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OF THE WEEK T HE chief preoccupation of the United States at this par- ticular moment is not Hitler but Tojo, for Americo-Japanese relations have reached such a point of tension...

War on the Axis Allies

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The Russian request that Great Britain should declare war on Rumania, Hungary and Finland is one that cannot be ignored. All of these countries, bribed "byGerman offers of...

Turkish Foreign Policy

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Diplomats from democratic countries in one box and from the Axis in another heard the speech with which President Inonii opened the third session of the Turkish Sixth Grand...

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America's Part in Reconstruction

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Recognising the scantiness of the first reports of a speech by Mr. Sumner Welles in New York on October 7th, The Times has made amends by printing a full report of this...

The Captured French Ships

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There is not a shadow of justification for the Vichy protest against the interception of a French convoy by British warships off the South African coast. The five French...

The Future of Burma

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It is difficult to see how the Government could have reasonably gone farther than it has done in its assurances to U Saw, the Prime Minister of Burma, who came to this country...

An Appeal from the Continent

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In his address at Reading University 'last week Sir Samuel Hoare delivered what he spoke of as a message from the Continen' of Europe to the people of Britain. As Ambassador in...

A Baltic-Aegean Confederation

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A joint declaration signed by the delegates of Poland, Czecho- slovakia, Yugoslavia and Greece to the I.L.O. Conference in New York illustrates the manner in which the course of...

A Rationing •Innovation

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Larger supplies of canned meat, fish and beans have become available for consumption, thanks to efforts made on our behalf in the United States, and elsewhere and to the...

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DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL T HE liberty of the subject • is

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a matter of prime concern to every Englishman, in war as in peace, and it will be a sorry day if that ever ceases to be true. It is therefore born inevitable and right that...

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I said to a friend whose children went to America

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early in the war that I wondered whether they had picked up a transatlantic accent. " No," he said confidently, " they haven't. I've had a record of their voices sent home to...

Admiring listeners to the Brains Trust on Sunday afternoons have

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no doubt formed their own conclusions as to the star performer among the regular team. I have my own views on the subject, but to state them would be invidious. But one thing...

* * Mr. B. L. Hallsworth, the British workers' representative

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at the I.L.O. Conference, New York, suggested that though the headquarters of the I.L.O. are temporarily at Montreal the staff of the office in London ought to be greatly...

A Clean Sweep " All paintings and busts of Hitler

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in Germany which are neither artistic nor beautiful will be removed."—Social Democraten, October 25th. * * *

The case of Mr. McGovern, M.P., whom the Home Secretary

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would not allow to go to Ireland to enquire into the circum- stances leading to the detention of Mr. Cahir Healy, a member of the Parliament of Northern Ireland, was discussed...


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M R. HAROLD NICOLSON has (as I see from a proof) paid so brilliant a tribute to Lord D'Abemon in his article on another page that I will add none of my own memories of that...

Semper Eadem " Germany earnestly desires a conflict between Japan

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and the United States, with A secret reservation that, while both would be exhausted, Germany should win." So runs a minute, dated January 13th, 1908, by Sir Eyre Crowe,...

" PETAIN DROPPING AN ARCHBISHOP. "—News Chronicle. Hitler only dropped nuns

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in Holland. JANUS.

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The War Sur veyed

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THE CRIMEA AND THE NAVY BY STRATEGICUS T is one of the most striking experiences of the war that it I requires such an episode as that of the operations in the Crimea to bring...

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By WILSON HARRIS O N November 9th, 1841, Queen Victoria, to quote the official bulletin, " was safely delivered of a Prince at forty-eight minutes past ten o'clock." Archbishop...

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By LEON KIRIL FF IGHTING in the Rostov region seems to have been brought more or less to a standstill by bad weather. I can quite imagine it, for when the Black Earth country...

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By ROSE MACA-ULAY I T happened to me last May to lose my home with all contents in a night of that phenomenon that we oddly called Blitz, though why we should use the German...

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The Germans of the Weimar Republic were awed and startled

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by Lord D'Abernon. It seemed unbelievable to them that the Ambassador of a victorious Power should appear completely unaware that any victory had been won ; it seemed...

All of us possess a childhood memory which, at the

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touch of some association of ideas, leaps up vividly from the past, with every detail of shape and light and sound. . When I was a child of six Sir Edgar Vincent was Governor of...

The graph of Lord D'Abemon's life assumed strange patterns. I

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see him first as the handsome Etonian, ambitious and a trifle selfish. I see him as an ensign in the Brigade of Guards, more decorative and extravagant than anything that even...

From the outset his central objective was the restoration of

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European security. He was the first to see that this object could only be attained by a relaxation of the military and economic , clauses of the Treaty of Versailles. From the...


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By HAROLD NICOLSON E DGAR VINCENT, first Viscount D'Abernon, has died in a nursing home in Hove at the age of eighty-two. It is some years now since illness struck at that...

