14 JUNE 1924

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We are interested to read of M. Herriot's approval of

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Mr. MacDonald's intention to attend the Assembly of the League of Nations at Geneva in September. The principle of the League will not make real progress till it receives strong...


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T HE Parliamentary situations in France and Germany have both developed considerably during the week. On Thursday, June 5th, M. Herriot refused the invitation of the French...

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On Friday, June 6th, the new German Government had its

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first parliamentary test. The Government is, in essentials, very mueh the same as the last one before the 954 recent elections. Dr. Marx is still the Chancellor and Herr...

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On Thursday, June 5th, it was announced that the Government

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had invited Mr. Justice Feetham, of the South African Supreme Court, to be chairman of the Irish Boundary Commission, and that he had accepted the invitation. He is expected to...

We have written in a leading article about the unauthorized

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Etrike on the Underground Railways, which is in essence a threat to Trade Unionism. Here we need only record briefly a few of the main facts. The strike began with N.U.R. men...

The text has been published of Mr. Wheatley's Bill to

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prevent excessive charges for building materials and to provide for an adequate supply of these materials. The Bill provides that if the Minister of Health informs the Board of...

If in treaty negotiations each Dominion were separately represented, foreign

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Powers would inevitably be pro- voked into demanding an increase of their own repre- sentation. Hitherto they have regarded the British Empire as a single unit. Canada, having...

On Thursday, June 5th, a verdict for the plaintiff, Sir

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Michael O'Dwyer, was given in his libel action against Sir Sankaran Nair. Sir Sankaran Nair wrote a book called Gandhi and Anarchism, in which Sir Michael O'Dwyer was accused of...

By last Saturday, however, a gradual improvement in the train

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services was apparent. Men who had been on strike began to trickle back to work, and the railway companies and the Executive of the N.U.R. expressed their confidence that the...

In the Canadian House of Commons at Ottawa on Monday,

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Mr. Mackenzie King, the Prime Minister, made a long explanation of the attitude of Canada towards the Lausanne Treaty. According to the account of the Times correspondent, he...

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We cannot help feeling that it would have been prefer-

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able had the trial been confined to the question of Sir Michael O'Dwyer's responsibility. As a matter of fact, however, although it was conclusively shown that in the state of...

At Nottingham on Monday the Co-operative Congress carried, by 2,008

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votes to 1,456, a resolution in favour of starting a Co-operative daily paper. An alternative proposal was that the Co-operative movement should give all its support to the...

Mr. Selfridge's article turns our thoughts, by a natural transition,

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to the traffic problem of New York. There was an interesting article not long ago on this subject in the Times. London's traffic problem is a joke compared to that in New York....

Bank Rate, 4 per cent., changed from 8 per cent.

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July 5th. 5 per cent. War Loan was on Thursday, 101; Thursday week, 100 if ; a year ago, 101*. 84 per cent. Conversion Loan was on Thursday, 78; Thursday week, 78; a year ago,...

The Manchester Guardian of Thursday, June 5th, contained a very

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interesting article from its American correspondent on the new " Zoning " laws of New York. Some four years ago, it appears, new building laws came into effect, which enacted...

The result of the Oxford by-election, caused by the unseating

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on petition of Mr. Frank Gray, was announced on Friday :- Capt. R. C. Bourne (Con.) .. • • .. 10,079 Mr. C. B. Fry (Lib.) 8,237 Mr. K. M. Lindsay (Lab.) .. . 2,760 Con....

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FRANCE AND THE HOPE OF PEACE. T HE French Presidential crisis has ended, and ended constitutionally. Before the declared hostility of the Chamber of Deputies, and of the...

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F OR the third time since the beginning of the year the public are the victims of a transport dispute. First there was the railway strike ; then there was the tranivgay Strike...

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LONDON TRAFFIC. By GORDON' VEARLY every man thinks he can

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do three things, LI namely, run a newspaper, build a fire and guide the Government wisely ; and to this ,perhaps now must be added the further accomplishment of managing...

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C 0/sTFUSION still reigns in politics, and it is .amusing to

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watch the frantic efforts of political 'writers in the Press to "clear up" the situation. They turn almost daily somersaults in their endeavours to unravel the problem of the...

