16 AUGUST 1946

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German Economic Disunity

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When Mr. Byrnes made his offer of co-operation between the American zone in Germany and any other single zone, everybody recognised the offer, not as a solution to the German...


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1 1 HE temperate terms of the Government statement on illegal immi- gration into Palestine do not, conceal certain disquieting features of the document. These, to be sure, are...

Conciliation in India ?

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Indian politics at the moment are reminiscent of those small houses that tell the weather ; when the little man is out the little woman is in. At the moment the little man of...

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England v. Australia

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The shortage of paper which prevents The Spectator from reviving just yet its pre-war practice of devoting an occasional column to sporting events also prohibits in the meantime...

Squatters' Rights and Duties Much may be said—and so far

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has not been said—in condemnation of the squatters who in the last few weeks have been occupying Government buildings and sites in various parts of the country. In the first...

Chinese Puzzle

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General Chiang Kai-shek's message to the Chinese people does not qualify the latest report of General Marshall, personal repre- sentative of President Truman in China, which is...

The Straits Regime

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Although there is general agreement on the need for the revision of the Montreux Convention, it is doubtful if the Soviet Government will gain much support for the proposals...

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OMEWHERE beneath the froth and turbulence of its plenary sessions the steady stream of the real work of the Paris Con- ference is beginning to flaw. The two commissions on the...

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JJ ANUS has left London for a well-earned holiday and for the next three weeks these notes will come to you from an altogether lower level. The finger of his deputy can by no...

It must have been during that far-off Canterbury Week that

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I first drove (conning, no doubt, my single interjection) througlr the jungle of sweet chestnut on the ridge above Chilharn. I remember noticing at the time what dense cover it...

I would like to have gone to Canterbury last week.

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The cricket would not have drawn me, for I do not really enjoy watching the game played in the middle distance. I like to be near enough, as you are in village matches, to see...

This is the season at which a great part of

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the population of these islands faces, and once more fails to solve, the problem of how to get the sand off its feet before putting on its shoes and socks. If you are reading...

I bought a brace of jeeps last week, at. a

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-Ministry of Supply auction, for £250. The glimpse of state-ownership at work was not inspiring. Here was a vast dump of U.S. Army equipment—millions of cigarettes, tons and...

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By JULIAN HUXLEY W I'I'H the death of H. G. Wells, it is as if an epoch had come to an end, though one would be hard put to it to define it precisely or give it a name. It is...

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By REINHOLD NIEBUHR A DVICE or criticism from an American on the Palestinian issue will hardly be welcome in Britain at the present moment. The dwellers of these isles feel...

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By ELIZABETH WISKEMANN W HEN we in England learn about the history of Italy the story usually comes to a neat end with the unification of the country in 1870. In Italy itself,...

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By D. R. GILL1E T HE three-party coalition, by which France cannot but be governed so long as there is no important shift of opinion or some change in the electoral system has...

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By KATHARINE GORDON I T was the Sunday after Corpus Christi, and they were having a procession at the Catholic Church, "weather permitting." Cam- bridge has been for...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON M Y presence, although in a wholly unofficial capacity, at this the second Peace Conference in Paris has revived many old memories and brought me certain new...

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"Don Pasquale." At the Cambridge Theatre. IT is to be hoped that the present brilliant revival of Donizetti's famous comic opera Don Pasquale at the Cambridge Theatre will have...


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Lea Visiteurs du Soir. At the Curzon.—" Anna and the King of Siam." At the New Gallery and the Tivoli. As anyone who has seen Quai des Brumes will testify, Came and Prevert are...


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On seeing a blinded Airman at a recital given by Schnabel, Royal Albert Hall, Friday, May 17th, 7946. Music gives now the form and pattern Which once came to himl through...

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ANGLO-RUSSIAN TRADE Sta,—Mr. Churchill once truly said. that Russia is

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a riddle inside an enigma wrapped in mystery. Russian secretiveness is largely responsible for the enigma, but a great deal of the wrapping is being done by English and American...


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Sin,—Every day the world Press is publishing details of schemes for the solution of the Palestine problem. These schemes, including the partition scheme evolved as the result of...

SOUTH SLESVIG AND DENMARK Sin,—From certain angles it was with

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a measure of relief that I read the article Britain and Denmark by R. C. K. Ensor, since only a fortnight ago I, myself, had received a letter from a very good friend in...


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article under the above title your contributor "R.A.F. Chaplain "faces the position squarely and fairly. He admits the difficulties and has no " grouse " but he is botuld to...

