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M R. VYSHINSKY has managed to put the Russian Government publicly in the position of the deliber- ate opponent of an early Korean settlement. He has done it not only by his...

Commonwealth Conclusions

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At this stage of the Commonwealth Economic Conference the public expects no more than it is in fact getting—a series of short statements revealing only that the Minis- ters are...

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Isolating Mau Mau

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It is much too early to say with anything like certainty t1 13 , 1 the growth of violence in Kenya has been effectively check r eo' but for the moment at least the signs are...

The Saar and the Future

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There is some difference of opinion as to whether the result of the elections in the Saar last Sunday will impede or facili- tate a settlement of the differences between France...

The Real German Army

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The clearest test of the respective protestations of Rust and the Western Powers of their desire for peace is found "; the simple fact that, while the West has been talking a...

Mr. Taft is Stung

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It is an American commonplace that many a politician has become a different man on crossing the threshold of the White House. But it begins to look as if General Eisenhower....

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An Unauthorised Programme ?

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The emotions aroused by Bevanism are dying down. In the elections, new style, for the Parliamentary Labour Party Execu- tive Mr. Bevan obtained exactly the place, twelfth out of...

The Tragic ,Farce at Prague

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The execution of the eleven accused Communist leaders has followed immediately on their condemnation, the normal right Of appeal being denied them. The trial having followed...


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I T is curious that during a week in which the Government has begun to apply in the House of Commons a rigid time-table for the committee stage of the Transport Bill, the week's...

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T HE fact that a Private Member's Bill, aiming at the establishment by statute of a General Council of the Press, was last week introduced, discussed and talked out is not to be...

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Puella Rigensis. This young woman gets elderlier and elderlier. Last

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week I gave circumstantial details (on the basis of information received), of how the Latin version had been composed by a Rossall master in 1912 or 1913. Now Mr. Leslie Gamage...

The case of a Z reservist at Birmingham who appealed

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un- suecessf ullY for exemption from service as a conscientious Objector , and has been sentenced to three months' imprisonment for declining to serve, raises an important, but...

Far be it from me to introduce the name oatf

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Cambridge Uni- versity unnecessarily into this column; but when the Delhi correspondent of The Times lays stress on the fact that, with Mr. Nehru Prime Minister of India, Mr....

"Most issues of this Journal open with Notices to Fellows,

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and it seems appropriate to begin this collection of extracts with a Notice on the Long-Haired Angora Goat."—Journal of the Royal Society of Arts.

What is to be said of the extraordinary success of

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the new Revised Standard Version of, the Bible, at a time when churches are said to be empty and interest in religion confined to a diminishing minority It is true that it is in...

Talk about the land question being at the root of

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the Mau Mau outrages may have some element of truth in it, and it is certainly of the first importance that the Royal Commission over which Sir Hugh Dow is to preside should be...


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M R. EVELYN WAUGH will have done nothing but an ill service to the Roman Catholicism in whose name he writes (though he claims to speak for many other Christians) in dealing as...

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Protestant Catholics

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By DR. NORMAN SYKES, F./3.A.* tc ID me to live, and ',will live Thy Protestant to be," wrote Robert Herrick to Anthea; and as a tribute of personal fealty the word is innocent...

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A Notable Ambassador

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By ROBERT WAITHMAN* S ' IR OLIVER FRANKS, who has returned home this week after four and • a half years as British Ambassador in Washington, was assailed in print about half-way...

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Mau Mau Murder

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By MARGERY MUMEORD No 23rd The Meiklejohns were the third Europeans to settle, in 1921, in Thomson's Falls, their farm being one of the first of the Settlement Board Farms to...

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The Kikuyu Case

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This account, from a correspondent in Scotland, of a conversation with a Kikuyu teacher now studying in this country is of value as giving an educated African's view of the...

Fables of Today—III

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Woodpecker Tragedy By JACQUETTA HAWKES T HE pair of woodpeckers were easily the most splendid birds in the plantation. In spring and summer .their green plumage glinted with...

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The Village Church

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By STEPHEN BONE I REMEMBER a wet day in a Scottish village. I was young and newly come from the south. I was a keen sightseer, but through the window no sight was to be seen...

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Washington Report By GORDON GREEN (University of Bristol) M Y only claim to originality in writing on a visit to i the United States is that, of my ten weeks in America, eight...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I HOPE, before I die, to write a book about manners. I know little about the subject at present, but I intend to read and annotate such standard works as the...

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Madrigals, two-piano recitals, a violinist THERE are some concerts at which it is advisable to be a performer rather than a listener. Giving is always more blessed than...

