letters and thought that Herbert was with me. Finally, he wired he had found a boy and was seeing about passport and what date would do? It was impossible to arrange it in time, so we arranged to see him in London.
Again much letter writing ensued. The mother and boy arrived at Euston Station, London. I met her and she at once told me that the "John Bull" article had been sent to her and all her friends advised her not to come. She had consulted the manager of the local employment exchange who had, in turn, made inquiries with Mr. Suggett as to the circumstances — a very awkward situation for all concerned. However, as Baba was paying all the expenses and the boy was keen to come, she decided to come and see for herself. Her husband was living or working somewhere in the south of London, so she went to see him and talked it over while I took the boy to see Baba. Baba was very kind to him, but I felt he was not the right boy. The next day Baba let me take him home to his mother and see after his welfare. Still, Baba put the question to him and asked him if he would like to go to the U.S.A. The boy answered "Yes" and Baba was agreeable if the parents agreed to it. The next day when the mother returned she said at once the father had said "No!" She and husband, in the meantime, had been to Scotland Yard to see if they could give any opinion, doubtless taking them the unfounded "John Bull " article. She herself was genuinely sorry and felt the boy was losing much and still hoped that Baba would take him. Baba said :No" and they went back to the north. It seemed that the boy went regretfully; he would have liked to remain with Baba. This incident caused Mr. Suggest much trouble in his work. Baba probably did his work just the same. The contact alone, for even such a short time, enabled him to do part of his work for the younger generation. Of course, might have been a test by Baba to see just how far we would go with out energy and zeal to carry out his wishes. We do not know, and Baba will not tell.
One morning Baba paid a very hurried visit to the Zoo. Another day he visited the cinemas. Also, while in London, Baba spent an hour seeing Mr. Bruce Wallace from Ireland and some Indian friends of his.
Baba does not always say "Yes" to our requests. The last evening, when we were all dining at the Indian Restaurant, Dr. Ghani reminded me that he had not been in Woolworth's as he wished. We were talking together about it and planning to go after dinner. Baba looked across the table at us and asked what I was thinking. He does this continuously. I then asked if I could take Dr. Ghani to Woolworth's. Baba refused definitely, and someone remarked aloud “Baba's 'No' is 'No' and Baba's `Yes' is `Yes'." Baba nodded to let us know this was so.