29 FEBRUARY 1952

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HE relationship between a European Defence Com- munity and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was only one of the problems confronting the Atlantic Council when it met at...

The Mediators

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The visit of Sir Zafrullah Khan, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, to the Middle East can hardly fail to be useful. Co-operation between Pakistan and the predominantly Islamic...

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Setback in Indo-China

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What has gone wrong in Indo-China ? The situation is probably not quite so serious as the communiques imply, for these are couched in terms of formal optimism which are calcu-...

M. Faure's Dilemma

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The economic disaster which looms over France, like the one with which we in Britain are familiar, is a long-term legacy of the war—or rather of the last two wars. The...

Steel Shuttlecock

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Mr. Steven Hardie has denied that he was playing politics when he threw up his post as Chairman of the Iron and Steel Corporation. The question whether he was or not is...

The Industrial Threat

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The cause of sanity must benefit considerably by statements in the past week by Sir Vincent Tewson, Mr. Arthur Deakin, Mr. Herbert Morrison and Mr. Aneurin Bevan all to the same...

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A New Utility Scheme

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The Douglas Committee on the utility scheme for clothing. boots, furniture and other articles has done its work expedi- tiously and well. The utility scheme has long outlived...

Help for Universities

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No one, it may be hoped, will make it a ground of complaint that while Education Authorities are being asked to trim their estimates of primary and secondary school expenditure...


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T HE Qpposition came reeling and battered out of Tuesday's resumed debate on foreign affairs. It is long since an Opposition has been so discomfited as the Labour Party was by...

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M R. HERBERT MORRISON. has described the Prime Minister's recent visit to Washington as "a doubtful mission by the wrong man at the wrong time." He made this remark in the House...

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The Minister of Housing and Local Government, it appears, has

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vetoed the sensible proposal that the old Temple Bar be re-erected at the bottom of Middle Temple Lane, on the ground that the nineteenth-century buildings behind it would form...

I customarily draw the attention of readers of this column

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to the latest annual edition of Ashley Courtenay's handbook to British hotels (Let's Halt Awhile, 68 St. James's Street, S.W.1, 8s. 6d.) because of its value to those beginning...

A writer in the Newspaper World mentions that he has

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received from the chief Press and Information Officer of B.E.A. "a most interesting and useful novelty, a slide-rule which gives 45 cocktail recipes almost at a glance." Not...

Sir Hubert Henderson died as Warden-Elect of All Souls. Chosen

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last year to fill that high post, he was never well enough to be formally installed; such a happening must be rare at either university. A protégé at Cambridge of Maynard...

To measure money against life is never quite easy, but

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only the most rigid economists will criticise the Chancellor of the Exchequer for earmarking £1,000,000 for road improve- ments at notorious danger-spots (local authorities...

So identity cards have gone, and a certain gentleman who

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disliked 'them went to the trouble of having himself photo-/ graphed tearing his up. No doubt very impressive. But talk of the cards as badges of servitude or something similar...


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N ,,- OW that the nation has settled down to the new reign is it too much to hope that something may be done ..,. about the deplorable jingle that passes muster as a National...

Having retired for a brief period to hospital for a

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not very formidable operation for a not very serious disability I have discovered what an astonishing addiction modern medicine has to punctures. I have been pricked in every...

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Why is Scotland Restive?

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By The Very Rev. G. S. DUNCAN* M ANY who are puzzled by the undoubted growth of national feeling in Scotland are beginning to ask seriously what is at its roots. If they are...

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Aid for Old People

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By LORD AMULREE I N his recent article in the Spectator Mr. Somerville Hastings set out fairly one of the great anxieties that - still face old people—what will become of them...

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Public Worship

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By J. T. CHRISTIE (Principal of Jesus College, Oxford) T HE attention given to what is termed "Control of Wor - ship" in the recent report of the Church Assembly Commission on...

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Jane Austen—The Lefroys

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By MARGARET USBORNE Y family can boast two female forbears who had poems written to them by the great;• one, our great-great- V 1. grandmother, by Robert Burns, the other, a...

