6 OCTOBER 1944

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HE announcement that the War Cabinet after far too prolonged delays has decided on the appointment of a Minister of Civil Aviation of Cabinet rank will be universally welcomed—...

The Gandhi-Jinnah Failure

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The conversations between Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Jinnah at Bombay lasted long enough to make it clear that an attempt at agreement was pursued as long as there was any hope of it....

Trust-Buseng in France

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General de Gaulle addressed a mass meeting in his native city Of Lille last Sunday in which he did not shrink from declaring his Policy in regard to some vital aspects of social...

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Higher Unemployment Benefits

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It is manifest that some time must elapse before the new Soci Insurance Scheme can be brought into operation ; but th Government has decided to apply some of its advantages in...

The Seven Towns

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Plymouth stands out as the case of a town which, having suffered severe war damage, has prepared a fine and inspiring plan for post- war reconstruction. It wants to pull down...

A Bad Coal Outlook The coal situation is disheartening in

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the extreme. The ou is just as bad at the approach of another winter as it was last autu and even worse, in spite of more concessions to the men and di wages agreement of last...

The T.U.C. on Reconstruction

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It is natural that the Trades Union Congress, reporting on post- war reconstruction and a policy of employment, should approach the problem with its eye on the interests of...

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0INCE the invasion of Normandy began, four months ago, the ula, 0 face of Europe has undergone comprehensive change. Five- sixths or more of France and Belgium have been freed,...

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* * * * A half-glimpse of a tremendous story

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was given by the Sunday Express last Sunday, in the report of what an agency correspondent had just heard in Brussels from a Belgian Red Cross nurse about the abortive attempt...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK W HETHER Mr. Roosevelt or Mr. Dewey carries

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the day at the polls in November, the next President of the United States is likely to be elected chiefly by women. That is an interesting fact which emerges from a very...

Only the Manchester Guardian, so far as I have seen,

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has published the story of an outrageous attack—consisting, as th Duke puts it, of "criminally libelous" statements—about the Duchess of Windsor. A woman writer in the American...

Dr. Charles Sleigh, of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, has, I belies- been

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appointed chairman of the National Committee for the Trai ing of Teachers in Scotland. Reference to Who's Who shows long and varied Dr. Sleigh's experience in connexion with...

* * * * In spite of some weighty disagreement

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with my paragraph of last week on the unwisdom of the trial of Hitler, I hold to my opinion, which, I happen to know, is that prevalent in high legal circles, where it is...

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By agreeing that country buses should have first priority whe petrol supplies are ampler, Major Lloyd George has responded • advance to an appeal I was about to address to him...

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By STRATEGICUS S much is now known about the first exploit of the First Air- borne Army as is possible for some time to come. ' It was natant in its conception and heroic in its...

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By W. MANNING DACEY ZB ENEFITS must be paid for, and a high level of benefit must mean a high level of contribution." If the Government's proposals were put into force next...

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By SIR HENRY SLESSER rp HE considerable concern which for some time has been exhibited I with regard to the growth of Ministerial powers exercised under Statutory Orders and...

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By CONSTANCE REAVELEY E VERYBODY is saying that after the war we must have more and better leisure for the workers. We all need a rest, but this does not seem at first sight a...


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By D. W. BROGAN September, 1944. T is two years and four months since I last saw the Golden Gate ; it has been a little more difficult to see it this time, owing to the...

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THE sea Is schizophrenic Such a thing two-faced! Sometimes when days are hot and skies are hazy It flops and wallows up the sand Seal like and lazy, Full of oil and fish,...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON S I walked down to Westminster last week, on the morning of the Prime Minister's great speech upon the war situation, I found myself wondering how he would...

He was not exceptionally well born, he was not exceptionally

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handsome. if, as seems probable, the Isaac Oliver miniature is the most objective portrait of him which we possess, he must have been a somewhat stocky young man, with a large...

When we read the accounts of his burial at St.

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Paul's, when we examine the thirty-four engravings which Thomas Lam published of that elaborate ceremonial, we find it difficult to account for the adoration accorded to Philip...

It is a strange coincidence, as many have already noted,

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that this small Dutch town should twice in our history have struck the note of national mourning. It was in Arnhem, in the house of Mrs. Gruithuissens, :hat on October 17th,...

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I wish, indeed, that some chance would lead to the discovery of the Veronese portrait of Philip Sidney which startled Languet by its extreme "youthfulness." It may well have...

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fiohtrrimns I think your hair is brown, at others nearly black ; One moment liquid-glossy as a new-husked chestnut, The next is turbulent and unconfined. You, like your hair,...

THE THEATRE The Sadler's Wells Ballet." At the Princes Theatre.

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THE Return of the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company to London was marked bi a superb performance on the first night of Cop pelia, entire in its three acts. This famous old ballet...

