13 MARCH 1936

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T HE reasons for Herr Hitler's sudden determination—. kr there is every indication that it was a last- moment decision—not to be content with merely repudiating the Treaty...

If Mr. Eden's admirably balanced statement in the House of

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Commons on. Monday brought some relief to the tension, his experiences in Paris on Tuesday quickly dispelled any idea that the French were disposed to put conciliation in the...

The Defence Debate The two-days' debate on defence in the

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House of Commons on Monday and Tuesday, in which the two dominating figures were Mr. Churchill and Mr. Lloyd George, gave the Government a majority of 371 to 153 and left the...

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A Demand for Action The remarkable meeting held in Cardiff

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on Tuesday night is an instructive comment on the complacency with which the Government, through the mouth of the Lord President of the Council, has recently spoken of its work...

The Football Pool Fight A revolt of the Football League

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clubs, who found that, refusal to announce their fixtures beforehand decreased their gates, has put an end to the League Management . Committee's first action against the Pools,...

halo-Abyssinian Negotiations But for developments of greater moment elsewhere . the

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acceptance in principle by both Italy and Abyssinia of the League's invitation to consider negotiations for peace would have been treated as an event of importance. As it is,...

The City of Khartoum ' At the resumed inquest, at

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Alexandria on Monday, on the victims of the wreck of the air-liner, ' City of Khartoum,' the Chief Inspector of Accidents for the Air Ministry outlined his tentative...

Japan's - New Government The political problem in Japan has been

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solved, but what the solution portends, or who really rules Japan, it is hard to know. Mr. Hirota has formed his Govern- ment, meeting the Army's objections to his proposed...

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The debate on the first day was rather uneven. Mr.

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Baldwin gave it a fair start with a speech of clarity and vigour delivered obviously under considerable stress of emotion and fatigue. Mr. Attlee failed altogether to rise to...

On the second day Mr. Greenwood was (Well worse than

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Mr. Attlee, for he tried to he humorous. His jokes were of the kind that only could have had even a measure of success at an eve-of-poll meeting of his supporters in a Labour...

The only other notable speech was that of Sir Samuel

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Hoare. As a most successful Air Minister he can speak with great knowledge on the technicalities of defence, and had he restricted himself to these his intervention would have...

The poor show put up by the Labour Party was

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in part redeemed by Mr. Herbert Morrison, who alone of the Labour leaders spoke with restraint and authority.

The Week in Parliament

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Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes : The House accepted with remarkable calmness the situation created by Herr Hitler's remilitarisation of the Rhineland. This was largely...

Import Traffic in Women Recent police court cases, to which

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attention was called at a meeting of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene on Tuesday, have revealed a new form of traffic in women in this country. The procedure is...

The Unemployed Two Million The Ministry of Labour returns for

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February show a decrease of 134,701 in unemployment, and thus mitigate the shocknf the unusually large seasonal increase disclosed in January. The returns also confirm the...

The Spy

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The trial of Dr. Goertz on a charge of contravening the Official Secrets Act is said to be the first trial of a foreigner for espionage since the War. It is inevitable but...

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That is the essential fact of the present situation. That the Rhineland should be no longer demilitarised is a small thing in itself ; no one ever supposed that mark of...

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I T is more than two generations since Sybil was written, but the Two Nations still confront each other. Both, indeed, are better off, but the inequalities in their income,...

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I DOUBT if any factor counts for so much in the present international situation as the censorship of the Press . in Germany. At this moment of all moments it is essential to the...

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By H. G. WELLS I can indicate here only the cardinal points of this planetary excursion. With a certain plausibility he asserts that the three or four centuries up to and...

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By WILLIAM HENRY CHAMBERLIN Tokyo I T is not an accidental coincidence that sonic of the severest clashes on the uneasy northern frontier of Manchoukuo have taken place along...

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By R. A. J. WALLING It may not be possible to placate the industrialists who, for whatever reason, desire to maintain a supply of recruits to child labour at fourteen. But one...

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By SIR RICHARD PAGET A LL who have had to do with deaf mutes know (1) that they are only mute because they are deaf, and have therefore never learnt to imitate the sounds of...

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By A. H. WHIPPLE* Before, they had around them all the life, bustle, and movement of the town and its streets ; they could talk and, if necessary, quarrel with their neighbours...

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By JAN 'STRUTHER I AM going through, at this moment, a well-known form of minor hell ; one of those trivial anguishes of the mind which have the power, while they last, to...

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By ROSE MACAULAY A X embarrassing air of cliquish, small-town, parish. pump smugness is apt to hover over the meetings (or rallies, if this name is preferred) of any political...

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Poland and the Crisis

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Coynmunication [To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—Poland holds so decisive a position geographically in Europe that it is particularly important to understand hdr...

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"Red Night.' By J. L. Hodson. At the Queen's Mn.

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Honsow has written a sincere but diffuse play about the War. Private Hardcastle, its central figure, is a sensitive and educated man, whom we see bludgeoned by horror and...

"Crime et Chatiment." At the Academy --" Vcille d'Armes." At

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Studio One, Cinema House, Oxford St. I SUPPOSE it may be considered a laudable ambition to try to translate Dostoicvsky's novels into film terms, but ('rime et Chdliment, just...


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"Dusty Ermine." By Neil Grant. At the Comedy THE dramatist who selects heredity as an instrument of his plot has half his work done for him by his audience, The alacrity with...

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Gainsborough Ax artist like Reynolds who is fundamentally academic never changes his style in any but superficial ways. He may paint now a portrait, now an allegory, now a...

Le Boeuf Gras

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[D'un correspondant parisien] La 19 mars proehain, a l'occasion de la fete de la Mi-Careme, Paris fern revivre rune des plus vieilles traditions connues en France : he cortege...

