10 NOVEMBER 1961

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— Portrait of the Week— ' DON'T WORRY, OLD CHAP,' said Mr.

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Sandys at Accra airport, having reconnoitred the proposed route of the Queen and President Nkrumah, and on his way back to say the same thing to Mr. Macmillan. Princess Margaret...


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was not just the cynics who pointed out, after I the recent series of ministerial exhortations which culminated in the Foreign Secretary's advice to the country to get a grip on...

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No. 6959 Established 1828 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1961

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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS I T looks as if the Prefect of Police has got his Minister to agree to ride out the storm aroused by the gradual revelation of what happened to...

Horse-Trading in Bonn

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T HE Germans undeniably do have a facility for straining the loyalty of their friends and allies second to none. The ignoble spectacle of the horse-trading that has been going...

Moss Side

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rr HE extremely low poll in the Moss Sidc by- 1 election makes analysis of the result a more than usually chancy business. But one or two conclusions can safely be drawn,...

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From ROLAND HUNTFORD HELSINKI `rT -4 1-1E ladies of St. Petersburg,' wrote Peter the Great in justification of one of Russia's numerous wars with Finland, `could not sleep...

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Westminster Commentary

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Soldiers of The Queen By JULIAN CRITCHLEY, MP Legislation will be proposed giving power to re- tain for an additional six months certain National Service men who are serving...

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The Battle of Diar - el - Kef By ROBERT KEE ABOVE the main

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European poor-white quarter no, of Algiers three heights dominate, in a semi- circle, a valley which on this morning was filled with steel-helmeted troops and gardes mobiles...

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New Lamps for Old

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By BRIAN INGLIS T HERE was an illuminating tootnote to a letter in. Encounter recently from Murray Kempton, the New York Post columnist, describing how `M,' a British...

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Blue Eyes and Yellow Beard

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By ULICK O'CONNOR O LIVER St. John Gogarty has described Augustus John as Like a viking who has steered All blue eyes and yellow beard. But when I met the painter in his...

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The Churches

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Share My Chalice By MONICA FURLONG s she is, or is she ain't? is the question Angli- icans have been asking in the last week, the ` she' referrifig to the Church of England,...

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SIR,—In criticising the United Federal Party's administration of the Government

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of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, you can always tell when you have scored a bull's-eye, because the Minister concerned comes back at you with words like 'calumny.'...

Kariba Richard Hall, Christie Lawrence Aliens D. J. Finney Basic

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Slag A. H. Dunnett Ronald Knox's New Testament Robert Currie Demonstrators: New Style Miss Barbara Smoker Impertinent Advertising Reginald Gray The Lost Tribes of Reading Rev....


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SIR,—Members of the AMA are in no doubt of the strength of Charles Brand's case for the highly qualified specialist teacher doing work of grammar school standard. Indeed, the...


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SIR,—The scarcity of statisticians in Britain recently led me to look abroad in order to fill a temporary vacancy on my staff. I selected a man from East Germany, known to me...

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SIR,—In your issue 'of October 20 Monica Furlong contributed an article under the heading 'The Lost Tribes of Reading' in which she treated with disparagement, and with some...

SIR, — A. F. Blanchard writes that on October 21 'only 800

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members could be organised to sit down at the Russian Embassy.' 1 had to read his letter through twice to make sure that he was not being subtly ironic and was really on the...

RONALD KNOX'S NEW TESTAMENT SIR, — Your correspondent Mr. Michael Ivens begins

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to convince me that the Catholics have in their possession original manuscripts of the New Testament written in Hebrew. Ronald Knox in his famous footnote to Matthew 1, 25,...


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SIR, — The interesting item concerning this pioneering German publishing house in your issue of November 3 could not, of course, include more than a very few of the illustrious...


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SIR,—When my car came back from the garage, where anti-freeze had been put in. it was variously decorated In the top corner of the windscreen, readable from the outside too, was...

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An Impiety of Critics By DAVID CAIRNS THAT Igor Stravinsky has reached the age of eighty is bad news, because it was chiefly for its large crop of wild oats that his music was...

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Shavian Brush By BAMBER GASCOIGNE Heartbreak House. (Wynd- ham's.)—The Second Mrs. Tanqueray. (Pembroke, Croydon.) 'ARE you a Shavian?' This familiar but extraordinary...

