London (Jan. 26)
The London “Times” commenting editorially on the locust invasion this week in certain parts of Palestine, urges the government to take drastic measures for dealing with this oft-recurring plague.
The editorial expresses alarm over the hoppers which are reappearing near the Dead Sea which, unless quickly destroyed, will soon attain maturity and swarm down on Palestinian and Transjordanian fields and may extend as far as Syria, the paper warns. Neither the flame guns nor the trenches dug by farmers around their fields have been effective, it states.
The nature of the desert locust has not yet been investigated but it is believed that heavy rains drive them to cultivated land. The newspaper says that the value of the International Anti-Locust Bureau in Damascus is problematical, since it confines itself to investigations only after the locust invasions have occurred.