14 JUNE 1957

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T 11E expulsion of the Egyptian . military attaché from Amman and of the Jordanian ambassador from Cairo will inevitably add still more venom to the hostil- ity now existing...


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'Trojans' Intelligence

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. • . the performance is immensely impressive. Observer, June 9. THURSDAY'S performance as a whole was inadequate, in some cases painfully so.—Sunday Times, June 9. .SIR...

Canadian Surprise

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T HE Conservative victory in the Canadian elec- tions against the predictions of all the prophets may serve as a memento mori for all igovernments which have been in power for...


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By DARSIE GILLIE A FRENCH cabinet crisis does not mean that life suddenly becomes nasty, brutish and short. The postman still de- livers the letters; the gen- darme still warns...

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Westminster Commentary JUNE 6, 1957: Mr. Lipton asked the Secretary

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of State for the Home Department in what circumstances he auth- orised the police to supply the Bar Council, in connec- tion with a disciplinary matter affecting a barris- ter,...


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of the Week THE Whitsun holiday has passed without any great excitement, and in sheets of rain; for which, since a mere While the earnest were making note of these dreary items,...

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The Public Interest

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'The lion. Gentleman can be assured that the Secretary of State of the day only acts in this way when he realises that the public interest necessitates such action.'—Mr. R. A....

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HILAIRE BELLOC described Oxford as 'Malarial spot which people call

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medeeval (though it's not)? The truth of this is shown all too plainly by Oxford's appeal this week for £1,750,000 to save its buildings. The medioeval parts of Oxford are in...


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The Tablet, in a recent article, has been con- gratulating

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itself on immense progress in the tone and temper of contemporary Roman Catholic apologetic, and suggests that 'an Anglican who is on the look-out for something at which to take...

OVER THE WEEKEND I was hearing a couple of the

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latest Warsaw political jokes. The first tells of a conversation between Gomulka and Car- dinal Wyszinski before the latter's departure for Rome. The Secretary-General of the...

TIM EXTRAORDINARY action of the Home Office in handing over

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the transcript of a tapped telephone call has excited so much interest that the squalid role the Bar Council has played in the affair has been virtually ignored. However the...

A Spectator's Notebook I CANNOT help thinking that Sir John

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Harding was unwise to issue his statement about the allegations of brutality which have been made against British forces in Cyprus. Last week the Colonial Under- Secretary said...

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Development by Interdiction

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By HENRY KERBY, MP S IIAREHOLDERS have ousted financial directors for lesser follies than those committed against the Colonial Development Corporation by the Colonial Office....

Secondary Modern

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By COLM BROGAN M ISS SO-AND-SO is WO good for us.' Such was the uninhibited verdict passed on a woman teacher of unusual culture and qualifica- tions by a secondary modern class...

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Hungary, Horthy and Hitler

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By HUGH SETON-WATSON H uNGARy enjoyed great popularity in this country in 1848-49 and again in 1956. Between these dates, and especially during and between the world wars, her...

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Hancock's England

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Hygienic Treatment By ROBERT HANCOC . K ISS FLORENCE HURRY has not yet appeared as a challenger on the BBC's busty, banal and bad-tempered TV show What's My Line? Miss Hurry,...

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Mars Gratia Artis

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By STRIX vim!' I barked. 'Bring up the space-gun! The Earthmen are attacking!' - The smallest Martian staggered forward to the rim of the chalk-pit, bearing the Jules Verne-like...

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Consuming Interest

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By LESLIE ADRIAN D OES travel—I was asked recently—count as a consumer interest? Of course : it is a con- sumer service and one in which most of us have an interest, often a...

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SIR,—Even at the risk of being associated with Mr. T.

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0. Lloyd, I confess myself a Betjemanist in most things; but I think he is wrong over the Albert Bridge. It is to be replaced simply because it is inadequate for the task it...

Sta,—It is a frightening attitude of mind that, believ- ing

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it has the only esthetic vision, would scorn the average pleasures of the average man, cry down efficiency, brake expedition, curse convenience and in abhorrence of material...

S1R,—As an Anglican I was thrilled by Dr. Charles L.

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Warr's manner and approach to this subject. If Anglicans and Presbyterians are willing in all humility to learn from each other much-needed skills of the Ancient Church may be...

