10 APRIL 1953

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T HE principal crime for which Jomo Kenyatta was sentenced to seven years imprisonment at the end of the long trial at Kapenguria was that of " managing " Mau Mau. The word is...

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An Tostal

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A Dublin Correspondent writes : Some characters from Sean O'Casey held a small riot in Dublin to mark the beginning of An Tostal, a festival of national self-assertion, which is...

The Shah Besieged

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Dr. Moussadek is a notoriously unreasonable man. But in accusing the Shah of Persia of unconstitutional activities he has excelled himself. If the Shah has a failing, it is that...

Adenauer at Delphi

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Nearly three months after the Republican Administration took office, Dr. Adenauer follows Mr. Eden and M. Mayer into the White House for discussions of policy. Three months may...

Arms Slump ?

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Whatever confusions and doubts may assail the public at large about the possible outcome of a more accommodating Chinese attitude in Korea, the markets, in their own...

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T HE recent signs of change in Russian foreign policy have presented the West with a question of behaviour. What is the right- way to react when Soviet leaders begin to be...

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In the columns of The Thnes correspondents have for some

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time argued sapiently about how to curtail the encroachment of buildings on to agricultural land. Some advocate higher buildings, others would increase the density of houses per...

I believe that other villages might with advantage follow the

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example of ours, which recently, in order to raise money for its Coronation fund, organised a quiz about itself. All the questions, some of which - were sent in by the...

But there must be more to it than that. For

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China the Korean adventure, though it started with a spectacular victory, long ago declined into an expensive and unpopular sideshow. It was not the force of Stalin's...


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HE Russians never tire of calling attention to T , symptoms of disunity, conflicts of interest and other fissiparous features of the Western bloc; we, by contrast, tend to...

The notices which one sees on the outskirts of towns

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saying " Quidsborough Welcomes Careful Drivers " may do some good and cannot possibly do any harm. But I deplore the growing habit among urban district councils and similar...

Although, like the Spectator, it is published once a week,

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I doubt whether Reveille is among our most dangerous rivals; the two periodicals cater for rather different tastes. There is therefore no reason to suspect " Britain's...

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The Editor

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By WALTER TAPLIN T HE Spectator has not had many editors. Robert Stephen Rintoul . (1828-58) ; the founder, Meredith Townsend and Richard Holt Huttop (1861-97), the joint...

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Colonel Fawcett and Company

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By PETER FLEMING M ORE than twenty years ago I took part in an absurd and ineffectual expedition whose ostensible object was to clear up the mystery surrounding the...

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Flight to the West D URING the month of March 48,724

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people were registered in West Berlin as refugees from the Soviet Zone of Germany. The figure for the first three months of 1953 stands at 114,000. During the same period about...

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Kennst Du Das Land?

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ByD. W. BROGAN I T was thirty years, almost exactly, since I had been in Italy in the spring. I had since visited it more than once in high summer, in the depth of winter, but...

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Catching a Conger By lAIN HAMILTON A LOYSIUS was old and

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spare, and he wore from week to week the same green-checked shirt, and his pessi- mism was positive and joyous. " When I had to come away from the fishing," he said to me from...

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The Riven Oak By JOHN BRANFIELD (Queens' College, Cambridge) T T high tide the estuary forms a wide sickle of water, and around the edge, from the riverside to the Pool within...

Yje 'pettator, Sprit Otb, 1853

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THE movement for an advance of wages continues to spread. Large numbers of people employed in the woollen-manufacture at Batley, Dewsbury, and other adjacent places, struck for...

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The Final Test. (Odeon.)—The Battle of Stalingrad. (Marble Arch Pavilion.)—The Naked Spur. (Empire.) The Final Test is admirably directed by Mr. Anthony Asquith, admirably...


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Ballets Jooss. (Sadler's Wells.) IT must be about six years since the Ballets Jooss last appeared in London, and then its fame rested chiefly upon two ballets—both composed in...


