14 AUGUST 1953

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HILAIRE BELLOC Unpublished Verse

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JAMES POPE - HENNESSY A New Series of Articles on London ROBERT TOWNELEY: Two Views of China RAJA HUTHEESING: Change in Kashmir JOHN" ARLOTT: Modern Cricket

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KOREAN TIGHTROPE W HEN getting angry with Mr. Dulles, it is necessary to remember two facts. The first is that the Communists invaded South Korea and have caused 141,000...

French Strikes

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" France is not ripe for anarchy," said M. Laniel hopefully as he introduced the economic decrees in which his Government had embodied its emergency reforms. Whereupon French...


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No. 6 5 2 9 FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 1953 PRICE 7d.

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The Final Test ' The major problem of the fifth Test

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Match between England and Australia is not the form or fitness of Hutton, Harvey, Lindwall or Bedser, but the difficulty of accommodating the half-million people who want to...

Exit Piccioni

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The failure of Signor Piccioni to form an Italian govern- ment was the failure to span an ocean by a suspension bridge. Piccioni himself is a right-wing Christian Democrat and...

Home Truths • for Engineers

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The thirty-eight organisations which make up the Confedera- tion of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions are asking for an increase of fifteen per cent. in the wages of their one...

The Canadian Election

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A Liberal victory in the Canadian election was certain, but Mr. St. Laurent could scarcely have expected to return to power with his former overwhelming majority reduced by ten...

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E VER since Stalin died the Western Powers have been waiting for the answer to two questions—one general and one particular. In general, does the new Russian Government want...

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T HE modest Bacchanalia held in the, four wine-growing departmend of Languedoc last week seems to have been enjoyed by all. As a protest against the French Govern- ment's...

Spectral Housekeepers That Brighton is the most haunted town in

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Sussex is asserted by a feature writer in Destiny, a magazine which covers all occult subjects including the Prince Regent. It seems this famous holiday resort is rife with...

Unwilling Queen Mary's Will, on which the Press has been

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speculating recently, makes me wonder whether there is any good reason, other than that it is pleasant to pry into other people's affairs, why the Wills and Bequests of the...

Peronitis The model for the memorial to Eva Perlin which

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is to be raised in the heart of Buenos Aires has just been shown to the public. Designed on lines suggested by the deceased, the monument proves that whatever other virtues she...

Fishing Story Presumably if a man saw an advertisement for

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a " polished dural screwed tapered butt cap; holders and collar, bored corks, porcelain butt and tip rings, rubber button, cement and whipping silk " he would at once know he...

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Two Views of China

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W ITH all the media of communication between United States from Europe, it is remarkable and frightening that neither side should have begun to make any serious effort to...

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Changes in Kashmir

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By RAJA KU THEESING The following article was sent from Bombay on August 4th. It was therefore written five days before the coup d'etat in Kashmir. As it attempts an analysis,...

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Campden Hill

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By JAMES POPE-HENNESSY* T HIS summer's unobtrusive opening of the famous groves and walks of Holland House as a hew London park may recall to mind Macaulay's, prophecy on the...

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One-Idea Men

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J By A DUBLIN CORRESPONDENT T HE foreigner who is ill-informed on Irish affairs—and it is a grievance of the Irish that there seem to be so many of them—is apt to take it...

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The Poets' Other Corner

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By JAMES KIRKUP T HE curious stroller in Hyde Park on a summer evening may find his attention drawn to a quiet little group gathered at Speaker's Corner. Is it one of those...

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Going Down By R. G. W. THEOBALD (Jesus College, Cambridge) I T is apparently an article of faith, that Cambridge should absorb the changes which have taken place in the...

UNDERGRADUATE PAGE Undergraduate articles will continue to appear in the

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" Spectator " during the Long Vacation. Their frequency must depend on the quality of the contributions received. A fee of eight guineas is paid for each article published....

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THEATRE Aren't We All ? By Frederick Lonsdale. (Haymarket.) Anastasia. By Marcelle Maurette, adapted by Guy Bolton. (St. James's.) THE trouble with the theatre is the...

SONNET TO HILAIRE BELLOC No one may span you for

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a hundred years, No one appraise you but the very wise : Fragments of your great song enchant our ears, The length of your great stride eludes our eyes ; Your peaks stand high...


