13 JANUARY 1933

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News of the Week

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T HE South African Parliament opens next Friday, and the odds now are that General Hertzog's Government will be soundly beaten on the first division, if indeed it does not...

Japan's Advance

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Lord Cecil of course is right. The Japanese operations at Shanhaikwan must be regarded as the direct conse- quence of the continued failure of the League of Nations to take any...

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The Irish Elections

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The battle is now fully joined in the electoral con.. test in Southern Ireland. Nomination day was last Wednesday, and polling will take place on January 24th. Though Mr. de...

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The Fuel of War An important • step forward in

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the organization of peace would be taken if the American Congress were prepared to act on President Hoover's message and ratify the Convention for the Suppression of the Inter-...

Printing Gold

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. In a speech which was broadcast throughout America last Sunday, Sir Arthur Salter dwelt on this need for preparing the Conference programme. Amongst other matters he....

World Economic Conference

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This week's discussions among the experts at Geneva whose task . it is to prepare the ground for the World Economic Conference show how . vast is the field to he explored before...

Indians and the Temples

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Nothing is more embarrassing to the British Govern- ment in India than to get itself mixed up in purely Indian affairs, involving possible interference with historic religious...

week proposal of the Italian Government now being discussed by

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a conference of governments', employers', and Trade Union representatives convened by the International Labour Office at Geneva. Here, it might seem, is an energetic effort,...

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More Workers - There is always some increase of work

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before Christmas, so that the Ministry of Labour's return up to December 10th may well show an increase of 84,000 in employed persons and a decrease of 76,000 in unemployed...

Radium Dangers The Final Report of the Conference on Radium

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ap- pointed to consider the merits and dangers of massive radiation almost directly negatives the conclusions pub- lished by the Conference in the spring of last year. This...

Out-Patients' Hardships Writing in these columns a week ago we

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dwelt on the importance of the enquiry just carried out by Lord Onslow's committee into the treatment of out- patients at our great hospitals, and observed that a good deal more...

Technocracy : Some Questions

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It argues no depreciation of the interesting article by Major Yeats-Brown on a later page, or of other admirable studies that have appeared elsewhere in the British Press, to...

The Troubles in Spain

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Disorder in Spain usually has characteristics of its own. The disturbances that have broken out in the .past week, not only at Barcelona and Madrid, but in :various other...

Liner Fires It is, to say the least, an astonishing

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coincidence that the fire in L'Atlantique should have been followed immed- iately by an outbreak in ` La France.' Now that the charred wreck of ' L'Atlantique ' itself has been...

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The Doom of the Tote

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T HE interim report of the Royal Commission on Lotteries and Betting is an immensely valuable social document, providing a mass of new data on the subject with which it...

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The Scandal of the Slums

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ti Ow far has the country solved the housing problem LI which, in 1919, was exceptionally acute owing to the cessation of building during the War years ? What is the precise...

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Sir John Reith has succeeded in explaining the B.B.C.'s faux

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pas on New Year's Eve to the satisfaction of the Polish Ambassador. But that should not be the last word on the matter. "The real error," says Lord Sclsdon (who, as Sir William...

I am surprised to find The Times, commenting on Mr.

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Harcourt Gold's powerful advocacy of the " old style " as against the " new style " in rowing, lightly asserts that " style is by no means the most important thing in rowing."...

A Spectator's Notebook

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I T is not improbable, I think, that I can claim to be the only London journalist to have enjoyed a long con- versation with Mr. Howard Scott, who has leapt into the news with...

I get the gloomiest impression from a friend who has

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just been in touch with official circles in France. Quite apart from the financial situation, which seems inevitably to betoken the downfall of the Boncour Government, with...

Mr. John Buchan's attack on the League of Nations Union

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is a little odd in view of his close friendship with Lord Cecil, who is one of the two Presidents of the Union. But Lord Cecil was, in fact, excepted from the condemnation. The...

Canon BaiTy's verdict that religion makes more appeal to men

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than women at Oxford is interesting, and I think on the whole just. That there is a new vitality in religion generally at Oxford is certain. A few months ago a preacher at the...

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Business and the Schools BY SIR FRANCIS GOODENOUGH (Chairman of

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the British Association for Commercial Education). THE subject entrusted to me in this very welcome series of articles is of primary importance ; for, if business does not...

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This Technocracy

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By F. YEArs-BnoW - x. E VERYONE was talking about Mr. Howard Scott and his " Energy Survey of North America " when I was in the Middle West of the United States six weeks ago....

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The Slave Trade in Birds

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BY LORD HOWARD Or PENRITIL, There are perhaps many who will think that to apply the words " slave trade " to this traffic savours of senti- mental exaggeration. There is,...

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India in Suspense

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BY SIR ST ANLEY REED. Bombay, December. T O those who were in India during the height of 1 the civil disobedience movement the change in the scene is almost inconceivable. I...

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General Knowledge

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BY MOTEL. SOMEONE has been attacking, and someone else defending, the educational value of. General Know- - ledge papers. This is a very favourite controversy, and as in all...

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The Theatre

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" Dinner at Eight." By George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. At the Palace Theatre HENGIST and Rim are, of all invaders of islands, the most unforgettable and the most elusive....


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Death at The Acaderriy Tim Royal Academy has shown courage—a quality unusual in it. After the series of Dutch, Flemish, Italian and French Exhibitions at Burlington House it...

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Road Accident in Idaho Ova eyes are dust, and grime has vilified Our mouths. Acting our Robots we have been Outmetalled ; in our tangent taken the wrong guide, Encountering an...

Gramophone Notes

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WHAT is of particular note among the Jan uary - records is that, on the evidence, the Lener String Quartet have regained their musical sanity. Dvorak's " Nigger Quartet, which...

A Hundred Years Ago

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" THE SPECTATOR," JANUARY 12TH, 1833. The news from Mexico is contradictory and uncertain. The Capital was still besieged by the troops of SANTA ANNA. Don Marrum. PEDRAZA, the...

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The question of the relative value of English and imported apples has been stirring an almost bitter controversy in The Times. It will be generally confessed that the battle has...

Country Life

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WHY SETTLEMENTS FAIL. - Never has the literature of farming enjoyed a wider vogue than to-day, the day when, to quote the title of the most popular of French farm books : La...

NEW BIRD Hsarrs.

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Writing the other day about gulls in London, I suggested that the tribe was changing its ancestral habit. A week later I opened Nature by Day, by A. R.. Thompson (Ivor Nicholson...

The spending of a great part of their time on

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the Moors rather than the sea is not peculiar to any one species of gull. Black-backed gulls, both greater and less, herring gull and black-headed are all found regularly on...

A considerable number of correspondents have produced evidence about the

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coming of gulls to London,; and they have, I think, more or less settled the historic fact. In old days odd gulls visited London, but flocks spending continuous weeks or months...

it is a pity that the public in general forgets

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the maxim about beauty—and ugliness—being skin-deep. How much does Jonathan owe to its blush, though the experts almost universally prefer a greenish apple ? Of all the orchard...

Much perverse " knocking " of the English climate is

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practised by all sorts of critics. An enemy of the wheat quota (with whose other arguments I do not disagree) asks this week : " Why grow a crop for which our climate is...

Now British Columbia, the neighbourhood of Vancouver, and not least,

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Vancouver Island, as well as the scenic glory of the Rockies and Selkirks, is a paradisal country. The Okana- gan Valley is better for growing fruit than Evesham or Wisbech or...

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Letters to the Editor

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[Correspondents are requested to keep their letters as brief as is reasonably possible. The most suitable length is rho , of one of our " News of the Week " paray,rophs.—El....


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[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Three correspondents have shown up the fallacies which Major Yeats-Brown mistakes for facts (one which was not pointed out is that he...


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[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In what comes to me from abroad I find in your pages a nearer appreciation than elsewhere of the importance of what may be called the...

