10 JULY 1936

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T HE sensational and much reported incident which terminated the proceedings of the League Council last Saturday, when the Press gallery rather childishly tittered at Herr...

Danzig, Poland and the High Commissioner The German-Polish agreement of

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January, 1984, destroyed the hypothesis on which the Danzig settlement was based, i.e., the necessity for League mediation between Danzig and Poland; and since that time the...

The Paradox of Article XI One of the significant curiosities

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of the Assembly debate at Geneva was the French Foreign Minister's reference to the " paradox " and the "'absurdity " of Article XI of the Covenant. The truth is, of course,...

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The Straits Conference The Straits Conference, which is meeting at

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Montreux in a charmingly pre-War atmosphere, appears to have reached a deadlock. The question of the passage of the Straits by warships of belligerents in a war in which Turkey...

The Presidential Campaign The campaign for the American presidency cannot

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be merely political ; it must be increasingly dominated by the economic crisis, especially in the farming States. The Federal Government has been compelled to give relief to...

Reinforcements for Abyssinia While the fate of Abyssinia was being

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discussed at Geneva, only two items of news penetrated the obscurity which Surrounds • the state of affairs in Abyssinia itself. The Emperor announced that an Abyssinian an...

M. Blum's Progress In France, M. Blum pursues his reforming

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mission with courage and independence. His latest proposal is to abolish the secret funds at the disposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of certain other Ministries,...

The Egyptian Negotiations The reports from Cairo, and the arrival

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there of one of the legal advisers to the Foreign Office, give ground for hope that the conclusion of an Anglo-Egyptian treaty is now imminent. It is not the fault of the...

A Budget Deficit Mr. Neville Chamberlain's sudden announcement last week,

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that already he could foresee a Budget deficit for this year, startled the House of Commons. But his statement also caused some satisfaction, for it meant that the rearmament...

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There is no reason for any serious anxiety about Mr.

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Eden's health. He obviously needs a rest aaer the gruelling experience of the last few months, but. he displayed on his return from Geneva all his usual skill and authority in...

It seems clear that there will be some stormy scenes

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on the debates in the Unemployment Regulations. The main difficulty will be that under the terms of the Unemployment Act of 1934, under which the regulations have been drawn up,...

The vote of censure on the Government for their alleged

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failure to deal with the problem of malnutrition attracted a large House, and almost as many Members desirous of speaking as on a foreign affairs debate. It is known that the...

A Lost Opportunity The Town Council of Jarrow is sending

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a deputation to the Prime Minister to ask why the efforts of a syndicate to establish a new Bessemer steel plant on the Tyne has been frustrated. The facts do not seem in doubt....

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The B .B .0 . Debate On Monday the House of Commons debated the Government's decisions on the recommendations of the 131k - water Committee on Broadcasting ; the debate showed...

National Roads Mr. Hore-Belisha, the Minister of Transport, is to

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be congratulated on his plan, announced to the House of Commons on Monday, for the taking over by the State of the 4,500 miles of trunk roads at present adminis- tered by the...

The Week in Parliament Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes : It

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has been quite an important week in Parliament, with the debates on Broadcasting, the Midwives' Bill, mal- nutrition and Colonial affairs, but the interest of Members has been...

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T HERE is little to be said about the session of the Assembly which ended on Saturday save that it was the most painful in the history of the League. The first call on our...

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-I N- no, other year, perhaps, could we have celebrated more appropriately the centenary of the birth of Joseph. Chamberlain on July 8th, 1836. To-day, at least, Conservatives,...

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A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK T HE return of the Prime Minister has

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temporarily silenced the gossip about his imminent resignation. But his health is still giving cause for anxiety to his friends. He looks a very tired man, and his colleagues in...

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By F. YEATS-BROWN [This is the eleventh article in the series which Mr. Yeats-Brown has been commissioned by " The Spectator " to write on contemporary India. The twelfth and...

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By OUR PARLIAMENTARY CORRESPONDENT But in fact today the Opposition causes no uneasiness to the. Treasury Bench. Their attack, for all its vehemence, has no sting. In the...

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By PROFESSOR GUGLIELMO FERRERO D URING the last session of the League of Nations Council at Geneva, the anxiety of the small, States was manifest. And it was well justified. It...

