15 MAY 1941

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T1 0 most of the world the fantastic adventure of Rudolf Hess I would be incredible if it were not a fact. Literally like a bolt from the blue the deputy leader of the Nazi...

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T HE situation in Iraq has improved considerably, but it can- not yet be regarded as satisfactory. Basra remains quiet, and there are no doubt enough Imperial troops there to...

A Plan for India

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In an important article on a later page Sir George Schuster, who was for six years a very successful Finance Member of the Viceroy's Executive Council, makes definite proposals...

The European Chess-Board

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Admiral Darlan has had an interview with Hitler, and there are rumours that Hitler is to have an interview with Stalin. The Vichy Cabinet has approved some agreement, the terms...

Haile Selassie's Plan

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The Emperor Haile Selassie has given to a Times special correspondent a notable statement of the ambitions he entertains for the development of Ethiopia, which shows how much...

A Month's Losses at Sea

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That the battle of the Atlantic is now being fought in its utmost intensity, and that our counter-attack has a long war to go before we can begin to speak of victory, is shown...

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What, then, is the remedy? Is our ancient system of

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proce- dure out of date and out of touch with modern demands? The people are interested in subjects, not departments, and Parlia- ment must somehow vary its procedure, so that...

It would be idle to deny the staggering and stunning

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effect of this almost melodramatic episode in this strangest of all wars. On the same night that the buildings of Westminster are bombed by the enemy, the deputy-Fiihrer lands...

At last Mr. Herbert Morrison has decided to reorganise the

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fire-fighting service. This is grossly overdue, and even now appears to be a half-measure. After months of letters and articles, after a preliminary appointment of Mr. W. S....

k Pool of Seamen IT,: monthly returns of losses at

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sea are the bare statistical ou tlille of a situation whose human realities will never for a moment be forgotten. Life at sea for all the seamen of the friercdntile marine is...

The Week in Parliament

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Our Parliamentary correspondent writes : —The great debate is over, the real debates have not begun, nor have the inquests into many questions which are agitating Parliament. I...

Remittances to American Hosts

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer will surely see the necessity of saying yes to the question which Mrs. J. R. Rathbone is addressing to him in the House of Commons. She is asking...

Educational Advance

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Following the notable example set by Mr. H. A. L. Fisher of formulating in war-time a long-term programme of educa- tional advance, the President of the Board of Education, Mr....

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T 0 the ordeal which this country is undergoing at home two of three elements, air and fire, in their different ways, contribute tragically. Attack from the air in the last war...

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A Canon of Westminster's experiences last Saturday, with an instructive

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climax at Oxford, are worth recording. He began the night with his normal duties as air-raid warden. In the course of it he watched various historic buildings blazing, tried in...

The difficulty about the petrol-allowance is that in the matter

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of the supplementary ration every application ought to be decided on its merits. In view of the number involved that is hardly possible, or at the best it means that the...

Great and enduring as Sir James Fraz2r's fame as an

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anthro- pologist will be, he deserves to be remembered no less as a master of English prose. That could only be demonstrated by quotations for which I have no room. But no one...

Goering, by firing both the Reichstag and the House of

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Commons, has added a double event of some importance to his many distinctions. The Capitol next? JANus.


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W RITING last week on the night-bomber I suggested that there might be a sudden leap in the figures of German losses, and that after the full moonlight-period was over we might...

The murder of the English language perpetuated around us every

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day is so widespread and so shameless that for the most part it goes unremarked. But there are some limits. If freedom shrieked when Kosciusko fell " Janus " may be permitted at...

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The War Su - rveyed

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STRATEGY IN POLITICS By STRATEGICUS T HE grand strategy of a State must ultimately be a matter 1 of politics, though it will commonly be arrived at by the expert advice of the...

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By SIR GEORGE SCHUSTER, M.P.* R DECENT articles in The Spectator have brought out the grow- ing feeling that we cannot rest content with a mere negative policy in India ; that...

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By HERMANN RAUSCHNING rp HE flight of Rudolf Hess to enemy country in the middle JL of the war is more than a lost battle for Hitler. It must be a desperate blow for him, at...

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By BARBARA WOOTTON TN Western Europe the discovery that we had ceased to 1 increase and multiply, and that, if the earth is to be replenished, it will not be by us, broke rather...

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Y OUR American correspondent seems for ever to be approaching the clipper-mail deadline just on the eve of important Washington action. So it seems to be today, April 25th. We...

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Vegetable-Prices A visit to my local nurseryman was illuminating. For whereas, some months ago, he had been willing to sell me his Sunday hat, he now greeted me with what I...

Pigeon-Menace Even some country-people are, however, short of vegetables, and

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I myself have occasionally been supplying neighbours who, in other years, sometimes supplied me. The main cause brings up another case in which the price of an article of food...

In the Garden A broccoli called Nine-star Perennial should be

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grown by every- one. Sown now, it will produce next spring a solid cauliflower head surrounded by a varying number of smaller heads. These are excellent_ After they have been...

