25 APRIL 1941

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JUNZ 19 41 !

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NEWS OF THE WEEK 'II HE situation as we go to Press is in some respects slightly .1. easier than in the previous twenty-four hours. In Greece, of course, there is full crisis,...

The Struggle in Yugoslavia

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On the eve of his departure from Yugoslavia by air King Peter addressed a farewell proclamation to his people, in which he declared that though obliged to abandon the national...

The Greek Government in Crete In Greece events have crowded

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one upon another in quick succession able in the military and the political sphere. King George's decision to withdraw with the Government from Athens, and to transfer the...

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A Canadian and U.S.A. Plan

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President Roosevelt and his visitor, Mr. Mackenzie King, the Canadian Prime Minister, have lost no time in tackling the practical issues of co-operation between the United...

Mr. Menzies and the Australian People

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The message sent by Mr. Menzies, the Australian Prime Minister, to his people at home, was in the same vein as Mr. Churchill's replies in the House of Commons when there were...

The Debate on India

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It is - a calamity that owing to the paper shortage the debate on India in the House of Commons on Tuesday was virtually unreported in the daily Press, apart from Mr. Amery's...

British Forces in Iraq

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The Government acted promptly in sending strong Imperial forces to Basra to safeguard British treaty-rights in Iraq, and to anticipate any untoward action that might be...

The Policy of Reprisals.

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It happened that the violent air-attack on London. last wed: was followed the next night by a British attack on Berlin. This was assumed by the Germans to be a "reprisal," their...

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A good example of a war-time debate is that which

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took place on India this week. But this was due in no small measure to the fact that Mr. Amery is respected on all sides of the House, and that he put all his cards on the...

We return to the Home Front. The immediate problem is

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to restore a united House of Commons behind the Home Front policy, so that "those qualities of stability and phlegm," to which Mr. Churchill rightly referred, are backed and ,...

Again, there are those, and it is rumoured that Mr.

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Lloyd George is one of them, who are profoundly dissatisfied with the large departmental Cabinet. They cannot pin down a series of deficiencies to individual Ministers, because...

The Week in Parliament

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Our Parliamentary correspondent writes : —News from the Balkans and the Mediterranean overshadowed the meeting of Parliament after the recess. Everyone was glad to see Mr....

Holidays for War-Workers

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The provision of at least one day's rest every week and a minimum of one week's holiday in the year, for every war- worker is recognised by the Government to be a necessity not...

The Women Register

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The first step in the registration of women for war-work was taken last Saturday, when three hundred thousand young women filled up forms which will show how they are situated,...

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I N spite of more intensive air attacks on London and other English cities, it is in the Mediterranean that the war in its present phase is concentrating. The importance of that...

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The more one tries to fit Lord Stamp into any

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recognised ratgo r y in public life the more impracticable it becomes. From humble beginnings he had carved out his own career ' 1(41 8 original lines, andit was in many...

My observation last week about "odd war-charities" has brought me

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particulars of another, also run by a lady who styles herself "Founder and Honorary Secretary." Rather lost in the body of the report is mention of a President and a Treasurer,...

The Japanese Foreign Office organ, I see, is making appeal

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to "the strongly developing isolationist forces" in the United States. It is behind the times. The isolationist tide is ebbing, not flowing. The latest sign of that is a leading...


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(A N Sunday morning, when Londoners, still a little staggered t) (for they cultivate courage, not bravado) by the Blitz ot the previous Wednesday, were hearing of another heavy...

"Of the eighteen Prime-Ministers between 1837 and 1937," said Sir

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Richard Livingstone in his presidential address to the Classical Association on Tuesday, "ten were good classical scholars, and four others had learnt both Latin and Greek."...

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The War SurveNed

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THE STRUGGLE IN GREECE By STRATEGICUS T HE Balkan campaign has now become a struggle in 1 Greece, and we have to recognise that it is developing into an unsuccessful and...

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By A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT I T was perhaps unavoidable that the fluctuations on the war- fronts should have overshadowed what is of more lasting value in British relationships...

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By ERWIN D. CANHAM By Air Mail. A MERICAN public opinion is steadily realising the futility of producing the fighting tools for Britain if they do not reach their destination...

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By A CHAIRMAN OF QUARTER SESSIONS pRIME among juveniles has assumed serious, if not alarm- ing, proportions. It is now one of our major social problems. In his Penal Reform in...


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By L. H. SURENESS- /[ sections' of society have their share of eccentrics, but surely there is a greater proportion of these interest- ing, and sometimes embarrassing, people...

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Vaughan Williams's Choral Songs THE managers of the concerts, which go by the name of Beecham, but are not in these days under his direction, having assembled a choir last...


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"So Ends Our Night." At the Gaumont.—" The Bank Detective."i At the London Pavilion.—" The Ghost of St, Michael's." At the Regal. SINCERITY of purpose is a rare enough thing in...


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A MIDDLE-AGED farm-labourer lived here, And loved his wife ; paid rent to hard eternity Six barren years, till thomtree-blessed she bore A son with a bird's glint, and...


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',women Aren't Angels." By Vernon Sylvaine. At the Strand. THE English theatre is sometimes as elusive as the snark: the Elizabethan owed so much to Italy ; the Restoration to...

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Sra,—One of the central features of "Balbus' " plea is the control of arms-manufacture throughout the world by means of the control of vital raw materials at the hands of a...


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Sts,—In his interesting article "English as Lingua Franca," Mr. Stanislaw Kozakiel.vicz asks two questions in regard to English publishers to which I would venture to reply. To...