CINEMA Folly to be Wise. (Odeon, Marble Arch.)--The Narrow Margin.

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(London Pavilion.)—The Road to Bali. (Plaza and Carlton.) FUTURE historians may find it curious that Mr. Alistair Sim should, in this emotional day and age, be Britain's...


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THEATRE Ism the sitting-room of a guest-house newly opened by a young couple whose charm is more than matched by their inexperience Mrs. Christie deftly introduces an...

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From Elizabeth to Elizabeth : A Biography of the British People. (Hutchinson House, Stratford Place, W.L) From Elizabeth to Elizabeth : A Biography of the British People....


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The Ballet Rambert. (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.) MARIE RAMBERT has never lost sight of the art of dancing, has never allowed her pupils to be so o(rerwhelmed by its technique...


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Mixed Shows This is the time when the dealers pile their counters with goods for the Christmas market—mixed shows, mostly of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting...

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Report by Joyce Johnson Prizes were offered for a human tale told by a fairy. "Time upon a once there was a family of Humans who lived at the top of our garden," now, alas,...


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Set by John Usborne The original legend of the Miracle of the Heated Sod makes no mention of a" Page ", but says it was one " Podivintes, assiduus comes who put his tired and...

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"Is Shaw Dead ? "

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SIR, —Sir Angus Watson's recital of Bernard Shaw's sins must have shocked and disillusioned many of your readers who have hitherto regarded him with respect. A full exposure of...

South Africa

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SER,—As a former pupil of the famous missionary school from which Dr. Shepherd writes as Principal, I salute his defence of the Nationalist Government's "good works" to the...


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The Development Charge SIR,—The Spectator is usually well-informed and fair-minded; but your Mote on development charges is so inaccurate and contradictory that I feel that I...

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"Reindeer in Scotland " SIR,—One must congratulate Sir Frederick Whyte on

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the formation of his Reindeer Council, which may well usher in a new economic form of great value in combating depopulation in the Highlands and Islands, but I fear one must...

The Guillotine

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Sta,—In your issue of November 28th you describe the use of the " Guillotine " before the committee stage of the Bill is even begun as "a new way of bringing this dangerous...

An Anglo-Latin Limerick SIR,—I offer the following specimen of Dog-Anglo-Latin-cum-Irish

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to your waste-paper basket: Of Caesar, 'twas said by the cronies Marcf Tullii Ciceronis, That Clodia Metella Had fall'n for a fella Qui certe non erat Adonis! If by any...

The Doctors' Silence SIR,—The waiting-about at hospitals Of which Janus

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complains is .a very long-standing trouble with the inarticulate poor; now that the articulate are being given doses of it those who cause it are hearing something. Some of it...

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Two cottages share the well which is close to the stream down in -the hollow. The well is deep enough to take a good-sized bucket, but only just deep enough. Its sides have been...

Pruning Fruit-trees can be pruned between the end of autumn

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and March. Young trees should definitely be left until the end of February when the buds will have swollen. Even the old trees must be handled with care, because the frost will...

6pettator, iBetember 40 1852

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ON the 2nd of December, 1852, Louis Napoleon " accepted " the Empire of France, as on the day of which Thursday was the anniver- sary he laid violent hands on the capital and...


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The farm-cat belongs to no one. He shares the barn, the shippon, the straw-shed With whatever creatures are there. He comes out, when it suits him, to lap a saucer of milk . ,...

Winter Scene On a sunny day the view across the

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undulating moor is most pleasant, but now, as we came to it, everything looked desolate and not a bit improved by the leaden surface' of the lake in the hollow. One had only to...

The Pickwick Film

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SIR,-1 have been waiting to see if any of your readers would write to you in protest against your sending to criticise the Pickwick Papers film a lady who has never read the...

Cheerful Postmen

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When I was a boy, it was often my task to go down from the farm to the "public" road to pick up the newspaper of the day before together with the mail. The letters were brought...


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6111,-1 was sorry to read in the Spectator the phrase: " There can be no justification for undue pessimism." It's a change, to be sure, from " No cause for undue alarm," but, in...

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From Three to Nine - Manda. By Kathleen Hale. (John Murray. 8s. 6d.) Press. 12s. ad.) Jan Klassen Cures the King. By Antonia Ridge. (Faber. 8s. 6d.) The Little Red Engine Goes...

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Praise Be For All Things Large

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Praise be for all things large and much and grand— Great Britain, much ado and talking big ; Much of a muchness, Greats, Big Ben's big-hand, The Great (Grand Duke), the...