It might have been thought that in 1897 Edgar Vincent

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had reached the end of his career and his ambition. He became an English country gentleman. He increased his fortune by wise investments ; he sat for seven years as Member for...

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Walton's Violin Concerto WILLIAM WALTON'S Violin Concerto, composed a couple of years ago, received its first performance 'in England - at the Royal Philharmonic Society's...


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" Our Russian Allies" and " She Knew All The Answers." At the Regal.—" The Great Man's Lady." At the Carlton.— Paramount News. IF there are still any sceptics who doubt the...


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" Distant Point." At the Westminster. " Jupiter Laughs." At the New.—" Garrison Theatre." At the Coliseum. AFINOGENEV'S play Distant Point well represents the vigorous mood of...

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" LOAD HALIFAX IN 250,000 WORDS " Sta,—In The Spectator

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of October 31st the reviewer of my biography of Lord Halifax complains of the book's accuracy, length—indeed its actual existence—under the sweeping heading " Lord Halifax in...

Sia,—I have read the article contributed to your October 24th

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issue by Lieut-Colonel Sampson with interest, and I am sure that most Home Guards will be in general agreement with what he says. There are, however, a few points of detail with...


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SIR,—Your correspondence under the above heading is giving a welcome opportunity to ordinary people like myself to contribute something to the common pool on post-war...


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HOME GUARD AND DEMOCRACY " SIR, —The reforms in the administration and organisation of the Home Guard advocated by Colonel Sampson in The Spectator of October 24th will be...

SIR, —In view of Miss Denby's well-known connexion with housing questions,

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I feel that some of her statements should not go entirely unchallenged. I have been working in the County of Durham for the past seven years, first with a local authority, and,...

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Sta,—As one who has earned her living, kept house, and had children since leaving Roedean, may I say how much I welcomed Miss Archibald's article on the value of Greek for...


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Sut,—I am one of many who do not agree with " Janus " in all his comments upon the recent sale of shares affecting the control of Reuters, especially his statement that the "...


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SIR, —In your issues of September 15th, &c., I have read of the apprehension of a coal shortage this winter, and of the prohibition of coal hoarding likely to cause misery among...


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Sex,—Your correspondent Jaya Deva casts doubt upon my explana- tion of the closing of the Burma Road and refers to the statement made by the Prime Minister in the House of...

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In the Garden A number of gardeners, it is to

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be hoped, are preserving their own seed, especially of such plants as beans. It may often happen that there is an excess of big, coarse pods more than enough to supply...


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The Intellectuals of Boston New England : Indian Summer 1865-1915 By Van Wyck Brooks. (Dent. 18s. A CENTURY ago Boston and its neighbouring town and villages were full of...

A Welcome Gift Some few years ago a reach of

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land bordering the one unspoilt approach to Stratford-on-Avon was sold to a group of land • speculators, and a scene perhaps more eloquent of Shakespeare than any other bit of...

Birds and Noise There is some evidence that the noises

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of war have driven some of the birds from the coast to inland places. Oyster- catchers, for example, have been seen and, alas! shot among the pheasants along the valley of the...


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November Lists It is an amiable habit with some country people to make a list of flowers in blossom on November ist as a sort of coronal for the English climate. Such lists in...

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Italy: Further Outlook Unsettled

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The Remaking of Italy. By Pentad. (Penguin Books. 6d.) ITALY for many centuries has had to take account chiefly of priests, of bankers and of brigands; and many times since the...

The Mecca of the Mediocre

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The Power Behind the Microphone. By P. P. Eckersley. (Cape. los. 6d.) HALF this book is artless autobiography; the other half a tech- nician's survey of broadcasting. Mr....

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Home Guard Casualties

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Medicine versus Invasion. -By G. B. Shirlaw and Clifford Troke. (Secker and Warburg. 7s. 6d.) IN this book the authors have depicted some Of the medical problems with which the...

The Germans in Belgium

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Under the Iron Heel. By Lars Moen. (Robert Hale. ' t2s.6(1.) UNPRETENTIOUSLY written, this enlightening and critical book is all about Belgium under the occupation, by an...

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8s. 6d.) Tomorrow to Fresh Woods, by Mr. Rhys Davies, is much the most interesting novel on this week's list. It has a sincerity which is touching. The story opens at the turn...

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Shor ter Notice Miss ALLINGHAM'S theme is the impact of war

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on the village on the outskirts of London in which she lives. It is an agreeably tempered, quite well written and utterly uninspired book, faintly redolent of Punch, though...


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ACROSS 1. Call it a day-in U.S.A. (12). 9. Simian cash (7). to. A mending drink (7). rt. The lizard gives a knock-out with his tail (5). 13. Meet Mr. Green - he's altogether...


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SOLUTION ON NOVEMBER 21tst . The winner of Crossword No. 137 is the Hon. Ellinor Cross, Ash House, Broughton-in-Furness.