2 JUNE 1933, Page 6

Mr. Nevinson, I should add, is often a stormy petrel,

a harbinger of trouble. In an unexpected, speech which Mr. H. G. Wells, the President, allowed him to make at the last meeting of the English centre of the P.E.N. Club, he started a controversy which has just had its reper- cussions at Ragusa. The P.E.N. Club, I need hardly say, is an association of literary men, with centres in no fewer than 37 countries, having as one of its principal objects to promote international co-Operation through the authors and editors of the world. It has just been holding its annual congress in Jugoslavia: It was ob- viously a delicate matter at such a gathering to raise the question of the recent treatment of German intellectuals by the Nazis, and for once the usual harmony of these congresses was broken by a stormy debate on Hitlerisiii.