FOOD AND DRINK SIR,—Would it not be reasonable to ask

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all manu- facturers of food and drink put in bottles, tins and jars to put on the date?—Yours faithfully, MARY E. STUART 19 Lynedoch Place, Edinburgh

Letters to the Editor

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Gin and Tonic F. A. Chortler Food and Drink Mary E. Stuart, H. Tudor Edmunds Towards Reunion Rev. Victor H. Beaton Beljemanien John Allan May, B. A. Young, Bernard B. Sykes...

SIR,—It is refreshing to read Mr. Cyril Ray's letter on

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the need for penetrating the secrets of the wide- spread adulteration of our food. Would you also add to the list of mysteries why milk vendors are allowed to sell for human...

SIR, —After being labelled 'a fathead' with `no esthetic vision,' may !

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make three points? Admittedly, the modern motor vehicle and modern roads are expressions of the `faster, faster' philosophy. They naturally frighten people who suffer from...

99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1

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SIR,—To Mr. Scroggie, to the shades of Alcock and Brown

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et al., and to all the others who wrote, with good-natured glee, to point it out, I owe a rueful apology for dozing heavily during The Spirit of St. Louis. I should, of course,...


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SIR.—Mr. Leslie Adrian presumes that Glyndebourne gives little thought to the catering provided for its audiences. The reverse is the case. The system whereby a member of the...


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SIR, —Hugh Ross Williamson quotes from the encyclical Mystici Corporis. To make the matter clear, would he also enlighten us whether this docu- ment is an 'infallible'...


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SIR, --In the otherwise excellent and comprehensive Ulster issue of May 3 there was one omission : no mention was made of the Arts in Ulster. Cynics will remark that this is...

SIR.—If Leslie Adrian likes Glyndebourne, its operas and its opera-house.

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but dislikes Mr. Christie's cater- ing arrangements, his prices and perhaps also his nasty bare brick dining-rooms, then the remedy is in his own hands. Let him picnic. He can...


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SIR, —Mr. John Betjernan, in your issue of June 7, rightly points out that some officials engaged in local government in 1957 try to hide blunders under the cloak of secrecy....

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A Young Man's Work

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LEtImmtuca:'s Kneeling Woman' is one of the most familiar anthology- pieces of twentieth-century sculp- ture, and many, must have wondered how this distinct, precious, elusive...

Soaked In Seaweed

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Free Air is Obviously calculated to appeal to the same audience as was enraptured by Salad Days and 1 dare say it is a calculation which will add up very nicely. The tunes are...

Contemporary Arts

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Unfair to Molehills BOTH television systems are accus- tomed to make a little go a long way by stretching their whiter hopes on the rack of a Series, often with iaafrcA...

Tio Opettator

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JUNE 16, 1832 A TORY PAPER lately stated, that Cook the murderer was a leading character of the Council of the Leicester Union. The Union have denied the allegation, with great...

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Behind the Veil

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. (Carlton.)—The Admirable Crichton. (Odeon, Leicester Square.) NUNS, like juvenile delin- quents or any other specialised and mysterious sections of...

Ilium Falling

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PRIMED with Ernest Newman, Turner, Barzun et alia, though not perhaps with much first-hand know- s- ledge of the score itself, London's musical intelligentsia flocked to Covent...

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The Critic's Eye By TOM HOPKINSON E NTHUSIASM is the first requirement for an author Who is to write freshly on a familiar subject. Frank O'Connor* declares his enthusiasm at...

War Memoirs

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While lapdogs cock their dandy legs And old men mumble as they snooze, The dust pulls out from underfoot And heat lies thick like layers of ooze. A lumpish child With a...

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At Mrs. Taylor's

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Angel. By Elizabeth Taylor. (Peter Davies, 15s.) THOSE readers who have enjoyed and admired the work of Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor ever since At Mrs. Li ppincote's was published in...

Sensitive Register

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Tins book is wrapped in one of the largest pub- lisher's blurbs I have ever seen, filling with small, close print two deep flaps and the whole back cover. The front cover is...

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A New Major Poet ?

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The Sinai Sort. By Norman MacCaig. (The Hogarth Press, 12s. 6d.) EVEN if 'bliss' is perhaps an exaggeration of what it was in that dawn to be alive, anyone who grew up in the...

Securing the Seas

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'WHAT matters this or that reason?' asked a self- made Duke in 1662. 'What we want is more of the trade the Dutch now have.' He spoke for many. Historians and economists of...

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Marching on Moscow

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'Rutz One of War,' FM Montgomery is apt to s ay, 'Don't march on Moscow.' The author of t his book, as is fitting for an ex-Staff College in structor, agrees with him. His...

