SIR: Giles Wood’s splendid account (House Husbandry, February issue) of school beatings reminded me of my own time at Eton in the late Fifties. I was frequently, and brutally, beaten, mainly for very minor misdemeanours. Today, I suppose I’d be called a ‘survivor’ and offered counselling. The tale was told of a new member of the library, who, on being informed by the house captain that there was to be a beating that night, enquired as to the name of the victim. The senior boy replied that he did not yet know. The innocent youth asked why, then, was there to be a beating. Back came the bellowed reply: ‘BECAUSE IT’S A WEDNESDAY!’ Mike Gross, Braunton, Devon.