Sin —Perhaps you will allow tne to reply, very briefly,

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to the letters in The Spectator which my own, headed A - Living in the Church, in your issue of 'July 19th, has elicited. The Rector of Warrington takes me to task for giving no...

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Sta,—Your correspondent, Mr. H. B. 0. Cardew, gives a factually correct account of the "doctors' right of appeal," but overlooks, or is ignorant of, the difference that actuates...


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SIR, —In defending the above your correspondent, J. Dwyer, makes an assumption that has for far too long been unchallenged, viz., that a 5 per cent, clear profit for the...


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Sra,—Janus has commended a projected memorial of a chapel in St. Marylebone Parish Church to commemorate Robert and Elizabeth Barrett- Browning, who were married there nearly a...

MR. ISAACS' JOKE Sia,—In A Spectator's Notebook in your issue

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of August 2nd, 1946, part of a paragraph was devoted to what was described as a very disturbing sign. of " totalitarianism " on the part of the Government—a report that Mr....


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Sia,—Your correspondent, Mr. Frank Sykes, in his letter in your issue of the 9th instant, would seem to approach the Odium case with mixed feelings. I feel- certain his state of...


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Sitt,—I suppose few economists would criticise Mr. Spearman's lucid exposition of the Keynesian diagnosis of our economic ill-health so evident in the inter-war period, but...

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Sta,—A few weeks ago I read with much interest and sympathy Mr. Richard Church's account of the loss of his five-year-old gooseberry bushes through mildew. Perhaps my experience...


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Sia,—In the issue of August 2nd I regret to say that Professor Dingle has misquoted me on some occasions and has thus misrepresented my meaning. Thus he has objected to the use...


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Sta,—Your review of The Scarlet Tree quotes Sir Osbert Sitwell's description of the London horse-bus with "two large wheels in front and two smaller--ones behind." But were the...


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Sta,—Betweeti the two world wars an educational experiment was made by the Czechs who abandoned the educational ladder and built a broad highway—paved with the very best...

The reaping in my immediate neighbourhood disturbed coveys of partridges

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that were many and large and singularly strong on the wing The extension of grain harvests and the comparative absence of sportsmen has increased the population of this most...

In My Garden Garden books usually advise us to sow

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annuals in the autumn, with a view to earlier flowering. It seems to me that the great value of annuals is that they will flower late. The Shirley poppies the co rn flowers,...


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THE whirligig has brnught back - one old custom or habit to country places: As soon as the corn is cut gleaners go forth, not for the sake of the old yellow "gleaning loaves,"...

A visitor, who was astonished to find a home-county common

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purple with ling, represents, I think, a general ignorance. Many of these southern commons are as favourable to this species of heather as the moors of the north or peaty plains...

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How We All Grow

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How a Baby Grows. By Arnold Gesell. (Hamish Hamilton. 10s. 6d.) THIS new book of Gesell's adds greatly to the debt which parents, general readers and psychologists owe to the...


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What Is History For ? The Idea of History. By R. G. Collingwood. (Clarendon Press. 20s.) R. G. COLLINGWOOD died in 1943 at the age of fifty-two. This book amalgamates his...

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Near and Distant Journeys

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Journeys in the Sun. By Douglas Goldring. (MacDonald. 10s. 6d.) PERCY REDFERN was born in bleak circumstances, into a poor home, in 1875. While still a boy he was apprenticed...

Rilke or Rodin ?

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Rodin. By Rainer Maria Rilke. (Grey Walls Press. 7s. 6d.) AN essay on a sculptor by a poet of Rilke's distinction is almost inevitably more immediately fascinating than even...

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Literary and Historic Spain

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St. John of the Cross and Other Lectures and Addresses. By AT a time when Spain is such a battle-ground for external political opinions, a book (by the Gilmour Professor of...


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Aurelien. By Louis Aragon. Translated from the French by Eithne Wilkins. (Pilot Russ. 12s. 6d.) Dragon Harvest. Iff Upton Sinclair. (Werner Laurie. 15s.) and Co. 8s. 6d.) "HE...

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IA Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct scl.tion of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, A-gust 27th. Envelopes...


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The winner of Crossword No. 386 is F. 0 HUDD, Esq., 20 Athelstan Read, Hastings, Sussex.

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By CUSTOS ONCE again there are all sorts of straws in the wind which give me the impression that markets are heading for another period of activity and rising prices. One of...

Shorter Notices The Stage is Set. Future Books Vol. II.

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(Collins. 5s.) 'IT is pleasant to welcome the second volume of Future Books, which improves on the already high standard set by its predecessor. Although the subject-matter of...

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