16 JUNE 1950

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Bonn to Strasbourg

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Dr. Adenauer had less difficulty in persuading the Bundestag to accept the invitation to join the Council of Europe than at one time seemed likely. For this he has to thank the...

Illega 1 Immigration

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Ever since the fighting in Palestine stopped there has been a steady trickle of Arab refugees crossing the frontier between Jordan and Israel in the endeavour to return to their...


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T HE Repi.rt of the Committee of Public Accounts which appeared on Monday should have put on end to one phase in the groundnuts tragedy—the phase of continuous inquest on past...

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Point Four

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When President Truman, in his inaugural address of January, 1949, first announced his forthcoming programme of technical assistance to under-developed areas—the now famous Point...

Was Derationing Delayed ?

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The question whether the Government could have derationed petrol earlier was not germane to the debate on the increased petrol tax on Wednesday, but it is fair to the Government...

How to Lower the Petrol Tax

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There were moments during Wednesday's marathon debate on the petrol clause in the Finance Bill when individual members came near to finding the right way to ensure a reduction...

More Building Concessions

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Persons who wish to enlarge their houses by about 10 per cent., or to convert up to three adjoining houses laterally into flats, or to carry on their own small business at home...

White Over Black

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While the South African House of Assembly was passing Dr. Malan's apartheid, or Group Areas, Bill on Tuesday, the new High Commissioner for South Africa in London, Dr. Geyer,...

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The Builders Charge Ahead

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The most natural reaction to last week's unofficial report that the executive of the National Federation of Building Trades Operatives intended to propose the nationalisation of...

Honest Herbert

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There is a special type of oratory employed by Mr. Herbert Morrison which is difficult to pin down in that its purpose is both to conceal and reveal thought. Nobody could...


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T HERE was a time when Parliament, after a recess, modus lated gradually into full activity, but in these days—certainly since the fury of legislation in the last Parliament—it...

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P t A M R. ATTLEE was at pains on Tuesday to explain that the booklet entitled European Unity," a statement by the National Executive Committee of the British Labour Party," of...

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Lady Margaret's (not Lady Maggie's) achievements in the May Races

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must constitute almost a record in that historic fixture. I doubt whether any college boat club ever had nine boats in the races before—for Trinity, which is the only larger...

The expulsion of British journalists by totalitarian countries is now

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a familiar occurrence. Expulsion or request for withdrawal by American authorities is more unusual. But General MacArthur is not a normal American authority, and he apparently...

The decision of the Commander-in-Chief B.A.O.R. that the death sentence

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on Private Gordon Linsell, of the 1st Black Watch, who shot a German policeman while on sentry duty, will not, even if confirmed, be carried out will be received with general...


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T HE dispute between the London Society of Compositors and the London Master Printers' Association does not concern the Spectator directly, but indirectly it touches it very...

Stephen Gwynn, who died at 86 last Sunday, summed up

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his own career rather suggestively in three lines of his entry in Who's Who. "Came to London, 1906," he wrote, " and commenced author, definitively as journalist,...

Devon, ' All Saints,' Axminster.—Modern Bungalow with 2 acres in

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ring fence ; main electric light and water ; ideal position food allocation 10 tons per month. Auction at Axminster —The Times."

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Groundnuts Again

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By SIR WILLIAM GAVIN• T HE GROUNDNUT AFFAIR is the title of Mr. Alan Wood's eagerly-awaited book (John Lane, 12s. 6d.), and it is a sadly appropriate one. What must be a...

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Nationalisation : III

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ByOSCAR R. HOBSON I N two preceding articles I have discussed what seem to me the main defects of the nationalised industries as they are at present organised, namely,...

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Tennyson's Elegy

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By CANON ADAM FOX* L AST week's "Hundred Years Ago " quotation from the Spectator of June, 1850, is an opportune reminder of the But the centenary of a great event is always...

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A Theatre Morning

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By J. P. W. MALLALIEU, M.P. T HE other morning I went to the theatre. Leaving the June glare of the Strand, I passed through the cool vestibule of the Adelphi and sat alone in...