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Printed below is a hitherto unpublished poem by Hilaire Belloc. Those of Belloc's friends to whom this poem is already known—some of them have had the privilege of hearing him...

Quomodo Odysseam digner concludere nostram Nunc ubi Habra cadent et

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prope portus adest ? Qua tibi persona decus hoc quodcumque libelli, Iulia, post annos tot, mea vita, dicem ? Ille ego qui blanda remoratus imagine quondam Haesi ; quem...

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The Red Beret. (Empire.)—Always a Bride. (Odeon, Marble Arch.) WHEN The Red Beret received its advance publicity a scream of anger emerged from thousands of British mouths...


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FOR over two hundred years the Danes have nursed and protected their ballet in the Royal Theatre at Copenhagen where, from 1775 to 1816, it was under the care of Vincenzo...


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Libretto- Making WHEN Sir Arthur Bliss's opera The Olympians, was given at Covent Garden in 1949, there were many who blamed the librettist for the succes d'estime which was all...

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The if§pectator, angina 13tb, 1853 THE last working week in

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Parliament has been about the worst for the poor Members, who have sat day and night; and, rather than take a clear holyday even for the review of the fleet, actually assembled...

Twentieth Century Love-Song

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In these latter days • Few poets have the habit Of singling out for praise One woman. • But I am old enough, And of a generation To vaunt, though crabbed and gruff, One...

Looking Forward

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Those waiting for a child or looking out For landscapes to grow up within the mind Release as much as men dare lose of self, Instruct themselves in doubt Letting the child grow,...

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Sporting Aspects

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Modern Cricket By JOHN ARLOTT p ERHAPS no game has changed so much as cricket. Yet it might also be said that no game has seemed to change so little. The two statements may be...

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. i8o Report by Allan 0. Waith

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Describing living accommodation in newspaper advertisements has become a fine art in recent years ; even a roadmender's hole could be described as " small unf. acc., handy...


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Set by Eric Swainson " She fell for a translated weaver." This remarkable line is quoted not from a popular ballad, but from the " down " clues of a crossword puzzle. The usual...

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James Joyce

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SIR,—I am engaged in writing a biography of James Joyce, to be published in America by the Oxford University Press, and I should be very grateful if any of your readers who...

Privilege in Education

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SIR,—The better quality of teachers in schools other than State schools is not and has not been by any means a matter either of salaries or formal qualifications. Many boys...

Horatio Bottomley

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SIR,—I am gathering material for a biography of the late Horatio Bottomley, and should very much like to hear from anybody who has any personal reminiscences of him. I am...

Poetry Competition

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SIR,—Perhaps readers of the Spectator may be interested to hear of the Poetry Competition now being organised by Varsity, the Cambridge Undergraduate newspaper, which is to be...

Eric, or Little by Little

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SIR,—I haven't got a copy of the immortal work at hand, but I feel sure Mr. Horace Wyndham has misrepresented it. The words " Gordon is a surly devil " were not spoken at all...

have followed this correspondence with interest. The most vital thing

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about the independent schools is, it seems to me, that they are independent, and therefore a bulwark against the domination of the State. Correspondents have already dealt with...

Why Penalise the Pensioners ?

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SIR,—The necessity of more production has been, quite rightly, urged upon us ever since 1945 and successive Chancellors have aimed at giving incentives. Can any responsible...


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China and the UN SIR,—Discussions about the representatiOn of China in the United Nations have revealed a misconception of the nature and purposes of the United Nations. It...

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COUNTRY LIFE AT first I thought that the black sow

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was searching for something in the long grass but it was soon obvious that she was simply getting her nose under the bottom spar, for she began to bump the gate up and down...

Mechanical Fanning The tractor, came bustling round the corner from

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another building and backed to the implement shed where an enormous trailer was coupled up to it. The young man who was driving the tractor said he would soon be called up and...

Cabbage Butterflies

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The large and small white butterflies, pieris brassicae and pieris mime, flutter about the vegetable garden and do more long-term damage than a flock of pigeons unless the green...

A Gardener's Life

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Walking down the road I fell in with L. who has a market garden and works as hard as he can almost every hour of daylight in the summer. He complained of a stiff back, for he...

The Passing Show The village garage is a sort of

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centre for the youths of the place when they find time dragging on a Sunday afternoon and they sit along the wall, kicking their heels and idly watching the traffic or any car...

