18 JUNE 1921

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Though on the whole the prospect in the Labour world

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is much brighter than it has been for many months, there is no brightness on the political horizon, but very much the reverse. We have dealt elsewhere with the general...

As we write the final figures of the Miners' Ballot

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have not been published, and such results as are given in the papers are probably inaccurate. The figures as given in the Press would appear to be against acceptance of the...


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A S we write on Thursday there is, in the matter of our Labour troubles, a distinct increase of light on the horizon. Let us hope it is no false dawn. The first specific fact to...

We are glad to see that there are plenty of

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signs that if work is resumed at the mines and coal is no longer produced at impossible prices, there will be an immediate revival of trade. The manufacturers in all trades and...

In the engineering dispute a hopeful turn was also taken

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by the postponement of the wage reduction notices. There was also a modified offer by the employers on which a ballot of the men is to take place. Better still, the work is to...

It is not too much to say that what is

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impairing the vitality of the human race in every branch of life is the failure—a very natural failure—to recognize this fact. After so many years in the clover of a rising...


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We should have thought that a movement intended to protect

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the interests of the taxpayer against wasteful expenditure was just the thing to save the Coalition, and that to treat it as a Conservative cabal meant abso- lute ruin to the...

Mr. Churchill issued on Monday a Colonial Office Estimate for

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Mesopotamia and Palestine, amounting to £27,197,000, all of which has been already voted under the Army and Air Force Estimates. The military expenditure is to be £25,592,000....

A very good example of what is the prevailing American

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opinion in regard to Shin Fein is afforded by the very plain- spoken letter from Mr. Howie which we publish in our correspondence columns. Mr. Howie, the writer of the letter in...

The Irish Office published last week definite proofs of the

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relations between Sinn Fein and the Bolsheviks. The police found in Dublin a draft of a proposed treaty of alliance between these well-matched confederates, dated June 15th,...

The Sinn Fein rebels, besides attempting to stop all trade

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between Ulster and the South, have during the past few days stirred up fresh riots in Belfast. The Sinn Feiners fired from the top windows of houses on the police, and flung...

Admiral Sims, carrying out arrangements made some time ago, sailed

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for America on the ` Olympic ' on Wednesday. His departure synchronized—whether designedly or accidentally, who can say 7—with a telegraphic order from the Secretary to the...

The Greek army in Anatolia is reported to be resuming

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the offensive against the Turkish Nationalists, who repulsed them a few weeks ago. King. Constantine landed at Smyrna on Sunday and announced that he was sure of victory. Greek...

The heated discussions at the Transport Workers' Federation meeting at

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Edinburgh last week showed clearly why the general strike was cancelled last April. The three parties to the " Triple Alliance " would not co-operate, and the transport workers'...

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Mr. Kellaway, the new Postmaster-General, informed the House of Commons

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on Thursday, June 9th, that he had aban- doned his most unhappy proposal to increase the postage on printed papers going abroad. He insisted, however, that all the other...

We record with no small satisfaction that Mr. Basil Clarke,

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.Director . of Public Ipformation for the Government in Ireland, is bringing an action for alleged libel against the Westminster ,Gazette and Ar..and lire. Francis Apland...

A Bill to legalize marriage with a deceased brother's widow

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was read a third time in the House of Commons on Friday, June 10th. It was introduced by way of amendment to the Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act of 1907. Lord Hugh Cecil...

The Australian eleven won the second Test Match at Lord's

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on Tuesday by eight wickets. The English batting was better than before, but that is all the consolation we can extract from the defeat. Woolley, the Kentish professional,...

Mr. Lloyd George, speaking on Wednesday at Portmadoo to a

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meeting connected with the general assembly of the Cal. vinistic Methodists of Wales, defined the subjects which were, in his opinion, suitable for debate at religious...

The Court of Appeal on Monday did a real service

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to sensible trade unionists by reversing the recent judgment of Mr. Justice Eve in the cases of Braithwaite v. Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Ashley v. General Union of...

We have, unfortunately, little space in which to deal with

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the very important and significant matter of unemployment pay which was dealt with in Parliament on Wednesday. We can only record the fact that the Bill provided for an...

