GREAT BRITAIN: Rustling Hedgerows

To 34 months of war the British people have forfeited most of their customary freedoms—of habeas corpus, of information, of occupation, of buying, of travel. Last week the War Office took wry notice of one freedom which, as everybody else knew all along, has grown as lustily as a cucumber vine. This is the freedom of companionship.

On behalf of the British army's estimated 2,000,000 men away from home, the War Office's welfare bureau urged wives and sweethearts to behave themselves. It asked Britain's 1,700,000 women factory workers not to write: "We dance with the men in...

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