13 JULY 1944

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HERE has been no doubt that the Democratic Convention at Chicago would nominate Mr. Roosevelt as candidate for the residency if there was any indication of his willingness to...

America and General de Gaulle

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General de Gaulle's visit to Washington has resulted in an under- standing which is welcomed in this country, and should bring to an end the differences between Algiers and the...

The Conquest of Saipan

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The conquest of the island of Saipan is a significant achievement in the now rapid offensive which the Americans are pressing against the Japanese in the Pacific. It was made...

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Mr. Gandhi's Latest Proposals

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It is absurd to suggest, as has been suggested in some quarters, that Mr. Gandhi's latest proposals for present co-operation with Moslems, and subsequent independence, come near...

Tile 'Book Famine

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It would be difficult to over-estimate the importance and urgen of the situation in the book-publishing trade dealt with in a repo issued by the Publishers' Association. Mr....

Facts About the Coal Miners

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Before yesterday's dtbate in the House of Commons on the Estimates of the Ministry of Puel and Power, members had in their hands valuable statistics published as a White Paper...

Town and Country Planning

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The debate on the first reading of the Town and Country Planning Bill was to some extent clouded by the intrusion of questions belong- ing to the wider policy of planning which...

Opera at Covent Garden

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It is exciting news that a serious attempt is to be made to re-establi Covent Garden after the war as a centre of opera and ballet worth of the highest musical traditions. The...

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HE dismissal of Field-Marshal von Rundstedt as supreme German commander in the west and his replacement by ield-Marshal von Kluge are events which have political as well s...

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Clearly there will always be differences of view about policy,

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but these differences can be narrowed down if they are based on a common understanding of the permanent interests of England, and not merely on a mixture of guesswork and...

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Nevertheless, one does not go back to the Idylls for their tires° jousts any more than one reads them for their tiresome uplift. Wh all is said against Tennyson, he remains a...

The guns of H.M.S. Rodney and her sister ships have

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now playe an important part in more than one battle fought a long way ou of sight or hearing of the sea. (Incideptally, there is a certain grim ness now in remembering the...

I have been reading the Idylls of the King for

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their interest] revelation of Victorian manners. Tennyson belonged almost to last generation before the development of organised games. Th social value of this development is...

How many people, like myself, noticed that a small map

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in The Times of July 4th marked a new stage on the road to victory? For months past I have watched this map, which has recorded from day to day the progress on the Eastern...

These issues of modern government, indeed, require a "clearing house"

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of information, and it should not be beyond the power of English political inventiveness to devise something new to meet the demand. The need is most pressing in the sphere of...


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D URING the recent parliamentary debatz on his department Mr. Bracken made it clear that he did not give the Ministry of Inrormation a long future. No one would wish to see a...

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By STRATEG IC US HE remarkable Russian offensive continues with unabated confidence and with a speed that shows little sign of slackening. has been developing now for almost....

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By. GLORNEY BOLTON E ARLY in the morning of July 25th, 1939, a civil air liner which travelled regularly between Le Bourget and Croydon forsook the normal Channel route over...

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By B. IFOR EVANS T OMORROW," said the leader of our party in Addis Ababa, "we go to Harrar." And then I remembered. Rimbaud ad been in Harrar. The greatest genius in French...


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By J. L. HODSON E VERY individual has his own reactions to the robot. My own chief complaint about them is that they keep me awake too notch at night. But it is not my own...

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By W. J. TURNER N O poet has had a stranger fate than Gerard Manley Hopkins who, born a hundred years ago, in 1844, died in 1889 at the early age of forty-five, a man whose...

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By MAHON COX UT HATEVER may be said—and a good deal has been said of late in The Spectator on the " defeated " or " submerged " generation, and as to whether the pre-war...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON T HE Publishers' Association on Wednesday published a memorandum in which they review the present and future prospects of the book trade. They forecast a...

My special sympathy extends to the small publisher. I have

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no desire at all to make comparisons which might seem odious to the large publishers, since they also have their difficulties, and they also have maintained throughout the years...

It is no disparagement of the old-established firms to say

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that the small publisher is often more interested than the large publisher in "experiments and innovations." The older publishers have upon their lists many successful authors,...

The United States authorities have dealt with the book problem

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in a far more generous, and I suggest more intelligent, manner. They can afford to be generous, since their supplies of paper are infinitely greater than our own ; but it would...

The small publishers of England and Scotland have rendered in

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the past immense services to literature. Many of the classics of today were once the experiments of some young publishing adven- turer. If we are to avoid, in so far at least as...

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AMONG the latest recordings the most important is that of Gustav Holst's The Hymn of 7esus (H.M.V. C3399-CS340r) sung by the Huddersfield Choral Society with the Liverpool...


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I SPEAK for the lonely ones, Those who fail to find Comfort in tea and buns, Or a busy mind. I speak for the lonely hearts, Those who left all love At home: who in strange...


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Justice is Coming" and" The Actress." At the Tatler. 66 Th e Eve of St. Mark." At the Odeon. "Gibraltar." At Studio One ustice is Coming is probably the most remarkable piece...

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THE GERMAN PEOPLE SIR, —In your issue of July 7th Miss Rathbone reverts to the old device that those who know and tell the inside story of Germany are "a gift for Goebbels.'...

