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TN his survey of the world situation in the House of Corn- I moms last Tuesday the Prime Minister equalled his own best performances, and unfolded the grounds for confidence...

The Threat to Turkey

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The arrival of the tireless Dr. Clodius in Ankara to conduct trade negotiations with Turkey arouses varied speculations, in view of the fact that most of the potential Turkish...

America's Intentions

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The speculations that have been aroused about the effect of the sinkings of American ships—the destroyer 'Greer,' the rnerchant ships, Sessa and 'Steel-Seafarer,' and probably...

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War Cabinet and Dominions

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It is now decided that an Imperial War Cabinet will not be the machinery by which the home Government and the Dominions will direct their joint war-policy. When Mr. Menzies, as...

The Raid on Spitzbergen

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The landing of a mixed force of British, Canadians and Norwegians on the Arctic island of Spitzbergen is not an event of major military importance, but it serves to show which...

An Officer's Allowances

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The principle applied in the new scale of allowances for married officers announced by the three Service Ministries last Tuesday is sound, but even now provision does not err on...

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The Settlement in Iran

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The Iranian Government has at length accepted the terms put forward by the British and Soviet Governments. There could be no parleying about essentials. The Allies could stop at...

Trade Unions and Wage-Control

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The Trades Union Congress in its debate on wage-control last week showed itself fully aware of the danger of inflation and yet rejected the policy of wage-stabilisation set out...

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r WO trends of thought about the future of Europe are 1. prevalent. One holds that immediate consideration of the problem is imperative, the other that it is futile. According...

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L IBERAL party politics are no concern of mine, but it strikes me as a little singular that, at a time when party politics generally are in abeyance, there should be enough...

Reviewing, generally speaking, in all reputable papers is of a

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high standard. Books are read conscientiously by reviewers who know their subject and can be critical without being un- just. But there are other types of review. A day or two...

The little French restaurant was very crowded and I steered

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by the patron to a table where a charming, v.hi bearded old gentleman, obviously French, was sitting. bowed, I excused myself for appropriating the menu, and talked. He was a...

A nice constitutional point is raised in a Times leader

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of last Monday, in which Mr. Churchill is encouraged virtually to select a successor to himself and to indicate to the King in advance that successor's name. It has been...

The ties between President Roosevelt and his mother wen particularly

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close, and it is not surprising that, important the President's pending broadcast was, he should have decid to postpone it in consequence of her death. I am not s whether she...

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By STRATEG ICUS HE obscurity of the position about Leningrad has been deepened rather than lightened by the apparently frank pt of the German High Command to dispel it. Until...

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By J. M. SPAIGHT It is convenient to take the second point first. What evidence is there for such a statement, refuted as it seems to be at first sight by what Germany has...

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By C. W. GUILLEBAUD A S soon as the war of 1914-18 ended (and in some cases, 11 for instance in Greece, even earlier) the example of the Bolshevik Revolution forced the...

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By EDITH LYTTELTON F OR all the talk of reconstruction, I believe many people imagine peace to be an ideal state, a new world, a happy life secured. They imagine a return of...


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By OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT T HE study of absenteeism in industry is at present severely handicapped by the fact that, in a very large number of industrial concerns, there are...

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By J. R. GLORNEY BOLTON HE Iranian doctor was adamant. He would not look at my certificate of vaccination or inoculation against plague typhoid. My ship had left Bombay only six...

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If we understood a little better the vast import of

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the prob and perplexities with which Americana are now faced, should be both more sympathetic and more interested. do not always remember that the fathers and mothers of...

I recall with shame a spring afternoon when I drove

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out with an American friend and a visiting Englishman to George Washington's home above the Potomac. The whole of Washing- ton was a riot of Japanese cherry-trees, but the...


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By HAROLD NICOLSON y AM glad to hear that the Board of Education is encourag- ing ing Local Authorities and the Universities to teach the rising generation something more about...

People will tell one that it is because we speak

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the same language with a different accent and do not always laugh at the same jokes. Others have suggested that the Englishman's habit (when shy or frightened) of retreating...

I do not deny, however, that it will for long

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be aifficult any European to catch the full inspiration of the Amen Idea. We are so accustomed to assume that national icl can only become real through generations of gradual...

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The number of books devoted to the land, the farmer

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and the general regeneration of the countryside shows no sign of lessening. Sometimes one wonders what audience is being addressed by them. We have pleas for almost every kind...

Harvest (Almost) Home The countryside has been grateful for two

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pieces of red-tape cutting. The first made it possible for schoolboy harvest-camps to be con- tinued after the original closing date had expired; the second released troops for...

THE CINEMA e Reluctant Dragon," At the Gaumont and the

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Marble Arch P a vilion.--German Newsreels. General release. is with some relief that we watch the safe descent of Walt ney from Mount Olympus with only a few scratches to mark...

