11 DECEMBER 1942

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WEEK N o man has a better right to speak about the future of urope, in particular of Central Europe, than Dr. Benes, b both of his long experience as Foreign Minister and...

A Year Ago at Pearl Harbour

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On the eve of the anniversary of the entry of the United States into the war the Navy Department in Washington issued a report on the military event which opened it—the...

The Conquest of Unemployment

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In a speech at Oxford, last Sunday, Sir William Beveridge insisted once again that the avoidance of mass unemployment was an essential condition on which the whole of his social...

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Liberal Imperialism

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It fell to Lord Cranbome, who until the other day was Colonial Secretary, to speak for the Government in the House of Lords debate on Colonial policy last week. He insisted that...

General' Smuts and the War Machine

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The high tribute which General Smuts paid to this country and the Prime Minister last Sunday is that of a man who OnCe fought against the British, who recognised the splendour...

The Young Recruits

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The new National Service Bill debated in the House of Commons last Tuesday brings us nearer the point, now very near, when the fullest possible use of man-power for all the...

America and the Peace

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America holds the key to the situation. Without her active participation in the new world order it is not too much to say that the peace cannot be fully won. President Roosevelt...

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T HE secret session of the House of Commons on the subject of Admiral Darlan will, in itself, do nothing to allay the general and growing concern about the position being...

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PECULATIONS, such as I indulged in last week, about Lord Linlithgow's successor, are stilled by the announce- ment that Lord Linlithgow is to be his own successor for another...

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By STRATEGICUS Warfare cannot be conceived of in vacua; it is only possible to discuss it in connexion with a given group of conditions, of which topography is one. During the...

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By SIR FARQUHAR BUZZARD* E VEN a preliminary survey of the Beveridge Report gives us a sensation similar to that experienced when we first place our feet on dry land after an...

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By MRS. EDGAR DUGDALE N March, 1942, Himrnler visited Poland, and decreed that by I the end of this year 50 per cent, of the Jewish population should be "exterminated "—in...

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By RONALD CARTON T is just a year since van crashed into the war at Pearl Harbour. When the storm of rage and censure which that unique piece of brigandage provoked had begun...

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By D. E. ESTCOURT T HE other day I heard an intelligent small boy accosted on a 'but , by a well-meaning but fatuous passenger: "And how old are you?" "I'm four." "I wish I...


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Solouuls whose names to Learning lustre lend, Patrons whose humble votary I am, St. Thomas More and his illustrious friend The great Erasmus, light of Rotterdam, Bentley and...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON position of honour and power. I found wide sympathy for General de Gaulle and the Fighting French and a sense of shame that we should seem to be repudiating...

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MUSIC " Blest Pair" OF all the composers there have

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ever been, none are capable of keeping an audience in such a state of continual and happy delight as Haydn and Schubert. In everything else they seem as unlike as can be ; the...


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On the theme that war "attains no valuable end." "War attains no end." So we are told. This pleasing lie is heard in one loud bleat From sheep to sheep wherever men repeat...

"Thunder Rock." At the Empire.

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THE CINEMA I BELIEVE that cinema-goers who have not seen Thunder Rock on the stage will find the film providing an unusually stimulating mental experience. I myself missed the...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR SIR, —Your note upon this subject indicates that the activities of the body calling itself the "Intercollegiate University" are to bt continued by a new...

Snt,—It is possible that the estimated cost of about £250,000,000

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of Sir William Beveridge's plan will work out as gain. His plan should bring about a great decrease in maternal and infant mortality and in ill-health in general. It is not...


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SIR,—In your article on the Beveridge Report you say: "There are cases, and there is strong reason for claiming that this is one of them, not for considering whether a...

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Snt,—You have already published replies from a member of the Senate and a member of the House of Commons of Northern Ireland to the article of Professor Julian Huxley entitled...

RELIGION IN THE SCHOOLS sm,—T read with great interest the

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letter from Colonel Mozley. It describes with admirable clarity the . position adopted by a very large number of people in this country—thinking and unthinking. It has been...

Sut,—The Dean of Exeteravoids the question when he describes persons

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as unenlightened who would retain Christian ethics, but not dogma. Ha speaks of "a strong demand at the moment for what are hastily believed to be Christian ethics," but he does...

SIR,—II is not universally true that Christianity means ethics to

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laymen and doctrine to clergymen. Many laymen who believe the Christian doctrines desire to hear them supported and expounded from the pulpit, and are disappointed when they...

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SIR, —Prof. Julian Hindey's article on the County Badge in your issue of November 27th was most interesting to me as the headmaster of the first preparatory school to adopt the...


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SIR,-It might in - crest Mr. Harold Nicolson to know that, irrespective of any a-131e of oro . ection, the area of Canada is actually greater by 3 per cent. than that of the...


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IT was noticed by an urban observer that holly berries were not so red as they used to be. This is true, for the reason that the hothes are shorn at an earlier and earlier date....

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Better Days for Spain:

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Spain. By Salvador de Madariaga. (Jonathan Cape. 25s.) No writer on modern Spanish politics will command more general respect than Senor de Madariaga, successively Ambassador to...


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The Glory and The Dream HERE is a real anthology : no string of familiar gems but a beauti- fully composed unity, each item contributing something distinctive and illuminating...

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Cricket Memories

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Cricket Between Two Wars. Sir Pelham Warner. (Chatto and Windus. sos. 6d.) IF cricket, as someone once said, is an Englishman's idea of eternity, it is not many years since it...

Restraint of Trade

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Retail Trade Associations. By Hermann Levy. (Kegan Paul. is. People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a...

A Half-Known Country

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Britain sad the British People. By Ernest Barker. (Oxford Univer- sity Press. 3s. 6d.) IT is considerably easier for an Englishman to write about America or Germany or France...

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Ellen Rogers. By James T. Farrell. (Routledge. los. 6d.) Cross Creek. By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. (Heinemann. 9s. 6d.) The Green Curve Omnibus. By Major-General Sir Ernest...

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[A Book Token for one guinea will L3 awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened, after noon on Tuesday week. Envelopes should be...


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The winner of Crossword No. 194 is IAN GEORGESON, ESQ., The Castle Hotel, Taunton.

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War and Peace. By Leo Tolstoy. Translated by Louise and

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Aylmer Maude, with an introduction by Aylmer Maude. (Macmillan and Oxford University Press. 12s. 6d.) THERE is an interesting story behind the joint production of this new...

Letters of Herbert Cardinal Vaughan to Lady Herbert of Lea.

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Edited by Shane Leslie. (Burns Oates. as.) S h orter Notices THERE is little in this bulky and well-printed volume to draw the average English reader closer to Rome. In the...

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I Say Rejoice. A memoir of Christopher Benn. By His

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Brother. (Faber. 6s.) CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER BE NN was killed in 1941 when flying on a mission for Military Intelligence in the Libyan Desert, and his brother has written a...