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Books of the Week

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Reviewers and Romantics By ANTHONY HARTLEY I T now seems certain that the Quarterly did not kill John Keats, and, after the recent fall in the stock of the English Romantics, a...

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Poverty and Principles

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The War on World Poverty. By the Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson, M.P. (Gollancz. 14s.) PRESIDENT Roosevelt was sure that he did not like colonialism. We know now that one of the...

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The World of Wren

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SrNCE Christopher Wren is the greatest and almost the only English architect that the average Englishman can name, he has long since been cosily adopted into the family. The...

Social Pathology

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The Estrangement of Western Man. By Robert Strausz-Hupe. (Gollancz. 16s.) "IF," writes Mr. Strausz-Hup6, "the life processes of society are determined by the workings of the...

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More for the Winter Evening

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Cricket. By John Arlott. (Burke. 21s.) A WORK which was successful in my early days and probably is still being lent about at this time, Prince Ranjitsinhji's Jubilee Book of...

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Personal Remarks. By L. A. G. Strong. (Peter Nevill. 15s.) AurmouGH Mr. Strong's title makes him free to say what he likes, he does not take it to absolve him from the...

Illiteracy Today

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The Importance of Illiteracy. By M. M. Lewis. (Harrap. 7s. 6d.) DR. LEWIS'S book is timely. He sets out to examine the widely- felt anxiety about illiteracy—that there is more...

THE SPECTATOR thin paper edition can be forwarded by air

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New Novels

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His Brother's Keeper. By Eden Phillpotts. (Hutchinson. 10s. 6d.) NOVELS one, two, and three have at their core a woman who has suffered damage on a level somewhere between the...

The Owl Minerva

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The art that makes pretensions to discourse, Not sage nor sybil but a piece of both, Astute in form, oracular in force, Can make a proposition sound an oath. Rapid, abrupt and...

Whom the Gods Love

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THE Festschrift is probably the most unsatisfactory of literary forms; undergraduate societies, in an age of Trade Unions and consciously adult responsibilities, are considered...

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Shorter Notices

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Russia after Stalin. By Isaac Deutscher. (Hamish Hamilton. 10s. 6d.) MR. DEUTSCHER'S new little book written with commendable speed has been overtaken, even so, by events. But...

Travels With a Tent in Western Europe. By R. M.

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Lockley. (Odhams. 15s.) ANYONE, it is said, can write an autobio- graphy ; but those who can write an auto- biography which is also good literature are very few. The same might...

Trusts and Foundations : A Select Guide. Compiled by Guy

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W. Keeling and edited by Thomas Landau. (Bowes and Bowes. £2 2s.) IT is a curious fact that in this country, with its long tradition of charitable work, there is no standard...

THE history of Persia is very like its land- scape,

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high fertile crops isolated by surround- ing hills, where the mainroads of Asia run across the passes. These threads and this diversity are both well given in Professor...

Laughter and Applause. Anecdotes for Speakers. Compiled by Allan M.

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Laing. (George Allen & Unwin. 8s. 6d.) MOST of us, by the time we have reached the age for speech-making, have amassed a fair stock of amusing stories and quotations ; but when...

THE Northern Marches are the counties bordering England and Wales—Mont-

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gomery, Shropshire, Denbighshire, Cheshire and Flint. Mr. Cledwyn Hughes is a native of a valley on the Welsh side and to him this is obviously the spot beloved over all. There...

Gloriana's Glass. Compiled by Alan Glover. (The Nonesuch Press. 27s.

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6d.) FOR the first time since the war, the None- such Press has resumed the publication of books embodying a high degree of crafts- manship, printed on rag paper in limited...

Adam : Twenty-first Anniversary Issue. (2s. 6d.) IT is an

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achievement these days for a little review to reach its majority, and it would be churlish to refuse to recognise this success of Adam and its editor. They have had a birth- day...

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By CUSTOS BUOYANCY is still the keynote of stock markets, and there are still very few sellers about. The general level of prices has therefore continued to rise, and there is...

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Solution to Crossword No. 741 28th Solution on August

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The winner of Spectator Crossword No. 741 is: MR. 11, ST'AFFORM, 77 Drury Lane, Solihull, Birmingham.


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IA Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution opened after noon on Tuesday week, August 25th, addressed Crossword, 99 Gower Street,...