6 MARCH 1936

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T HE French and British delegations seem to have taken each other by surprise at the Geneva dis- cussions this week, for the French Were not prepared for the British declaration...

Quiet at Tokyo _The tragic- drama at Tokyo has moved

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swiftly to an anti-climax. The attempted coup belongs already to the past and the capital today is in the old familiar throes of negotiations about the formation of a Cabinet....

The Navy's Demands The Naval Estimates, with their provision for

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an increase of more than £9,000,003 over this year's figures, arc the first instalment of demands by the three service which will raise the service estimates in the coming year...

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An End of Tithe The Government's proposals, embodying the recom-

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mendations of the Royal Commission, for a settlement of the Tithe question have the - great merit of separating -the antagonists. Whatever grievances- , either tithe- owners or...

Naval Conference Salvage The Naval Conference is in.process of being

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wound up, and the prospect is .that such agreements as are worth signing will be signed in the first instance by Great Britain, the United States and France, with the prospect...

Italy's Finances Under the pressure of war and sanctions, Signor

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Mussolini has done what Socialists would have this country do in peace. The Italian Council of Ministers has decided to nationalise Italy's credit and banking institutions and...

The Abyssinian Defeats From Abyssinia come reports of new Italian

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victories. The capture of Amba Aradam has been exploited with rather surprising rapidity by it'further unopposed advance across 80 miles of comparatively easy country to Aroba...

Stalin on Peace and War Public declarations by M. Stalin,

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the, effective head of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, are sufficiently rare to lend considerable importance to the statements made by him to Mr. Roy Howard in an...

A Treaty with Egypt Considerably overshadowed by greater events else-

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where, the Anglo-Egyptian conversations were opened in public at Cairo on Monday, Sir Miles Lampson, with advisers, representing Great Britain, and Nahas Pasha, the Wafd leader,...

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The congestion of business is becoming really intolerable in this

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session. -Hardly a day passes when the eleven o'clock rule is not suspended, and important measures are passed at a time when Members have one eye on the clauses of the Bill and...

Mr. Ramsay MacDonald when he made his first speech in

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Parliament on the Debate on Monday on the special areas was subjected to much unfair and unmannerly interruptions from the Labour Benches. But he made the mistake at the outset...

- The annual report of His Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary,

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published last week, emphasises the increasing demands made on the county and borough police. To their original duties of preventing crime and protecting the citizen and his...

The War on the Pools The war on the Football

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Pools continues, and indeed on a wider - front. On Saturday the Pools escaped with some success from the first attack of the League Management Committee. A campaign on their...

The Week in Parliament Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes :—The issues

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raised by the White Paper on Defence have been almost the sole topic of conversation in the lobbies since its publication on Tuesday morning. It is being attacked as was...

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T HE interview accorded by Herr Hitler to a French journalist, the White Paper embodying the British Government's proposals for the expansion of the country's armaments and the...

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application of such a i s to the feeding of animals shows that it is the right criterion to apply. It is equally to the researches of scientists that we owe our knowledge of the...

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THE Defence White Paper has created less sensation than was expected, and the fact that it is attacked by the Rothermere school for its complete inadequacy and by Labour for its...

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By H. G. WELLS T im long chapter which Steele calls " The Quintessence of Socialist Biography " is a quiet lake of puie vitriol. He never lapses into invective ; he prefers...

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By G. F. HUDSON " W HATEVER a man does should be done with his heart. Therefore, for the soldier military amuse- ments alone are Suitable. The penalty for violating this...

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By SIR DANIEL HALL Let us, however, discriminate ; is our object more intensive farming by dividing the land into small units, or are we aiming at finding work for the men in...

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By E. S. P . HAYNES O NE of Mr. A. P. Herbert's first acts on entering the House of Commons as Member for Oxford University has been to present a new Divorce Bill, embodying the...

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By CLELAND SCOTT TO stay on the Gold Standard or not has exercised many minds in Europe but white opinion throughout Africa is unanimous concerning the evils of the Goat...

