16 OCTOBER 1953

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JENNY NICHOLSON: Trieste: October 1953 FRANCIS BOYD: Confident Conservatives RICHARD

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HUGHES: Mr. Forster's Quandary JACQUETTA HAWKES : Patchwork J. P. W. MALLALIEU: Autumn at Queen's Club

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No. 6 5 3 8 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1953 PRICE 7d.

Soviet Security

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In one crucial respect Mr. Dulles comes to London with views far closer to those of the British Government than those which he held when Lord Salisbury went to Washington....


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F —also helped to push the question into the realm of bombast and intransigence. The Soviet Government, while rushing in to underline all the difficulties and dangers of the...

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Oily Waters

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The recent repokt of the deposition of the Sheikh of Kuweit raised yet another ripple on the oily surface of the Persian Gulf. The report was swiftly denied, and it appeirs,...

Operation Candour Called Off

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When President Eisenhower said last week that " The Soviets now have the capability of atomic attack on us, and such capability will increase with the passage of time," he did...

Sitting on Rhee

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The temperature in Korea has for the moment been lowered a little. President Eisenhower and Mr. Dulles have stirred themselves to mollify India in its thankless task as chairman...

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RIGHT ACTION IN BRITISH GUIANA T HE largest section of intelligent

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British opinion is still ineradicably, and even involuntarily, liberal. It is liberal in its belief that people left to the free expression of their general will on the whole...

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The Scapegoats

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When the young behave in an unusually objectionable way, society has got, firmly into the habit of putting part of the blame for their lapses on the trashy literature and the...

Stooping to Carrion

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On about the last day of the stalking season one of my brothers shot a stag which dropped dead and rolled twenty yards downhill. As it came to rest a golden eagle swooped down...

At the end of the third drive last Saturday morning

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a butler was seen advancing, like a subfusc symbol of doom, through a field of knee-high lucerne towards the guns. The face of the Yugoslav Ambassador, who was standing next to...


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Last week I said that the Governor of Jamaica was officially styled " Governor and Commander-in-Chief." The erudite Professor Brogan writes to point out that this is not so; his...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK A SORT of epidemic of humbug seems to

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have broken out. Officials in London and Washington emphasise that any connection between this week-end's conference of Foreign Ministers and the developments in Trieste is...

Old Soldiers

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In the course of Archangel 1918-19, a fascinating account of a forgotten sideshow which Messrs. Constable will publish on Monday, Lord Ironside mentions, in passing, that he has...

Ye Newe

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The capacious new hotel (8 storeys, 240 bedrooms) now being built by the Knopp Hotel _Company of New York at the corner of Bond Street and Conduit Street is to be called the...

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Trieste : October 1953 By JENNY NICHOLSON T HE frontier post

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which controls traffic coming from the direction of Venice is a dismal place beyond Monfalcone. On the left are the low stony hills to which the thin October sunshine gives a...

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Confident Conservatives

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By FRANCIS BOYD T HE state of the Conservative Party has been obscured in recent months by speculation about the future of Sir Winston Churchill and Mr. Eden, and the effects...

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Is there a Japanese • offer quicker delivery.

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Menace ? — II By HUGH RICE B RITAIN'S high standard of living is often thought to be an unbeatable handicap in the price battle with Japan. Yet in the first post-war decade...

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Sloane Street, Sloane Square, Sloane Avenue

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By JAMES. POPE-HENNESSY O NE of the myriad profound contrasts between London and Paris lies in the matter of street names. In Paris the name of a street is either a tribute to...

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" How are we to find the diamond hidden in the dunghill?" asks Dr. Vaughan Williams in his introduction to the autumn prospectus issued by the Society for the Promotion of New...


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The King and I. By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II • from Anna and The King of Siam by Margaret Landon. (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.)—Birth- day Honours. By Paul Jones....


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THE LEEDS FESTIVAL LEEDS has done well this year by its critics, who have often complained, not without justice, that it is too conservative. The big choral festivals are apt...

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THE tradition in Spanish dancing, like that of the East, is so strong and so jealous as to permit of no appreciable growth—at least that is the evidence up till today. In the...


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Androcles and The Lion. (Rialto.)—The Intruder. (Empire.) BERNARD SHAW'S irreverent views on Christianity, so brilliantly expounded in that exceptionally poor play of his,...


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Ayrton, Vaughan, Fairley. AT the Redfern Gallery Michael Ayrton is pursuing his "return to realism" with dogged tenacity. Listeners to The Critics last week- end may have heard...

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Country Life

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A COCK pheasant moved out of the weeds beneath the hedge, rising over the rough furrow and picking his way carefully across the withered potato haulms, but watching, listening...

"They say the Lion \ and the Lizard. . . ." The

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usual prizes are offered for the best completion of this stanza (in the Omar Khayyam stanza-form) as an advertisement for the Zoo. Entries must be addressed to the Spectator,...

Harvest Festival

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The road turns through the crowding walls of the village and then, after a sharp bend, goes downhill for more than a mile, and it is possible to look over the valley and see the...

De Mortuis . . .

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Although factually correct and apparently flattering, obituary notices of public characters, If read between the lines, are apt to give a different impression of their subjects....

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Ceiters to the Editor

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FOR AN ANGLO-GERMAN ALLIANCE SIR,—It is now two years since plans were made for setting up the European Defence Community, and it appeared then that realisa- tion of the plan...

