IN 1917 Hyndman attained the age of seventy-five. The war was at too serious a stage for him to spend much time in celebration; he still remained astonishingly vigorous, and he devoted a high proportion of his energy to politics, as he had done with hardly a break for thirty-seven years. In 1917 he and his wife moved to 13 Well Walk, Hampstead, where the air was better and where he could do a little gardening as a recreation. The N.S.P. executive could not conveniently meet there, as it had met at Queen Anne's Gate; but that was the only important change of routine that was involved. Somewhat straitened circumstances, however, necessitated the letting of some of the rooms of the new house to congenial lodgers.1
Some of Hyndman's political activities at this time bordered on the hysterical, although these years of bitter warfare and the harsh censorship of news gave rise to all sorts of absurdities. He joined in the Morning Post's campaign to root out enemy spies on the British home front, and himself volunteered to investigate the activities of 'German spy waiters' in London. Fortunately for his reputation, the police declined his co-operation in its security work.2 He bitterly denounced the 'treachery' of government officials and demanded a thorough overhaul of the Foreign Office. He got hold of a list of Foreign Office employees: 'What was my____________________
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Publication information: Book title: H. M. Hyndman and British Socialism. Contributors: Chushichi Tsuzuki - Author, Henry Pelling - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1961. Page number: 243.