26 JUNE 1941

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R ELIABLE news from the eastern front is too scanty to admit of any very confident judgements regarding the course of the fighting so far. But after four days' fighting the...

Successes in Syria

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The campaign in Syria now appears to be moving more quickly to our advantage, and it is satisfactory to learn from Mr. Churchill himself that no restraints on political grounds...

Reactions in the United States

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If Hitler had hoped that in attacking Communist Russia be would confuse the minds of the American public and strengthen the hands of the isolationists he will soon discover his...

Fallen Leaves in Japan

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The Japanese Government is faced with perplexing prob- lems arising from the invasion of Russia, and was unable to make the expected statement after the meeting of the Cabinet...

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Daylight Air Supremacy

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There is nothing perfunctory in the systematic attacks made by British bombers and fighters in their recent daylight sweeps aver France and Belgium. Though much destructive work...

A \Vest-African Air-Base

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In its large-scale plans for the defence of the Atlantic the United States has not overlooked the importance of the Brazilian coast and the desirability of leasing an air-base...

The Lessons of Crete

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The supreme importance of strong air-support for land forces is emphasised by Brigadier L. M. Inglis, of the New Zealand Forces, who has come to this country to discuss the...

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The Newspapers and the B.B.C.

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The B.B.C. news bulletins undoubtedly get ahead of the newspapers in a good many important items of news, and if it can be established that this is due to deliberate...

Back to the Mines

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The coal position is serious. If the output cannot be greatly increased before the winter war industry will be short of coal or the domestic consumer will be cold, or both. The...

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T HE invasion of Russia by Germany in the small hours of last Sunday morning had been appropriately heralded by the announcement made in Berlin the previous Friday that a quiet...

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T HERE are very few Englishmen with personal and up-to- date knowledge of conditions in Russia. One of those few, who happens to enjoy good facilities for observation, and who,...

This issue of The Spectator reveals distressingly the effect of

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the paper-rationing scheme, under which a general and uniform reduction to 25 per cent. of the weight of paper used in the pre-war period is imposed on all weekly periodicals. A...

Again, I have lying on my desk two publications concerned

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with the film trade, To-day's Cinema and The Daily Film Renter (each now appearing only three times a week), one of which weighs approximately half a pound—more than four times...

A Service Department, to which the Ministry of Information, demanding

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news, protested that it couldn't make bricks without straw, rejoined tardy " We do provide straw ; you drop the

In view of the suggestion that Mr. Menzies may yet

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return to London as a member of the War Cabinet, a private letter I have received this week from an Englishman in Washington on the Australian Prime Minister's recent visit to...

One man whose lot the attack on Russia has made

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con- siderably easier is M. Ivan Maisky, the Russian Ambassador in London, who, as representative of a country fighting side by side with Britain, finds himself a persona grata...

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By STRATEGICUS I T has always seemed inevitable that Germany would sooner or later settle accounts with Russia, but why she attacked at this moment must be a matter for...

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By A HEADMASTER H AVING been asked by the Editor to give some account of what is being done at a particular English public boarding- school in the way of adapting boys to...

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By DR. J. SCOTT LIDGETT I T is just fifty years since the Bermondsey Settlement started its work in what was then, by general consent, the least regarded and least helped of...

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By DAVID WINSER W E passed a woman gazing steadily at the wall, or perhaps at the basket of washing beside it. Her husband was going to be operated on that morning. He had...

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THE THEATRE Non-Stop Vanities. At the Prince of Wales. ONE is a little shy of recommending Mr. Esdaile's entertainments to strangers; they appeal to the sardonic taste which...


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“La Traviata." At the New Theatre. THE Sadler's Wells Opera has replaced the Ballet at the New Theatre and will remain there during the coming week. Its repertory consists of...


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" Atlantic Ferry." At Warner's. " March of Time." At the Marble Arch Pavilion. Atlantic Ferry tells of the early days of steam; of Samuel Cunard's first transatlantic service a...

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Snt,—Mr. P. F. Wiener, of Rugby School, gives masters and parents a timely warning when he exposes the methods of the Oxford and Cambridge Examiners in prescribing a certain...


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THE TRADE IN MUNITIONS SIR,— Ambassador Dodd's Diary, which was recently published in Great Britain and advertised in your publication, contains three becific statements which...

Snt,—I would like to take up Mr. Young's point concerning

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metrical form. He seems to have fallen into the heresy of confounding verse with poetry, a heresy which underlies a good deal of the failure of well-intentioned and cultured...


