Britons Fooled

Carrying out a tradition more than a century old, His Majesty's Faithful House of Commons petitioned George V to bestow "some signal mark of favor" on the retiring Speaker of the House, firm, courteous, precise John Henry Whitley (TIME, July 2).

Custom entitles every retiring Speaker to receive a viscountcy. The King-Emperor has no choice as to which "signal mark of favor" he must bestow. Moreover, in Mr. Whitley's case the Sovereign was impelled not by necessity but by liveliest gratitude. Well His Majesty knows that...