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Welsh and Chips By E. F WILLIAMS (Girton College, Cambridge) T HE café was not slick nor was it " class " like the place opposite ; it did not sell ice-cream, but it had the...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I SHOULD imagine that all human beings, once they have celebrated their jubilee, ruminate sometimes on what they would do with their life if they could have...

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, 4 A Woman o' Distinction." (Odeen.)---g , Father of the Bride." (Empire.)---a Night and the City." (Gaumont and Marble Arch Pavilion.) I HAVE led a very sheltered life it is...


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THEATRE " THOSE seagulls, or tits, or whatever they were," said the horribly young man when it was all over, " didn't you find them a bit distracting ? " The swallows which he...


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IT is a curiosity of history that the two great ring-stories, Wagner's and Browning's, were given to the world within a few years of each other. The Ring and the Book appeared...

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The Maggio Musicale."

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Florence. IT was not until last February that the Comune of Florence knew definitely that the State would, as usual, provide half the financial backing for the Maggio Musicale,...


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"Le Lac des Cygnes." (Covent Garden.) Tuts week critics were invited to see Beryl Grey in , the dual role of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, an invitation which had been deferred...


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THE most rtfreshing exhibition to be seen in London is that at Messrs. Roland, Browse and Delbanco's gallery, in aid of the Artists' General Benevolent Institution. Bonnard, in...

THE Observer has organised an exhibition of portraits of children,

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which will be on view at the R.W.S. Galleries, Conduit Street, until June 22nd, and has made a very good job of it. Nearly all the two hundred works are contemporary, for the...

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Set by Gerard Fay Mr. T. S. Eliot has explained the form of The Cocktail Party in these words : " I want people to be able to forget that they are listening to a poetic play. A...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 22 Report by Strix A prize of

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IS was offered for a letter (of not more than 200 words) offering guidance in his choice of a new career to your erstwhile Regional Petroleum Officer. The British, I was...

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The Derbyshire Hostel

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SIR,—The Derbyshire Education Committee's decision to establish, as part of their provision for the service of . youth, a centre for open country pursuits, has been criticised...

Three Million Roman Catholics?

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SIR,—It Is always difficult to assess the value of religious statistics, even when their precise character is known. The Church of England publishes its Easter communion totals...


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Kenya and Dr. Malan- S(R,—Your special correspondent in his article, Round the Bend in Kenya, published in the Spectator of May 26th, makes the following statement: " Kenya...

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The Progress of Archaeology

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SIR,—In his review of my Hundred Years of Archaeology, Professor Hawkes complains that I,am unfair to some of my contemporaries ; he himself errs on the other side in his...

SIR,—My great-great-grandfather often saw and conversed with Charlotte Addison when

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she and her cousin and companion, Miss Sill, stayed at Crosby Ravensworth in Westmorland, the birthplace of her grandfather, the Dean of Lichfielk -- She was not an idiot, as...

"Vie *pecta:or," 3unt 150, 1850

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The Commemoration at Oxford occupies less space in the columns of the Metropolitan journals than usual. A brief half- column is given to the spectacle of the principal day,...

The Atomic Secret SIR,—In your issue of May 19th you

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state that Messrs. Bevin, Acheson and Schuman at the London Conference underlined the need for a closer co-ordination of joint resources, both economic and military. But you...

The Groundnut Catastrophe_ SIR, —In my letter published in the Spectator

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of May 28th, 1948, I estimated the cost of the groundnut scheme at £100-150 million, and the length of time necessary to carry out the scheme as at least some- thing between ten...

Addison's Daughter

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Sta,—The D.N.B. is right, and those who would have it that . Addison's only daughter died a lunatic before puberty do • her memory scant justice. When Addison sought retirement...

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Miss Virginia Graham

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SIR,—Although it is but rarely that I am tempted to visit a cinema, I feel it is only Miss Graham's due to record the pleasure derived from her felicitously worded film...

