10 OCTOBER 1941

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NEWS OF THE WEEK rp HE greatest operations of the

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war on the eastern front,- 1. which means the greatest operations in the history of the world—are now in progress, and their development must be awaited with serious anxiety....

More American Help

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Various new developments have combined to impress on the United States the need for still more far-reaching measures cif co-operation with- the Allies. One is the great German...

Church and State in Russia

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It might be thought that President Roosevelt was treading on very delicate ground when he asked Mr. Harriman to discuss With the Soviet Government the question of religious...

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India's Part in the War

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Since the new National Defence Council in India, which began its inaugural session at Simla on Monday, is naturally and necessarily conducting its deliberations in secret,...

The Wounded Prisoners

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It requires a student of morbid neurosis to explain the mentality of the Nazis who, having agreed to all the details of an exchange of wounded prisoners in accordance with the...

A Japanese Defeat

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The Japanese forces operating in central China in the direc- tion of Changsha have suffered a severe defeat, which appe ars to have had a most heartening effect on Chinese...

Hitler Breaks the Silence

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There was grim irony in Hitler tearing himself from The pressing duties of the eastern front to open a Winter Relief Fund, but it is unprofitable to belittle the skilful...

A Labour Government in Australia

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Mr. Fadden, the successor of Mr. Menzies, has had a short life as Australian Prime Minister. In a vote of censure moved by the Labour Party last Friday in the House of...

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HE fact that the anntial conference of the International Labour Organisation is to be held this month, and held New York, with a British Government Delegation headed by the...

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Having no space to open a "Quotations Wanted" bureau here,

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I can undertake to seek relief for no one's perplexities but my own. My own, at the moment, are not grave, but— Lord Reith, speaking the other day of pioneers who begin by being...


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T HOSE critics of the Government who urge that all available ships ought to be used to convey munitions to Russia rather than extra sugar and butter to Britain, evince a...

The merits of the Oxford Group Movement and the merits

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of the recent agitation about the appeal for the exemption of eleven Group lay-evangelists from military service are two quite different things. It is difficult to think that...


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Some statistician, perhaps Professor Bowley in his spare moments, might

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do worse than compute the number of man- hours lost to productive work through public luncheons in London at this time of the year. Take one which I attended— it is almost...

At any rate, let food-and-talk be as at the British

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Survey luncheon on Wednesday of this week. The chairman, Mr. G M. Young, contented himself with proposing the King, two out of the three speakers, Mr. Brendan Bracken and the...

Field-Marshal Lord Ironside, who is not always entirely happy in

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his public utterances (his satisfaction that we had middle-aged generals while Germany had only young ones will be recalled), made a surprising statement on Saturday. We had...

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By STRATEG1CUS WHILE the mind is torn between hopes and fears about V V the "gigantic operations" which Hitler announced as b e ing in progress on the Russian front it is easy...

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By SIR EVELYN WRENCH Melbourne, September. T WO important results of the war are that Australia has become " Asia-conscious " and has realised afresh the supreme importance of...

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By H. E. BAN NARD O o October 6th, 1891, Charles Stewart Parnell died at Brighton on a day of storm and hurricane. The news- papers which announced the passing of Parnell also...

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By ERWIN D. CANHAM p RESIDENT ROOSEVELT'S "shoot on sight" orders to the Navy have received a degree of national support un- precedented in any other major steps during the...

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By H. M. VERNON IN the second year of the war the number of deaths on the 1 roads amounted to 10,073, as compared with 8,358 in the first year and about 6,500 in pre-war years....

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I have frequently been disheartened to observe that the British

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public do not apply to the great issues of foreign policy, or to the processes and results of diplomacy, that good ' sense which they apply almost instinctively to domestic...


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By HAROLD NICOLSON T HE Ministry of Information, with the ready assistance of the local authorities, is arranging this autumn for a series of lectures to be delivered in...

These solid and formative results of British diplomacy w not

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obtained either by menace or by guile. These op* covenants, these pledges of power, derive from the experience of centuries. Mr. Churchill and Mr. Eden have been 105 11 to the...

Of the many topical fallacies which dim the public mind,

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there is one which I have met with this week and which leaves me aghast. There appears to be a legend,, creeping as a wisp of fog throughout the country, that in some manner...

How are we to teach our public to acquire, in

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regard to foreign policy, a reasonable habit of thought? To my mind the con- fusion into which we have fallen is largely due to the fact That the ordinary man and woman has not...

I recall that at the time of the Abyssinian crisis

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of 1935 1 received from one of my constituents a post-card on which were written the words: "Surely the Government must realise that what the people of this country want is the...

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War Art at the National Gallery OFFiciAL war art, as shown by the pictures in two newly-opened rooms at the National Gallery, gets better. The major difficulty of painting war...


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The Great Lie." At the Regal. Meet John Doe." At Warner's- ' Iss'BETTE DAVIS is an artist in improbability. Time and time gain she has proved her genius for •breathing life...


