The War Illustrated No 132 Vol 6 July 10th 1942

'oN matter how much one may agree with the published opinions of any writer, if, on occasion, one finds him writing nonsense it is one’s duty to say so. And I venture to discharge this duty by drawing the attention of my readers to these ill- considered words of Sir Ernest Benn in a recent issue of “Truth ”:“Why is it that no member of the Govern­ment, so far as I know, and no speaker on the B.B.C., so far as 1 have heard, has yet told us that we are living 011 the charity of Canada and the United States that without the free gift of sustenance from these sons and brothers and cousins wc should today be in a condition not perhaps as bad as Greece, but getting very near to it ?Can it be that \se have sunk so low in the spirit of dependence, that we are so saturated with the mentality of doles and subsidies, that Britons who were once the antithesis of slavery have become such pulp­ like paupers as to eat from the hand of charity without a thank you or without a thought as to how they might escape from that position? 1 decline alto­gether to believe it.” hog and say that any book other than a bankbook was sheer luxury 1 can attribute only to the old Scottish superstition that the very paper on which a Bible is printed acquires a measure of holiness, yet the Scots have risen to greatness largely because of their readiness to follow a logical argument no matter where it leads them. 1 thought of that Scottish magistrate(“ I ’m no’ a man, I a’m magistrate ”is a historic Scots rebuke) when quite recently the English town of Stockton had the brilliant idea of dedicat­ing a mile of old books to the Salvage drive, and the ceremony began with the Mayor’s placing an old family Bible on the ground as the first item in the mile-long offering of Tam glad Sir Ernest declines to accept the preposterous proposition which he presents to us (like the ghost in Hamlet) in “such a questionable shape.” For it is quite at variance with the spirit that is claimed lo inform the journal which gave it print. God help the world if there were any measure of truth in it !Britain is no beggar, sponging heron children nations or heron kith and kin beyond the seas. Canada is doing superbly in this hour of peril, America magnificently but neither is showering largesse upon an indigent relative. And it is an insult to Britain even to frame so foolish a question. Britain has' (so far) saved “the two Americas,” Australia, and every country where men are now upstanding for freedom, by her own stupendous efforts since the fall of France, and every ounce of energy, every penny of financial help that America and the British Dominions can contri­bute to this tremendous task of resisting the organized might of the dictator powers is moreno than the charity that.begins at home: it is needed no less for their own protection and survival than for Britain’s. Had Britain (as the military leaders of France anticipated, save those few who followed De Gaulle) surrendered to Germany on a day in June 1940 all would soon have been over for the freedom-loving nations of all the Five Continents and that m adm an’s dream of Germanic world-conquest might well have come to pass, or the Hundred Years’ War that Japan is prepared for (says Tojo !)would now be dragging on with little hope of the eventual triumph of the democratic peoples. A t the outset o f the praiseworthy cam-™paign of paper-saving and the sur­render of old printed matter for re-pulping, a worthy magistrate somewhere in Scotland told his townsfolk that only two books were needed in any home—“ Your Bible and your bankbook.” Why he didn't go the whole V BINDING AND BINDING CASES OLUME FIVE of THE WAR ILLUSTRATED (comprising Nos. 101 to 130 inclusive) is now completed a n i subscribers can have their copies bound by thj Publishers at the following prices :STANDARD STYLE— 6/6 each volume (2/6 for the binding cass and 4/- for binding and return carriage.) DELUXE STYLE— 11/- each volume (6/6 for the case and 4/6 for binding and return carriage.) If you would like us to undertake the binding, send your loose copics (which must be in good condition) by Parcel Post to :“The War Illustrated,” Binding Department, Bear Alley, Farring- don Street, London, E.C.4, enclosing your name and address. Remittance to cover should be posted separately, mentioning the actual parts being sent for binding. Cheques and P.O.s should be made payable to The Amalgamated Press Ltd., and crossed “&Co.” No responsibility can be accepted for money lost through being enclosed in the parcel. If you hand your copies to a Newsagent for dispatch to us, you must pay him the full amount of binding charges, and subscribers will also be I'jble for the cost of carriage on parts sent to us in this manner. Owing to the rise in the cost of labour, etc., we are compelled to make a small increase of 6d. on our binding charges this increase is included in the above prices and applies to all volumes of THE WAR ILLUSTRATED. Subscribers who wish their volumes to be bound locally can purchase our binding cases through their Newsagent at the following prices: A little lunch in wartime. Noted at a restaurant just a week before rationing Lunchers: two very ordinary-looking persons, a young woman of no particular allure in an indeterminate dark blue uniform, youngish man, rather foreign (“if you know what I mean ”)in appearance. Began with cock­tails or sherries (say 3s. each), melon 6s. each, half cold lobster, 7s. 6d. each, fresh peaches, 5s. 6d. each, coffee, and quite possibly brandies to follow, but I had to leave before they had attained to that joyous conclusion, though not without having seen them empty a large bottle of white burgundy (2Cs.). Total of lunch, including table money and ten percent tip, minimum £3 14s. if brandies followed, say £4 5s. 6d. A bit thick ?Hence need for rationing. 