Nine and Onwards

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Redcap Runs Away. By Rhoda Power. (Cape. 9s. 6d.) The Baron's Hostage. By Geoffrey Trcase. (Phoenix. 9s. 6d.) Young Master Carver. By A. Stephen Tring. (Phoenix. 9s. 6d.) Four...

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For Older Children

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Young Harry Tremayne. By Roland Pertwee. (Oxford University Press. 10s. 6d.) The Enchanted. By Elizabeth Coatsworth. (Dent. 12s. 6d.) Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard. By...

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A Man and His Legend Arnold Bennett. By Reginald Pound. (Heinemann. 21s.) " I HAVE never had a clear or fixed ambition," stated Arnold Bennett, towards the end of his days. The...

Scottish Portrait-Painter

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I ACCEPTED with alacrity the job of reviewing this book ; I wanted to learn about Ramsay. Ever since the Exhibition of Scottish Atr in the Royal Academy in 1938 I have greatly...

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• A Romantic in Revolt

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Collected Poems (19344952). By Dylan Thomas. (Dent. I2s. 6d , ) " I HONOUR rhythm and rhyme, which first makes poetry what is ; but its real depth and most profound effect, that...

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The Creator of Jorrocks

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R. S. Surtees. By Leonard Cooper. (Arthur Barker. 15s.) JORROCKS stands, for Mr. Cooper, with Falstaff and Sir Toby uelch, Mr. Pickwick and Mr. Micawber in the gallery of the...

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No Feast for the Gods

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Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell : Their Correspondene4 Edited by Alan Dent. (Gollancz. 21s.) A LEGEND has grown up round these letters, and on immediat impact they seem a...

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The Evolution of Smuts

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Jan Christian Smuts. By J. C. Smuts. (Cassell. 25s.) THIS book is by far the best of the biographies of the • " Oubaas that has yet appeared. The author has not only written...

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Poems of Fancy

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Oliver St. John Gogarty : Collected Poems. (Constable. 30s.) Da. OLIVER GOCIARTX, is a type of poet which it is unusual to find in the twentieth century, or, for that matter, in...

Emotion on the Heights

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Annapurna. By Maurice Herzog. Translated from the Frencll bY Nea Morin and Janet Adam Smith. With an introduction hY Eric Shipton. (Cape. 15s.) IT is in every way a most...

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Remarkable Old Lady

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Grandma Moses : My Life's History. Introduction by Louis Bromfield. Edited by Otto Kallir. (Andre Deutsch. 21s.) "CHOOSE an Author as you Choose a Friend," says the text on the...

Two Lives

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MR. Cows has written many books, of which perhaps the Best- known are his historical studies of the East. The Journey °Inward, his latest volume, is the first part of his...

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An "M.G." Collection

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The Bedside " Guardian." Selected from the Manchester Guardian by Ivor Brown. (Collins. 12s. 6d.) THE decline of the essay is a trnism of current criticism, and it is easy for...

Friedrich Holderlin

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Holderlin: His Poems. Translated by Michael Hamburger, with s Critical Study. (The Harvill Press. 18s.) Holderlin. By L. S. Salzberger. (Bowes & Bowes. 6s.) HoLDERLIN 'S...

Bird's-Eye Views

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Monastic Sites from the Air. By David Knowles and J. K. St. Joseph , (Cambridge University Press. 55s.) DR. ST. JOSEPH is Curator in Aerial Photography in the UniversitY of...

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Away Went Polly. By Caryl Brahms. (Heinemann. 12s. 6d.) The Cardboard Crown. By Martin Boyd. (Cresset Press. 10s. 6d.) Venetia. By Barbara Goolden. (Heinemann. 12s. 6d.) Pal...

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REVENGE is being taken on the " gentle aneites," who

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have had a long lachrymose innings, as on the" Lamb and mint sauce" devotees. Momentarily Jane Austen 's novels have dropped out of entertainment to take a place among the...


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Rupert of the Rhine. By Bernard Fergusson. (Collins. Brief Lives Series. 7s. 6d.) PRINCE RUPERT is a problem for the bio- grapher, for the, very reasons which make him a...

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By CUSTOS BUOYED up by the continued strength of Wall Street and the firmness of the pound markets are still putting up a brave show. Gilt edged stocks, now drawing their main...

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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, December 16th, addressed Crossword, 99 Gower Street,...

Solution to Crossword No, 705 Solution on December 19

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The winner of Crossword No. 705 is: Mrs. B. SIMISTE.R, 56 Chase Way, Southgate, London, N.14.