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Sue,—I cannot understand this correspondence about Sunday theatres and church-services. Do these two affairs often occur at the same hour? And when they do not, what exactly is...


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SIR, —In a valuable article in The Spectator, April nth, "Feed the Hungry Workers," the opinion is expressed that even after the recent cuts the rations of the armed forces are...


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AMERICA'S PACE Sta,—You who hear nightly over your heads the sinister drone of German planes, who are giving your blood while we are offering only our money : how can you help...

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Stu,—Your efforts to give" us straight news are more necessary than netIt is difficult to know what to think of official and other efforts in this direction lately. A short...


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SIR,—Your reference to the T.U.C. interview with the Government asking for an amendment of the Trades Disputes Act, 1927, which includes the restoration of the "contracting out"...


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SIR,—M. K. Knight's article on "Education in Scotland" brings to mind many instances. Here is one. While our two Scotch maids were polishing furniture I overheard them...


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Sts,—The possibility of protective immunisation against diphtherin has been known since 1923, and its-effectiveness has been realised in widespread application in Canada and the...


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Sm,—Mr. Scott stated in his letter in The 'Spectator last week that my article on "Spain and Monarchism" contains one rather sur- prising error . . . "that General Franco has...

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" SUPPRESSIO VERI " Sot,:--Some months ago I listened to

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Adolf Hitler broadcasting from Berlin. He taunted the B.E.F. for having run away from the Germans at Dunkirk. Last Wednesday I listened to Admiral Sir Frederic Dreyer...

At the Flax Flax has brought a new—perhaps more strictly

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a revived—industry to the countryside ; and with it new sights. For now, in April, last year's crop is being spread out in grass-fields for its spring airing. Among the...


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Civvy Street I think many country-dwellers, for Whom country-life expresses tranquillity, tramps and all sorts of varied interests, have no notion at all of the intense boredom...

In the Garden .

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It is now almost impossible to get leek-seed. Plants from an nut" door sowing are, anyway, often small, and it will pay to try plants raised from a January sowing. Pricked out...


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read with interest Mr. St. John Reade's account of the dismissal of an air-raid warden at Bristol. I regret to say that in the experience of my Council this is by no means an...


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Sm,—I should like to congratulate " Janus " upon the fairly accurate perspective of his note on the recent by-election in North Down, Northern Ireland. The electirm was, in...

Country Strangers .

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Lack of signposts means little to the countryman in his own area, yet nothing has changed travelling in the countryside so much. On a recent journey into the West country . I...

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The Problem of the Tank

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The Evolution of the Tanis. By Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter. (Hutchinson. 155.) THE first part of this book has been known for some time for its interesting and authentic...

Books of the Day

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The Vanished Germany German Odyssey. By Otto Zarek, with the assistance of James Eastwood. (Cape. - sos. 6d.) Orro ZAREK was so named by his father, a Jew, in honour of...

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The Sassoons from Baghdad

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The Sassoon Dynasty. -By Cecil Roth. (Robert Hale. tzs. 6d.) TOWARDS the end of the eikhteenth century oneof the leading citilens of Baghdad—he was, among other things, Finandal...

A Study of Lord Halifax -

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Lord Halifax. By Stuart Hodgson. (Christopher. tog. 6d.) BIOGRAPHICAL studies of; living men are not easy to write, especially those written from a friendly angle. The manner...

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"Exposed on the Mountains of the Heart"

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h is an important thing that a full, long book about Rainer Maria Rilke has now been written for us in England. Important, itaillse this book is a critical life of Mee, and a...

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Liberty Hall

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There's Always Tomorrow. By Anne Meredith 'Faber and Faber. 7s. 6d.1 The Balcony. By Dorothy Cameron Disney. (Robert Hale 8s. I Wanted to Murder. By Clarissa Fairchild Cushman...


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"WHEN the light broke the sailor got up and looked about If Clear sky, silent heaving masses of water. No other boat Horizon's line,, a blur." Such is the opening paragraph of A...

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My Uncle Frank. By Thomas Bodkin. (Robert Hale. 5s.) MR.

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Bonitix's recollections of his boyhood in County Kildare, not far from the Curragh, are happily recorded with much of the true Irish humour. His uncle with whom he stayed must...

Evening Tattoo. By Brigadier-General A. F. U. Green. (Stanley Paul.

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is.) Tins is a very crisply written book of memoirs by a soldier with a wide scope of interests. In the Great War Brigadier-General Green saw service in Flanders (where he was...


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By CUSTOS MARKETS are fighting a rearguard action with their now cu,- - omarY doggedness. -Technical trimness alone is 'a great help in reriod s of test and fortunately there...

Shor ter Notices We Were NOT All Wrong. By Geoffrey Mander,

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M.P. (Golla ncz 2S. 6d.) MR. MANDER'S thesis is simple. He discovers a tendency to excuse what he calls " The Municheers " on the ground that not only they but practically...

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THE LONDON ASSURANCE A CREDITABLE ACHIEVEMENT THE annual general court of the London Assurance will be held at the head office, n King William Street, London, E.C., on April...


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221st ANNUAL REPORT STATEMENT by the Rt. Hon. Lord Bicester, Governor of the Royal Exchange Assurance, on the occasion of the publication of the annual report and accounts of...

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The winner of Crossword No. 109 is P. T. Thornburgh, 119, Lat Ymer Court, W.6.

THE SPECTATOR" CROSSWORD No. 111 A prize of a Book

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Token for one guinea will be given to the sender of the first re a solution of this week's crossword puzzle to be opened. Envelopes should be wr Ited with the words "Crossword...