Short Stories

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Adam, One Afternoon, and Other Stories. By Halo Calvino. (Collins, 13s. 6d.) Journeys We Shall Never Make. By Monica Stirling. (Gollancz, 13s. 6d.) ALDOUS HUXLEY'S short stories...

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New Novels

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On the Beach. By Nevil Shute. (Heinemann, 15s.) Tongues of Angels. By Sylva Norman. (Seeker and Warburg, I 8s.) ' The Girl in Front of Cook's. By Reese Wolfe. (Constable, 12s....

Three Dutchmen

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Rembrandt and Spinoza. By W. R. Valentiner. (Phaidon, 21s.) JUST outside Amsterdam there lives an old, well- known and respected Dutch painter. He has worked hard throughout...

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Country Life

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By IAN NIALL Ir is a harmless fancy that the note of a bird at a particular time expresses an emotion akin to one's own, but if this is not literally true, many people have...

A SHEPHERD'S JOB Casualties in flocks of sheep grazing the

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wild, rough uplands arc often heavy in spells of hot weather, when the maggot thrives and water holes dry up into platters of mud and slime. Such conditions also make the...

It'r a Crime

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Alien Virus. By Alan Caillou. (Peter Davies, 13s. 6d.) • Brisk and pleasing foreign-affairs adven- ture story, set in the Cairo of between Neguib and Nasser. The hot and...

The Midnight Plumber. By Maurice Procter. (Hutchinson, 10s. 6d.) Low

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life in Manchester, which would be even more convincing that it is if the city hadn't become `Granchesteri' its Mid- land Hotel 'the Northland,' and Strangeways Jail `Farways.'...

SwoJ PEns The requirements of sweet peas are mainly a

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sunny situation. and ample supplies of organic food. A generous .mulching at this time of year is essential to encourage growth and blossom. When the soil is very dry a liberal...

think, one crook—Raffles—and one private detec- tive—Roger Sheringham—have had rooms

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in Albany. Here, surely, is the first Scotland-Yard detective-inspector to live there (private means augment his pay packet), whence he emerges into the middle of this...

The Barbarous Coast. By John Ross Mac- donald. (Cassell, 1

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Is. 6d.) Mr. Macdonald makes the same sort of clean-cut dive as Raymond Chandler used to into the rich but murky Californian underworld, where a millionaire can buy a murder as...


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A pair of blackbirds have just come to grief here , for the third time in their efforts to raise a family. The trees they frequent are pollarded, over-pruned and hardly safe,...

Literary Jumble Sale

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WITH its present number, Bottegbe Oscure (edited by Marguerite Caetani; Hamish Hamilton, 15s.), which was founded in Rome just after the war, celebrates its tenth anniversary....

Harm Intended. By Richard Parker. (Seeker and Warburg, 15s.) Here,

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too, is life as people might reasonably be imagined as living it— buoyed up by the pools and cast down by the eleven-plus. A man in a modest . way wins a packet, and a couple...

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Speaking from the Chair

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THE SHAPE OF THE FUTURE O 17 all the difficult 'questions which lie ahead for building societies, none can compare in importance with that created by inflation; but the...

SOLUTION TO ,CROSSWORD No. 942 ACROSS.-1 Podsnap. 5 Long ago.

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9 Corelli. 10 Ductile. 11 Stepmother. 12 Seth. 13 Ski. 14 Over mantels. 17 Engagements. 19 Ely. 20 Hide. 22 Anchor- ites. 26 Replied. 27 Papaver. 28 Sisters. 29 Steps up....

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By CUSTOS • RETURNING to the Stock Exchange on Tuesday brokers found several • surprises awaiting them. Dollar shares had suffered from a short, sharp attack of stomach...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IT seems likely that the bull market in equity shares will make no further 4 / 4 . headway until the bear market in Government stocks has been brought to...

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By PHILIDOR No. 106. G. GUIDELL1 (1st Prize, Good Companions, 1916) BLACK (13 men) WHITE (13 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to last...

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Sea Wolf intelligence

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THE name of Coup de Jour had been painted over the old name. (Yorkshire Post.) THE name on the cruiser was Zudemur. (Manchester Guardian.)—Speetator. May 24. We have not...


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ACROSS 1 Heavenly; with the addition of sulphur good for the complexion (7). 5 The fellow's flourishing at Mr. Knightloy's residence (7). 9 Second half of instruction to the...

Erudition in the Nursery

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Scintillate, scintillate, globule vivific; How can I fathom thy nature specific, Loftily poised in the ether capacious, Strongly resembling a gem carbopaceous? • The usual...