We cannot refrain from suggesting that Mr. Robert Williams should

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extend his studies in natural history. He regards the alligator as a very sluggish animal — like the British public whose apathy in face of the miners' strike has surprised...

Mr. Kellaway endeavoured to convince an incredulous House and public

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that the Post Office was managed on commercial lines. It was even taking steps to get rid of superfluous employees. He had set up a Business Council, including some well-known...

Bank Rate, 6i per sent., changed from 7 per cent.

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Apr. 28, 1921; 5 per cent. War Loan was on Thursday, 871; • Thursday week, 87f ; a year ago, 851-..

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THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE UNIONIST PARTY T HE fear so often expressed of late that Mr. Lloyd George may, without intending it, do for the Unionist Party what he did for the...

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M R. CHURCHILL'S eloquent and interesting speech on the Middle East in the House of Commons on Tuesday reminds us of a phenomenon familiar in the regions with which he was...

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LET US HEAR THE TRUTH. T HE Duke of Northumberland, speaking

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as the guest ' of the Tin Plate Workers at their installation banquet last week, used the following words : " Our Government have made a great mistake in not taking the people...

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[COMMUNICATED.] T HE high cost of living, associated with widespread industrial depression, has had the almost inevitable result on our voluntary hospitals of precipitating the...

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CONNEXIONS. • M OST men admit to some extent the "

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claim " of even distant relationship. In this country, in which the patriarchal system has ceased to exist, there is still some clan feeling. Families do hang together more or...

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the treatment of fittings for electric light and in the designing of carpets that modern Paris designers of home deoorations chiefly.,surpass us. In a recent visit to two or...

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THE GREATEST OF ALL PROBLEMS—INTER- NATIONAL DEBTS. (To TNE EDITOR or THE " SPECTATOR.") Snt, — In common with the rest of the country, the City believes that the end of...

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[Letters of the length of one of our leading paragraphs are often more read, and therefore more effective, than those which fill treble the space.] SCOTTISH MINERS AND THEIR...

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(To THE EDITOR Of THE " Eirscreroa."] SIR, May I suggest that the society you are trying to found should be called simply " The Citizens' League"? It would embrace every one of...


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ITo ens HOME OF TIE " SPECTATOR."] Sza,—Your issue of March 26th contains a letter from Mr. George L. Fox, of Newhaven, Conn., that correctly sizes up the journalistic...

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-rxr .EDITOR or rrir SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Popular and .traditional expressions lasted as long .amongst sailors as in any other class—perhaps longer. Down to a time well...

[To THE EDITOR or THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—With reference to

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correspondence as to the lamentable paucity of swallows this year, may I •raise another point which I have noticed in South Worcestershire in the last two years? Ordinarily ,...


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THE EDITOR OP zaz "SPECTATOR."] Sus—I believe your readers will be interested in the fact that the Prince of Wales has selected his birthday for the occasion of a visit to...


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[To' THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] have read with interest the review of Mies Donaldson's book In the Western Highlands in your issue of May 28th. I observe that your...


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ITo THE EDITOR or THE " SPECTATOR.") Sut—In a review in your issue of the 28th ult. reference is made to the old story of the Appin murder-and the identity of the assassin. In...


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[To THE EDITOR or THE " SPECTATOR."] Sis,—An almost complete absence .of swallows prevails in North Hants, as in Kent. May the explanation be that the Italians, who, even in...


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[To ens EDITOR or - THE n ` c SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Mr. Douglas Gordon's delightful story of the "Fox- Cubs " stirs memories in an " ancient." Some years ago, in Cheshire, I saw a...

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STRAVINSKY AT THE QUEEN'S HALL. THE first concert performance of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring was heard at the Queen's Hall on June 7th, and two days later, at the...


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What ails you now ? Are you too near to me, Near my brow ? Why so furtively Wavers your light; • Leaving a jagg'd brown edge On the night ? Is it the trouble Inside my brain...

NOTICE.—When " Correapondence" or Article* are signed with the writer's

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name or initials, or with .a pseudonym, or are marked " Communicated," the Editor must not necessarily be held to be in agreement with the views therein expressed or with the...

The Editor cannot accept responsibility for any article, poems, or

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letters submitted to him, but when- stamped and addressed envelopes are sent he will do his best to return contributions in case of rejection. Poems should be addressed to the...

