15 MAY 1959

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Portrait of the Week

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SUDDENLY, IT WAS SUMMER: Manchester was hotter than Madeira. At Bournemouth the choco- late wouldn't set, and on the roads the traffic couldn't move. Non-denominational...

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FRIDAY, MAY 15, 1959


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VEN those newspapers that favoured the Suez Uadventure, and still instinctively support the Government's galumphings around . the Middle East, feel obliged to reveal their...

Out of Print

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I r should hardly be necessary for the Spectator to declare an interest in the current printing dispute; but we may be permitted to define what that interest is. The matters at...

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The Derided

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m ogr of the bouquets which MPs on both sides of the House threw at each other during the third reading of the Mental Health Bill were deserved. The Minister of Health has...

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In That Strange Nightmare

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By a Correspondent GENEVA I T was the West who made the first concession at this conference; the Russians got their round table. And it was not all they managed to get. They...

New Hope in Kenya

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON M R. LENNOX-BOYD deserves praise for the friendly reception he gave the delegation of the Organisation of Constituency Elected Mem- bers of the Kenya...

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Westminster Commentary

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'Ruts hot weather is affecting my nerves. Figure to yourself : there I was the other day, sitting with a Member in the tea-room, idly sipping a cup of something that 1 presume...

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BRANDED IN THE PUBLIC imagination as the author of the

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Hoare-Laval pact (the details of which not one brander in twenty could tell you), Lord Templewood never had a chance to regain high office; yet his reputation stood higher at...

A Spectator's Notebook

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'IT IS IMPOSSIBLE,' according to the magistrate who investi- gated the brutalities in the Mau Mau detention camp, 'to determine beyond reasonable doubt which injuries on the...

`HISTORY,' the Sunday Times tells us, 'will record whether, on

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the ascent to the summit, Viscount Montgomery's personal mission to Moscow has been the decisive guidance of a pathfinder or the distracting riddle of a Yeti's spoor.' I have a...

MR. KNOX CUNNINGHAM suggests in our correspon- dence columns that

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'it would be hard to imagine the BBC broadcasting, at the time of the killing of a British serviceman's wife in Cyprus, a repeat programme in which one of the speakers praised...

A COMMON COMPLAINT, incidentally, against aboli- tionists—and one that has

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been extensively used as a result of the scenes at the hanging of Mar- wood--is that they reserve their pity for the murderer and his relatives, forgetting the victim. If this...

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NOT THAT THERE IS anything sacred about 'cream'; a few

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years ago some bumptious official who wanted to stop the manufacturer of a celebrated sherry from using the term, on the grounds that the liquid in the bottle did not contain...

'IF ONE RAISES the question of Berlin in a pub,'

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Peregrine Worsthorne tells the readers of the American Reporter in an article on 'Britain's lonely road towards the Summit,' almost without exception the reaction would be that...

DO NOT KNOW why the court case of the mushroomless

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mushroom soup should have attracted so much attention, while the case of the creamless ice-cream, which was being argued the same day in the Commons. attracted no atten- tion at...

Do and Aberdare

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By JAMES TUCKER iTIFIEY want to turn the whole place into another bloody Dagenham,' said the old man in the grey homburg and no collar. 'Tree-lined avenues and closes; grass...

A COUPLE OF CORRESPONDENTS tell me they were puzzled by

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my reference to 'paid-up' MAs last week: was there, they ask, some gibe intended? There was. Most MAs are won by examination; at Oxford and Cambridge they are simply pur-...

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Stars in their Courses

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By CYRIL RAY A MERE eight pages fatter than last' year, but by that amount a bigger bargain still at 22s. 6d,, the Guide Michelin for 1959 appeared at Easter—as always, ,the...

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The Road to Mumbles Pier

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W u left Paddington on the South Wales Pullman. There was an emergency stop at the Severn Tunnel Junction and just before the train started after a delay of twenty minutes I...

'br 6pertator

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MAY 17, 1834 THERE are about four hundred and fifty different trades carried on in London. The shoemakers are the most numerous class, and the tailors next; the former, above...

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contentment of people on a bridge playing were badly dressed in bright separates, and the Liberal was excellently and quite unsuitably dressed in whipcord trousers. Trade was...


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No Epitaph for Osborne B y ALAN BRIEN The assault was completely provoked—St. Sebastian Osborne issued the arrows personally, chalked , a bull's-eye on his chest, and let it be...

