Letter: A last thought

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Sir: Children were obviously sent to the other countries of the Empire well before the turn of the century (Letters, 20 July).

At the end of a tract The Greatest Temptation in the World to Man, the Rev Robert Blake prints the last three pages of an officer's diary. The dying officer muses:

What shall I do with my money? Shall I build a church with it? Or shall I give it to a hospital or to that fellow who advertises so about sending children to Canada? Poor little beggars]

The date of my fifth edition - 1894.

Yours faithfully,


Bognor Regis, West Sussex