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O NE of my earliest recollections is of jumping for joy . on being told I might go to church, from which you might conclude I died young—an infant prodigy. This would be far...

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ENGLISH-SPEAKING W ORLD. • By EVELYN WRENCH. . A VERY interesting event this month will be the 'celebration at Belleville, Ontario; of the 140th anni- versary of the...

The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State

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of Massachusetts has asked the English-Speaking Union to assist the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in securing for the State House of Boston as Complete a series as possible of...

Can any readers of the Spectator help the English- Speaking

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Union to trace authenticated portraits of any of the following? If so, perhaps they would very, kindly communicate with me, care of this journal. Pictures of the following are...

. I have received, the following letter from a friend

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At Nairobi, Kenya Colony . • :- "I do hope it may be found possible by the Directorate of the Wembley Exhibition to set aside one day a month on which the Exhibition will be...

The . Ladies' Home Journal records the interesting story of

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the fight which young Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, only twenty-six years old, is carrying on against " yellow" and salacious journalism. Ever since he left Yale University Mr....

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I -question-whether tay correspondent's idea of - a chil- dren's day ,

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is practicable, but - surely it should be possible to organize - excursion - parties focLondon'spoorest children to the Exhibition from tithe to time. I am sure that many...


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NOTHING FAILS LIKE SUCCESS. MR. BENNETT writes with the air of a successful business man throwing off- works of genius in his Odd moments. But lest T should be unfair to Mr....

General Hertzog, South African Nationalist leader, in the course of

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his election campaign addressed a gathering of coloured voters at Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, the other day. He certainly believes in calling a spade a spade, for he informed...

In these notes scale weeks since I suggested the holding

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of a conference of Members of Parliament this summer from all parts of the British Empire. My friend, Sir Howard D'Egville, the secretary of the Empire Parliamentary...


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THE BRANGW YN EXHIBITION. TtzknE is a seeming ease - in the execution of Mr. Brangwyn's work which is deceptive—deceptive in so far as it incapacitates us from appreciating to...

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TUE NIEBELVNGS. Tim avast interesting and important experiments in eine- matogsaphy continue to come from the Continent, either direegy, as in the. ease of Caligari, Coster...


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HOW EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY WORKS IN AUSTRALIA. [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] have just read with great interest and appieeiation the book from which I have taken tb p e...

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SIR,—It takes a long time for my Spectator to reach me here so that I have only just seen the issue of April 12th and the paragraphs in-" The English-Speaking" column on the...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Stn.—The reference in your issue of May 3rd to two articles in the February number of the International Review (published . Vy.the.,I n te r...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] • SIR,—Some time ago the Spectator suggested that liners moored in the Thames should be used as alternative hotel accommodation for overseas...


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. [To the Editor of the SeEc-r,vron..] Sra,--Dr. Leaf's anagram of the first line of the Medea which appeared in your issue last week, is no doubt a piece of amusing nonsense,...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SLR.,—Referring tOthe very interesting article in the Spectator of May 24th, entitled "Seven Years of Mental Tests," it would seem that the...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I was recently studying the famous Alard Tombs in Winchelsea Church, and was struck by the two heads among the foliage in the canopies ;...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Major J. Evelyn Wrench, in his "An Empire Day Letter," asks how far in the last twelve months we have dispensed with antiquated coal fires...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—May I say a word in reply to Bishop Knox's criticism (Spectator, May 3rd) of my letter that appeared in your issue of April 26th? The...


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[To the Editor of the. SPECTATOR.] SIR,—My attention has been called to an Empire Day) lettur by 31r. Evelyn Wrench in the Spectator of May 31st. 1 do not propose to discuss...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Had "Political Correspondent" any practical knowledge of selling frocks, knitted goods and jumpers, he would know that ladies who purchase...


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[To the Editor of The SPECTATOR.] Sin,—In view of the celebration of my uncle, Lord Kelvin's centenary on the 26th of this month, the following anecdote may be entertaining :—...


