10 MARCH 1950

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Seretse's Sentence

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Difficult as the problems raised by Seretse Khama's marriage to an Englishwoman are, it is impossible to endorse the decision which the Government has reached. The House of...

A Policy for the Saar

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The reception which has been given to the agreements on the Saar, signed in Paris last Saturday, tends to support the pessimistic thesis that there will never be a Saar...


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HE analytical eye can see no flaw in the magnificent symbol of the State visit of the President of the French Republic and Mme. Auriol to this country. It is a symbol of...

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The Farce of Financial Planning

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It is hard to believe, after the presentation on Tuesday of supple- mentary estimates of Government expenditure reaching the appalling figure of £148,000,000, that sanity...

The French Communists Force the Issue

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If sane counsels prevail in France after the uproar of the past week it will not be the fault of the Communists. They clearly regard themselves as being in the front line in the...

German Reaction

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There is one thing that the Germans who rioted on Monday against dismantling operations at the Watenstedt-Salzgitter works do not seem to have realised, and that is that there...

Communism in the Far East

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The clash of rival ideologies is slowly converting large parts of South East Asia into a battleground and Mr. Malcolm MacDonald addressing a public meeting in Malaya the other...

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Defence Uncertainties

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If, as is generally assumed, there is to be a wider measure of agreement between Government and Opposition over matters of defence in this Parliament than in the last, it will...

AT WESTMINSTER p ARLIAMENTARISM, said Oswald Spengler, is a game like

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cricket, which only the English can play. Game or not, it is now being practised at Westminster in conditions un- paralleled in living experience. A common point of agreement in...

The Width of the Gap

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In the last quarter of 1949 the net gold and dollar deficit of the sterling area narrowed right down to $31,000,000. Indeed, taking into account Marshall aid and drawings on the...

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T HE Eden-Attlee atmosphere is one thing and the Churchill-Morrison atmosphere quite another, as new Members of the House of Commons quickly discovered on Tuesday. The new...

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The closing of the Peckham Health Centre is not far

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short of a disaster for a considerable area of South London. It was not, of course, a health centre in the sense of the National Health Service Act ; if it had been it would no...

There could have been no more appropriate setting for the

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Headmaster of Eton's centenary address on President Masaryk on Tuesday than the Masaryk Hall at the School of Slavonic Studies at London University, with the bronze...


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T HERE is considerable material for reflection in one of Alistair Cooke's messages from New York to the Manchester Guardian on American strictures on the reporting of the...

The minor Ministerial changes are old news by this time,

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and they are not of great account in any case. Only one calls for comment, but that calls for it rather urgently. Mr. Attlee is not a man to be accused of ingratitude, and he...

A lot of people must remember what was known as

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the "Mr. A case," heard before Mr. Justice Darling some twenty-five years ago, with Sir John Simon and Mr. Rayner Goddard, K.C. (the present Lord Chief Justice) appearing for...

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U NDER the National Health Service the medical profession has behind it the entire resources of the State, the end in view being the removal of that tax on national prosperity...

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The Technique of Interrogation

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By HUGO DEWAR O NE of the most alarming aspects of the post-war world is the export to European territory of the Moscow confessional trial., True, an attempt at this sort of...

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The Church and the State

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By the BISHOP OF CHICHESTER T HERE has been an extraordinary change in the public mind on the whole question of establishment. In the first years of this century there was a...

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King Leopold's Future

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(From a Brussels Correspondent) 0 N Sunday Belgium will go to the polls, not for the election of a Parliament, but to confirm the mandate of its titular monarch. King Leopold...

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Crossing and Double- Crossing

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By C. K. ALLEN, K.C. S TATESMEN, soldiers and other distinguished persons have given their names in perpetuity to bags, boots, sandwiches and many other useful objects ; but it...

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Confessions of a Candidate By ALAN E. THOMPSON (Edinburgh University) "Whom will ;on send to London Town, To Parliament and a' that ? Or wha in a' the country round The best...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I N a club in London a few days ago I got into trouble for saying that I felt sorry for Klaus Fuchs. Such was the indignation aroused by my remark that, had...

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THEATRE "The Way Things Go." By Frederick Lonsdale. (Phoenix.) RUIN does not so much stare the Duke of Bristol in the face as pop out from behind an unsympathetic bank manager...

"Othello." By William Shakespeare. Performed by the O.U.D.S. (Playhouse, Oxford.)

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THE chief interest in this uneven production lies in Mr. Guy Brenton's Iago. Mr. Brenton gives a very good and (for an under- graduate actor) a singularly unhistrionic...


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"Battleground." (Empire.) - ._ - __" Bitter Rice." (Rialto.)- THAT we should be reminded of the war, vociferously and constantly, in the hope that it will deter us from having...


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The Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition. (Olympia.) FOR most people presumably the ideal home starts off with four ideal walls and an ideal roof ; the ideal garden, cooker, bath,...


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MR. ACHESON cries: Federate ! And abolish the old sovereign state ; With one flag and one king And one anthem to sing, There can only be regional hate. MARGHANITA LASKL


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THE musical event of the week has unquestionably been Victoria de los Angeles' recital at the Wigmore Hall on March 4th. Three nights earlier she sang Mimi at Covent Garden, but...

"she i§pettator," Allarth 9tb, 1850

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THE opening of the first completed tube of the Britannia Bridge, across the Menai Straits, was accomplished with triumphant success on Tuesday morning at dawn. At half-past six,...

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Spectator Competition No. 10

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Set by C. E. Vulliamy A prize of £5, which may be divided, is offered for a speech, of not more than 200 words, containing the summing-up and sentence of Rhadamanthus, judge of...

