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p ARLIAMENT being in recess, we will be spared the spectacle of Mr. Butler evading responsi- bility for the prosecutions of Lord Russell and some of his fellow-members of the...

—Portrait of the Week— MR. KHRUSEICHEV REJECTED, as 'a propaganda

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Move' the Anglo-American proposal for the suspension of atmospheric tests and the Soviet Union conducted the fifth, sixth and seventh of the series of nuclear tests that were...

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No. 6951 Established FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1828 1961

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Race or Colour

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O . a later page Constance Lever describes her experiences in Monroe, North Carolina, where she found herself the centre of world-wide publicity as a result of being involved in...

The Other Tyranny

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SARAH GAINHANI writes from Bonn I T is not unusual for election campaigns to change their character at a distinct point of their course. The interest of the voters suddenly...

Sound Sense

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0 NE of the strongest arguments for the breaking of the BBC's monopoly of sound broadcasting is the fact that the BBC has only recently begun to grapple seriously with the...

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Assassin's Gifts

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From DARSIE GILL1E PARIS T HE unsuccessful attempt to murder President ,de Gaulle as his car raced through the night at seventy miles an hour to his country home at...

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Next Week

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Autumn Books reviews by Lord Altrincharn, Ronald Bryden, Robert Conquest, Glyn Daniel, Constantine Fitzgibbon, Anthony Hartley, Robert Kee, Olivia Manning, David Magarshack and...

New Good Years

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From JOHN HARRIS A BOUT the only thing that is certain following AA . the results of the Norwegian general election on Monday is that the Labour Party will continue to be the...

A Matter of Personalities

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By JOHN COLE B ILLY 5MART'S circus moved out of Ports- mouth as the delegates to the Trades Union Congress moved in. The Portsmouth Corpora- tion could not, without offending...

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The Legal Barbarians

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By LUDOV1C KENNEDY ‘ rr 9 1-1E history of English criminal law,' writes I Arthur Koestler, 'is a wonderland filled with the braying of learned asses.' This suggestion may come...

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Jam Tomorrow

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON .n UR achievements so far . . . are acknow- ledged to be remarkable by all those with knowledge of our affairs.' The confident assertion made by the High...

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Bar Sinister

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Monroe Doctrine By CONSTANCE LEVER MR visiting relatives in California, while on holiday in America, I came to stay for a ..eek in Monroe, a small town in North Carolina,...

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Camera-eye View

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By BRIAN INGLIS L Ess than a year ago the itinerary had been similar—and also the objective: to sec how the two Italics, North and South, were being fused into a nation. But...

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Sin,--Brenda Leys's report of September 1 is of great interest

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to midwives, almoners, doctors and students who make up the usual team in an obstetrical hospital with responsibility for the care of mothers and babies. In deciding to take...

feel that the girl whose unfortunate ex- perience Mrs. Leys

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writes of in your issue last week must be an isolated case. For nearly five years I have been privileged to do voluntary work in a Moral Welfare and Adoption Society and can...

Unmarried Mothers Miss P. M. Chasse, H. C. McLaren, F.

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Russell Rymer, Vera E. Finch Belgrade D. Cekerevac The Centurions Correlli Barnett Wet Fish John Arden Divine Differentials Rev. Michael Malsom, OGS, Rev. Edward A. Armstrong...


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Sta,—Your correspondent's report from Belgrade was interesting. To me, a young Yugoslav who re- cently chose freedom, it illustrated quite well the Western way of thinking on...

SIR,—Is it really so 'un-Christian' to accept the consequences of

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one's actions, and thereafter to do one's best to compensate the only really innocent party? Brenda Leys's contempt should be reserved for a society which makes it so...

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SIR,—Miss Lloyd-Baker would, it seems, have accompanied the Wise Men to Jerusalem but not to Bethlehem to seek the Son of God where he could not appear 'before the world' as a...


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SIR,—I was greatly amused at Cyril Ray's (a hedon - ist, if there ever was one!) cri-de-mur 'What on earth is the matter with British-made luggage?' What on earth is the matter...

SIR, —In reply to Miss Lloyd-Baker's argument that it is not

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'reasonable to expect Churchmen of learning, intelligence and personality to assume office in the Church' unless they can aspire to the 'material re- wards' of a bishopric, may...

THE BELOVED LAND SIR,—Professor Dedijer has asked me to point

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oot that he is not an exile from Yugoslavia as Desmond Fennell chose to describe him when reviewing TO Beloved Land. He is in this country with a Yugoslav passport which has...


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SIR,—Your television critic, Mr. Forster, last week was kind enough to give a review of my play Wet Fish in which he commented that Miss Stott was wasted in an inadequate art....


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S1R,—Ronald Bryden's preference for Vernon Scannell's novel The Face of the Enemy over The Centurions by Jean Larteguy is interesting as an illustration of the narrow range of...


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am perturbed by the diatribe against the English pub, quoted on September 1 by your 1C viewer, and angered by his equation of this institu - tion with : 'avoidable squalor,...