Matchless Trees

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On the subject of trees the Forestry Commission have just decided td put the poplars on the-map. .They have offered quite substantial bribei for the planting of this tribe in...

In the Garden

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I once ventured to claim that the finest of all flowering shrubs wad such an unpruned rose as Zephyrine Drouhin. Today one bush of mine has well over 300 flowers. A writer in...

Dean Inge and the League - SIR,—Janus is not quite

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correct in his recollection of what Dean Inge said at Geneva. (The sermon was preached on the occasion of the Ninth Assembly of the League of Nations, and the text was James...

Postage on this issue: Inland and Overseas lid.; Canada (Canadian

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Magazine Post) Id

The Science of Birds

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That most highly skilled and affectionate observer of birds, E. W. Hendy, concludes an otherwise most charming and characteristic book (More About Birds, Eyre and Spottiswoode,...

Centenarian Subscribers

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Snt,—The other day I had a letter from Mrs.-Hazell, of Leyton, who is now in her 104th year, sending me the contents of her missionary box, and telling me that she has supported...


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A THING one always means to do but never does—such is my experience-1 is to test popular weather prophecies. Now this year, as everyone ha noticed, the ash was very late and the...

Russian Exploits

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SIR, —When my eye caught sight of the last item in A Spectator's Notebook in your issue of June 2nd, I could hardly think it had been written by my old friend Janus. It is not...

John Innes

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A beautiful country house, in a setting of singularly beautiful trees, has just been opened as the home of the John Innes Horticultural Institution. The name is familiar to most...

Meals on Trains

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SM.—Apropos of Janus's remarks about the post of meals' on British Railways, it may not be irrelevant to state that, in Ireland, where the cost of living is higher, lunch on the...

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HERE is almost a generation between Dr. C. M. Bowra, the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, and John Heath-Stubbs, a writer in his early thirties with three or four books of highly...

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Reviews of the Week

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The Ambassador Admiral I Was There. By Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy. With a foreword by President Truman. (Gollancz. zss.) b I'RE sub-title describes this book admirably ;...

Writer and Steel-Worker

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PETER DONNELLY is a steel-worker who writes extremely well. His life—a childhood on a farm in Ireland, seven years at a college. then various odd, jobs ending up in the...

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An Unstable World

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THE title of Mr. Taylor's new book might have led us to hope for a coherent study of the last century and a half as judged by him. While he claims the coherence of the rather...

Burckhardt and Rubens

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Recollections or' Rubens. By Jacob Burckhardt. Edited by H. Gerson, The Hague, translated by Mary Hottinger. (Phaidon Press. los. 6d.) IN some dark recess of my library I...

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Buckinghamshire. . – "By E. S. Roscoe. Revised by R. L. P. Jowitt and E. Clive Rouse. ' Cornwall. By Arthur L. Salmon, Revised by H. Ronald Hicks. Derbyshire. By Thomas L....

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for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after_ noon on Tuesday week, Tune 27th. Envelopes must be...

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Introduction to Farming Both Sides of the Road. By S.

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Rogerson and C. Tunnicliffe. (Collins. 21s.) THE end of petrol-rationing may make this book something of a public danger, for it is likely to turn all its readers into either...


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OH, the gloom of M. Mauriac, the unyielding preoccupation with sin and death, the pious devotion to an ideal of unhappiness ! In reading him one shudders to think for a moment...

Mervyn Peake's* Poetry

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The Glassblowers. By Mervyn Peake. (Eyre" and Spottiswoode. 7s. 6d.) DESCRIBING the advent of -a poet, Emerson said: " I had fancied that the oracles were all silent, and...

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Switzerland. By John Russell. (Batsford. Iss.) SWITZERLAND has been amply described, depicted and celebrated in recent years, ani Mr. Russell's explanation of his decision to...

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By CUSTOS Jr is already clear that, whether or not a major upward movement in Stock Exchange prices has set in, it is going to be both slow and discriminative. After the first...