The theory is that there are - three stanzas missing between the

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sixth and seventh of Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard" —supply , them. I write the first part of this report before looking at the entries at all, to explain the rules by...

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The Choice for Liberals sm,--It is good of you to have given so much space to the "Liberal dilemma," but few Liberals will be able to agree With your suggestion that the...

SIR,—May I stress an aspect of the Catholic schools controversy

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which is commonly neglected? The inability of Catholics to meet the cost of building their schools is due 'largely to the policy of the late Government. The cheap money and "...

The Law and the Psychiatrist

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SIR, —Before 1914 people who stole were sent to gaol or fined. After the first war, as after the last, a wave of amorality swept the country. People of all classes, many of whom...

The State and the Schools

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Sia,—This letter derives from the correspondence in your columns on Roman Catholic schools. I write, as a country parson and a member of our Diocesan Education Committee, to...

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General von Falkenhausen

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wonder if only some of the truth was conveyed by Your note to my previous letter, to the effect that General ...Falkenhnusen had been released ? A fellow reader of the Spectator...

Prejudice or Reason ?

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Sm,—Your editorial comment on, Cardinal Griffin's Lenten Pastoral mint give thoughtful men cause for melancholy reflections. You may with propriety reject both the restatement...

.A Fox's Diet

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SIR,. — In the Spectator of December 2nd, 1949, Sir W. Beach Thomas asks: "Is it possible for a fox to catch an unwounded rook?" It is thirty:. odd years since I. was in England...

Post Office and Public

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SIR,—There was a time when the English Post Office prided itself on delivering letters even if the address on them was defective. Now that is all changed. Recently I sent a...

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Trader to Trader

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SIR.—I'll be greatful if you can publish my name and address as a Nigeria trader who wishes to correspond with traders in you town. I will like to buy goods from them. I have...

Urban Exodus

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A negative sign of spring very apparent to Londoners is the disappear- ance of the so-called black-headed gulls from the river and St. James's. When the brown on the head grows...

A Harsh Sentence

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SIR,—Janus is to be congratulated on taking up the case of the harsh sentence passed on a Hull fisherman for voting twice in the last election ; an offence which seems to have...

In the Garden One of the flowers with which experiment

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has been particularly busy is the Sweet William, for which most people have an old-fashioned affection. Its nature is to be a biennial or near-biennial. There is now a very...

A Doomed House

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The history of 'a very fine Georgian country• house, succeeding an Elizabethan house, with a history of continuous ownership, has now been completed. A concise _record will...

M. Siegfried's Switzerland

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SIR.—The evidence which suggested to me that M. Siegfried's. book on Switzerland had been translated first from French into American and iecondly into English was this: Some of...


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"MAD as a March hare" is more than a trite saying. Most countrymen have at one time or another watched the strange gambollings of hares in this month, often in considerable...

Riverside Trees A chronicler of the Lake county has been

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emphasising the value of trees (not least in my experience of scrub oaks) in holding up the banks of the burns which in flood-time may have volume and force enough to break the...

St. John's Wood School Snt,—I am trying to piece together

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a brief history of the old St. John's Wood School in which I and my neighbours are staging our modest offering (of Purcell and Shakespeare) to the Festival of Britain, 1951. We...

Sir Harry Lauder

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Sta,—Apropos the paragraph by Janus on Sir Harry Lauder being frugal rather than mean, I would mention that when Harry from time to time visited Sheffield on tour he made a...

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F.D.R. The Roosevelt Letters, Being the Personal Correspondence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Volume Two (1905-1928). With a Foreword by Eleanor Roosevelt. Edited by Elliott...

Small Promises

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A KINGCUP or two is all that I've seen In this cold spring world, with its easterly hiss. No doubt if I searched in the mud, I could find A companion, maybe an odd celandine...

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The Life of an Anatomist

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An Autobiography. By Sir Anhui. Keith. (Watts. 2 cS.) SIR ARTHUR KEITH'S autobiography is less a reflection of passing events and personalities as seen through the eyes of the...

Max Beerbohm: New Editions

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A Christmas Garland. By Max Beerbohm. (Heinemann. los. 6d.) SIR MAX BEERBOHM'S memoirs of some of his acquaintances which he gathered together in Seven Men are written with such...

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Pupil of Freud

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The Inner Experience of a Psycho-analyst. By Theodor Reik. (Allen and Unwin. 213.) THERE have recently been several good books by psycho-analysts explaining the theory and...

Don ' t Know Patterns of British Life. A study of certain

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aspects of the British people at home, at work and at play, and a compilation of some THIS book contains a number of those now familiar charts that look like cross-sections of...

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Telepathy or Trick ?

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The Piddingtons. By Russell Braddon. (Werner Laurie. 8s. 6d.) GENUINE telepathy or a grave-faced trick ? I have myself investi- gated the Piddingtons at close quarters and am...

From Darwin to Dayton, Tennessee

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Men Before Adam. By Anne Terry White. (Robert Hale. t2s. 6d.) "WALK up, Ladies and Gentlemen," wrote Hugh Falcone: when George Busk brought to England in 1862 the skull of a...

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[A Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the' sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, March 21st. Envelopes...


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The Old Knight. By Herbert Palmer. (Dent. is. 6d.) Epitaphs and Occasions. By Roy Fuller. (Lehmann. 6s.) PLODDING through the wastes of modern verse—book after book with its...

John Aubrey

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Aubrey's Brief Lives. Edited from The Original Manuscripts and with a n Introduction by Oliver Lawson Dick. (Seeker and Warburg. 3os.) JOHN AUBREY (1626-1697) was born at the...

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By CUSTOS NOBODY seriously expected that the King's Speech would make any worth-while contribution towards defining the investment prospect, and it has, in fact, left investors...