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Six-Minute Test By PETER - FORSTER THE first six minutes, it is often said, determine the viewing figure; if they can take that much, they will probably take the rest. In which...


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The Girls to Watch By CLIVE BARNES NOWADAYS Covent Garden rarely has the chance to'put its gala face towards the World, and the off-stage spectacle pre- sented for the Shah of...

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Mu si c

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Creative Accidents By DAVID CAIRNS The leader's rhythmic sense was sometimes weak, making him jump his rests and run away in fast 'scale passages. Both viola and cello were apt...


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You might be unable to buy the Spectator when you go on holiday, as newsagents do not carry surplus stock. To make sure of receiving your Spectator send us your holiday address...

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Local Colour By ISABEL QUIGLY Sapphire. (Leicester Square Theatre).—The Buccaneer. (Plaza.) LORD Losses tea parties for the servants in The Admirable Crichton are the nearest...

Consuming Interest

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Cost of Living ADRIAN • By LESLIE CAT food and dog biscuits are just two of the more surprising items included in the list of commodities priced to calculate the Index of...

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A Doctor's

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Journal Illness in Childhood By MILES HOWARD I SEE that the College of Physicians is to move to a new site in Regent's Park, just above Park Square East—and that will...

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ISRAEL AND THE ARABS SIR,—Mr. Connell says that Israel's desire

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is'`for peace and stability within her own borders.' But what do the Zionists consider these borders to be? Herd founded the movement. He wanted Palestine. There would be a...

SIR.—Mr. Hyde's exposure of the deliberate use of Prejudice and

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fear by the Ulster Unionists is all too t rue. Probably if anyone else had written the article I Would hasten to congratulate him. In the case of Mr. Hyde one only feels...

SIR,—If Mr. John Connell would read Commander Hutchinson's Violent Truce,

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published here by John Calder, he would find that Israel's 'stringently limited retaliatory action' involved such methods as the destruction of Arab houses with the families...

MENTAL HEALTH DETENTIONS SIR,-1 was glad to read Pharos's reference

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to the illegal detention of Miss Edith Haithwaite. I wonder if your readers realise that some 2,700 persons arc still detained in mental deficiency institutions under orders...

Ulster S. Knox Cunningham, MP, Samuel I. Watt Israel and

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the Arabs M. G. lonides, Daphne Slee And Now Nyasaland T. R. M. Creighton Mental Health Detentions Elizabeth A. Allen Strength Out of Weakness Christopher Hollis Talent and More...

AND NOW NYASALAND SIR,-1 am grateful to Mr. L. F.

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G. Anthony for drawing attention in your last issue to an error in my letter which you published on April 10. Of course the statement that 'agriculture [in Nyasaland] had not...

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TELLING THE WORLD SIR,—Mr. Norman Tiptaft, replying in your issue

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of April 24 to my criticism of his lecture tour of the United States, damns himself far more effectively than any strictures of mine could have done. I was annoyed not so much...

EASTER SIR,—With respect I can still see your correspondenf Mr.

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Lee as a purveyor of wool. He writes : 'There are no "historical facts" only impressions' and says, 'the argument seems to turn on the kind of impressions the writers of the...

STRENGTH OUT OF WEAKNESS SIR.—I will attempt to reply to

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Mr. Diemer's court- eous and pertinent letter. Because of the genetic risks to their own people and because of the disadvantage to them of destroying the economic resources of...


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SIR,—Pharos mistook my reference, as well as my initials. I called the law which the Wolfenden Cote* mittee sought to reform as stupid as it is barbarous• For so it is. This...

SIR,—In his review of Robert Lowell's new book of poems

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Life Studies in your issue of May 1, Mr. Kermode shows himself sadly blind to a new and exciting way of writing poetry. . He says that 'it seems On be slack tide with Mr....

PUBLIC INVESTMENT AND THE GPO Sus.,—Mr. Nicholas Davenport in his

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article on 'Public Investment' published on May 1 did a valuable service in pointing out how arbitrarily investment in the telephone system is being restricted. In replies to...

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The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell BY A. J . AYER B ERTRAND RUSSELL is not only the most brilliant philosopher of this century : he is also one of the most self-critical....

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Bad Business

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The Business of Criticism. By Helen Gardner. (0.U.P., I 5s.) THIS book consists of two sets of lectures. Although each set of three subsists independently of the other, together...