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By MARTHA GELLHORN S TATE theatres are no novelty in Europe, though England is a conspicuous exception, but in America they_ are very new and are one of the Administration's...

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By SEAN O'FAOLAIN I HAVE discovered that there is something to be said for the expression Oh yeah ? and I hasten to impart it. I have a friend whose garden is perpetually in...


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By ALAN HADDEN As I said, there were six of us. Two rooms in the cheapest commercial hotel the company could find. Beer, stories, smell. Four hundred cigarettes a week ; two...

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By E. L. WOODWARD , H ENLEY Royal Regatta, with its

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perfect organisa- tion, perfect punctuality, and deeply respectable enclosures, may seem a‘ far cry from a • Venetian carnival, yet a . , Venetian carnival it is, tra nsferred...

A Hundred Years Ago

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"Tan SPECTATOR," JULY 9rn, 1836. It will be seen by an announcement in our advertising catmint?, that the South Australian Commissioners are, in addition -to, their former...

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THE FEAR COMPLEX IN SOUTH AFRICA Commonwealth and Foreign [To

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the E4itir of . Tim :SPECTATOR.] Cape Town, June 201.). SIR,—The Promulgation, on June 20th, of the Representation of Natives Act, brings to an end ten years of discussion,...

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"A Bride for the Unicorn." By Denis Johnston. At the Westminster Theatre—" Storm Song." By Denis Johnston. At the Embassy Theatre, Swiss Cottage A Bride for the Unicorn is a...

" Janosik. " At the Academy —" The Phantom Gondola."

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At the Curzon One Rainy Afternoon might so easily have been a good film, something light and absurd and happy in the early Clair tradition. Perhaps it was a good film once,...

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Another Superrealist WELL, thank heaven, the Superrealists are having a roaring success in London. Record crowds at the Burlington Galleries and, I am assured, two hundred...

The Ballet

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Russian Ballet at the Alhambra IN the light of the current productions by Fokine of his old ballets, one feels that for some time these works had almost died of inanition :...

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Palestine and Rothamsted It would not be true to say that agricultural science has been the cause of Arab unrest in Palestine, but it has been one of the causes. Specialists...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The continuance of the appalling state of affairs in Palestine, with a risk that the inevitable suppression of the rebellion will leave...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR [Correspondents are requested to keep their letters as brief as is reasonably possible. The most suitable length is that of one of our "News of the Week "...

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SIR,—If I may reply once more to Mr. Tresidder, I

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should like to take up his point that, " I took his thesis to . l4e that there is something in Christianity, its doctrine of man e and his destiny, which makes for toleration...

[To the Editor of THE SPEcTATon.]

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peace when I " encourage Palestinians to consider their r racial , s! problems in terms of ' majority ' and 'minority ' rights." ,The defenders of Zionism are very prone to...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sia,—The Head of the Police of the German Town of Hanover has given notice to the inhabitants, that the " Spinozastrasse has been renamed and...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The opening lines of Mr. Neve's letter call attention to facts which are undeniable and which it would be folly either to question or to...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In his excellent article in The Spectator of June 19th, Mr. Prioleau says something has to be done to lessen the appalling number of...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—A new experiment is being tried in this locality, and it is working so satisfactorily that it might well be tried elsewhere. When the...

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IS THE LAW A HASS [To the Editor of THE

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SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In my submission, as Barrister in his more courteous mood would say, the case is not so simple as he suggests. The " silencer " does not silence ; there...

Alt Heidelberg du feine. . . .

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- [Von einem deutschen Korrespondenten] ALT Heidelberg, du feine, du Stadt an Ehren reich, am Neckar und am Rheine kein' andre kommt dir gleich. . . " Dem lebendigen Geist ! "...

SIR,—" Janus " was no doubt so busy in his

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traditional occupation of looking both ways that by the _time he got to his last paragraph in The Spectator of July 3rd he had no opportunity to notice what was taking place...

HAGGIS [To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I _ read with

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interest M. Edith Durham's letter upon the origin of the haggis, where the suggestion is made that cave- man was the originator. This theory is borne out by a passage in Homer's...