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THEATRE ONE of the many things which excited those who saw at Canterbury eighteen years ago the first production of T. S. Eliot's first play was his handling of a chorus. Most...

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The Passing Rain _ One large black cloud came over

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from the direction of the sea. The sky was otherwise clear, but-somehow the sunlight did not catch the side of the cloud that was visible from the place in which I stood. It...


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WHEN I used to shoot regularly, a distant wood was one of my- favourite haunts. It was a great place for wood-pigeons. Rabbits were abundant there, and sometimes an old cock...

Hungry Birds Writing from Diss, Norfolk, Mr. R. R. Scott

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remarks how the exceptional tides of January have altered the life of resident and other birds on the east coast, and goes on to mention that he witnessed exceptionally large...

Falcon's Flight

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While I have never seen a Gyr falcon, and have only watched peregrines at an extreme range, 1 think that few birds of the falcon breed can have more fascinating and graceful...

Weeding April is a mont of germination and groivth among

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weeds as well as useful things. Use weed-killers where they can do no harm to other plants or pets, and use one of the hormone-stimulating preparations on the lawn. - I find...

MUSIC Mozart's "La Finta Giardiniera" "I ALSO heard an opera

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buffa by the wonderful genius Mozart; it is called La Finta Giardiniera. There were flames of genius flickering here and there, but they did not combine to make that still,...

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Set by Maecenas The usual prizes are o f fered for a translation of Catullus's poem printed below, in the style of any one of the following English (and Scots) poets : John...


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Report by Richard Usborne Describe evocatively four of the following smells: one of the main tents at the Chelsea Flower Show on the third day during a thunder- storni; 4 2...

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Sporting- Aspects

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The Man Who Was Robinson By J. P. W. MALLAI;IEU 44 0 not be alarmed," said a Ministry of Education pamphlet in as many words or even more, " if your child tells you one morning...

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Federal ion

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SIR, —With the Southern Rhodesian referendum on the question of federation iinmediately upon us,. I with many of your readers will be feeling that last-minute powerlessness to...

SIR,—That the surgeon Sir Godfrey Huggins knows what is best

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for the patient will no doubt be proved when the referendum vote on Federation, - taken on April 9th, is known. There is no doubt, however, that a very large number of votes...


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Mr. Wilson Harris Stns,— Referring to your anpouncement that Mr. Wilson Harris would retire from the Editorship pf the Spectator at the end of March, as a subscriber for many...

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Post-War Credits

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SIR, —With regard to the present limited field of payment of post-war credits, only the Chancellor' knows whether, in the • forthcoming Budget, the present age - limit "of...

Outward Bound Trust

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wonder if you would bring to the attention of your readers a mistake which was made in the last line of the review by Richard Garnett on F. Spencer Chapman's book Living...

An African Lily

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Sm,—Because Sir Compton Mackenzie writes of the accurate informa- tion to be found in Mrs. Constable Maxwell's evidently enchanting book, Lilies in Their Homes, I feel impelled...

Dean Farrar

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Sia,—Your correspondent has, I think, confused two Masters of Trinity: the Rev. Dr. William Hepworth Thompson (1866-1886), formerly Regius Professor of Greek and Canon of Ely,...

Juliet at the Party

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Sat,—/ failed to observe Mr. Devine's back-handed compliment to my hearing, and the accompanying aspersions upon my vision, until my friends began to felicitate me upon the one...

Television and Reading

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Sat,—May I add an observation to Mr. Geoffrey 'Faber's thoughtful and somewhat consoling review of the present difficulties confronting publishers, and with them their authors....

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Other New Novels

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The Human Kind. By Alexander Baron. (Cape. 10s. 6d.) The Philanderer. By Stanley Kauffmann. (Seeker and Warburg. 12s. 6d.) tr's an odd thing how novels seem to run in batches of...

