THE CHARGES AGAINST SOLDIERS’ WIVES.
[There were many allegations that some soldiers' wives receiving the separation allowance had more cash than they had ever had before, and no husband to keep them in check, and that they were spending the extra cash on drink. This was felt in some quarters to be immoral and a waste of public money, whether or not there were children involved. It was also thought by many people that the separation allowance was a charitable gift, not a right, and that anyone whose behaviour showed that they didn't deserve it - e.g, by drinking - should have it withdrawn. This article does not combat that view, of course - it just says that most soldiers' wives were of good character, and so did deserve the allowance.]