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By H. G. WOOD M AN, like his lesser brethren, enters life strong in animal faith. It is good to be alive. We do not wait for arguments to prove life to be worth living. We take...

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By GRAHAM GREENE old chief was dead in Tailahun, a tiny Liberian' T village perched above the forest on an uneven thimble of rock. The grave was in the centre of the village...

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By ROSE MACAULAY TTAVING watched the other night the pacifying 11. with peace-gas bombs of a truculent humanity in Leicester Square, I was moved to speculate on the...

A Hundred Years Ago

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" THE SPECTATOR," MARCH 5m, 1830. NAVY ESTIMATES. Last night, the House being in a Committee of Supply, Mr. enmities Wool) brough forward the Navy Estimates. It. appeared from...

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The Theatre

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"The Frogs" of - Aristophanes. Produced by J. T. Sheppard and G. H. W. Rylands. At the Arts Theatre, Cambridge A PERFORMANCE of The Frogs provides the best illustration than one...

"Promise." By Henri Bernstein. At the Shaftesbury M. HENRI BERNSTEIN

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(" Henry " we call him in the electric lights on Shaftesbury Avenue, lest theatregoers, after sole - bonne femme and vol an cent Toulouse, should be jaded by a too protractedly...

MISS JEROME has succeeded very well in her audacious attempt

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to adapt Miss Austen, whose intelligence she preserves even in a London theatre. It is, inevitably, coarsened, and some of its brightest qualities are lacking, especially the...

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The Cinema

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"Rose of the Rancho. " At the Plaza " Jack of All Trades." At the Marble Arch Pavilion 1,:i GL.: DYS SwAnTuour is the latest singer from the Metropolitan Opera House to " go...


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The Communist Symphony IT is one of the principles of the " totalitarian " State, whether Fascist or Socialist, that every activity of its citizens shall contribute something...

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Saving the Bridges A great number of old bridges, which are among the greatest structural beauties of rural and urban England, are threatened by the unconscionable loading of...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR [Correspondents arc requested to keep their letter4 as brief as is reasonably possible. The most suitable length is that of one of our " Nees of the Week...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—The Rev. Professor Maurice Relton returns to the charge. Or rather he once more evades it with brave words. It is odd that he began his...


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[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] Sza,—In his letter. which you published on February 28th, Mr. W. K. C. Guthrie made an attempt to explain, if not to defend, the anti-Jewish...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.]

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SIR,—Though no valid excuse can be offered for the wholesale persecution of the Jews in Germany at the present day, it is only fair to remember that they were excluded from...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sia,—Mr. Block's article puts the case for houses as against flats with admirable clarity, and is, on the face of it, con- vincing. In...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Mr. Roberts has well said that powerful prejudices are involved in the present struggle between Ancients and Moderns in the field of...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Stn,—Nearly the whole of Mr. Kenneth Bradshaw's letter is a tirade against the churches, although he says, rather incon- sistently, that...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.]

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Sut,—Mr. .1. A. Spender's remark that " the one thing our young writers cannot stand is chaff " is interesting, if true, but I am .iirclirred to think that. there Are -other...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—Merton College, Oxford, where I had the good fortune to spend two years as an undergraduate on the eve of the Great War, is among other...

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[To the Editor of TUE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I am sorry to find a slip in my letter to you of last .week, for which I am entirely responsible, and which was due to pure accident. In...


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[To the Editor of TIIE SPECTATOR.] SIR, — In the review which you published of my Language, Truth and Logic, Miss A. B. V. Drew accuses me of committing fallacies which escape...


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[Von cinem deutschen Korrespondentcn] SOEBEN ist der neuc Fahrplan der Deutsche!' Zeppelin- Reederei erschienen. Zum ersten Male werden zwei Luft- schiffe in den 11'eltverkehr...

