18 FEBRUARY 1949

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In fact if an attack develops at all it will have to cover a wider front. The question of numbers is being settled as best it can be. That is to say the period of conscription...

The Attack on Christianity

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The action of the Bulgarian Government in accusing fifteen leaders of the United Evangelical Church in that country of espionage and illegal currency dealings was exactly what...

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Remember Japan

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There is something profoundly disturbing in the fact that a single disputed " off the record" statement by a single American official should have posed overnight all the most...

Jerusalem or Zion?

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History is likely to prove a millstone round the necks of the Zionists. In their determination to keep faith with Solomon and the Maccabees they are compelled to break faith...

The Instructive Case of Austria

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For those who had forgotten how Russians behave at the inter- national conferences for which they so insistently ask, the Lancaster House meetings of the Foreign Ministers'...

The Two Rhodesias

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The suggestion that Southern and Northern Rhodesia should unite to form one unit, whether its form is that of a Dominion or not, is more than thirty years old and has been the...

The Nile Waters

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The entire life of two countries—Egypt and the Sudan—depends on the waters of the river Nile. Three dams, one on the White Nile and one on the Blue Nile above Khartum, and the...

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T HE. backwash of the Lynskey Tribunal was still eddying round the House of Commons this week, and on Monday the Attorney- General had to assure the House that the Public...

The Workers Choose Their Work

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In the days when unemployment was a present plague an appre- ciable number of men moved to the places at which work was relatively plentiful and nobody was surprised. In these...

Ulster's Decision

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While the Ulster elections resulted in the expected sweeping victory for the Unionist Government, some of the results provide rather inflammable material for Eire propagandists....

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N OWHERE are rumours that the Atlantic Pact negotiations are not going well calculated to create more exhilaration than a Moscow. For that reason, if for no other—and there are,...

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Quite apart from this particularly flagrant case, the way in

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which the newspapers, with hardly an exception, pursue Princess Margaret, who is 18, with camera and paragraph whenever she is seen in public with anyone masculine under 4o is...

With the approach of spring, and its invitation to staggered

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holidays, comes Mr. Ashley Courtenay's annual volume Let's Halt Awhile, with his selection, and description, of hotels in Great Britain, and now also Ireland, north and south,...

A lady named Mrs. Hugo Harper, who has not impinged

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on my consciousness before, is said to have been asserting at Cambridge, at a meeting of the Cambridge University Nationalist Club (which may not be developing Fascist...

How do blind persons manage to use an automatic telephone

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? The reply is given by the Postmaster-General in a written answer, which attracted no attention, last week. Arrangements, said Mr. Paling, are made to mark the edge of the dial...

Information, some of it direct from America, reaches me in

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considerable volume about gas-chamber executions and the like. A fortnight ago, guarding myself cautiously against dogmatism, I said that no country seemed to have experimented...


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T HIS week's (and I should think this year's) Vulgarity Prize : Margaret and the new boy friend watch the races at Lingfield. Sunday Express. The gentleman accompanying the...

I have heard a good deal about what is known

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as the Government Hotel in Park Street, beside Park Lane, for the accommodation of distinguished visitors to this country. This week, thanks to a hospitable invitation from one...

Nothing has stirred readers of this column so much for

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a long time as the definition of a hinny. Letters about it have poured in on me from east, west, south and north. A hinny, I said, was the off-spring of a she-ass by a stallion,...

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T HE Queuille Government has strugg:ed meritoriously. Success is perhaps within its grasp. Although the loan has been attacked by both the Gaullist and the Communist opposition,...


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Colonial Future

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FOUR RACES IN KENYA By M. F. HILL. I N 1883, the Royal Geographical Society sent an expedition, led by Joseph Thomson, to explore a direct route from the port of Mombasa on...

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By L. P. KIRWAN T O judge from recent Moscow broadcasts of the proceedings of the All-Union Geographical Society in Leningrad, Russia looks like joining the band of nations...

