I should like to point out, if I may, an error in the Latin quotation given by John Masters in his narrative “With the Gurkhas,” in the January Atlantic. It should read, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”— not “custodies” as it was in the story.
Yonkers, N.Y.

Negro Neigh bars

Hannah Lees has written an article long overdue in “Negro Neighbors” (January Atlantic), and I for one am grateful to her and to the editors of the , Atlantic for a clearly presented case. I suppose the classic instance of the Negro’s relatively homeless condition is that of the Andrew Wades in Louisville, Kentucky, and of newsman Carl Braden’s involvement in their behalf.
One note may be added to the Lees piece. The color tax exacted of Negroes when they buy into “exclusive” sections does not stop with the purchase; it is prorated over their entire span of life as property owners. The tax assessors get a copy of the bill of sale and increase tax rates accordingly. This has happened in Baltimore, Maryland, on such a wide scale that it may be said with some truth that this city’s Negro citizens have paid for the resettlement of whites who are fleeing to newly constructed homes near the edges of Baltimore. Hence municipal and state governments come in for a share of what Negroes have to pay out of incomes rated at 52 per cent of the national average.
Maspeth, N.Y.

I Personally —

Is it too late for me to add a postscript to the correspondence aroused by Kenneth Tynan’s article, “British Cultural Fatigue” (November Atlantic) ?
If Great Britain, which was the only one of the Allies to fight two World wars from start to finish (and for one year gloriously alone), and which endured subsequent years of privation with a resolution and stoicism that undoubtedly helped to stabilize a tottering Europe, should show “cultural fatigue,” it would be understandable, and such critics as Mr. Tynan should have the grace to keep silence.
It has become a regular custom to inter the British Lion, with or without floral tributes. He resurrects no less regularly. I should also like to point out to one of your correspondent s that comfort is not synonymous with culture. In the history of peoples it has too often been the hallmark of decadence.
Belle Mead, X.J.

Homemade Bread

After reading in the January Atlantic a letter on the wheat surplus, I felt I could tell some reasons for the surplus amount of wheat.
Don’t blame the millers or the bakers; better look to the homemakers. Women just do not bake bread if they can help it. They do make all sorts of fancy rolls, beautiful to look at, that taste all right, but they are not nutritious and soon they fail to satisfy. Families need bread. I still bake my bread, making enough at a time so that I can give a loaf away occasionally. People are glad to get it, but they won’t make it for their families.
Cody, Wyo.

Robert P. Skinner’s letter in the January Atlantic refers to Secretary Benson’s statement that if we Americans would each eat one more slice of bread per day, there would be no more surplus wheat problem.
Here are two suggestions for the accomplishment of that commendable result: —
1. Relieve the consumers of the taxes necessary to support wheat prices.
2. Prevail on the commercial bakeries to make bread that is fit to eat.
H. Lotus AUTEN
Denver, Colo.


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