MR. NOMAN'S SPONSORS SIR, — It would be discourteous were I not

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to answer the questions put to me by Mr. Ludovic Kennedy in his kind critique of The Man Who Never Was. Mr. Whitley Jones and the solicitor both existed: they each composed...

Shortening Days The daisies of Michaelmas, which are really asters,

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are almost the last source of supply for the late-foraging bees, although there is enough extravagant colour to please the eye in the fading flowers of autumn, the wilting...

The Vegetable Garden

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Lift all root vegetables except those hardy varieties that are known to be able to stand winter, because a touch of frost on such things as carrots softens them up and makes '...

THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL SIR,—The seventh Edinburgh Festival has been followed

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by an unusual amount of post- mortem scrutiny. Such concern as there may be has nothing whatever to do with standards of performance, which were as.high as ever. It is a...

Ferret for Sale D., who used to be one of

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the most notori- ous rabbiters in the locality, stopped me to ask if I wanted to buy a ferret. 1 told him my ferreting days were over and he nodded. " It's a pity," he said. " I...

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THE INDISPENSABLE CENTURY SIR,—In your issue of September 25th, which

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I have seen only recently, the editing of French Thought in the Eighteenth Century is attributed to me in a review by Professor Bonamy Dobr6e. In fact, I can lay claim only to...

SIR,—Having read " A Miner's Reply " to Mr. Anderson's

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article, I am still unconvinced that there is any other solution to coal production other than hard work. Admittedly there are many discomforts in the mining of coal, and also a...

THE GUILDFORD REPERTORY SIR, — We are naturally pleased and privileged to

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have our production of Romeo and Juliet so favourably noticed by your critic, especially since little space can usually be given to the work of Repertory Companies, but the im-...

tgbe Spettator OCTOBER 15th, 1853 THE latest intelligence from the

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Arctic regions may be considered to have closed the question of Sir John Franklin's fate. It is possible that individual devotion might still find suffi- cient motive to...

ON THE ROOF SIR,—Your reviewer of Mr. Harrer's book Seven

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Years in Tibet seems to have over- looked Reginald Fox when he stated that Mr. Harrer and his companibn had spent longer in Tibet than any other European. Mr. Lowell Thomas in...

Sue,—As a mere consumer of coal, and in a very

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small way at that, I have read with great interest the articles by Messrs. Mitchell and Anderson on the problems of its production. If it comes to red herrings, I must say that...

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Autumn at Queen's Club

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By J. P. W. MALLALIEU S OME time about 1886 a_ group of sportsmen decided that, the. Hyde Park Lawn. Tennis Club in Cadogan Square was finished. Houses were springing up all...

A New Section in the Spectator

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As part of the recent changes in type and format of the Spectator, two familiar features of the paper and one new one are now brought together. The familiar features are...


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ByJACQUETTA HAWKES I HAVE recently bought a patchwork quilt. It is one of the kind composed of hexagons, which can be built up, crystal fashion, into larger and larger six-sided...

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Everybody Wants to Get into the Act

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By DESMOND GRAVES (Christ Church, Oxford) F OR undergraduates in Oxford and Cambridge and others who cannot afford to buy the Spectator all the year round, this is the first...

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Mr. Forster's Quandary By RICHARD HUGHES H ERE are quotations from Mr. E. M. Forster's new book, The Hill of Devi: " The New Palace, Dewas. October 10th, 1921.—Tomorrow, is the...

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. The Cruel Jungle

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The March Out. By James Shaw. (Hart-Davis. 12s. 6d.) COLONEL BERNARD FERGUSSON, in his very sensible introduction, computes that this is the twelfth book to be published about...

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Philosophy and Commonsense

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Some Main Problems of Philosophy. By G.'E. Moore. (Allen and Unwin. 25s.) EVER since the appearance of Principia Ethica in 1903 Professor Moore, both as a writer and as a...


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Sigmund Freud. Life and Work. Volume I, The Young Freud. By Ernest Jones. (Hogarth Press. 27s. 6d.) "LET the biographers chafe, we won't make it too easy for them." So Freud...

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Leaving 'Day

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Souls in Torment. By Ronald Searle. (Perpetua. 12s. 6d.) A DRAUGHTSMANSHIP at once delicate and boldly architectural, a wit subtle, high-spirited, masculine and schizophrenic—it...

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A Mixed Blessing

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Finding Nests. By Bruce Campbell. (Collins. 12s. 6d.) THE object of this book is to help people to find birds' nests. Both the publisher and the author consider that in the...

Chinese Grey

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Window on China. By Raja Hutheesing. (Verschoyle. 12s. 6d.) MR. HUTHEESING made two visits to China, the first in 1951 at the invitation of the India-China Friendship...

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New Novels

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MR. HARTLEY, as we know from the Eustace books, looks at children with a keen, loving and unsentimental eye. The Go-Between, a man of sixty, called Leo, is looking back upon a...

Miss Naomi Jacob's novel Second Harvest, previously announced in these

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columns by her publishers, will not now be issued until, January, 1954.

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT HAVING stated that I expect some recession in the United States and having confessed that I did not yet know whether it was to be mild or bitter, I suppose...

Company Notes

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By CUSTOS EASTWOODS LTD. For a specialised invest- ment in the building trades I called attention recently to British Plaster Board. For a more general investment I would add...

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Solution to Crossword No. 750

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IA Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution opened after noon on Tuesday week, October 27th, addressed Crossword, 99 Gower Street,...