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By CECIL NORTHCOTT A LBERT SCHWEITZER has returned for rest in a small Black Forest village at the age of seventy-four, thirty-six years after he turned his back on Europe to...

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By H. C. LAWTON 0 N February loth the Prime Minister announced that a Royal Commission on Lotteries, Betting and Gaming had been set up. The chairman will be Mr. H. U. Willink,...

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By VICTOR BONHAM-CARTER R ECENTLY there has been sharp controversy in the Press and elsewhere on the subject of small villages. This has arisen, primarily, by way of reaction...

THE CLOCK The old clock With its tick reluctant, slow,

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Makes me wish there were some clock within More regular than heart, steady as rock, That we might know The time to end, begin, The time for stopping love or war Or hate, And see...

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Undergraduate Page

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THE PERENNIAL ARAB • By B. T. NORRIS (Peterhouse, Cambridge) T HE Middle East has a special fascination for a certain cast of mind. It has a wideness of scope both in its...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON MUST have been one of the last little boys in England to I receive Martin Tupper's Proverbial Philosophy as a prize at school. It was a handsome volume,...

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THE THEATRE Antigone. By Jean Anouilh. The Proposal. By Anton Tchehov. (New.) WHEN he chose Tchehov's farce as a curtain-raiser to M. Anouilh's grave play, we may assume that...


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" Unfaithfully Yours." (New Gallery and Tivoli.)--" Le Visiteur." (Studio One.)—" Blood on my Hands." (Gaumont and Marble Arch Pavilion.) MR. PRESTON STURGES has written,...

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MR. WALTER HUTCHINSON'S National Gallery of British Sports and Pastimes was opened last week in the admirable eighteenth-century setting of Derby House (as was), in Stratford...


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Bright drips the morning froin its trophied nets Looped in a sky flickering with fish and wing ; Cobbles like salmon crowd up the waterfalling Alleys where life dies thrashing...


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RAFAEL KuirEux conducted the B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on February rzth in a performance of Dvorak's Stabat Mater which lias renewed controversy over the artistic...


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THE SPECTATOR readers are urged to place a firm order with their newsagent or to take out a subscription. Newsagents cannot afford to take the risk of carrying stock, as unsold...

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Snt,—In the Spectator of January 28th, Mr. C. A. Murray suggests that a sound way of strengthening the weak family relationships which are a basic cause of so much juvenile...


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FIELD SPORTS think it is worthy of note that our greatest hunting painter is now President of the Royal Academy and that our greatest hunting poet is now Poet Laureate. The...

Silt,—Surely the whole question of fox-hunting can be reduced to

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this: Has, or has not, the fox anything like the same nervous system as its apparent relatives, the various breeds of dog ? If it has, then, whatever the undeniable attractions...


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Sin,—While I feel that Mr. Strong ascribes the correct, and commonly held, reason for the revival of interest in certain writers as being the wish for " escapist " reading, I...

SIR,—I am interested in Mr. Venning's experience in the Spectator

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of February 11th, but does not his letter go to weaken his cause ? Blood sports, generally speaking, are a rich man's pleasure. My age is 87, and I come from a sporting family,...

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SIR,—I ask no quarter from your critic, but he is going too far when he garbles my text in order to lampoon it, as in the ridiculous phrase, applied to Charles, of " tears...


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SIR,—I am sorry that Professor Savory found the heading In Darkest Belfast offensive. It was merely meant to indicate that to me Belfast was a mysterious and unknown place. I am...


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Sut,—On a previous occasion a letter from Mr. Aubrey Buxton encour- aged me to express in your columns my profound regret at the rough justice handed out to the Karens by the...


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Sra,—I do not know if Mr. Hodgkin was serious when he wrote in his article, Public School, New Style, published in the Spectator of November 4th, that in ordinary public schools...


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SIR,—Mr. Frank Staniforth is right in saying that your article, Amber Light, has received considerable attention in the northern Press, which rightly recognises that the...