Who Live in Mexico

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MOST writers on Mexico concentrate on the conventional fresco of huge snow-capped vol- canoes and steep pyramids towering over a debased, miscegenous (yet vital) peasantry...

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Middle East to India

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The Campaigns of Wavell, 1939-1943. By Robert Woollcombe. (Cassell, 21s.) WA\ LLL was fortunate in that at the outset his opponents were Italians, and unfortunate in that...

Dead Souls

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Smolensk Under Soviet Rule. By Merle Fainsod. (Macmillan, '50s.) THE Smolensk Archive, a job lot of 200,000 pages from the records of a Soviet province, was re- moved by the...

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The Critical Writings G: James Joyce. Edited by Ellsworth Mason and Richard Ellmann. (Faber, 25s.) THIS is an impudent piece of book-making, which is instructive in only one...

Dying Gods

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MARIA BROWNE, Who, her publisher says, is verY young indeed, has chosen the Rome of Nero for her first novel and peopled it with young men and women recognisably taken straight...

Circus at Coppet

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Adolphe and The Red Note-book. By Benjamin Constant. With an Introduction by Harold Nicolson. (Hamish Hamilton, 15s.) THAT hussy,' that bitch,' that whore,' Napoleon said of...

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Alabama, Up We Come

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ON December I, 1955, a bus-driver in Mont- gomery. Alabama. tried to make Rosa Parks give up her place to a white man. She sat tight. And round this handsome, cheerful....

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The Hours After Midnight. By Joseph Hayes. (Andre Deutsch, 10s.

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6d.) Short, taut, fraught little number about a crazy, mixed-up kidnapping. Sentimentalised, in the folksy American way, but suspenseful: a slender half-guinea's worth, though.

Death Walks by the River. By Vicars Bell. (Faber, 13s.

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6d.) Coincidence plays too large a part in this otherwise pleasant, unexciting, agree- ably written tale of murder in an English village, with some pleasant cricket-match and...

Dead Storage. By George Bagby. (Boardman, 10s. 6d.) The body

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in the Greenwich village apart- ment was that of a man who had been systemati - cally tortured; one way of finding out who had done it was to deduce whether death had come...

Smiling Damned Villain. By Rupert Croft- Cooke. Till the Day

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I Die. By Robert Markel , (Seeker and Warburg, 18s. each.) Each the biography of a criminal. Mr. Croft-Cooke tells the story of Paul Lund, who earned his living by every kind of...

Venetian Blind. By William Haggard. (Cassell, 10s. 6d.) Senior civil

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service setting for compli- cated but bloodless thriller concerned with who's selling what secrets to whom. London and Venice backgrounds; dim hero; excruciatingly improb- able...

Symbols and Sensibility

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Epoch and Artist. By David Jones. (Faber, 25s.) PIETY, a proper reverence for the sources and nourishment of life, forms much of the basis of morality and religion. Almost...

It's a Crime The Sands of Windee. By Arthur Upfield:

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(Angus and Robertson, 15s.) Bony and the Mouse. By Arthur Upfield. (Heinemann, 13s. 6d.) Arthur Upfield had a long and successful middle period in which he captivated us with...

Two Studies in Crime. By Yseult Bridges (Hutchinson, 21s.) Courvoisier,

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the Swiss valet , stripped to the skin to avoid bloodstains when he murdered Lord William Russell in 1840. Yseult Bridges believes that William Herbert Wallace did the same to...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IT is astonishing that the fair- minded Lord Chandos should have allowed his Institute of Directors to promulgate the silly idea that a Labour Government...

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T HERE has been an all-round expansion in business transacted by the London and Man- chester for 1958. Total life income was £11 million higher at £12 million. The report...


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By CUSTOS • AVOURABLE news-the very confident speech r of the Chancellor at the American Bankers' Association, the Conservative victories in the local elections and the...

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ACROSS 1 It looks as it' Alice is both athlete and scholar! (4-4) 5 The fans in pursuit or the Inter- national player? (3-3) 9 Ecclesiastical spouter (8) 10 But such a labourer...


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ACROSS. - -I Snappy. 4 Ambushed. 10 Indulge, II Challis. 12 Tardigrade. 13 Very. 15 Lean-los. 17 Nemesia. 19 Arrival, 21 Arouses. 23 Alga. 24 Spare parts, 27 Outcast. 28...