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Happy Families

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By . J. P. W. MALLALIEU, M.P. I ONCE played rugger against a girl and, thirty years later, this girl startled the games-master at her son's school by asking him why he...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I HAVE been reading this week Professor Arberry's new version of the Rubdiyat of Omar Khayyam. I trust that I have correctly spelled the title of the poem...

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Tins is an unusual occasion, because the virtues of Mr.

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Andrew Rosenthal's new play, a serio-comic treatment of the problems facing an upper-class American mother on her fiftieth birthday, hardly come into question at all. I should...


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A Streetcar Named Desire. (Warner.)—The Card. (Odeon.)-- Murder in the Cathedral. (Academy.) MR. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, with its melodramatic but to...

First Person Singular. By Lewis Grant Wallace. (Duke of York's.)

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THERE is no dramatic excitement to speak of in the play, yet it is odd to find the West End turning against its own nature and giving it such a cool reception, for it is...


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THEATRE Two Gentlemen of Verona. (Old Vic.) AT curtain-fall there was no doubt about the quality and kind of this entertainment : a thing not worth doing had been done very...

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Tim great century of the Japanese colour print, once used so lightly for packing purposes in trade with the West, surely represents the highest peak of graceful suavity ever...


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Cores y Danzas de Espana. (Stoll Theatre.) WHILE we are grateful to Mr. Peter Daubeny for giving us an oppor- tunity to see so comprehensive a display of Spanish folk-dancing,...

MUSI C THE outstanding performances of the week have been the

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Halle Orchestra's playing of three Mozart symphonies and Gieseking's of the first book of Debussy's Preludes, both at the Royal Festival Hall. It has been widely suggested that...

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A prize of £5 was offered for a Valentine in

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the manner of Herrick, George Herbert, Isaac Watts, W. S. Landor or Swinburne. I wish, competitors, that I had a box of comfits, so that these might be a prize for you...


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Set by Janus • A prize of f.5, which may be divided, will be awarded to the author of the best version of a new National Anthem, one verse only, the existing metre being...

"Tbe aiprttator," jfebruarp 28tb, 1352.

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THE NEW MINISTRY [Lord John Russell, the Prime Minister, had resigned, and a new Ministry, had been formed by Lord Derby, with Disraeli as Chancellor of the Exchequer.] Here We...

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Norman Douglas

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Sut,—May I say how pleased I was to read Harold Nicolson's comments on Norman Douglas. I have read and re-read his books with delight, but I wonder whether Mr. Nicolson realises...

Sta,—Those among your readers who knew Norman Douglas will be

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surprised to learn from Mr. Harold Nicolson that he had "a harsh contemptuous laugh" or that he was used to getting "noisily drunk." As for the latter, I have known Douglas...

Which King?

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• Sta,—Since reading Mr. Dane's letter in your columns this morning. . I have been racking my braids to discover any parallel between "the rhythm of his [the late King's]...


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would I be without your service" This is only one sample from our large "fan mail." It has just come in and happens to be from a subscriber in the Transvaal, but you don't have...


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An American and Mr. Wilmot Sut,—Mr. Chester Wilmot's letter (the Spectator,-February 22nd) is of such interest that I am anxious to reply to some of the points he has made. 1....

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Queen Margaret

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SIR,—Janus states that there has been no Queen Margaret of Scotland, but even Edward I of England recognised one from 1286 to 1290.—I am, Sir, your obedient servant, CHRISTOPHER...

Family and Nation

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SIR,—It is wholly intelligible that Sir Ernest Barker should sigh for the writers of his formative years, Robert Browning, George Eliot and George Meredith, particularly as his...

Partridges Paired

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The partridges were close by the road. They rose from the back of the hedge and whirred off across the field, swinging over the fence and changing direction as they followed the...


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Silt —I think the suggestion of Lord Antrim that fodder and animal feeding stuffs are synonymous terms is incorrect. Fodder only includes bulky foods such as hay and straw, and...