SIR,—Miss Rathbone's letter reminds me of a conversation I had

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with an ex-schoolmaster during my last visit to Germany—in 1938. This man —he was not a Jew—had four sons Who had suffered many things owing to their refusal to join the Hitler...


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Sta,—I would like to add my opinions on World Air Police to those Mr. Spaight and Mr. Reiss. It seems to me that there is some confusi between W.A.P. and Surely it will be...

SIR,—Both your contributor Mr. Spaight and your correspondent Frank Reiss

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ate of the opinion that any attempt to form an integrat International Air Force, as distinct from a force composed of units co tributed by national air forces, will not secure...

SIR,—The paramount duty of the United Nations to the world

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and to future generations is not merely to destroy the German fighting machine . but to frustrate effectively the ensuing underground movement, already reliably reported to be...

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SirR,—" Doctor and Patient" by Gordon Malet is a subtle

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piece of reasoning by an exceptional intellect, but it overlooks certain aspects of the doctor-patient relationship which should not be ignored if individuals are to preserve...


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Sta,—Mr. Gordon Malet's article on the changes in the relations between doctor and patient that will be produced by the White Paper proposals appears to me to leave out some...


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Ste,—Having in his first letter described as " misleading" Professor Hill's reference to a continuing increase in India's population Mr. Sen now ascribes to Dr. K. C. K. E. Raja...


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ut,—While I hold no brief for the Republican Party, your editorial rnicism of the "Palestine" plank in its platform seems to me unjustified, nd your use of such harsh epithets...

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PnorEsrs against the slaughtering of animals which catch foot and mouth disease are again being heard in the land ; and they have, of course, some justification. The disease is...

The Cuckoo's Notes

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So large a number of musicians have written to me on the subject of the cuckoo's note that I must make one more comment on this popular theme. There is a general consensus of...

In My Garden Among the rarer vegetables I fancy that

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purslane is beginning to rise in favour. To my palate it is very pleasant either as a cooked vegetable or in salad. Among herbs I would give a high place to hyssop, which— to...

Golf and Groundlings I had a very courteous opponent last

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week at the game of golf. He sliced, as the very elect may do, a long drive into the rough and after a long search found the ball lying snug in a lark's nest. The law of the...


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SIR,—The causes as stated by Mr. Hobday of the Lea Conservancy Board are correct and of long standing. They were brought frequently before the notice of the Board some twenty...


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Sta,—Mr. Edward Shoosmith's faith in the omniscience of the U.S. Army Chief Engineer in Europe is so touching that I am ready to lay the misconception in his quotation at the...


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SIR,—Mr. Harcourt-Smith writes in his review of Mr. Hertz's book, " Nationality in History and Politics," that the Irish Government fetched "a professor all the way from Norway...


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SIR,—I have no wish to underestimate the value of the work of the Com- mission on Doctrine or to disparage the Commission's "authority," when authority means, as cmctoritas...


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SIR,—Dr. Scopes' suggestion of "Sensible Money," while superficially attractive, and doubtless designed to attract support both from English conservatism and English talent for...

A Wagtail Inroad An oddity of bird movement—if the wagtails

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will forgive the phrase—has astonished observers on the river Lea. Just below an old, old mill is 3 bubbling reach where I have seen kingfishers, dabchicks, mallard, moor- hen...

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Either a Little Liberal . . .

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THESE two little books, so different in style ana approach, have a great deal in common ; and what they have in common throws interesting light on the present trends of party...


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The English and Their History IN this remarkable little book on the Englishman's interpretation of the history of England Mr. Butterfield has combined a guide for the use of...

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New Poetry ,

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Death in April and Other Poems. By G. Rostrevor Hamilton. (Cambridge University Press. 33. 6 .) Elegies. By Alex Comfort. (Routledge. 55.) , Shadows of Chrysanthemums and Other...

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• Fiction

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Mrs. Loveday. By Robert Goodyear. (Gollancz. 8s. 6d.) Tucker's People. By Ira Wolfert. (Gollandz. 12s. 6d.) Hard Facts. By Howard Spring. (Collins. 8s. 6d.) THESE three...

Someone Else's Boy

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Those Clouded Hills. By B. L. Coombes. (Cobbett. 5s.) "There is a great need for boys underground. The country is screaming out for them to go—although usually they mean some-...

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The winner of The Spectator Crossword No. 277 is Miss M. HIGGISON, Arundell Road, Weston-super-Mare, Som. a


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[A Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of Ow first correct 5c;uilon of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, 7,„., 251h. Envelopes...

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Shorter Notices

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A Dictionary of American English on Historical Principles. Parts XIV..XVI. (Humphrey Milford. 1.7os. each.) A FURTHER three parts of this magnificent dictionary, compiled at the...

Harrap's Shorter French.English Dictionary, Vol. II., English- French. (Harrap. 125.

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6d.) Tans is Vol II of the English-French section of Harrap's Shorter French and English Dictionary, an abridgment of their famous large two-volume Standard Dictionary edited by...


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By CUSTOS BY gradual stages the hopeful news from the war fronts is ousting the flying bomb as the, most important immediate influence in the stock markets. While it is true...

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" SHELL " TRANSPORT MEETING ESSENTIAL NEEDS tie annual general meeting of the "Shell" Transport and Trading Co., td., was held on July nth, in London, the Rt. Hon. Viscount...