28 FEBRUARY 1936

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NEWS OF THE WEEK T HE murders at Tokyo are in

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the Japanese tradition, as the history of the past four years abundantly demonstrates, but their scale is unprecedented. The fact that the assassins have succeeded in their...

The results of the coup will not shape themselves immediately.

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If, as seems improbable, the plot was hatched and executed by young officers in a single regiment, then civil government may continue under Mr. Goto, who became Acting Prime...

The Franco-Soviet Pact M. Flandin's defence of the Franco-Soviet Pact

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in the French Chamber on Tuesday was convincing, but the Foreign Minister had in fact no-formidable case to meet. Germany has semi-officially pronounced the Pact to he...

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The Naval Conference Breakdown Italy's refusal, if she does refuse,

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to sign any naval agreements reached in London is no very grave matter, for the agreements were so negligible a harvest for a con- ference that was to have carried still further...

Armaments and Profits Mr. Baldwin's repetition, on Monday night, of

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his pledge to ensure that no excess profits shall be made out of the increase in armaments was too vague to dispel anxiety. The rearmament programme, whether necessary or not,...

Empire Emigration

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Any" degree of economic recovery in the Empire increases the prospects of a revival of emigration. The appointment of the Overseas Settlement Board, recom- mended by . the ....

Battles and Raids The Italian success in Northern Abyssinia seems

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to have had results neither greater nor less than. might have been expected. Consolidation of the position on the Aradam massif, and road-construction in the small but extremely...

Popular Rule in Spain The Left has come--into power in

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Spain without the disasters hinted at by some sections of the Press in this country. An excellent letter in The Times of Tuesday, from three Englishmen of distinction who own...

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Lord Hugh Cecil, in his speech on the aboliti(m of

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the University franchise on Wednesday afternoon, exhibit.Cd once more the astonishing distinction and fascination or his mind. His wit and originality and personal charm have a...

Vainly Mr. Alexander protested that, this was a travesty of

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his argument. Mr. Churchill, enjoying him- self hugely, insisted that he was running away from his own speech. " I take it as a good augury," he jeered, "that in this the...

The Week in Parliament Out Political Correspondent writes : Mr.

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Eden, in his first speech in the House of Commons as Foreign Secretary, hardly did himself justice. Admittedly he had a most difficult task, for he had no decision on oil...

It was in the subsequent supplementary estimates for the expenditure

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incurred by the Defence Forces, as a result of the Sanctions policy, that the House came to life. Mr. Alexander, who led the attack front the Labour benches, attempted to prove...

The Sunday Trading Bill There was an agreeable and unusual

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unanimity in the House of Commons on Friday, when the Sunday Trading Restriction Bill was read for a second time. All parties, and Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd for the Government,...

Tariffs and World Trade Economists have never ceased to assert

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that, except in special and temporary circumstances, tariffs are no cure for unemployment. By now Protectionists, triumphant in this country, arc used to claiming that the...

The Coal Commission - Captain Crookshank, the Minister for Mines,

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made a welcome statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday, when he announced that, at an early date, the Govern- ment - Will confer effective powers on the Coal Mines...

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T HERE was nothing spectacular about Mr. Eden's first important speech as Foreign Secretary, delivered in the House of Commons on Monday. Nor could there be. What the House...

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V OR - 'inanY reasons sport has beconie lately as much a problein . as a pleasure. Cricket threatened to create an Imperial conflict, the Olympic games may be used to buttress...

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'WAR talk is getting very , much too prevalent. . Rearmament programmes and air-raid circulars encourage it, but it should be regarded as a public duty to resist the temptation...

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OF SOCIALISM By H. G. WELLS O NE of Steele's most frequent words, used always in a condemnatory sense, in his discussion of human relationships, is " piecemeal." We are...

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By SIR FRANCIS ACLAND, M.P. T HE starting of a special forestry effort in or near the Special Areas of Unemployment is a plain talc. All concerned happen to be Commissioners,...

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By S. K. RATCLIFFE • WAsins:Glxix, February. • The presidential candidates will be nominated four months hence. The election falls on November 3rd. The interval is long enough...

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By H. V. HODSON T HE figure of £280,000,000 to E300,000,000 has been so often mentioned, in newspapers close to the Government, as approximately the cost of the rearmament...

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By EDWARD SHILLITO WIIEIST,theJeachers of the Church have reminded ..,:the faithful of the precept to keep Lent, they have, pot Acme.. their whole duty. They .must consider...

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By KAY BOYLE TIIERE was a pattern at Carraroc, and Rondo was there with a rille-range -and a- roulette-table. It 'was after the day's work was finished with that he went down...

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BY MONICA REDLICH 0, Sir, sit down upon a set—they are better thou nothing," said Sterne after finishing the first five volumes of Tristram Shandy. Few phrases could so...

