GREAT BRITAIN: Silent George

Just eight months ago King Edward VIII trudged through the coal dust of South Wales "Distressed Areas" on what the British press called his "errand of mercy" (TIME, Nov. 30). After looking at the treeless, blackened hillsides, the abandoned coal mines, the pitiful brick hovels, the haggard faces of the inhabitants, more than 45,000 of whom were unemployed and only 2,000 employed at the time, His Majesty exclaimed publicly: "Something must be done for Wales!"

In Belgium it is customary for the King to say a good deal more than this on issues...

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