MRS. ROOSEVELT AND ENGLISH MEMORIES.
RECALLS HER SCHOOLDAYS.
WOULD ENJOY ANOTHER VISIT
In a talk on the Atlantic wireless telephone with the “Daily Sketch” on Wednesday night Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt, wife of the American President-elect, expressed a wish to visit England in the near future.
“It is impossible to fix a date,” she declared, “for we have a busy time ahead. Both my husband and myself know your country well. We were there three years ago. I have a tender spot in my heart for England, not only because of my schoolday associations there, but also because some of my best friends are English people, including Lord Grev and Sir Arthur and Lady Willert. To tell the truth,” she laughed, “I would rather that my next visit to you were unofficial. I would like to travel incognito.”
Talking of her days at Allenswood School, Albert Road, Wimbledon, Mrs. Roosevelt recalled the names of several of her fellow students – Miss Helen Gifford, now headmistress of a school at Sutton; Miss Leila Rendell, principal of the Caldecott Community, and Miss Marjory Strachey, a sister of the principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.
“It seems that all my friends of those days have become teachers or head-mistresses,” Mrs. Roosevelt laughed. “I have seen hardly any of them since those days, but in some cases we exchange letters.”
Belfast Telegraph, August 12, 1932, p. 5