..A Hundred Years Ago

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:" Tas SPECTATOR," FEBRUARY 27th, 1836. . DRURY LANE ORATORIOS. These Lenten exhibitions, which, after having sunk to the lowest depths of ,inusical degradation, expired a few...

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Cor]l1-nun ication

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Oxford in Lent Term [To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sun,—The sluggish air of this part of the Thames valley slows down the rate of living, so that anyone with x amount of...

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The Cinema

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" rvE been timid, O'Man. I've been holding myself in. I haven't done myself justice. I've kept down the sim- mering, seething, teeming ideas. . . ." The voice of Mr. Polly's...


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"Three Men on a Horse." By John Cecil Holm and George Abbot. At Wyndham's THERE are three ingredients in the entertainment offered at Wyndham's. The first, and happily the most...

"After October." By Rodney Ackland. At the Arts Ma. RODNEY

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ACKLAND is probably, next to Mr. Denis John- ston, the most promising dramatist working in the English theatre today. He has some of Mr. Johnston's qualities : wit and...

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Gendarmerie francatse

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[D'un correspondant parisien] A 1.1:POQUE oh Laurence Sterne publia son Voyage Sentimental (1768), les routes de France, si lion s'en rapporte aux notations humoristiques de...


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Matisse and Others Ax exhibition of drawings by Matisse is always important. When, as in that now on view at the Leicester Galleries, it contains many recent drawings and...

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A New Breed Britain is recognised over the greater part of the world as the breeding home of the best farm stock ; and its repute in this regard is nowhere so great as in South...

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LETTERS TO THE 'EDITOR [Correspondents are requested to keep their letters as brief as is reasonably possible. The most suitable length is that of one of our News of the Week"...


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am glad that my letter provoked amongst others the delightfully naive and refreshing outburst front my young friend Miss Gilbert-Lodge. She has certainly received sonic hard...


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• [To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] • SIR,—In your comments on the recent debate on the Sugar Industry (Reorganisation) Bill, you ridicule • Mi.: , 'Wtilte'r Elliot's contention...

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[To the Editor of Tun SPEC-rams.] Simi,—As The Tablet is the oldest Catholic weekly published in this country, your readers will naturally assume that it is one of the Catholic...

Srit,—The Bishop of Jarrow, in an interesting contribution in your-last

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issue to the discussion on " Idealism and Religion," [To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Srit,—The Bishop of Jarrow, in an interesting contribution in your-last issue to the...

MR. BALDWIN OR-- r - ?

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[To the Editor of THE Set:crawl'. I Sum,— In the last issue of The Spectator your Parliamentary Correspondent writes : " Sir Austen's .criticism would be intelligible if there...

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[To the Editor of TUE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—As one of your working-class readers who has read the articles and letters about football pools, may I, who am indifferent both to •...


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[To the- Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] • gm,---4 regret that, owing to pressure of work, I have -been unable to reply earlier to Mr. Gavin Bone's letter published, in The Spectator...

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[To the Editor of TIIE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Mr. Siegfried Sassoon ought

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to have known that the one thing our young writers cannot stand is chaff. But was there ever anything quite so solemn as Mr. Michael Roberts's " reaction "—I must use that...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—Owing to my inability to verify a reference till it was just too late to correct my proof, I said in my review of Mrs. Millin's book on...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sia,—Mr. Michael Roberts has written you an epistolary article, of 1150 words, in which he deplores my unfairness to the younger poets and my...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Spi, r —It might interest The Spectator and some of its readers to kilo* . that • its recent article on " The Jew in National Life " obtained...

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Miguel de Unamuno

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BOOKS OF THE DAY By V. S. PRITCHETT ONE of the good effects of the Spanish revolution has been to reveal to a wider audience the writers of that forcible Spanish . literary...

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American Neutrality

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Can We Be Neutral ? By Allen W. Dulles and Hamilton Fish Armstrong. (New York : Harper. London : Royal Institute of International Affairs. Gs.I American Neutrality 1914-1917....

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A Realist on China

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This book, although its quality is uneven, is worth all the other modern books about China put together. There • are places where the emphasis is wrong, passages where the...

A New History of Opera

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The Changing Opera. By Paul Bekker. (Dent. 10s. 6d.) IN this book Dr. Bekker traces the history of the opera not from its beginnings in the sixteenth century, but from the time...

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(rtollan,..z. • 7s. 6(14 • •

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AT no time in history has the danger of war been more fully present to the popular consciousness than at the present. - The average Englishnlall is not only gravely, but more or...

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Nullum Quod Tetigit . Non Orna4t My Guided Life. By John

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Scott Lidgett. (Methuen. 103.:41..) Da. Scorr Linceri: tells us that he is in his .eighty-seistriad year. This would seem to be a misprint for s, hundred'apd eighty-second ;...

