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T week has seen another of the war's swift turns, with the 1 sudden advance of General Dempsey's British Second Ar from the Escaut Canal, just inside the southern frontier of to...

U.N.R.R.A. in Council

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The situation in Europe calls for swift decisions and action from U.N.R.R.A. (the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Adminis- tration), whose Council has been meeting this...

The Unadvertised Army

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It is really astonishing that the mistake of understatement about the Part taken by British troops in 1940 and i94x, severely criticised at the time, should have been repeated...

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London's Damaged Houses

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It is none too soon that Lord Woolton has decided to put one man as his " chief of staff " in charge of the urgent business of repair- ing bomb-damaged houses—Sir Malcolm...

Finland's Armistice

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The signing of the armistice with Finland by Russian, British and Finnish representatives on Tuesday removes one more of Germany's satellites from the war on terms far more...

Administering of the Education Act

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The new Education Act comes into operation on April 1st, 1945, and much spadework has to be done to provide for the administra- tive machinery. One part of this is the subject...

France and her Traitors

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Among the most difficult and exacting tasks that have to be under- taken by the French Provisional Government is that of punishing traitors and discriminating between guilty...

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THE path to peace is defining itself before our eyes, and it is I plain already that it bristles with obstacles as formidable and as subtle—for some of them are conspicuous and...

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Opinions differ as to when the war will end, but

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a very authorita- tive opinion on when the war was won has just been published— so far I have seen, in one paper only, the Daily Mail, which reports an address given in Belgium,...

I only realised a day or two ago how much

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Lord Portal matters to Major Lloyd George. If Lord Portal can patch up enough bombed houses in London efficiently enough to keep the cold out London can manage on normal coal...

Now that France is herself again obvious questions are raised

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regarding the future of two admirable publications which in the past four years have secured a recognised place in the journalistic life of London—the daily France, edited by M....

The leading article in last week's Spectator suggested various forms

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of propaganda which might now with advantage be directed towards Germany. My own suggestion—perfectly serious--would be to drop millions of leaflets bearing simply the classic...

The presence in the House of Commons of Sir William

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Beveridge, whose adoption and return for Berwick-on-Tweed seems assured, is likely to affect the relative weight (as distinct from numerical strength) of parties more than any...

With the American Presidential election less than two months distant,

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Englishmen permanently perplexed about the difference between the Republican and Democratic parties should welcome warmly a timely pamphlet, Political Parties in the United...


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T HE list of moderates, or trimmers, whom Himmler is systemati- cally arresting, makes interesting reading. One is Baron von Neurath, German Ambassador in London just before...

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By STRATEGICUS O NLY Sertorius among the German commentators recognised that the Second British Army was not standing on the Albert and Escaut canals to take a water-cure....

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By SIR RALPH WEDGWOOD T HE international body entrusted with the task of keeping the peace of the world must hold itself ready to repress aggression, and to use force, if...

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By DAVID THOMSON T HE carrying of the war on to German soil, the imminence of German defeat and the formulation of Allied policy at Quebec and Dumbarton Oaks all raise one...

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By A. C. PRIESTLEY EW Englishmen like the word " propaganda." It has a sug- r gestion of showing-off, of self-adulation, that is very distasteful to the English mind. We like...

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By C. S. LEWIS I THINK it was Miss Macaulay who complained in one of her delightful articles (strong and light as steel wire) that the dic- tionaries are always telling us of...


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LEAVE them in peace beneath the staring sky. At head the rough wood cross, at foot the steel Of battered helmet. They will not feel, Beneath the shallow shifting sand the cold...

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The liberation of Italy has created an even wider diversity

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of thought and feeling. When once General Alexander's armies reach the industrial north this confusion will become even more pro- nounced. There are few thinking Italians who do...


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by HAROLD NICOLSON "L IBERATION" is a lovely word, but its effects in practice are not always comforting. We have to thank our soldiers for the fact that Paris and Nancy,...

A few days only after that letter was written, the

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Germans started shelling the city from the northern heights. The Cathedral was struck and one of the side chapels lost its roof ; damage was also done to Giotto's tower, the...

When the Allied armies reached Paris they discovered that the

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fuel and transport situation was in fact appalling. Electric light was available only in a few Government offices ; the underground rail- way had ceased to function and there...

For the moment General de Gaulle has a good press.

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His speech of September 14, which was broadcast throughout the city, was sensible and shrewd. The fact that he appeared on the rostrum, flanked on the one side by M. jeanneney...

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" Double Indemnity " and " Toscanini." At the Plaza." Return of the Vikings." At the Regal.—" Le Journal de la Resistance " and " Professor Mamlock." At the Academy. " 2,000...

THERE was a time—in the doldrums of the nineteenth century—

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when Shakespeare's Richard the Third must have seemed to many people to be nothing more than a monstrous melodrama, a sort of Grand Guignol show, vastly entertaining by dint of...


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THERE are some interestin g recordings released this month. First place must be given to Albert Sammons' recording of Delius's Violin Concerto (Col. DX8197-8199), with Dr....

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NATIVES AND NEW IDEAS SIR,—Now that so many people are fighting literally for their ideas of a "New and Better World " and such other well-meaning phrases, may I, a young member...


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SIR,—Countess Bentinck's letter, proposing to . treat the post-war German danger by means of Christianity, overlooks the fact that the Germans, whom she believes are likely to...