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Defending our Buds March may be called the black cotton season. That half- invisible thread is stretched over the bulb beds by London Park keepers and half the gardeners in...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—It is most unfortunate that the present controversy regarding the position of national colonial possessions and their relations to the...


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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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[To the Editor of THE SeEcTATon.1 SIR,—The article on this subject in your last issue puts before its readers a problem which, while it concerns everyone, is of special...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—You advise the Emperor of Ethiopia to accept the pro- posals of the Committee of Five as a peace settlement. And you say " The League,...

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[To the Editor of Tol: SPECTATOR. Sm.— All who have visited East Africa and taken any interest in its agriculture and rural economy will agree with the views expressed in the...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,--The proposal to extend the jurisdiction of the police courts in matrimonial eases is surely an astonishing one, in view of the record of...


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[To the Editor of TUE SPECTATOR.] Stn,----I observe that you say that " the justice and merits " of the Government's tithe proposals " are so clear that the arguments brought...

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Stn.—With reference to the grant of £1,000 made from the King's Jubilee Fund to the Youth Hostels Association. it should be pointed out that the Association competes with...


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[To the Editor of Time SPECTATOR."' was not surprised, when I read Mr. Ayer's reply to my review of his Language, Truth and Logic, that an author who declares in his second...


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[ To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Si 11,-1 suppose that the dons of one's old college are fair. game. But Mr. Lawrence is unlucky—he has got all his facts wrong. If, instead...

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England, I870-I914 BOOKS OF THE DAY

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By Professor HAROLD TEMPERLEY Ma. limos' sustains the tradition set by Mr. G. N. Clark in this series with his weighty contribution on the Later Stuarts. Weighty is the word,...

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History of Labor in the United States. Volume Ht.—Work- ing

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Conditions. By Don D. Lescohiei, Labour and American Society Legislation. By Elizabeth Brandeis. (Macmillan. 20a) Tnis book ought to be made required reading for a commen-...

They that Take the Sword: The Future of the League

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or Nations. By Douglas Jerrold. (The Bodley Head. 6s.) Revamping the League Ma.. JERROLD writes with such pungfency-and abandon and indulges in so much cut-and-thrust on the...

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Dr. Coulton and Monastic Economy

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Five Centuries of Religion. Vol. III : Getting and Spending. By G. G. Coulton. (Cambridge. 35s.) Dn. Courrox's enormous work, like some equipage of an earlier age, proceeds on...

The Powys Family

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Welsh Ambassadors. Lives and Letters. By Louis Marlow. (Chapman and Hall. 12s. 6d.) The Powys Brothers. By Richard Heron Ward. (The Bodley Head. 7s. W.) VERY remarkable...

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Platonist and Aristotelian

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Running Accompaniments. By H. W. Nevinson. (Routledge. 10s. 6d.) " EVERY MAN," we used to be told at Oxford, " is born either a Platonist or an Aristotelian " ; and, although...

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The Flood

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Noah and the Waters. By C. Day Lewis. (The Hogarth Press. 5s.) ALLEGORY is one of the most difficult literary forms. It requires both a powerfully creative and a severely...

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The Poetics of Detection Thou Shell of Death. By Nicholas

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Blake. (Crime Club. 7s. 6d.) Miss DOROTHY SAYERS has recently and most amusingly pointed out (in the first number of English, the new magazine of the English Association) that...

Royal Reminiscences

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Tia: authoress of these colourful reminiscences has always passed as the daughter of the WitteLsbach Duke Ludwig, brother of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, by his wife,...

F. S. Oliver's Letters

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The Anvil of War. By F. S. Oliver. (Macmillan. • 12s. ad.) Tins selection of letters from F. S. Oliver to his brother (some of whose replies arc included), written as they...

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By WILLIAM PLOMER Men and Brethren. By J. G. Cozzens. (Longmans. 7s. 6d.) X plus Y. By E. F. Bozman. (Dent. 7s. 6(1.) South Riding is bound to be widely read. It is long and...

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Of all literary maniacs the Proust-fan is perhaps the most

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sentimental. The slightest piece of evidence about any of the characters in Le Temps Perdu, the identification of the smallest street. the parallel between the most...

LOUIS D'ORLEANS By F. D. S. Darwin The later middle

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ages are a period of .such complexity that any book is welcome which throws any light on the subject, or even one which only gives a clear picture of the confusion of the...

Zervos' -1r/ en Greer has set such a high standard

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in the reproduction of photographs after Greek sculpture that any new book on the subject must almost necessarily seem rather disappointing, at any rate in its plates. At first...


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By Herbert van Thal George the Third's fifth son was not an attractive or par- ticularly important person. But he cut a conspicuous figure in his . day, and it is rather...

PROPHETS AND POETS Current Literature

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By Andre Maurois M. Maurois' new book (Cassell, lOs. (d.) is composed of a series of lectures on nine modern English writers, Kipling, Wells, Shaw, Conrad, Chesterton, Lytton...

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DVRING the last three weeks I have been obliged, with

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all due regret, to refuse no fewer than five Spectator readers information I was supposed to possess. These five (and, incidentally, many times more than five at other times)...

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The National Expenditure

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Finance Wail another three weeks to run before the 'eini or the present financial year, it is impossible, of course, to forecast the precise state of the National Balance-Sheet...

Financial Notes

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SUBDUED MARKETS. HITLERS bombshell of last Saturday may be said to have had the effect of checking business in the Stock Markets rather than of occasioning any extensive...

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"The Spectator" Crossword No. 18I

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


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SOLUTION NEXT WEEK The winner of Crossword No. 180 is Judge Randolph, 10 Canterbury Road, Oxford.