'These sour-stomached and self-appointed mentors of our statesmen, soldiers, sailors, airmen—these valiants of the pen who know every­thing, but, being internationally minded, suppress any impulse to encourage a belief in the modest merits of their more numerous but less intelligent fellow countrymen—have been doing their best in their gloomy little circles to belittle Britain’s new effort in the air. To raid Cologne with a thousand planes in 90 minutes doesn’t please them at all, at all, as they sip their weak tea and munch their buns in Bloomsbury byways. “With this technique, accuracy of aim must have been sacrificed to indiscriminate bombing,” so moans a melancholic com­mentator in The New States­man. The photographs taken by the R.A.F. to illustrate the results of their historic Cologne raid do not confirm this criticism of our bomber squadrons. From the same journalistic source Mr. Churchill can always get some sage advice 011 how to do his job. •STANDARD in dark red cloth, 2/6 each. '•DELUXE in dark blue half leather, 6/6 each. If ordered direct from the Publishers yd. extra must be included for postage. .Title pages and complete index (16 pages) together with FREE ART PLATE of General Chiang Kai-shek as frontispiece to the volume are given with each binding case. The prices mentioned above apply only to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Readers in Eire will be liable for any import duties. his fellow-citizcns. “Ma conscience !”must have exclaimed that Scottish magis­trate if he ever heard of ’such sacrilege. Personally, I rejoiced at the libcral-minded- ncss that prompted this action. And I remembered with admiration an eminent Sunday-school worker of my acquaintance forty years ago who threatened to throw in the fire his housemaid’s Bible because that lazy lassie spent loo much of her time reading it instead of getting on with her housework. In an age when all sorts of stupid super­stitions are again raising their once diminished heads it is worth emphasizing that no greater sacredness inheres in the actual printed paper of a Bible than in the printed pages of any other sort of book, so that when the family •Bible is used to prop up a window-sash no irreverence should be attributed to the aci. “For the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” If many old copies of the Bible found their way to the Salvage dumps it is more than probable that they were among the least soiled of those literary offerings, and the more welcome on that account. arMeD r .News a gen t—I am afraid that you do not always read this postscript, and I am not altogether surprised, as I know how little time you have in these days of reduced staffs and increased pressure 10 get through with the trying task of distribution. But I should be glad if this brief note catches yourattention, although it is moreno than a repetition of one that appeared some months ago. Our Publishing Department inform me that although I drew attention to the necessity for newsagents to avoid writing names and addresses of customers on the front page of The War I l lust rated ',this habit is still too common. It makes 110 difference, of course, to subscribers who do not intend to have their fortnightly Parts bound into volume form, but it is avery undesirable practice from the point of view of the subscriber who collects the loose Parts for binding purposes, as the outer pages are now designed for binding in the volume and ought to be preserved as clean and spotless as possible. Indeed, it seems tome that a subscriber has the right to insist that his newsagent will in no case write his name and address in pencil on any part of the pub­lication merely to suit his own inconveni­ence distributing. A number of cases in which the address has actually been written in ink have also been reported and that seems tome quite inexcusable. Do please oblige our publishers by bearing this in mind. Printed in Enaland and published cverv alternate Friday by the Proprietors, The Amalgamated Press. Ltd., The Kleetway House, larrmudon Street. London. L.C.I. Keaisterod for transmission bv Canadian Magazine Post. Sole. Agents for Australia and New Zealand :Messrs. Gordon& Gotch, Ltd .and for South Africa :Central Nows Agency Ltd. July 101012, S.S. Wi/wia/ /IW k s .-johns carp enter house ,white friars .Lon don,e .c .4.
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