Questions to be Answered

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Questions to be Answered is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Times on 16 march 1918.

Questions to be Answered

The Times (16 march 1918)


Sir, — Can anyone explain why our hospital ships continue to make floating targets of themselves by carrying rows of lights when they know that the enemy are lying in wait for them ? And can anyone explain why we have not 20 German officers in each ship on the distinct understanding that in case of accident they shall be the last to leave her ? And can anyone say why every ship returning across the Atlantic does not take full human cargo of the interned Germans, so that these useless mouths may be fed over yonder ? And can anyone explain why the policy of putting pickets of German prisoners all over London on raid nights is only now being discussed, when it has been perfectly obvious ever since the Germans put our prisoners in Karlsruhe ? There may be some reasonable answers to all these questions, but to the bystander they are absolutely unintelligible.

Yours faithfully,

Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex.