14 APRIL 1961

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No. 6929 Established 1828 FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1961

Portrait of the Week— MAJOR YUR1 ALEXEYEVITCH GAGARIN, of the

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Soviet Air Force, was launched into space, circled the globe, and returned alive. The trial opened in Jerusalem of Adolf Eichmann, a German, for crimes against humanity in...


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rr HE language in which the communiqués that I customarily follow international discussions are couched rarely bears much relation to any known tongue; this, however, no longer...

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The Dead Awaken

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MHE Spectator has frequently been critical of 1 the sub judice rule with reference to legal proceedings in this country, and in particular to the attempts that are made to...

High Time,. Too

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T iii Government's announcement that our United Nations representative would from now on vote against South Africa in the UN within a carefully circumscribed area of questions...

SPRING BOOKS II Next week's Spectator will include the second

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part of our Spring Books supple- ment. Among the reviews will be Lord Altrincham on Lord Attlee's Memoirs; James Joll on A. J. P. Taylor's The Origins of the Second World War;...

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A Time to Decide

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS P RESIDENT on GAt.J.E's press conference had an unhappy air of baked meats intended for a marriage coldly furnishing forth a funeral. Per- haps the...

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Letter of the Law

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Ipsos Custodes By R. A. CLINE D oiis the English system of law afford any better protection to the victims of oppressive administration than continental systems such as the...

Asian Discrimination

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS S OUTH AFRICA'S departure from the Common- wealth has inevitably called forth both accusations and confessions that the hands of other Commonwealth...

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Hospitals versus Patients

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B y SUSAN CATLING H AVE you ever been run over by a bus, or had acute appendicitis after 6 p.m.? If you have, and have lived to tell the tale I expect you share my feeling that...

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The Hospital Committee

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By FRANK HART* A RECENT article in a national newspaper contained an arresting sentence: a complaint made to a Hospital Committee about a patient's treatment, it said, had...

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By JOHN COLE No industry likes to be told that it is inefficient, unenterprising, or anything less than perfect. But British printing has probably suffered enough recent blows...

Home Competition

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A more serious competitive failure has been in meeting the challenge of newer and non-con- ventional methods of printing at home--notably the small offset machines on which more...

The Way Ahead

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The year 1901 will be a vital one in printing development. Technical advances, particularly in photo-composing and the printing of matter from film, rather than metal, are...

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SIR,-1 hope you pay Mr. Brand enough for a castle

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in Spain, fistful of cigars, several bottles of brandy —and as many books as he can see after drinking them. His report on secondary teachers is true, and he has troubled to...

The Teacher's Lot G. J. M. Hutchings, 'Sixth-former,' David Henschel,

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D. Grey South Africa A. Forbes Robinson Demolition Job Kenneth Robinson, MP The Serpent in Happy Valley Walter Wilkinson In Hospital with my Son Isabel Quigly Books for...

SIR.--1 read Charles Brand's article in the Spectator with interest

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and strong general approval. Having nearly completed four years in the sixth form of a very good grammar school, 1 have gained a place to read English at a Cambridge college. I...

SIR.-1 wish that my colleagues in the teaching pro- fession

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would not compare their lot with that of ice- cream vendors. The comparison would only be valid if ice-cream manufacturers and local education authorities were public...

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SIR,—It was a pleasant surprise to read a letter signed

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by Miss May Bell, Grahamstown, South Africa, in last week's Spectator. For those of us who come from the Eastern Province her letters to the local press are familiar. Had there...

DEMOLITION JOB Tredgold smiles wryly at our belated con- version

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to the idea of an inquiry into medical educa- tion. If• conversion be the right word, mine took place years ago, since when I have been hoping in vain for• some initiative from...

THE SERPENT IN HAPPY VALLEY SIR, —Onc frequently reads in the

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English papers of sea-birds which are killed and beaches which are fouled by the disgusting oil released by passing ships in British coastal waters. Metaphorically speaking,...


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SIR,--I was glad to see Leslie Adrian referring to the number of complaints we receive here (and make ourselves) about the inefficiency of London book- shops. Let me add that...

IN HOSPITAL WITH MY SON SIR, —Mrs. Overall makes her points

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about mothers in hospital with their children so reasonably and so well that if you had no child of your own you could hardly, I think, fail to agree with her. But surely the...

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Mystery Tour By BAMBER GASCOIGNE The Wakefield Mystery Plays. (Mermaid.) The Rehearsal. (G lobe.) —One Over the Eight. (Duke of York's.) The excellent Mermaid staging of these...


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SIR, —Mr. Paul Lynch deserved to have Mr. Mug- geridge drag the second skeleton out of Australia's cupboard, viz., the Aboriginals. When 1 was at the University in Sydney a few...

have been commissioned by Messrs. Hutchin- son to write the

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biography of the late Sir John Squire, in which task I am receiving the active sup- port of his family and literary executor. II any of your readers have letters of his which...

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Ci nema

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Rewards of Atrocity By ISABEL QUIGLY Mein Kampf. (Continen- tale.) -- Operation Eichmann, (General release from Mon- day.) Araocii is now so openly on the best-seller market...

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I e,ev,sion

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The Heart of the Matter By PETER FORSTER In the same way, the BBC's Lifeline series offers some worthwhile group therapy. Quite how deep it goes I am not sure—in last week's...

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Fulfilling the Law By DAVID CAIRNS AUMEN7ICITY is in the air again. We have had the controversy over Fidelio and Leonore No. 3. We have had a glimpse of Bizet's orig- inal...

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Mime and Pantomime Itv C I, I V E It A N E S other • productions withered into insignifi- cance. The triumph of the Russians was in the dramatic power and conviction of their...

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In a Glass, Darkly By ALAN BRIEN M R. MARTIN GREEN'S cojection ot essays* proclaims itself a mirror held up to British nature and it certainly beams a few brilliant...

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Salesmen in Power

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Science and Government. By C. P. Snow. (0.U.P., 9s. 6d.) A Lor of people, for a long time, have known the outlines of the Tizard-Lindemann controversy. Sir Charles Snow tells...

Good King John

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IN late Victorian and Edwardian England King John's name was dirt. Stubbs and J. R. Green had settled his place as a bad man and a com- plete failure as king. In recent years he...

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Exalted and Exceptional

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A History of Modern France. Vol. 2. 1799-1945. By Alfred Cobban. (Penguin Books 5s.) France, Steadfast and Changing: The Fourth to the Fifth Republic. By Raymond Aron. (Harvard...

Bad in Parts

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Germany Divided. By Terence Prittie. (Hutchin- son, 30s.) TERENCE PRITTIE is the Guardian's Bonn corre- spondent — we have all read and admired his dispatches—and the title of...

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Cities of Words

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The Talent Scout. By Romain Gary. (Michael Joseph, 16s.) 11 was almost a great week for the Novel. Not just for novels, the honest, small segments of private experience which...

It's a Crime Faith Has No Country. By R. Vernon

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&sic. (Hodder and Stoughton, los.) Un-hero with ulcer is parachuted back into Occupied France to find out which member of the ;umiak team he had worked with was betraying plans...

Death in Covert. By Colin Willock. (Heine- mann, 15s.) Mr.

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Willock is uncommonly know- ledgeable and even more uncommonly readable about open-air pursuits, and this frolicsome piece about murder at a Home Counties shoot is peopled with...

Be Silent, Love. By Fan Nichols. (Boardman, 12s. 6d.) Kill-and-run

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car-driver on his way with pretty girl to illicit weekend has to kill again, deliberately, to save his reputation, his marriage and his job. Fast, convincing thriller, with no...

Murder is Incidental. By Douglas Rutherford. (Collins, 10s. 6d.) Peaceful,

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inaccessible North Italian fishing village—as it might be one of the Cinque Terre—is torn out of its slumber . when rich man turns up, proposing to buy whole town (for sake of...

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Do You Know This Voice? By Evelyn Berck- man. (Eyre

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and Spottiswoode, 15s.) Very old, semi-literate, broken-Englished Czech woman in American city is only one to have seen the murderer-kidnapper and, in spite of the police, who...

Birds of a Feather Saint-Exupery. By Marcel Migeo. Translated by

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Hernia Britfault. (Macdonald, 30s.) ERNEST K. GANN has written the autobiography of a professional airline pilot. Do not be misled by this statement. Fate is the Hunter is not a...

Road Block. By Hillary Waugh. (Gollancz, 13s. 6d.) One of

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those meticulously plotted grab- and-getaway jobs that the Americans do so well in novels and the French in films; with murder arising inevitably out of it; the cops closing in;...

The Arena. By William Haggard. (Cassell, 13s. 6d.) Pretentiously knowing

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crime story, set in City, government offices and good addresses, which is both snobbish and silly : 'his stride was an inch or two longer than an infantryman of the line would...

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Where do we go from Here? .. • . • • Lothbury Unit Trusts ••• •• •• Edward Du Cann, MP The Best All-Rounder .. •• • • .. Herbert Ashworth Mortgage Loans • • •• •• • •...

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The Best All-Rounder

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By HERBERT ASHWORTH N EVF.R before have the wares of the invest- ment shopkeepers been displayed in such attractive variety. From among them all, one particular brand may well...

Unit Trusts

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By EDVIARD DU CANN MP I N the last three years Unit Trusts have become an increasingly popular method of investment. In 1957 the total funds subscribed by British investors for...

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Mortgage Loans

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By R. J. P. EDEN vut the last few years the monetary require- ments of local authorities have increased substantially. Gone are the days when capital requirements were largely...

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Finance Houses

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By J. MERCANT Ito is no doubt difficult for the man in the street to understand exactly what is meant by the term 'finance house,' for such companies range in size from the very...

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American Goals

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By RICHARD BAILEY A the time of the Presidential election a num- ber of economists and other specialists from the universities and elsewhere, several of whom are now in the...

Capital Gain

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By Nl 1 CHOLAS DAVENPORT Is is very tempting to look at the Stock Exchange annual figures of security values and then say that the enormous capi- tal appreciation shown calls...

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Company Notes

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M a. R 1 DYSON, chairman of The British Wagon Cu. Ltd., strikes a confident note for the future in his report to shareholders for the year 1960 In common with many other hire-...

Investment Notes ' It ■ C t .-, T 0 S

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T HI' wiseacres are shaking their heads at the :traorf.l.nar% bullishness ot the share markets on the eve of the Budget. which is quite unpre,:edented London seems determined to...

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Workers' Playtime By KATHARINE WHITEHORN SINCE I have almost no weekends myself, it has For what, when you come down to it, is a weekend? More than a quarter of one's time in...

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Consuming Interest

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No Smoke Without fire By LESLIE ADRIAN IN our patch of London we have been 'smoke- less' for exactly six months. Six mild months of the sort of winter which is cursed by the...


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Pedestrian Views By KENNETH J. ROBINSON What exactly is Motopia2 It is not; as you might suspect, the myopia suffered so visibly by the MOT—though you arc getting warm. It is a...

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Postscript .

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A firm of 'international public-relations con- sultants,' Galitzine and Partners, has published two handsomely printed, but ill-written, pam- phlets on 'The Basic Principles'...