When civilization goes haywire through war or revolution, first to go savage are children. That Britain's children are no exception to this rule was made plain last week when Sir Alexander Maxwell, Permanent Under Secretary of the Home Office, gave out the first report on juvenile delinquency in Britain since World War II began.

Sir Alexander's figures, covering only the first four months of 1940, showed a 50% increase in crimes committed by children under 18. Chief offenses: stealing, breaking into homes and shops.

That these early figures did not tell the whole story became all too clear when the city...

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