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Erasmus and England BOOKS OF THE DAY

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By A. L. ROWSE IT is only fitting and proper that we should commemorate the quatercentenary of Erasmus (he died on July 11th, 1536), since so much of his life and work was...

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Revolution in Ourselves

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Out of the Night. By H. J. Muller. (Gollanez. 4s. 6d.) Tins is perhaps the most remarkable scientific prophecy ever made. There have been some, like LeonardO's, com- plicated...

Qu'est ce Qu'on a D&icle?

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RASHDALL had the pen of a rough-and-ready writer, and he loved a downright gibe. He was a great labourer, but not a free craftsman ; better with the pick than the chisel, the...

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A Great Internationalist

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THE title is suggested by a story of Mr. Humbert Wolfe that a company of men, desiring to celebrate " the eternal movement of life," once drank the toast of " Yes, coupled with...

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Galloping Amateurs

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Rodeo. Collected Tales and Sketches .of R. B. Cunning- Name. Graham. Selected by A. F. Tschiffely. .(Heinemami. 8s. ad.) . - - A Toast to Rebellion. By Giuseppe Garibaldi. (The...

Memoirs of Sir John Reresby. Edited by Andrew Browning.

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An Autobiography of Stuart Times (Glasgow : Jackson.40a.)- . • • THE Reresby Memoirs - rank with Evelyn and Pepys as authorities for the later Stuart period. They have long...

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The Land of FrankincenSe

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Miss STARK is a small woman (five feet two, she tail us) but she is a great explorer. She has all the requisites for the job. She can eat rotten shark or boiled marmot. She...

New Verse

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Selected Poems. By Wilfred Rowland Childe. (Nelson. 3s. 6d.) Poems. By R. P. Hewett. (Lawrence and Wishart. 5s.) Rain. By D. M. de R. Winser. (Blackwell. 2s.) Three Old Brothers...

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Mroveday's Little Outing, and Other Sad Stories. By Evelyn Waugh.

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(Chapman and Hall. 7s. 6d.) "Mr. Waugh'is'L Shaft Stories - MR. WAUGH, like Mi. Maugham; succeeds at every kind of writing he attempts. ......Fresh from winning...

Myth in Literature

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ft,„ ..i. Tim critic of imaginative art," says Mr. Still, " is essentially A interpreter of dreams." The dreams that are to - tie inter- preted are rooted in therbiitty,Lof myth...

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By PETER BURRA The Last Enemy. By .E. A. G. Stroni. (Gollaricz. 78. 6d.) Turn, Magic Wheel.. By Dawn Powell. , (Constable. 7s. 6d.) 'e Gilt Kid. By James Curtis. (Cape. 7s....

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Current Literature Edited by L. H. Dudley Buxton This volume (Hutchinson, 12s. 6d.) of essays presented to Dr. Marett, the distinguished and popular Rector of Exeter and Reader...


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By Fred Bower Mr. Fred Bower was born in America in 1871, of English parents. His father was a stonemason and a socialist, and the author followed in his footsteps. The family...

THE POWER TO LOVE By Ediirin W. Hirsch The English

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language is notoriously deficient in some respects, and the title of this book (John Lane, 12s. fid.) is a strilcing example. It conveys _a very vague impression, as one might...


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By H. A. Bryden This book (Harrap, 10a) is not without interest to the general reader, although written primarily for the naturalist and traveller. There are some graphic...


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By Eduard Stucken This book (Jarrolds, 8s. 6d.) calls itself " An Epic of the Spanish Invasion of Mexico." Certainly the material of epic is present in one of the most amazing...

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Inv estment5 - and Money

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Finance THE chief fear that confronts the holder of gilt-edged securities at the present time is that of dePreCiatWin Capital ishie, a fear : Which is expressed, in the...

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Financial Notes

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PRF.SII MARKET DISTURBANCES. APART from the nearer approach of the holiday season, it is not difficult to find good reasons for the continued inactivity of the Stock Markets....

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"The Spectator" Crossword No. 198

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By ZENO prize of one guinea will be given to the sender of the first corrce solution' of this week's crossword puzzle to be opened. Envelopes should be marked " Crossword...


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The Winner of Crossword No. 197 is Mrs. Majendie, Sandhurst Rectory, Camberley.