In next week's " Spectator " Christopher Sykes will review

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the " Collected Stories of Osbert Sitwell " ; Rex Warner " In Spite of Blasphemy " by Michel Mourre ; and Honor Croome " Laugh a Defiance " by Mary R. Richardson.


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The Eternal Game The Echoing Grove. By Rosamond Lehmann. (Collins. 12s. 6d.) Miss LEHMANN is an exceedingly brave woman. An experienced novelist, she knows as well as anyone...

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The Prophet Rehonoured

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Carlyle: An Anthology. By G. M. Trevelyan. (Lonmnans. 16s.) Thomas Carlyle: Letters to his Wife. Edited by Trudy Bliss. (Gollancz. 25s.) To tempt the modem reader back to...

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A Charming Queen

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THIS is an excellent biography, written with great skill. The narrative never falters ; the major and minor characters are drawn with care ; the atmosphere of court-life both...

Giants and Dwarfs

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English Architecture since the Regency. By H. S. Goodhart-Rendel. (Constable. 25s.) CURRENT architectural opinion has a psychological twitch where the nineteenth century is...

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Economists' History

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MY feelings about this book have gone through several fluctuations— depressions precipitated by its use of a mechanical statistical technique, -:. recoveries stimulated by its...

A Cricket Reverie

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The Book of Cricket Verse. Edited by Gerald Brodribb. (Hart- Davis. 10s. 6d.) MR. GERALD BRODRIBB's anthology of cricket verse covers a field as wide and as varied as the game...

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The History of Science

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WE are accustomed to date the birth of modern science as coincident with the work of the two Oxford Franciscans—Robert Greathead and Roger Bacon—in the middle of the thirteenth...

The Unholy Family

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Fathers Are Parents Too. By 0. Spurgeon English and Constance J. Foster. (Allen & Unwin. 15s.) The Normal Child. By Ronald S. lilingworth. (J. & A. Churchill. 30s.) CAUTIONARY...

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Ready Money

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GAPS in our monetary history have been filled by the publication of these authoritative books on the Royal Mint and the Bank of England note. Strangely enough, both subjects...

To Time

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We sang instinctive harmony Together, you and I, never a falter. The virtuosity—the virtue and the grace notes! The range—soprano, tenor, bass notes! How young we were; of...

Life in Mexico

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The Sudden View : a Mexican Journey. By Sybille Bedford. (Gollancz. 18s.) MEXICANS reading this entertaining and perspicacious travel-book will be deeply offended. Mrs....

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Shorter Notices

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Dynasty of Ironfounders. By Arthur Rais- trick. (Longmans. 30s.) Tint story of the rise and amalgamation of the Coalbrookdale ironworks is a singular example of the growth of...

Jean Anouilh. By Edward Owen Marsh. (W. H. Allen. 16s.)

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THERE are three possible audiences for Anouilh's plays—those who think them good entertainment, those who are pre- pared to discuss their aesthetic or moral value and those who...

Take it from Me. By Jimmy Edwards. (Werner Laurie. 10s.

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6d.) Take it from Me. By Jimmy Edwards. (Werner Laurie. 10s. 6d.) THE success of these two autobiographies is in inverse ratio to price and perhaps to expectation. Mr. Ellis is...

On the Four Quartets of T. S. Eliot. Anon. With

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a foreword by Roy Campbell. (Vincent Stuart. 10s. 6d.) Tins is an original work of criticism, the product of the right kind of unprofessional devotion. For it is written by one...


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THE SPECTATOR readers are urged to place a firm order with their newsagent or to take out a subscription. Newsagents cannot afford to take the risk of carrying stock, as unsold...

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By CUSTOS DESPITE the change of attitude of the Russian and Chinese Governments, any drastic cut in defence spending is unlikely except where released factories and workers can...

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Solution to Crossword No. 723

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g ri ri El a M El V1131,101113 trunetii Solution on The winner of Spectator Crossword 39 Beaufort Gardens, London, S.W.3. April 24 No. 723 is Mr. H. WARD Boys,

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