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The Hidden Shrine BOOKS OF THE DAY

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By MICHAEL ROBERTS " How are we going to get down ? " is a question far more characteristic of mountaineering than the simple, " How are we going to get up ? " For the...

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Both Sides of the Medal

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Pro-Slavery Thought in the Old South. By William Sumner Jenkins, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina Press : Oxford University Press. Ils. 6d.) Mules and Men. By Zora Neale...

The Problems of Kenya

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Kenya : Contrasts and Problems. By L. S. B. Loakoy. (Methuen. 7s. 6d.) Tins is a casual, almost careless, little book, written with an apparent ingenuousness which makes it...

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The Greek Lyrists Greek Lyric Poetry from Alcman to Simonides.

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By C. M. Bowra. (Clarendon Press. 2ls.) FORTY years ago, the discovery of a fairly full and well- preserved text of Bacehylides raised hopes which time has not fulfilled....

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Mr. Belloc and the Holy - Land Ma. HILAIRE BELLOC has

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written a history of Syria. The wrapper informs us that in order to write it he `!. Nyent . to Syria and the Holy band, spending many months in visiting ancient sites." It is...

Protective Custodian

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Robespierre. By G. J. Ranier. (Peter Davies. 5s.) "PATIENT history," Dr. Renier confesses, " can be made to justify any thesis, any aberration " ; and so, for example, " turning...

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An-American in England

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English Years. - By :Tames *hitall: (Jonathan Cape. 12s. ad.) MR. AVIIITALL is one of those enthusiastic American visitors which an obviously anglophil Providence from time to...

Obscurity a la Mode.

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Bur L'Art de la Vie. By Comte Hermann de Keyeerling. (Librairie Stock.) COUNT KEYSERLING is a showman among conternporary eclectics. I am thinking not only of that Aix-les-Rains...

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Mackenzie versus Knox Catholicism in Scotland. By Compton Mackenzie. (Routledge.

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513.) ACCOUNTS of persecution on either side in any great human dispute diminish with time in their effect upon us if narrated without particular reference to their causes....

A Victim of the Hapsburgs

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As a woman, Elizabeth of Austria had no qualities remarkable enough to attract the attention of posterity. As an Empress, she has no historical importance. Yet she remains one...

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Politics and the Plough

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So Long To Learn. By Doroon Wallace. (Collins. 7e. &I.) AGAINST a background of post-War agricultural history, Miss Wallace's characters work out their individual lives. They...

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By SEAN O'FAOLAIN Show Down. By M. Escott. (Chatto and Windus. 7s. 6d.) Vein of Iron. By Ellen Glasgow. (Cape. 8s. 6d.) Dr. Morath. By Max Rene Hesse. (Allen and Unwin. 8s....

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The March Magazines

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THE Round Table devotes two articles to the problem of the " suffocated " Powers who want more trade for their people and put forward colonial claims. It is suggested that this...

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The Railway Outlook

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Finance HOLDERS of English Railway Stocks find themselves confronted with two conflicting aspects of the railway outlook. On the one hand, Traffic Receipts of the four trunk...

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The Enquiry into Fixed Trusts

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THE Board of Trade may be commended both for its promptitude in appointing a Committee to enquire into Fixed Trusts and also upon its composition. It will be remembered that as...

The Anglo-Danish Conversations

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So disappointed have many British exporters become with the working of the 1933 Anglo-Danish Trade Agreement which expires in June of this year, that there seems to be some...

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Financial Notes

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THE Stock Markets are now displaying a somewhat uncertain tendency. A week ago they were very much under, the influence of international , politics, and a f a irly general...

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"The Spectator" Crossword No. 18o

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By- ZENO [A prize of one guinea will b3 given to the sender of the first correct Solution of this week's crossword puzzle to be opened. Envelopes should be marked " Crossword...

SOLUTION NEXT WEEK The winner of Crossword No. 179 is

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Mr. IV. B. Lyth, Albany Hotel, Hastings, Sussex.