To Be a Farmer A sign that someone else thinks

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there is room for educating farmers, or rather potential farmers, is the appearance of an admirably prac- tical little book, To Be a Farmer, by J. Gunston (Methuen, 75. 6d.). I...

In the Garden Spring-sown onions should be up and harvested.

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Days of sun- baking, until skins are crisp as charred paper, are essential. Big onions keep prettily in ropes; small onions keep better and longer in sacks or boxes. Many...

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BELLIGERENCY IN BLINKERS Sm,—Your correspondent Mary Cubitt has raised an issue of the first importance. Certainly no living democracy can afford to entrust its most vital...


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SIR, —Nowadays Iran is in the news, and it is interesting to note conflicting opinions of some writers as to which is the convenient suitable name for the country. "Since the...


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SiR,—Little or nothing has appeared in the Press about the dor of our Indian troops, and this is all the more regrettable as in are followed with the keenest interest by all...

Sm,—Most of the disasters that have overtaken Europe have been

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caused by ignorance of the people of this country with regard to our commitments. If we were to make good the undertakings imposed upon us by the Covenant of the League of...

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SIR,—In his "Country Life" column in your issue of August 29th Mr. Bates tells us that sheep's-milk cheese (quite common on the Continent) is now being made in England; and in...

Slit,—I wish to point out a very big inaccuracy in

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Mrs. V. E. Poole's letter in your issue of August 22nd, as no one else appears to have done so; whether an error of arithmetic or composing I do not know. She states that the...


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Stn,—Boredom is one of the chief hindrances to swift and efficient work. Would it not be possible to combat boredom by enlisting the sporting spirit? Challenge-cups for the best...


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Si,—In your issue of August 22nd you discuss the shortage of milk which is likely to occur during the coming winter, and one of your correspondents ascribes it to the...

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Sut,—May I add my plea—so excellently expressed by "A Sym- pathiser "—that invalids with small fixed incomes should have a disability-allowance from Income Tax? We must all do...


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Sta,—I am merely writing to say that I think the remarks of " Janus " about the two hymns in last week's Spectator were in extremely bad taste. I hope others agree with...


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Sut,—In Mr. C. R M. F. Cruttwell's History of the Great War, 1914-1918 (second edition, 1936), the following figures, from official returns, are given for German casualties over...


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Sta,—I have not read Poverty and Progress, but I am surprised at the statement by " Janus " that the results of the sampling method used to secure certain data given in this...


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Sut,—Collecting in districts of England for bombs to be dropped on Germany is obviously anti-Christian. So is paying income-tax, which provides money for precisely the same...


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SIR,—Education, in all its forms, is so much discussed at the present time that I am diffident about suggesting another branch. Yet it came to me after twice reading Miss...


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Sta,—In a footnote to my letter, published in your issue of September tit, your reviewer admits having made three inaccurate statements in his " notice " of my book, I Liked the...

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" When ? " Town and Country Planning. By Gilbert McAllister and Elizabeth Glen McAllister. (Faber and Faber. 12s. 6d.) "I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising...

Regional History

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THE separateness of the Cornish land and the development of the Cornish squirearchy along each avenue of Tudor enterprise are alike reflected in this book in which Mr. Rowse has...

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A Unique Polity

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A History of South Africa : Social and Economic. By C Kiewiet. (Oxford University Press. iss.) This work, scholarly rather than popular, is a valuable come tion to the...

English Masters

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31s. 6r1 'THESE are the first volumes in a series called "English Mast Painters:' under the general editorship of Mr. Herbert R One has grumbled continuously at the inadequate...

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Poets and Poetesses

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A New Anthology of Modern Verse. (Methuen. 6s.) The North Star. By Laurence Binyon. (Macmillan. 43.) Return Again, Traveler. By Norman Rosten. (Yale. I2s.) RECENT letters to...

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These Times of Travail. By L. F. Loyeclay Prior. (Murray. 98.6(1.) Wiiv should novels about workers be, as a rule, unsuccessful? Mr. Westerby, in his morality, Hunger Allows No...


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By CUSTOS THROGMORTON STREET presents an odd study in contrasts. At one end of the Stock Exchange there is a boomlet in gilt-edged ; at the other speculative enterprise has...

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RECORD STORES PROFITS two hundred and seventy-second annual general court of the .ernor and Company of Adventurers of England Trading into dun's Bay was held on Friday,...


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WELLMAN SMITH OWEN ENGINEERING DISTRIBUTION OF I4 PER CENT. 2nd ordinary general meeting of the Wellman Smith Owen ineering Corporation, Limited, was held on September 3rd at...

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SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 129 The winner of Crossword No.

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129 Crescent, Stafford. is Miss Morton, 25 Silkm


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(A prise of a Book Token for one guinea wilt be given to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword puzzle to be opened. Envelopes should be marked, with...