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[To the Editor of NICE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—Will you allow me to comment on Mr. Walling's very interesting article of December 23rd on The Justice of the Peace "—interesting not...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Snt,—Lord Eustade Percy's views on education must always command attention by their vigour and definiteness ; but lie seems to me to think too...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I wonder whether it is quite as evident as Dr. Glover appears to think, that while his own view of God in Christ may be in accord with St....


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[To the Editor of THE SpEcr.trom] Sia,—Too little attention, it seems to me, has been aroused by the decision of the Birmingham City Council that " no article or manufactured...


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[To the Editor of Tian &mamma.] Sia,—With reference to an article in your issue of December 30th, written by Mr. Hosier, I can vouch, as a neighbour, for the facts contained...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Dr. Glover in his

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reply to my letter is " utterly wrong " and his present path has already led him to a position akin to agnosticism, with the one exception of belief through Christ. The man who...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—Answering Mr. Keen, I should say that the primary object of ,,the institution of : sinking hinds - in . relation to municipal and...


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THE SPECTATOR.] SIE,—In his interesting article, "Sayings that . Were 'never uttered," Mr. W. A. Hirst is unquestionably correct'When he states that Wolfe's 'remark on Gray's...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—" J. P." who

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criticises your spelling of judgment; has, I think, mis-spelled a word in his note to you in last week's issue of The - Spectator. He Wrote " mis-spelt," whereas the past tense...

CHRIST AND THE MONEY:CHANGERS [To the Editor of TiiE SencrAxon.r .

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Snt;—On p. 8 in The Spectator of January 6th, PrOfCSSOTZIRIHICTH writes that he 'agrees that the Founder of Christianity ", used force against the moneychangers." This...


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[To the Editor of SPECTATOR.] , SIR,—I wonder if you would consider the - question of banishing the word 't Britisher " frani your valtMd columns : You-would not speak of a...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,-1Vhile extremely grateful for your generous review of Violante, might I, in no carping spirit, point out that the " atmospheric devices...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sia,—Your judgement of *Bing may be as sound as your spelling of " judgement " but if Mi. Wilson Harris'S spelling of " autarchy " is right,...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sut r —Judgement and judgment are

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not so easily disposed of !- The Bible has judgment in the A.V. (not only in the text but in the Epistle Dedicatory) and judgement hi the R.V. and Breeches Bible (1599). Fowler,...

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The recently concluded serial-readings from Dombey and Son suggeSt that

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short stories, which could be completed in a single reading, might be even more effective. They are so obviously suited to the microphone that one wonders why they so seldom...


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Sunday : " The Future Life ".--Prof. C. G. Seligman (Daventry National, 2.40) ; Reading from Classical Literature -Ronald Watkins (London Regional, 5.0) ; Frank Titterton, Song...

No doubt light music is what most people prefer at

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midday : hence, fi suppose, the predominance in the programmes of cinema and hotel music at that hour. Occasionally, we are given a little organ music for a change, or a...

One of the B.B.C. music series which has certainly made

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history is the Concerts of Contemporari'Mnide. These ebn- certs have had to fight a good deal of ridicule, but by its persistence in broadcasting them the B.B.C. has provided...

The Radio . - 1.6 - TTe* Tx sincere and lucid terms, the Prince

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of :Wales has recently told listenersbowbe. thinks- personal service might be enlisted . to alleviate the present distressing state , of the unemployed. Particularly happy was...

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"The Spectator" Crossword No. 16

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BY XAISTHIPPE. prize of one guinea will be given to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's cross-word puzzle to be opined. Envelopes should be marked "...

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The Letters of Matthew Arnold to Clough

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By LORD DAVID CECIL . The Letters of Matthew Arnold to Clough* is a title to arouse great expectations in the mind of an appropriate reader. But in fact he is likely to be...

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An Aristocratic Old Maid

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As a moral ambition contentment is dead. It is now synony- mous with " goodness " only in a baby. It is not easy to say id what date the virtue was first missed from the moral...

The History of the Russian Revolution

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THE Russian revolution had the quality of falsifying all the best predictions. It was a revolution made—or at any rate stage-managed—by Marxists. Marx had proved conclusively...