A Thatched Cottage

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There is something very snug, old and beautiful in the appearance of a thatched cottage. Two or three are still to be seen in a near-by village. They are in need of repair, and...

Users of the Road Man has made the roads and

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the lanes, but he is not the only one using them. In the dusk, in the moonlight or the mist of early day, animals of all sizes are in the habit of crossing. The hedge bottom is...

Stimulant in the Orchard Give a good stimulant to the

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trees and bushes in the orchard so long as the substance used is not put into the soil .in excessive quantities. A supply of superphosphate, sulphate of ammonia, hop manure,...


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WATCHING a pair of Labradors working in the fringe of a wood, I was impressed with their intelligent behaviour. The hunting instincts of dogs show best when they are in pairs....

The Society for Twentieth Century Music

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Silt —May I make a few points regarding Mr. Martin Cooper's review of the inaugural concert of the Society for Twentieth Century Music? Firstly, such a society would certainly...

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Auden's Achievement Nones. By W. H. Auden. (Faber. 10s. 6d.) THE best of these poems have a quality like pale clear dry wine, perhaps of some classical vintage. Mr. Auden has...

A Great Partnership

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The Gilbert and Sullivan Book. By Leslie Baily. (Cassell. 42s.) Gilbert and Sullivan. By Arthur Jacobs. (Max Parrish. 7s. 6d.) THE simultaneous appearance of two new books on...

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Zola Reconsidered

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Emile Zola : An Introductory Study of his Novels. By Angus Wilson. (Seeker and Warburg. 10s. 6d.) ZOLA really has been shockingly neglected in this country since his death....

F. D. R's Letters

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The Roosevelt Letters : Being the Personal Correspondence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Volume Three (1928-1945). With a Foreword by Eleanor Roosevelt. Edited by Elliott...

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Sixty Years Ago

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The Romantic '90s. "By Richard Le Gallienne. With an Introduc- tion by H. Montgomery Hyde. (Putnam. 15s.) NAUGHTY, decadent or yellow though they are said to be, the '90s cannot...

The Gall Doctor

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Doctor Viper : The Querulous Life of Philip Thicknesse. By Philip Gosse. (Cassell. 21s.) THE vast literary mines of the eighteenth century can still promise useful materials to...

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Twentieth-Century Jongleur

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Light on a Dark Horse. An Autobiography (1901-1935). By Roy Campbell. (Hollis & Carter. 18s.) IT IS DANGEROUS IO praise Mr. Campbell. There is first of all Mr. Campbell himself...

Propagating the Gospel

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Two hundred and fifty years is only a fragment of the Churcrs history, but the story of any body-corporate that has covered so long a span ought to be of general interest,...

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Call Me Early. By Angela Wyndham Lewis. (Peter Davies. 10s. 6d.) Dumb Spirit. By Doris Hedges. (Arthur Barker. 9s. 6d.) Love Bade Me Welcome. By John Lodwick. (Heinemann. 13s....

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Shorter Notices

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Paracelsus : Selected Writings. Edited AMONG the most radical achievements of the school of Jung has been to alter the intelli- gent man's view of the science of alchemy, for...

THE author of these reminiscences is asso- ciated in the

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minds of operatic connbisseurs with one part, that of Melisande, which she created. Of the other French and Italian operas that were her particular pro- vince—Massenet's Thais,...

AMONG the most successful of B.B.C. programmes is a series

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,of questions and answers known as "Nature Parl:ament." The questions are all sent in by children and the experts claim that it is easy to spot any that really come from...

Sidney Sussex College. By C. W. Scott- Giles. (From the

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College Office. 6s. 6d.) THE history of an Oxford or Cambridge college is in one sense a domestic affair. Many of the men who figure in it have done great service to their...

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By CUSTOS Tins has been a week of accumulating evidence that at long last disinflationary policies are beginning to get the upper hand. Commodity prices have again been falling—...

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IA Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution opened after noon on Tuesday week, March 11th, addressed Crossword, ' 99 Gower Street,...

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