in these islands who have tenanted the same house for thirty years is extremely small, but I apprehend an economic difficulty arising, as an estimated duration o f thirty years for the homes fit for British heroes to live in is rather near the opposite extreme from the “forever” ideal. New houses, however, like new clothes, have an exhilarating effect on most people. One o f the simplest ways to wastepaper is provided by those gold mining com­panies who from time to time console their shareholders (whose certificates all too often are apt to rank as wastepaper) with elaborate reports and plans o f the mining operations for the past twelvemonths. 1 have just been favoured with such a report and plan from a sound and prospering concern which absorbed a less fortunate company in which I was an .original holder and granted me a number o fits own shares in exchange for my original holding. The report, which not one shareholder in a hundred will find time to read, or having read would fully under­stand, contains 16 pages measuring 7 ins. by 10 ins. The plan is printed in four colours on expensive map paper 3 ft. 4 ins. wide by 2 ft. 3 ins', high !Surely this is quite needless iru this number T iie War Ii.i.ijstrateo completes it? Fifth* Volume, and to.m ake the work of ren 1 permanent value you should have the loose numbers boim 1 before they become soiled or lost. To meet the needs of subscribers, "tIk* publishers have therefore produced specially attractive Binding Cases, which are offered at the lowest possible price. They are made <>f stout boards covered with durable Dark Ked Cloth With side and spine bearing appropriate designs in ink and blind blocking. I hese cases can be obtained from your newsagent or bookseller for 2 0 each director from Tin-: War Ji.u istu a tk m (Binding Dept.), Bear Alley, Farringdon Street, London, KC), when 7<1. extra for postage and packing must bo enclosed for each case ordered. Subscribers who would prefer an extra special Binding Case for this work can secure Dour F l.l'X F CASE ,which is made of Dark J SIne Half Feather with Blue Cloth side sit has blue, leather corners with the spine blocked in gilt and blind. It is-oblainable through your newsagent price 6/6. (Postage j<\. extra if ordered direct from the publishers.) Gifts For Every Subscriber With each binding case issued by us, subscribers will be presented, with a special sixteen-page section which comprises an attractive Art Frontispiece of General Chian' Kai-shek and a complete index to the contents' of the volume. The Publishers’ Binding Offer The Publishers will undertake to bind the loose numbers of The War Ii.i.i s t rat dink Volumes at the specially inclusive rates of 6/6 per volume for the Standard Binding or for the DeFuse Binding 11 -per volume. These charges include cost of Binding Case and packing and return carriage. Further details of the Special Binding .offer will be announced in this space in the next issue (No. 1 ji) of The War 1 -:.u strati:d .the last few days some bomb damage on the South Coast, and it was quite evident that (lacking every sort o f military object) the beastly young Huns sent over on tip-and-turn raids had deliberately aimed at three churches in widely different parts o f the town. One o f these, a fine modern edifice, they got plum bin the centre and turned it into a pic­turesque ruin within five tenor minutes. The other two were very “near misses,” but residences standing close by were destroyed, .in one case three good houses going down to the one bomb. Long Iago saw a clumsy Nazi try for a railway station and hit a church about a furlong beyond it. He probably got a ‘-‘highly commended ”for that. In coastal towns or country villages the churches are clearly regarded by these cowards o f the clouds as attractive targets.“ r p QUALITY o f Sacrifice, ”One reads often about this, sometimes with a little mis­giving. Although it is amusing to hear a man whose total financial assets might be covered by a tenner tell another whose income tax may brilliant" D e a ding the other night The Scene is Changed, that delightful account o f his happy adventures in the world o f the theatre at home and abroad, by Mr. Ashley Dukes, author of The Man With a Load of Mischief, I was amused at his reactions to the German in­flationary period twenty years ago. He was in Berlin in the summer o f 1922 and though living luxuriously “found it hard to spend two pounds a week ”011 account of the debasement o f the mark, but could not feel it to be pleasing or satisfying in anyway !‘‘The sense o f robbing a nation by some economic process is ever p resen t,”he writes. What misdirected sympathy !The robbers were the Germ ans, who were then engaged in paying off millions of foreign debts in debased marks. Admittedly the German investor in national securities suffered equally by having his so-called securities repaid at a time when an in­vestment o f £500 had suddenly become worth a pound or ...so And it was not Hitler nor the Nazis who thought out that dirty trick. This is a thing to bear in mind when your sympathy with the anti-Nazi is canvassed. There are anti- Nazis who are moreno our friends than any Hitlerite. I commend to Mr. Ashley Dukes’ attention The Greatest Swindle in the World by G. Borsky, and especially Lord V ansittart’s preface to that exposure o f the swindling Germans who paved Hitler's way. \]V o t long ago f spent some days in the company o f avery successful man of business. The most remarkable thing I learned from him was that although he was turned sixty he had never carried a watch !Surely there are not many like him in this respect. 1 cannot imagine how he has been able to get along all these years without this prime necessity o f organized life. To acquire a watch was one o f the first ambitions o f my v boyhood and I have possessed all sorts in my time from a five shilling Ingersoll to a £25“ h u ten r ”but for a number o f years— certainly forty— since the once famous car­toonist F. C.G. showed theme merits of the “wristwatch 1 have used ono th er.” The jo urn alist’s life is largely a race against time, and I am plunged in misery if 1 have ever to get through a day watchless. Perhaps th at’s w'hy th ere’s a shade o f envy in dis­covering a man wiio is successfully wandering through life regardless o f the Hying hours. Printed in England and published every.alternate Friday by tin* Proprietors, The Amalgamated Press, Ltd., The Kleetway House, Faningdon Stnet. l.ondon. KA'.I Jtp.2ist.e1ed for transmission by CaiKwli.ui ’Magazine Post. Sole. Agents for, Australia.arid New Zealand :.Messrs. (Jordon * fc (Joteh, Ltd .:and for South Africa :Central Kows Agency, Ltd. June 12,1912. S.S. liditoriul Address: john carp enter house ,white friars .Lon don e.c.<
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