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Modern Rome

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Rome of the Renaissance and To-Day. By Sir Roane]] Rodd, G.C.B. (Macmillan. 25s.) SIR RENNELL Rono remembers seeing, when he was, seven years old, " a gilded coach driven up...

The Fox Again

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The Horse and His Schooling. By Lt.-Col. M. F. lieTaggart t D.S.O. (Methuen. Is. 6t1.) Try Back. By A. Henry Hi on, M.F.H. 25s.) COLONEL MCTAGGART'S is a didactic book, as its...

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The First Two Hundred Years of American Poetry

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American Poetry from the Beginning to Walt Whitman,' Edited by Louis Untermeyer. (Jonathan Cape. 19s.) THERE are three books into which Americans have gathered the best of...


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READY ON JANUARY 27th. One Shilling (or 25 cents) for each copy should be enclosed with instructions, and addressed to :— INDEX. DEPT., "THE SPECPATOR," LTD., 99 GOWER...

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Antarctica The Conquest of the South Pole. By J. Gordon

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Hayet. (Thornton Butterworth. 18s.) AFTER one's first excited admiration of the feats of heroism and endurance performed in the Antarctic has given place to acceptance of the...

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The Theory of Wages

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The Theory of Wages. By J. R. Hicks. (Macmillan. Ss. ed.) IT is probable that the, majority of those controversies with which professional economists entertain themselves arise...

_ The Growth of Medicine

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Man and Medicine. An Introduction to Medical Knowledge. By Dr. Henry E. Sigerist. With an introduction by Dr. William H. Welch. (Allen and Unwin. 12s. 6d.) MEDICAL students...

Mawr subscribers who are changing their addresses are asked to

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By L. A. G. STRONG. 8s. 6d.) Ankle Deep. By Angela Thirkell. (Hamilton. Is. 6d.) Helene. By Vicki Baum. (Mee. 7s. 6d.) Man's Mortality. By Michael Arlen. (Heinemann. Is. 6d.)...

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Our ancient parish churches, in their inscribed monuments, slabs and brasses and their heraldic glass, contain much material for history that needs in most cases more attention...

Current Literature

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H. M. STANLEY—EXPLORER By Jacob Wassermann This new study of Stanley—published in German under the title of Bula Matari, a more effective title than H. M. Stanley (Cassell,...


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William Grant The Scottish National Dictionary goes steadily on. This great monument of the historic individuality of the Scot, which will ultimately consist of ten volumes, is...

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• Whitakees Almanaek (Os. and 3s.) is the most useful and most indispensable of all reference books, and we are glad to find that the 1933 volume is virtually unchanged save...


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Sir Arthur Schuster's Biographical Fragments (Macmillan : 10s. 6d.) have a personal interest for his many friends and his old pupils in the University of Manchester and are also...

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Financial Notes :

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Finn nutimrs. Aroma a somewhat hesitating Opening at the beginning of the year, the Stock markets during the past week have shown strength. in most departampts. British Funds...

Finance—Public & Private

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Decline in I3anking Profits I FIND it rather difficult to know whether I should offer the greater measure of congratulations to those bank I directors who have maintained their...

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The directors relit that the net new Life business for 1932 amounted approximately to £2,500,000, or about £500,000 less than the corresponding figure for 1931. An interim bonus...


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Shareholders in Liebig's Extract of Meat Company can be congratulated upon the publication of another excellent report. It covers the year up to August 31st last, and the net...


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Although the full reports of most of the Insurance Companies for the past year have still to be issued, the preliminary figures of New Life business for 1932 are of an...


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The Scottish Widows' Fund and Life Assurance Society announces that the net new Life business completed in 1932 was £3,630,000. This net new business is not only an increase on...


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In the case of the Legal and General Assurance the total net Life sums assured amounted to £10,263,492, as compared with £9,782,201 in the previous year. The North British and...

Bank Rate 2 per cent., changed from 21 per cent.

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on June 30th, 1932.

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Madeira : The. Island of the Lovers FustenAL, the capital of Madeira, has become fashionable in late years, and is likely to bemore so since it is within easy reach of England...