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Paging Sir David By CLIVE BARNES IF at Drury Lane last week Rudolf Nureyev had leapt into the air and dissolved in a shower of multi-coloured sparks, no one would have been...


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Night and Day By ISABEL QUIGLY Paris Blues. (Odeon, Marble Arch.)—Shadow of Adultery. (Curzon.) — The Hellions. (Odeon, Leicester Square.)— The Hooligans. (Compton.) Sow....

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Silver Lining By PETER FORSTER But this said, much of the hour and a half seemed to be taken up with simple cutting from divers screens (showing what were usually Ameri- can...

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The Untruth about Beethoven By W. H. AUDEN TT is always a joy to see any job done per- ' fectly. Miss Anderson set herself the task of collecting, deciphering and translating...

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Yankee's Burden

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In the Days of McKinley. By Margaret Leech. (Hamish Hamilton, 42s.) ON the bloody field of Antietam, in 1862, a nineteen-year-old commissary sergeant drove a team of mules into...

Grass-Root Kingmaking

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WHILE I was pondering on how to deal with Mr. Michener's new book, I passed a London cinema in which South Pacific, the Techni- color version of the famous 'musical,' is now in...

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Hedgerow Moralist

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'1 wAs born in 1836 in Daventry, Northampton- shire, of very Poor Parents. My Father was a Tailor by Trade and my Mother assisted him in this work. Times were very Bad and they...

Death and Glory

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The Glorious First of June. By Oliver Warner. (Batsford, 21s.) The Glorious First of June. By Oliver Warner. (Batsford, 21s.) GLORIOUS first of June? History is not so sure...

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Mating Seasoning

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The Innocent Moon. By Henry Williamson. (Macdonald, I 8s.) White Nights in Gaol. By Teodoro Giuttari. Translated by Archibald Colquhoun. (Hut- chinson, 15s.) ALEX COMFORT'S...

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Death for Fun

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A NEW reviewer is fortunate indeed to start off with a batch of good books, but such is my good luck, and nice for readers, too. It Wasn't Me! (Cape, 15s.) is the third of Ian...

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Young ideas By MARGHANITA LASKI UST over ten years ago I wrote that the Golden Age of children's literature, which I took as extending roughly from 1850 to 1910, had been...

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Happy Families

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All this batch of happy families tend to have certain things in common. The girls usually out- number the boys; the mothers are usually sen- sible, beloved and a trifle remote;...

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Little Pitchers

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VERY young children confound Gestalt psy- chologists in their approach to books. They are less interested in the story as a whole than in the pages and the pictures, even more...

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Dragons Here Be

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`THE Child who Reads is the Child who Leads.' This sign, displayed in my local bookshop, con- jures up such atrocious visions of planned, crammed programmes of reading to Get...

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Halidom Days

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HISTORICAL fiction for children becomes more respectable season by season. The dialogue is less cumbersome and there is less exploitation of famous incidents of the 'I was...

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Gringo and his Brothers

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Illampu. By Halms Radau. (Abelard-Schuman, 12s. 6(1.) Master of the Elephants. By Rene Guillot. (O.U.P., 10s. 6d.) The Young Traveller in China Today. By James Bertram....

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Cereals and Pork

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From JOHN LAMBERT LUXEMBOURG T HE Common Market looks like being faced with its first major crisis and the immediate cause is cereals and pork. If the next two months show a...

Whither the American Economy?

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT But I must first explain what is happening to the American economy at the moment. It is making a fast recovery, widespread throughout the country, with a...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS M R. LLOYD'S coming tax on short-term capital gains is bad for the stockbroker, seeing that it will reduce market turnover, but good for the long-term investor. It...

Company Notes

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ite accounts to March 31, 1961, are pub- ." M lished for Decca Record but shareholders will have to possess themselves in patience and wait until November 21 at the annual...

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Consuming Interest

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Navigating London By LESLIE ADRIAN MAPS as an aid to navi- gation have passed their zenith; airlines now navi- gate by complex dia- grams of radio aids, and space vehicles by...

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Postscript . . .

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SURELY we've been going on rather too much as though the refugees • from Vistan da Cunha were beings from outer space, what with all this 'stuff about keeping them together lest...