SIR,—In 1926, being privileged to meet Marshal Foch, I asked

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his advice as to the desirability of Allied ex-Servicemen meeting German ex - Service men with a view to working together to promote international goodwill. He replied to the...

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m,—After writing you my first letter I heard, to my great regret, that Ir. Edward Thompson was under a grievous physical disability, from WI all your readers must hope he will...


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sta,—In your issue of September 15th you suggest an ingenious alteration in British political methods to enable a party election tb be fought without dissolving the Coalition...

Sm, — Would it not be possible to combine Centres of Help

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for Harassed Housewives with Training Centres for older schoolgirls who wish to take up various forms of Domestic and Child Care Work as a career, or who, not wishing to...


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Sne,—Your correspondent, Graham Watson, will cause much fluttering in the dovecots of the popular majority who think we should not dwell on the bestial horrors perpetrated by...


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SIR, —I have followed with much interest the comments on my contribu- tion to your issue of August 18th, " Birthrate and Housework." I hope I may be allowed the proposer's...

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Vermin and Game

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A great sportsman tells m..t that he has never seen so many partridg as have flourished this year in his particular neighbourhood. While grouse have been decimated largely by...

COUNTRY LIFE IT is a curious fact that a good

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part of the public prefers the worse before the better. This is particularly apparent in the taste for apple s . I should doubt whether any apple is more popular in the market...

SIR,—I hope that there are more people than Mr. Graham

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Watson seems to fear, who are not afraid of honest hatred of the Germans, whether Nazis or not, for the atrocities which they have committed. Certainly I believe that the recent...

Ruinous Rats On the subject of rats, against which some

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of the War Agricultur Committees arc making a special campaign, it is reckoned by one farm that a hundred rats will eat the total grain produce of an acre, see 18 cwt. of wheat,...


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Sta,—I should be very interested to hear at what time during his curiously ubiquitous scholastic career " Ex Dominic " attended his four Preparatory Schools. I feel sure that...


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SIR,—In " Marginal Comment " of your issue of September 15th Mr. Harold Nicolson speaks of double summer time as " beneficial to the mass of the population "—agriculturists...

In my Garden There is little doubt, I think, that

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of all the gourds (marrow, p squash) the best to- eat is the custard marrow. It is sometimes regard as a shy bearer, but one of my neighbours at least complains that fruits too...

SIR,—Graham Watson is certainly not in a minority in refusing

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to doubt the truth of most of the reports of Nazi atrocities, nor in his hatred of these abominations, When he transfers his hatred from the deeds to the perpetrators he is...

Belated Spring

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One of the oddities of the season is the discovery among several species of tree and plant that after all there is not a great deal of difference between autumn and spring....

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The Sage of Eyot St. Lawrence Everyfody's Political What's What ? By Bernard Shaw. (Constable. los.) jAmEs BRIDIE has recently pointed out that a post which the British public...

Seeing Shakespeare Plain

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IT is well known that about a hundred and fifty years ago, wh a group of Shakespeare scholars were discussing who should the immortal works, a sepulchral voice—which everyone...

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Gospel or Politics ?

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The Church Looks Forward. By William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury. (Macmillan. 7s. 6d.) IT would be a very good thing if both those who are more inclined to admire than to...

African Problems

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Colour, Race and Empire. By A. G. Russell. (Gollancz. 75. 6d.) Tms well-written book makes a reasoned plea for the rep economic planning of the colonies' future. In his...

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Selections from the Works of Gerrard Winstanley. Edited by Leonard

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Hamilton. (Cresset Press. 7s. 6d.) GERRARD WINSTANLEY was the leader of the Digger movement between 16 49 - 5 o, a time when, as he himself put it, "'the old world is runnin g...


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SWIFT and Stella—and Vanessa, the books about them are endless ; the present season alone brings two more, works of fiction this time, each attempting a reconstruction of the...

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SOLUTION ON OCTOBER 6th • The winner of Crossword No. 287 is F. B. KIDDIE, ESQ., Redcot, Streatham Drive, Exeter.


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ACROSS I. It's all I'm bet (anag.). (I'.) 9. One couldn't after the sparrow's lethal archery. (9.) to. Magnetic statesman. (5.) It. A feature of medieval architecture. 1.5.)...

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THERE have been many English translations of Chinese stories ;

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among them, E. D. Edwards's two volumes of Chinese Prose Litera- ture (1937-8) and W. A. Giles's Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio are perhaps the best known. The above two...

Can Planning Be Democratic ? Essays by Herbert Morrison, M.P.,

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T. W. Agar, Barbara Wootton, C. E. M. Joad, Joan Robinson and G. D. H. Cole. (Routledge. 6s.) THE latest symposium based on lectures arranged by the Fabian Society has both the...


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By CUSTOS RELAPSE followed by recovery is the story just now in the stock markets. Selling is a mere trickle and the buying is by no means aggressive. In consequence, prices...

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sixth ordinary general meeting of A. C. Cossor, Limited, was held September zoth in London. Mr. T. A. Macauley (the chairman), who presided, said that the pony had made still...


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TELEPHONE RENTALS, LIMITED E annual general meeting of Telephone Rentals, Limited, was held Monday last at the registered office, Hollingsworth Works, Martell Gad, West...