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SIR,—Just when the director of an important youth organisation is demanding that the spotlight should be taken off youth, there comes news of revolt in a men's hostel of Bristol...

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I sea that the British Trust for Ornithology is asking—from the Earl Grey Institute at Oxford—for old game books. Estate books would perhaps give more zoological information...


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SIR,—I have seen several letters in the Spectator on the subject of this doctors' dilemma, the National Health Service Bill, but on one point I have, so far, failed to see any...


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Snt,—Labour's good fortune in by-elections is still being maintained, says Janus. The facts do not bear him out. At Sowerby, South Ham- mersmith and North St. Pancras, Labour is...

In the Garden Garden catalogues—and, indeed, advertisements—are not as a

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rule remarkable for individuality. The reason doubtless is that the bulk of gardeners seek the same things. If they want exceptional plants they want the latest novelty which,...


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SIR, -I must apologise for an unaccountable slip in my letter which you were kind enough to publish last week. The District Chief of Meraguz who was present at the assault upon...

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Central - heated Roosts

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A quaint but most plausible reason, founded, on direct observation, is given for the preference of London sparrows for particular trees as nightly roosts. They like, it seems,...


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Sta,—In my letter to you on this subject I failed, through an oversight, to mention that the three ladies who are doing such splendid work in Tank, are missionaries of the...

Urban Duck

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It seems that the unhappy wild duck who seek sanctuary on the lake of St. James's Park are shot from time to time as unwelcome visitors by the urban, it would seem very urban,...


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SIR,—No one who has lived in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan can fail to agree with the grave strictures recently passed upon the horrible practice of female circumcision customary in...

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The Gradual Revolution

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The Labour Party in Perspective and Twelve Years After. By C. R. Attlee. (Gollancz. 7s. 6d.) The Labour Party in Perspective is the well-known book which the present Prime...


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Never Give Up Martin Tupper: His Rise and Fall. By Derek Hudson. (Constable. 18s.) READING about the incredible Tupper, the horrible, serious, ingra- tiating Tupper, has the...

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Gide's - Way

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Andre Gide and the Crisis of Modern Thought. By Klaus Mann. (Dennis Dobson. 15s.) THOSE who have looked forward with eager anticipation to this second volume of Mr. O'Brien's...

Not So Good Earth

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" AND your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste ; then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths .. . because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it." Mr....

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The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. By John Dickson Carr. (Mur- ray. 18s.) MR. JOHN DICKSON CARR, ingenious detective-story writer that he is, chooses to make of his biography...

" To Live Uprightly "

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De La Salle : A Pioneer of Modern Education. By W. J. Battersby. (Longman s. 12s. 6d.) MucH of De La Salle is interesting for almost the opposite reason to its sub-title, A...

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Reintroducing Scott

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Sir Walter Scott. By Una Pope-Hennessy. (Home and Van Thal. 6s.) WRITING in a series which is to reintroduce the English novelists to the English novel-reader (I refuse here to...

The Little Field

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One-Horse Farm. By Raymond O'Malley. (Muller. 12s. 6d.) THE theme of the amateur in contact for the first time with the realities of country life has become well-worn in this...

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The Public Schools' Contribution

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THE public schools present us not with an educational bin with a social problem. Everyone knows that they are exclusive because their. fees are necessarily high, and Mr....

The Tricks of the Trade

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FOR a moment there seemed a chance of getting away with it. One would draw attention discreetly but woolly to this " thoughtful slim volume" of Mr. Prodwit's, with "its wealth...

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By CUSTOS ALTHOUGH it would be wrong to suppose that the City is taking a tragic view of the fall in commodity prices and other indications of a business setback in the United...

Shorter Notice

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IN this second volume of his polemic, the late Dr. Beard continues his attack on the foreign policy of President Roosevelt. Basically his charge is that President Roosevelt...

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