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[To the Editor of the SpEcTA1pn.1 -Sin,—" An Italian Protest" in your issue of May 31st is only -a boy and girl story showing that abuses may exist even in great movements. Here...

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SPRING SOLITUDE. YouNG Bartimaeus, lately given sight, In wonder at all life Ceased following his Lord, Through whom such light Had pierced the dark at speaking of a word. And...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—Can any of your readers enable me to assign the following quatrain :- " When Ariel and Puck had flown, And sober-sided mortals pac'd...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—In May, 1923, you were so good as to publish a letter from me on the Long Vacation Course of the University of Clermont, and you may be...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—May I draw your attention to an educational and social enterprise of unique interest which is in danger of having to close unless timely...

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THE REST OF- THE PICTURE. Revolution and Counter-revolution in Hungary. By Oscar Jaszi. (King and Son. 158.) , The Tragedy of Charles of Hababurg. By Baron Werkthen. (Philip...

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THIS WEEK'S BOOKS. THERE is a noticeable improvement in the week's publica- tions—there are fewer than usual. Otherwise it is an average collection. Mr. Richard Aldington...


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The Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross. By Arthar pdviLusl Waite. (Rider. 30s. net.) IF anyone reads the alchemical tracts of the eighteenth and seventeenth centuries, he will be...

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Songs of Shadow-of-a-Leaf. By Alfred Noyes. (William Blackwood and Sons. 5s. net.) "When Marjorie walked in the wood There was nothing to frighten her there. She was...

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AN AGE OF INTELLECT AND Tins book represents the gleanings

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after the life's harvest of a loving. patient, and laborious student of English verse produced in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Bullen's speciality , was the lesser...

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Dr. John Clifford, C.H. Life, Letters and Reminiscences. • By Sir James Merchant, LL.D. (Cassell. 12s. 6d.) MORE, perhaps, than any prominent man of his generation the subject...

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Stanley Spencer and Henry Lamb. "The Contemporary British Artists" Series. (Bean, Limited. 8s. 6d. net each.) THE admission of Mr. Stanley Spencer - to the distinguished company...


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Benjamin Constant, 1767-1830. By Elizabeth W. Schermerhern. (Heinemann. 25s.) Benjamin Constant, 1767-1830. By Elizabeth W. Schermerhern. (Heinemann. 25s.) THE biographer of...


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The Voyage. BY J. Middleton Murry. (Constable. 7s. 6d.) Jennifer Lorn. By Elinor Wylie. (Grant Richards. 78. 6d.) The Cricket Match. By Hugh de Selincourt. (Cape. 7s. 6d.) THE...

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a new Catalogue Raisonne. (Benn. £5 58. net.) Apart from the benefit that it will render to collectors, this book should also help to awaken interest in a much ne g lected...


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The score or so people whose portraits make up Mrs. Hinkson's latest book of memoirs wear rather the air of fiction than of life : indeed, it is often only their well-known...

who is entitled the M'Bon—is an educated man, whom the

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captured heroine and hero have met in Mayfair. It is, perhaps, not the fault of the author that the abominable sentiments which this gentleman utters in an Oxford accent ring in...

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This is an admirably produced and edIted volume containing selections

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from economic literatu e bzf ore Adam Smith. The extracts given range from Aristotle to Antonio Serra, and from Thomas Mun to von Justi, the aim in translations being to keep to...


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[BY OUR CITY EDITOR.] THE GOLD STANDARD CONTROVERSY. [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR, — In some respects it is regrettable that decisions on matters vitally affecting...

CHINESE LANTERNS. By Graeo Thempscia Beton. (John Lane. 12s. 6d.

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net.) This book, by the wife of the well-known naturalist, contains a great deal of popular information about the China of to-day. We read of presidents, prime ministers,...

HISTORY OF ART. By Elie Faure. Translated from the French

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by Walter Pach. (John Lane. 25s. net.) The fourth and last volume of this valuable synthetic survey is now before us. It covers the period from Rubens to the Cubists. It...


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In formulating their plans for reorganizing their capital, the directors of the Dunlop Rubber Company have made use of a device which is frequently employed where it becomes \...