The Authorshipi - of 'Wuthering Heights: -Irene Coopea

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A Brontë Problem (Hogarth Press. 3s. 611.) Ax awful Nemesis is always in ambush for those students of the Wont 1 , s who pronounce too pontifically about their works and days....

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My Master Spy. By Marthe McKenna. (Jarrolds. I2s. 6d.) The Lunatic Spy. By Frank Grotmdaell. (Jarrolds. l6s.) Dreaded Hour. By Captain George Hill. (Caseell. Ss. 6r1.) MANY spy...

Shelley in the Dock -Defence of Shelley, and other Essays.

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By Herbert Read. (Heinemann. 10s. 6d.) SHELLEY has many qualities which commend him to the lazy reader : as Bagehot pointed out, " he loved attenuated ideas and abstracted...

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Raindrops on Banana Leaves .

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Modern Chinese Poetry. Translated by Harold Acton and Ch'en Shih-Hsiang. (Duckworth. 7a. Bd.) " To my mind," remarks Mr. Lin Yutang in his book, My Country and My People, "...

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Arnold Bennett's Letters to his Nephcw Richard Bennet

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The Public -Life (Heinemann 40s. 6d.) = t 1. This record of amazing energy, of dinners and cruises and casinos and Blue Trairis,fif a bfe`craitirad with public appear- antes...

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Going Too Far

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Flowers for the Judge. -- By Margery Allingham. (Heinemann. 7s. 6c1.) The Loss of the Jane Vosper.' By Freeman Wills Crofts. (Crime Club. 7s. 6d.) Death At Breakfast. By John...

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By WILLIAM PLOMER Family Curse. By John Hampson. (Chapman and Hall. 7s. &I.) Sixth of June. By Stanley Hopkins. (Cape. 7s. 6d.) Waters of Life and Death. By A. Voronsky....

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DYNASTY By Wolfgang Michael Current Literature The latest addition to the excellent Studies in Modern History, edited by Professor Namier, is this translation and adaptation...

• To include a complete life of King George V

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in a well known series of Short Biographies (Peter Davies, 5s.) and have the volume on sale less than five weeks after the King's death is a considerabli'lieliieVenient - of...

The memory of Charlotte, Viscountess Barrington, is safely preserved in

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the pleasant Settlement for ex-Service men, which she and her husband founded at Shrivenham ; and it was her first intention that such reminiscences - - as- she might give to...

Signor Dartiele Vare was Italian Minister to reking, in the

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days when the Chinese Empire had just fallen, and the political sky was alight with the afterglow. The. Empress yphonala's personality still lingered in the Forbidden City ; and...


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1918-1930 By Arthur Rosenberg nerr Rosenberg, now at Liverpool, has continued his History of the German Republic, here translated from the German edition, which was reviewed...

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By Paul Schebesta Dr. Schebesta's latest book (Hutchinson, 18s.) is notable mainly for the chapters describing the half-pygmies of the Belgian Congo. Originally the offspring...

NAVAL ODYSSEY By T.- Woodrooffe Naval Odyssey (Cape, 10s. 6d.)

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is a well-written aeciauntkof the life of a young officer in a " C " class cruiser during a voyage in the Mediterranean. Mr. Woodrooffe tells his atry in the third person, a...

MEN___AND-11,0-UNXIVNS---- •

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By M. Ilin Looked at either as a simple -text-book . of applied:physical, geography, or as an example of Soviet propaganda,..illti tend Moastains-(Routledge, 7s. (id.) is an...


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By Thomas Thornely Good wine is its own commendation, and Mr. Thomas Thornely's Cambridge Memories (Hamish Hamilton, Ss.) is of so admirable a vintage that Mr. J. B....


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By Operator 1384 Life, in the French Foreign Legion is reputed to be quite unlike the romantic adventurous existence of the legionnaire of fiction. 'Yet book after book comes...

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Ax unusually heavy batch of inquiries this month from Spectator

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readers for advice on the choice of a car proves, if proof were still needed, that if there is not yet that indefinite thing called a boom, there are all the makings of it. It...

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The Use and Abuse of Credit

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Finance DURING the four years of the Great War (1914-1918) many discoveries were made. I doubt, however, if - any was more important, or destined to be more far-reaching, than...

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Financial Notes

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REACTIONARY MARKETS. . • WITH the exception of British Finds and kindred stocks, : ant perhaps also South African Mines, a reactionary. tendency has characterised the Stock...

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SOLUTION NEXT WEEK The Winner of Crossword No. 178 is Paymaster Captain F. II. Gerty, Yennadon Lodge, Donsland, Yelverton, S. Devon.

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BY ZENO 14 prize of one guinea will be gi vett to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword puzzle Jo be opened. Envelopes should be marked " Crossword...