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" Cottage to Let." By Geoffrey Kerr. At Wyndham's. I REMEMBER being taken as a child during the last war to see Seven Days' Leave at the Lyceum. It was a magnificent play which...


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"Kipps." At the Gaumont. "Chad Hanna." At the Odeon. Kipps, as a novel, was concerned primarily with what was hap- pening on the border between English middle-class and...


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I SHALL witness the day— Maybe I must use strong glasses to read the news Or my grown-up son will help me from the chair To look thro' the windows, trembling with joy, Or it...

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UNEQUAL SACRIFICE su,,—" Miles Ignotus," in your issue of May znd, expressed himself on a point of real difficulty with admirable fairness and restraint. There must be many of...


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SIR,—There is a widespread feeling at this time that much of the world's tragedy is due to the almost incredible indifference of certain statesmen to their pledged word,...


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SIR,—The timely article and correspondence in your columns should arouse from their lethargy those Government Departments which have it in their power to check the present...

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Sm,—I endorse your remarks complaining of the grave lack of fore- sight on the part of the Ministry of Health regarding evacuation-plans. All infant children should have been...


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" Janus " will read carefully what I wrote in The Sunday Times on April 27th he will realise that there was no need for me to quote a coroner's remark about "a sad history." I...

GERMANY AFTER THE WAR" s111,--If we are to have "the

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whole truth and nothing but the truth" one statement in Dr. W. H. Dawson's letter in your issue of May 9th should be corrected. Reference to the Government White Paper on the...


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Sm,—At the present time when bombs of all types are being used so ruthlessly by the Germans, it is interesting to read by way of contrast the eloquent and vigorous protest...

"MR. F. P. AND MR. B. B."

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Sm,—In his article "Mr. F. P. and Mr. B. B." your contributor, Mr. E. L. Woodward, touched very briefly on a matter of peculiar interest to thousands of radio-listeners. They...


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Sut,—With regard to Sunday theatres and church-attendance, Miss Rose Macaulay's recent contention here that time-tables need not be incompatible is more pertinent than might...

SIR,—I entirely agree with what Mr. Woodward says about Big

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Ben and Contemplation. Could the B.B.C. be persuaded to give us a distinct one minute's pause between the last stroke of Big Ben and the beginning of the news at each news...

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The Thirty Days' War

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Chronology of Failure. By Hamilton Fish Armstrong. (Mac- millan. 7$. 6d.) THE Editor of Foreign Affairs (New York), from which this book is reprinted with three additional...

The Church Under Fire

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Under Fire : The Christian Church in a Hostile World. By A. M. Chirgwin. (S.C.M. Press. 5s.) ON the stage of the European scene the position of the Christian Church today might...


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Scientia Militans The Social Relations of Science. By J. G. Crowther. (Macmillan. 16s) " THE scientific journalist of the new type," so the scientific correspondent of the...

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Women in the Labour Market

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HERE is a very large subject of which Mrs. Hamilton has not attempted an exhaustive treatment. But behind it is the know- ledge and interest of a life-time devoted to this and...

The Mystery of Vermeer

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The Paintings of Jan Vermeer. With an introduction by Thomas Bodkin. (Allen and Unwin. 125. 6d.) "THE curious case of Jan Vermeer van Delft is one of the inexplicable mysteries...

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Hostages in Ecuador

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MR. GILL cut himself a ranch from the forests east of the Andes, in the Republic of Ecuador. Having established himself in state, as a "minor feudal baron," he was about to go...

By Gun and Poison

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7s. 6d.) Death at the Helm. By John Rhode. (Crime Club. 8s.) THIS collection includes specimens from the three main types of detective-story; four of the murder-puzzle...

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Why Women Wear Clothes. By C. Willett Ctmnington. (Faber% 7s.

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6d.) DR. CUNNINGTON writes of "Man " and " Woman " and has in addition a somewhat inelastic theory of a sexual nature to account for kid-gloves or flowers in a hat (" primitive...

Shorter Notices

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The Land of Saint Joan. By Owen Rutter. (Methuen. 15s.) MR. RurrEa's book is interesting for several reasons. It describes a pilgrimage to the towns and villages associated with...


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The Lie Triumphant. By Reyner Barton. (Chapman and Hall. 8s.) IN my last review I asked : where are the novelists?—and scarcely were the words in the letterbox when out of my...

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F. FRANCIS AND SONS INCREASED PROFIT AND DIVIDEND THE CHAIRMAN'S REPORT THE fortieth ordinary general meeting of F. Francis and Sons, Limited, was held on May 1st in London....


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By CUSTOS I SEE that Sir Miles Mattinson, one of the acknowledged leader ' in the investment trust world, is telling us once again that market values are now quite "artificial"...

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[A prize of a Book Token for one . guinea will be given to the sender o f the first correct solution of this week's crossword puzzle to be o pened. Enve;opes should be marked...


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Brown, 16 SOLUTION ON MAY 30th The winner of Crossword No. 112 is the Rev. Lewis Southmont Road, Esher, Surrey.