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SIR, —Mr. Young complains that Mr. Binyon's line: " When alone and lost in the morning's white silence " does not tell him how to pronounce the word " silence." Rhythm and...

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Slit,—In reply to Mr. Williams' question, Mr. Douglas, whilst modestly

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disclaiming to be an expert, says " feeling is, and always has been, the only thing that can constitute poetry." This is the kind of thing that drives those of us who really...


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Sin,—Popular discontent is liable to arise not so much from a universally diminished standard of living as from social inequities which result from war-time finance. Recent...

Sat,—The book Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is, I know,

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a prose- work, but as its author can also claim some recognition as the poet who wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol, should not the obvious lovers of poetry who answered my "...

SIR,—The very interesting discussion in The Spectator on free verse

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seems to me to have suffered a little from excess of politeness. May I make good the defect in this regard? One essential quality of rhythm and rhyme is that both help to make...


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SIR, —In your issue of the 13th instant I have given historical retrospect of the events that culminated in the final settlement made on April 16th, 1917. I have shown how that...

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Land-Experiment There are many market-gardens ; few which have any value as experiments in land-regeneration. A week or two ago -I mentioned Captain IL G. M. Wilson's pamphlet,...

In the Garden Start a compost-heap. The compost-heaps at Iceni

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estate are elaborate affairs—large pits, brick-drained, with systems of ventila- tion and light railways to bring up the waste-produce and take back the resultant compost to the...


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Painful is life to all that dies, and stern the living word " Arise," the banishment, the angel's sword that makes the grave our only peace. My life is yours to take, not mine...

Produce and Prices As Sir George Stapledon has pointed out,

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any revolution in farming must come from the land itself. Politicians, .who know generally little about agriculture and care less, have always delighted in the stock-answer, "...

WAR-TIME SPORT SIR,—May I be permitted, in reply to Mr.

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W. M. Lodge's challenge, to say that, of course, I am not opposed to war-time sport except when it is overdone? I had hoped that when the climax of the professional- football...

" MUDDLE, MESS AND MAKE-BELIEVE " SIR,—In fairness to the

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Food Controller, the suggestion that he shows more regard to vested interests than knowledge of working- class budgets is rather wide of the mark. Some of the best years of Fred...

The Triumph of the Cat At this time of the

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year, when young plants of all sorts are betng set out, rabbits are perhaps the country gardener's greatest nuisance. There are few rabbit-proof plants, many protective...

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Magic Carpets In the Mill. By John Masefield. (Heinemann. 7s. 6c1.) MR. MASEFIELD has interwoven two books, each of great interest; i one i s a " straight " account of his...

In Search of a Plan

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Planning the War. By Lt.-Col. Clive Garsia. (Penguin Special. 6d.) Tins is an extraordinarily interesting book and it is well worth close study. The main contention is that...

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" Colonies of Heaven "

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This book is not intended for the expert in church-history, and hardly even for the student. It is meant for the average educated Christian who wants a trustworthy and readable...

A Quaint Angle

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Old England. A French View. By Comte Henri de Vibraye- (Constable. ros.) THE originality of this book lies in its author's point of view. He is a member of the old,...

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. Fiction

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The Beehive. By Winifred Williams. (Faber and Faber. 7s. 6d.) " ' You mustn't have any inspiration,' I said. Music, Sir, must be as exact as science. You must know what it is...

Two by Two

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The New Noah's Ark. By Andre Demaison Dent. los. 6d.) To one who hates zoos it is rather surprising to find M. Demaison's book giving so much pleasure. The author, it appears, "...

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THE answer to the question in the title of this

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book is that " Britain led in the destruction " of the Covenant and the League. The author has delivered presidential addresses at assemblies of Unitarian Ministers, from 1917...

Shorter Notices

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NEITHER in style nor in substance does this book keep the level of its theme. Dr. Jennings has a Party mind, and he views the Constitution mainly as something to be manipulated...

A Baker's Dozen. By Llewelyn Powys. (John Lane. 6s.) ALL

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but one of the thirteen essays which Mr. J. C. Powys has selected from his brother's writings are concerned with the English countryside, in Somerset and Dorset. One is a...


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By CUSTOS MARKETS are again demonstrating their immense technical strength and the high morale among investors which underlies it. Germany's onslaught on Russia, so far from...

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LONDON ASIATIC RUBBER AND PRODUCE COMPANY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING THE annual general meeting of the London Asiatic Rubber & Produce Company, Limited, was held in London on June...

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