THE CINEMA "The Hitler Gang." At the Carlton. — " Racial Problems."

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Generally Released. MISLED, perhaps, by its unacademic title, I went to The Hitler Gang expecting the chamber of horrors rather than history. Advance publicity had prepared us...

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WAR CRIMINALS Stn,—May I be allowed to appeal to " Janus " to reconsider the first of his Notes in last week's Spectator. He thinks that to put Hitler and Himmler on trial...


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Sig,—As a translator and publishers' reader I am in contact with several schemes providing for the dissemination of English literature, in trans- lation, in post-war Germany. In...


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SIR,—The White . Paper just published enunciates two sound principles: (1) " universality " of direct contribution, by means of which each may share in providing a measure of...


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SIR,—The letter to the Editor of The Times from Squadron Leader Skeate, to which Mr. Harold Nicolson referred in "Marginal Comment" last week, was, indeed, most unfortunately...

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SIR,—A letter in your issue of September 22nd, entitled "Natives and New Ideas," professes to confine its statements to Rhodesia but deals with such general African issues that...

THE FLEMING REPORT Snt,—There seems to be a remarkable indifference

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on the part of the genesal public towards the Fleming Report on the Public Schools. It may be that this reflects the public mind and that all the agitation about Public Schools...

THE PUBLIC AND PEACE susisect that your correspondent, Mr. Wilson,

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has somewhat misunderstood both the gist of the N.P.C. Petition and the main point of my remarks about it. The Petition does not accept the need for power to be put behind...


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SIR, —Mr. John Moscow says, truly, that what is wanted between us and Russia is the free exchange of ideas and information, and (rather blandly) "a good deal less moral...

SIR,—Absence from London has hitherto precluded my inviting you to

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publish some rejoinder to the article by Mr. David Thomson on "The Public and Peace" in your issue of September 22nd in which, while making some generous references to the...

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SITTING in South-east England, I can take a deep breath

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and say fervently, "Thank Heaven that's over." For three months the right proportions of life in the countryside have been knocked into surrealist shapes. All the quiet things...

The Pleasures of Quiet But now those valuable and permanent

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powers are no longer make- believes. They have emerged again, like the still, small voice after the storm, and the rest of the intimate phenomena of the countryside are settling...


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SIR,—In your News of the Week you say "In cases of total or prolonged disability there will be medical assessment, as in the case of war injuries, of the degree of disablement,...

Postage on this issue: Inland, id.; Overseas, Id.

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Radio - active Creatures

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A few moments later, strolling down the hill, I saw at my feet on the tarmac a tiny trail of phosphorescence. "Late in the year for glow- worms," I thought, though my...

Grapes in September In spite of the bad weather through

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September, I have gathered some two dozen bunches of black grapes, and ten green figs, from the south wall of the house. Both plants are only four years old. These upland...

Hop - Pickers

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But since the relaxing of the black-out regulations there have been other illuminations in our countryside. The hop-pickers (who are now packing up and departing), have dared to...

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A Student of Local History

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Liberties and Communities in Medieval England. By Helen M. Cam. (Cambridge University Press. 15s.) • IN this volume Dr. Cam has collected sixteen papers and addresses which...


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Men in Ivory Towers Ten Years in Japan. By Joseph C. Grew. (Hammond & Hammond. 15s.) "A CONTEMPORARY record drawn from the diaries and private and official papers" of the...

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Dr. Billygoat

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DR. PHiLLIG0—the second syllable is short, as we learn from the surly consultant who insists on calling him Dr. Billygoat—is an active and observant country physician who lives...

New Poetry

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A Lost Season. By Roy Fuller. (The Hogarth Press. 3s. 6d.) The Sun My Monument. By Laurie Lee. (The Hogarth Press. 3s. 6d.) IN a note" on one of her poems, Miss Sitwell says...

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Flame from the Rock. By Tan Yiin. (Heinemann. 8s. 6d.) AMONG interesting recent war novels are two from China, both written by young women who are sisters. To the Chinese the...

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fr4 Book Token for one guinea wdl be awarded to the sender of she first correct of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, 17th. Envelopes should be...


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Winner of Crossword No. 289 is Dr. Wm. EGGELn4G, Upper Largo, Fife.

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By CUSTOS LIKE the war news the stock markets continue to hang fire. Holders steadfastly refuse to sell, while those with available funds remain content to stand on the...

Shorter Notice

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New Road, 1944. Edited by Alex Comfort and John Bayliss. (Grey Walls Press. 10s. 6d.) IT is good and necessary that there should be a place where writers not yet established...

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IDECCA RECORD COMPANY DIVIDEND OF 100 PER CENT. THE fifteenth annual general meeting of the Decca Record Company, Limited, was held on September 29th at Winchester House, Old...