12 NOVEMBER 1954

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pir HE most distinctive and welcome feature of the Govern- ment's economic policy has been that it rests on an appeal to hope rather than to fear. Before Mr. Butler went to the...

Flowers for von Neurath

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Of the rewards reaped by the now aged and ailing Baron von Neurath in his diplomatic career, the martyr's crown seems the least congruous with his character. A conservative...


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Immigration and Racial Feeling

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West Indian immigration compels attention. Eight thousand immigrants have arrived this year and some twenty thousand more may be expected in 1955. Local authorities are...


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M R. JOSEPH GRIMOND is, one imagines, the only Liberal Chief Whip who could have dismissed what he called 'the very agreeable Liberal doctrine of the last century...

Equal Opportunities

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The PEP broadsheet, Background of the University Student, just issued, lends statistical support to the view that the universities have undergone a social revolution in the last...


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On Monday, in the seventh Far Eastern incident of its kind since the war, an American B29 crashed in flames on Hokkaido after being fired on by Russian fighters over the waters...

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ILITARY operations against the rebel outbreak in Algeria have been aCcompanied by the dissolution of Messali Hadj's Movement for the Triumph of bemocratic Liberties. In Egypt...

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, Room for Improvement 'She plays golf and loves tapestry'

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. . . . 'The hospitality was wonderful,' he told The Isis, ' and so were the natives— although of course they were cannibals' . . . . 'Despite her position as a star comedienne,...

Sailor of Fortune

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It may be because he was a Scot by birth that we do not remember Paul Jones, whose tomb at Annapolis the Queen Mother visited the other day, as a successful invader of these...

Easy Money ?

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'If this chain is not broken you will receive £3,125.' Th is heartening statement, contained in a typewritten letter received by a friend of mine, would seem to be...


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I SHOULD have thought that there was everything to be said for the Lord Chief Justice's suggestion that juries should be able to return a majority verdict in criminal as well as...

Local Boy

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The urban council of Eastwood in Nottinghamshire hav 1 according to The Times, drawn up plans for the erection o a memorial to D. H. Lawrence; this will take the form of...

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The Morning After

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ny RICHARD ROVERE New York I THINK the following generalisations can justly be made about last week's elections, in which control of both houses of Congress and the machinery of...

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Collective Insecurity By J. R. L. ANDERSON This is the second of a series of articles on the problem posed by British trade unionists who are not working as hard as they could...

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Richard Hooker and

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tly Professor NORMAN SYKES, FBA OOKER,' wrote Thomas Fuller of the great Eliza- bethan divine the quatercentenary of whose birth occurs this year, was of a solid judgement and...

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City and Suburban

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T HAT good and much loved man, Dr. Kenneth Kirk, Bishop of Oxford, died in the middle of June. It is now the middle of November, and on the Monday on which I write this, no...

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THEATRE The Immoralist. By Ruth and Augustus Goetz. (Arts.)—The Matchmaker.

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By Thornton Wilder. (Haymarket.) MARK the title. The new play at the Arts la not (repeat not) by Andre Gide (the well- known French author). It is perhaps sug- gested by various...

TELEVISION and RADIO FOR some time now we've been waiting

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for War in the Air, the BBC's answer to Cinerama, ITA, America and Maurice Winnick. At a quarter to eight on Monday we were privileged to see The Fated Sky (that's Shakespeare),...


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The Barefoot Contessa. (Odeon.)—The Crowded Day. (Wamer.)—The Divided Heart. (Gaumont.) IN The Barefoot Contessa Joseph Mankiewicz, one of America's finest directors and also...

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The Japanese Ballet. (Princes Theatre.) opened a season at the Princes Theatre. Of all the Asiatic dancers we have seen, these A mann troupe of Japanese dancers, under the...


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(RECORDING COMPANIES: B, Brunswick; C, Columbia; D, Decca; F, Felstel; H, HMV; L, London; OL, Oiseau-Lyre; P. Parlophone; S, Supraphon; T, Telefunken; V, Vox.) Music before...

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Sin,—In his article of October 22, Mr. Arlott has drawn

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a good picture of what is happening to the flow of traffic on the North Circular Road. A similar disruption in the even flow of traffic exists on the Rochester by-pass, near...


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Silt—Mr. Richard Murphy's letter is most entertaining, and 1 for one feel it almost a duty to applaud anybody who feels so strongly about anything. I hope he will form a Society...

Letters to the Editor

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IN THE MOVEMENT 6`lit,—Since one's own novels give one more Pleasure than those of anyone else (or why Write them ?), this pleasure was enhanced by Mr, Evelyn Waugh's letter in...


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SIR,—A different railway racket, equally intolerable and less controvertible, seems worthy of your animadversion. I refer to the appalling and monstrous distortion of canned...


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SIR.—I have just read Mr. Gordon Wilkins's article entitled 'Buy One But Don't Try To Park It,' in your issue dated October 22. It should be a simple matter to calculate a...

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SIR,—It is sad when a man of Mr. Betjeman's humanity and intellectual gifts indulges in cheap sneers at beliefs that have inspired many patient workers for the betterment of the...


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Si, — Lord Justice Finnemore, in dealing with a prisoner charged this week with a home) , sexual offence, said that he thought that a prison specially founded for the treatment...