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SIR,—If, as I maintain, the figures given about Badajoz and Malaga by Senor Suarez were wildly exaggerated, he cannot justify himself afterwards by saying that the actual...

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_Television and Radio

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Silver-Plated Anniversary By PETER FORSTER SOME Sundays ago, the BBC record programme, Family Favourites, fea- tured a song called 'My radio and walks slowly to and fro. . . ....

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The Family Way By BAMBER GASCOIGNE 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. (Mermaid.)—The Fan- tastieks. (Apollo.) A FRIEND of mine took a taxi to a production of (1(;\ 'Tis Pity She's a...

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Fraternity By ISABEL QU1GLY Rocco and his Brothers. (Cameo-Poly a n d Cameo-Royal.) UNLIKE most foreign films, which come slink- ing in for a specialised public, Visconti's...

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Advice to the Lovelorn By CLIVE BARNES The company is faced with two major diffi- culties. It is a commercial venture and conse- quently has to appeal to a wider audience than...

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The Last Frontier BY DAVID REES N OT only did the Hanoverians defeat Charles Edward Stuart on that fatal field of Culloden, but the Whig historians ever since have trounced the...

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Eastern Adenauer

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SHIGERLI YOSHIDA was Prime Minister of Japan for seven years between 1946 and 1955, and so bore the greatest burden of government respon- sibility during a time of occupation,...

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Montesquieu. A Critical Biography. By Robert Shackleton (0.U,P„ 45s.) MONTESQUIEU. Every historian knows two or three facts about Montesquieu, perhaps one in a hundred has...

Radical Twilight

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English Radicalism: The End? By S. Maccoby. (Allen and Unwin, 70s.) Tins is the sixth volume of a long history of Radicalism by Dr. Maccoby, whose first volume begins in 1762....

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The Living Screen. By Roger Manvell. (HarraP, 15s.)

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WE now have movie-fan type reviews of literture (Books and Bookmen) and literary magazines about the cinema (Sight and Sound), and in Fellini's / Vitelloni we had, for the first...

The Pure Self

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MISS MACKAY observes in her introduction that 'no poet offers a finer subject for critical research than Paul Valdry.' A glance at her bibliography shows that it is only too...

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The Ordeal of Mrs. Snow. By Patrick Quentin. (Gollancz, 16s.)

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A dozen very slick, very com- petent, machine-made magazine stories of mur- der, detection and suspense, every one readable, not one memorable.

The Cross-Roads. By John D. Macdonald. (Hale, 10s. 6d.) At

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the cross-roads of two great American motorways is a commercial complex of motel, restaurants, shopping centre and filling station; of the royal family which rules this united...

It's a Crime

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The Grave of Heroes. By James Cross. (Heine- mann, 18s.) Long, efficient political thriller, set in Paris, with a Left-wing Spanish refugee writing the book that will blow the...

Faces of Violence

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Family Jewels. By Petru Dumitriu. Translated by Edward Hyams. (Collins, 21s.) IT is scarcely possible in the space available to do justice to the scope and quality of Domnul...

A Tapping on the Wall. By Helen Hull. (Collins, I2s.

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6d.) Three deaths—and yet this is a quiet and unviolent novel about neuroses in the English faculty at a university in the eastern United States, where a professor falls in...

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Killing Cousins, By Fletcher Flora. (Cape, 12s. 6d.) Cheerfully heartless

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frolic, in the idiom of A Slight Case of Murder or, as it might be, The Wrong Box in Kansas City, in which a cuddlesome featherpate kills her old man quite, quite dead, and...

Vienna Strains

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT First, let me explain the immediate technical problem. The IMF strained itself last month by rescuing the £. It allowed the UK to draw $1,500 million in...

Shake This Town. By Robert V. Williams. (Hart-Davis, 18s.) Good,

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long documentary read about a dingy, run-down textile town— a sort of corrupt New Jersey Jarrow of the 1950s —in which a thick-eared ltalo-American ex- gaolbird ex-pug tries to...

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Company Notes

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clOZENS & Sutcliffe (Holdings) Ltd. has an- nounced record profits for the year ended June 30, 1961, but the chairman, Mr. H. V. Cozens, is a little disappointed, because at the...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T IIE slide in equities goes on and the constant stream of new issues is as powerful a deter- rent to bullishness as Mr. Khrushchev Of the latest I would pick the...

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Thought for Food

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Cheeseboards By RAYMOND POSTG ATE Since those days, the Danes have become more meticulous in their nomenclature (though a tin called 'Danish Petit Camembert' is a pretty poor...

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Consuming Interest

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Earthy and Airy By LESLIE ADRIAN FUNGI have had a bad press ever since the Emperor Claudius succumbed to a poisonous mushroom, and in this country it is almost an article of...

Postscript . .

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When I joined the Manchester Guardian, a quarter of a century or so ago, the circulation must have been round about 50,000, perhaps nearer 100,000 on Saturdays. So it has put on...