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LETTERS, ESSAYS, AND VERSES OF JOHN BROWN.* This is a fascinating book about a brave and able young man. Had he lived he would unquestionably have done great things either in...


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"A FAMILY MAN," BY . JOHN GALSWORTHY, AT TILE COMEDY THEATRE. WAS A Family Man written before the war ? That would be circumstance which would account for a certain lack of...


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HAYMARKET.—The Circle 8.30-2.30 [Mr. Somerset ilLaugham's clever, unattractive play admir- ably acted.] NEW OXFORD. —The League of Notions . . . . 8.15-2.30 [Exquisite to...

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ARABIA DESERTA.* Tnnrry-Tanen years ago the Spectator welcomed Mr. Doughty's

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wonderful book on Desert Arabia. We are glad now to record the appearance of a handsome reprint, containing the whole of the text and illustrations and the map, with an...

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1.11.k. THIRD MARQUESS OF BUTE.* Wiles Disraeli in 1870 published

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Lothair, his hero, the rich and sentimental young noble who had turned Roman Catholic, was at once identified as the third Marquess of Bute, whose conversion had caused some...

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Amarinakti examples have made the reviewer look with a good deal of suspicion at works composed with the object of gaining some academic honour, but nobody need be afraid of Mr....

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Da. TRWING, the President of Western Reserve University at Cleveland, Ohio, has written an interesting book in which he describes very clearly the part played by the American...

A STUDY . OF STRATEGY.* TRH new volume of the excellent

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" Cambridge Naval and Military Series " is a learned study of strategy by General W. D. Bird, who has had a wide experience of modern warfare both in theory and in practice. He...

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TERPSICHORE.* Terpsichore is the second book that has been printed by the Golden Cockerel Press, and is a very prettily got-up volume, except for the binding. Nor is the verse...


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WHERE THE PAVEMENT ENDS.* This is a first book consisting of a series of exceedingly vigorous short stories concerning adventures in the South Sea Islands. " Doubloon Gold," as...

READABLE NOVELS. —Dennison Grant. By Robert J. C. Stead. (Hodder

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and Stoughton. 8a. (3d. net.)—An American ranching story in Mr. Stead's best manner. The hero is trans- lated from poverty in the prairies to riches in the city, and there is...

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International Law and the World War. By J. W. Garner.

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(Longmans. 2 vols. £3 12s. net.)—Professor Garner, of Illinois, in this painstaking work has reviewed the conduct of the belliger- ents in the late war from the standpoint of...

The Octocentenary of Reading Abbey. By Jamieson B. Hurry. (Elliot

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Stock. 10s. 6d. net.)—Reading is celebrating the eighth centenary of the foundation of the Abbey by Henry L on June 18th, 1121. Dr. Hurry has written a short popular history...


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Woke in this column does not necessarily preclude subsequent mists.] The Journal of the British Science Guild for June (6 John Street, Adelphi, Is.) testifies to the activity of...

The United States and Canada. By G. M. Wrong. (New

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York and Cincinnati : Abingdon Press. 1 dol. 25 cents.)—Professor Wrong, of Toronto, was invited to lecture at Wesleyan University under a trust providing lectures " for the...

PORMS WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION.--Ga8 Trial. By A. H. Mumford. (Erskine

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Macdonald. Is. net.)—The verse is amateurish, but the poems are obviously inspired by genuine feeling, which the author is somehow able to transmit to the reader.—An...

What Happened at Jutland : the Tactics of the Battle.

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By C. C. Gill. (Hodder and Stoughton. 15e. net.)—Commander Gill of the American Navy has written a dispassionate account of the Battle of Jutland, based on the British and....

British Beginnings in Western India, 1579-1657. By H. G. Rawlinson.

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(Clarendon Press. 10s. 6d. net.)—This is ascholarly account of the early history of the British factory of Surat, which was virtually founded by William Hawkins for the East...

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Worms of REFERENCE.—The Annual Register for 1920 (Longmans, 30s. net)

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is well written and commendably accurate. The review of a crowded and anxious year shows a sense of proportion and touches on all the salient episodes at home and abroad. The...