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Sm,—Your correspondence on the subject of bogusly reserved seats on

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Midland Regional trains was last week extended to. boat trains. May I conduct it on board the cross-channel steamer? Here a similar practice is applied to the distribution of...


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SIR,—Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands has been paying a two weeks' official visit to the Union of South Africa. The Cape Times of October 23 reports him as saying in a public...


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COCK I .—Jack Bctjeman is on cockeyed about nostalgia bein a kinder catarrh. Ve of Uggins it is mob, reckernising the true cockney origin of this vord, uv used it for years. We...

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Country Life

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READ the other day of a branch line of a railway in Devon that passes through remote moorland places where nothing ever happens. It was said that this line is under continual...

Herbaceous Plants

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November is the best time for tidying up herbaceous borders and improving herbaceous plants used in rockeries. The old clumps should be lifted and split for transplanting and...

Gleeful Gluttony

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England possesses a great number of Drinking Songs, but as far as I am aware, no Eating Songs. For the usual prize of £5, competitors were invited to remedy this deficiency, in...

Duck Shooting

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There was a time when the passenger pigeon darkened the skies as it crossed America. Some accounts of their migrations tell how they came over so thickly that the men who...

An Odd Trio

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Writing from Fordingbridge a reader remarks: 'Some friends of ours who live at Haverfordwest had a motherless lamb which had to be brought up by hand. A cock was given to them...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 248 Set by E. Arnot Robertson Nothing

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is more damning than self-praise which goes wrong: 'Yes, we're going to be married. He's been so patient, I feel he deserves his reward,' or 'In my household everyone works as...

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M111) Compton Mackenzie A T the end of last month, Mr. Henry Price, a Conserva- tive MP, asked in the House of Commons if the Chancellor was aware of income tax concessions...

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years ago I saw Chelsea draw with Mdscow Dynamos at Stamford Bridge. There was some good. lb Then for nine years, during which political relations between : l e two countries...

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Keats in 1819

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He does not yet conclude the psychic commerce: The muscled mirror emptying the lyric Or corporeal roses turned hysteric: Does not accept oblivion's lavish promise. His body...

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The Ionian Curiosity By REX WARNER ISS FREYA STARK'S writing seems to me wholly admirable; and so are her aims, her side-shows and her digressions. Curiosity led me.' she...

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Travellers' Lives

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Leda and the Goose, By Tristram Hillier. (Longthans. 16s.) South from Naples. By Roger Peyrefitte. (Thames & Hudson. 21s.) MR. HILLIER is lucky as an autobiographer. He lived in...

The Later Crusades

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TIE third volume concludes Mr. Runciman's History of the Crusades. It deals with the events of the Third Crusade, and follows the course of the Crusading movement until its last...

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Execrable Sovereign

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rEw rulers can have been so generally loathed as Nicholas I, Tsar nj Russia. Swelling with righteous indignation at the rape of ,rOland, Lord Tennyson trenchantly described him...

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A History of Courting. By E. S. Turner. (Michael Joseph. 15s. A CAVE-MAN drags his fiancee by the hair across the first page, and before the end the GI brides are in America,...

Fragments of a Legend

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Quite Early One Morning. By Dylan Thomas. (Dent. 10s. 6d.) Tins book contains 'all that can be preserved in print of Dylan 'Thomas's contribution to the broadcasting medium,'...

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New Novels

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Riot. By John Wyllie. (Seeker & Warburg. 10s. 6d.) The Heritage of Quinces Borba. By Machado de Assis. (W. H. Allen. 12s. 64:1.) THERE have been, rightly, quite a few novels...

Local Lore

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BOTH these authors have travelled much in their respective fields and delved deeply in local lore, but neither of them has attempted a guide book telling the reader how to get...

Owing to the very large entry for the Spectator's second

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Review competition (Lord M. by David Cecil), it will not be possible to announce the result until November 19, when the winning entry will be printed.

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Tins, the last in order of the entire twelve- volume

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plan, is the tenth volume to be published of the only serious encyclopaedia for children'. Dealing with the arts, it would be bound to require the beautiful production it shows,...


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IN recent years, to the bewilderment of the Argentine public, Washington has alter- nately used the 'big stick" and the abrazo when dealing with their government. In 1947 Mr....

THIS book is bound to arouse widespread interest, both for

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its own Sake and as the first volume of what is already being called, in anticipation, the 'Penguin History of English Literature,' though Mr.. Ford, the general editor, avoids...

Photography for Archaeologists. By M. B. Cookson. (Max Parrish. 15s.)

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MR. COOKSON has been photographing archwological sites and objects for over a quarter of a century, and now practises and teaches this visual art in the Institute of Archeology...

A History of Modern China. By Kenneth Scott Latourette. (Pelican

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Books. 2s. 6d.) Tins is the first of a series of national histories, which together will form a history of the modern world. The author devotes a chapter each to China's...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE immediate reaction of Wall Street to the Congressional election results was a sharp rise. It will not surprise me if the market takes a bullish view of...

Company . Notes

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By CUSTOS THE stock markets seem to have entered upon an irregular or patchy phase and I would agree with my colleague that a period of consolidation is coming during which...

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ACROSS: 1 Backwash. 5 Wraith. 9 Mandolin. 10 Renown. 12 Scalpel, 13 Uranium. 14 Bristol board, 17 Music- masters. 22 Embroil. 23 Elspeth, 2.4 Inrush. 25 Clubhcad. 26 Excise. 27...


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