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OPERA s or otchinski Fair." At the Savoy Theatre T the fall of the curtain on Moussorgsky's Sorotchinski Fair at e SavoY Theatre on Monday the manager told us in a moving peech...

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SIR, —I would draw the attention of Liberals who have attempted

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to refute the statement of Mr. Stein that "the Liberal Nationals ... supported rearmament when the Independent Liberals denounced it' to the following facts: In July, 1 934, the...


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Snt,—Your correspondent Mr. J. H. Flexman is certainly right in say. ing that to those who had first-hand lulowledge of Germany, Gertna, rearmament must have been glaringly "...

Sta,—" Anti-Nazi Refugee's" letter, published in your last number, is

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not much of a contribution to the question at issue, i.e., what pro- portion of Germans is pro-Hitlen at present. The only palpable fact referred to is the often quoted figure...


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GERMANS AND HITLER SIR,—I think the correct answer to Mr. Young would be, if the wire- less would announce "the war is over, all German troops and civil officials are to be...

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Sts,—Mr. Stein and Miss Joseph) , have more in common than

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they realise. They both delight in the discussion of former policies that have no possible relation to present or future political action. They both appear to derive enormous...


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Sut,—The leading article in your issue of September 19th, " The — Factories Set the Date," is most opportune and will be widely appre- ciated by those in industry who are...


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Sta,—Mr. Osborn, who I revere as one or our most effective exponents ot planning, accuses me of being fact-deficient myself. He hazards in explanation that of the statistics...

Sta,—I would like to back up your admirable remarks about

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fifth-rate magazines in your last issue. The enclosed [from a weekly magazine] is a carefully described account of pure bestiality, and for once I do not mean it...


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Sia,—Referring to the comments of " Janus " on the paper situation, I have before me a copy of Statutory Rules and Orders No. 926, 194,—The Motor Vehicles (Third Party Risks)...


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SIR, —It is with a deep sense of regret I read the notice, uader this heading, as to the effect of the latest paper-rationing scheme in further restricting the sale of The...

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Sta,—In your issue of October 3rd an American journalist objects that news from this country is not of a kind to inspire other peoples to join in the war, "the real complaint is...


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Snt,—Mr. Rawlinson's letter shows how ridiculous his position is. He admit' that Congress obtained a majority in 7 out of ii provinces, Winning 715 out of a total_ of 1 3 585...


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Santos to Akureyri It is interesting to find that something about English country lif e is read as - far away and at places as far apart as Santos, Brazil, a n d Akureyri, on...


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Snt,—In your issue of September 25th appeared a 'letter from Sir Frank Fox, of the Empire Rheumatism Council, in which attention is called to the lack of means of treating...


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The elderberry crop, like the blackberry crop, has been magnificent, but there is apparently nothing the English want to do with it except make wine or catch roach. Why do we...

In the Garden It is not easy to recall a

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year when there were better October gardens. Michaelmas daisies, from the stiff dwarfs to the cool mist7 giants, have been splendid. They depend very much on light for effect....

Winter Land - Girl

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As October comes, many of the newer land-girls look forward to winter with misgiving. Many of them came into the country in summer, to find the days of hay-time and harvest long...


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Sta,—Now that your correspondents have raised the question "Iran or Persia?" perhaps you could find room in your columns for the discussion of the parallel question "Eire or...

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Which Poland ? THE appearance of this volume is a triumph over great diffi- culties: Poland has been cut off for nearly two years, at least two of the Polish contributors have...

Biography's Golden Age?

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MR. DONALD STAUFFER, who was once a Rhodes Scholar and is now Associate Professor of English at Princeton, has written a very erudite work. The bibliography occupies a volume to...

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These Were the Puffins

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ONE of the two Montagu-Puffins who was worth anything speak of the males only) the gallant Crimean major who co bined the characteristics of Captain Tobias Shandy and Colon...

Back to the Heptarchy

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Federalism and Freedom or Plan the Peace to Win the War. By Sir George Young, Bt. (Oxford University Press. I2S. 6d.) THE apprehensive need not be alarmed ; this is not "just...

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Six novels to choose from. A holiday in Venice? A fortune in silver ore? American school boys? Peace and Memory lost together? War and rumours of war? Or a rollick with...

From Inside Germany

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AN unfortunate title and a still more unfortunate and bom- bastically worded dust-cover advertisement eulogising the author for all the wrong things prejudiced me as it may have...

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By CUSTOS THE Treasury has bided its time shrewdly before turning on th e National War Bond tap it shut off in the middle of August, the interval both the old War Bond issues...

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IA prize of a Book Token for one guinea will be given to the sender of the first correct solution of thr week's crossword puzzle to be opened. Envelopes should be marked with...


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The winner of Crossword No. 133 is Miss Russell, 9, Terrace, Arbroath, Angus.