17 APRIL 1959

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—Portrait of the Week— THE IRON MAN'S REIGN is over

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: Mr. Dulles, suffer- ing under a third outbreak of cancer; resigned the office of Secretary of State. President Eisenhower, much moved, did not announce a successor, and said...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1959


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B RAWLS in Limassol, a Communist-sponsored youth meeting in Nicosia, and the threat of a deadlock over the allocation of seats on the town councils. It is an uneasy peace that...

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Hiatus at Bonn?

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BONN B.y SARAH GAINHAM p begins to look as if Chancellor Adenauer's 'personal interpreter of the law, State Secretary Globke, has for once made a mistake. A long and detailed...

Hope Deferred

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By Our Industrial Correspondent 'TINE way in which wage negotiations are con- " ducted nowadays is rather like Touchstone's description of a quarrel. The parties proceed in a...

Printing Dispute

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THE current dispute between printing trade unions and the Master Printers has led to a limitation of overtime working. Some readers may find that, during this dispute, copies of...

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Notes and Half-Notes

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By RICHARD H. ROVER": rinHERE ARE FOUR MILLION UNEMPLOYED, give or I take a few hundred thousand, and a few thousand of them marched on Washington last week. (They 'marched' as...

Westminster Commentary

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WHEN I saw, on Thursday's ' Order Paper, a question from Mr. Callaghan which asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are taken to preserve the confidential nature of...

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BY ELECTING TO JOIN the News Chronicle Robin Day deprived

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himself of some of the praise he deserves for his work as a newscaster : rival popular papers are not inclined, in such circum- stances, to be lavish in their encomiums. Nobody,...

A Spectator's Notebook

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I HAVE MORE SYMPATHY with Dr. Adenauer in his griev- ances against the British press after reading its handling of the Sennelager affair last Saturday. A well-to-do Ger- man...

DESCRIBING THE NEW YORK drama critics' annual 'Awards' session in

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the Manchester Guardian last week, Alastair Cooke stated that `Mr. Kenneth Tynan, the infant Dalai Lama of the European theatre, recently pronounced A Raisin in the Sun, the...

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THE NEWSPAPERS gave a good coverage to the death of

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Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect who was as much legend as man. There is not much to add to what they have said, apart from personal reminiscences of him. For two years I have...

WHEN 'PAPER AND RAGS' were found burning in three different

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places—in a bathroom, in an air- conditioning room, and beside a turbo-generator room—in the aircraft carrier Eagle last Saturday, it seemed reasonable to suppose that they were...

THE MAIN IMPRESSION derived from reading the International Press Institute's

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new survey, The Press in Authoritarian Countries, is one of stupe- fying boredom. Not boredom with the survey, but with life in such countries. It is true that when the authors...

WHAT DID the great man say? Too much to remember,

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and too fast to write it down. But some of it sticks in the memory. 'Literature tells about man, but architecture presents him. What you get is the man, in spite of him,...

SIXTY YEARS AGO homosexuality was called— during the Oscar Wilde

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trial—'the love that dare not speak its name'; but l thought that its name had been heard often enough since in Parliament, on television, and (in spite of the long resistance...

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Nasser and Moscow

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By MICHAEL ADAMS CAIRO I N quarrelling publicly and violently with Mr. Khrushchev, President Nasser has taken one of the most daring steps of his adventurous career. The grounds...

Rotten Boroughs

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By IAN NAIRN MOWN planning is a contumacious subject; I yr. obt. srvt. was party to some contumacion in the Spectator's correspondence columns recently. But one of the few...

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The New Pakistan

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By L. F. RUSHBROOK WILLIAMS KARACHI rr■ HROUGHOUT the Indo-Pakistani sub-continent, I the problem of utilising the resources of the land to provide a livelihood for a population...

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life 6prttator

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APRIL 19, 1834 A DISCUSSION arose in the House of Peers on Tues- day, relative to the suppression of intemperance; which it was alleged had increased alarmingly throughout the...

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Citizen Novocain By ALAN BRIEN Brand. (Lyric, Hammersmith.) —Sugar in the Morning. (Royal Court.)—Les Four- beries de Scapin. (Princes.) IBSEN'S Brand has only once before...


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Snap The recording session went on in the small hours of last night in a North London church,' explained the dark man. 'Twenty-six oboes—it must be like the classic...

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To View Ourselves By PETER FORSTER How, I wonder increasingly, do They (the Providers) think of us, the Viewers? In their sound- proof producers' boxes, behind their antiseptic...

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Schools for Parents QUIGLY By ISABEL Imitation of Life. (Odeon, Leicester Square.) — Like Father, Like Son and The Last Temptation. (Paris- Pullman.) PARENTHOOD (or palrenthood...


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Tamara Never Came By CLIVE BARNES TAMARA TOUMANOVA—`black pearl of the Russian ballet'—is again amongst us after an ab- sence of five years, to give a month's series of dance...

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Consuming Interest

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Cold Comfort By LESLIE ADRIAN JUDGING from recent inquiries there is a considerable amount of confusion about the merits of the various models of re- frigerator available and...

A Doctor's Journal

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The Nelson Touch By MILES HOWARD The colloquial name for it is 'lazy eye'—but a degree of defect in one eye which limits the victim to monocular vision is a grave disability....

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DEAR SELF, Official documents in my possession make it clear that you have been employing me for a number of years. I have no serious complaints about my treatment while in your...

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EASTER SIR,—I don't quite understand Mr. Hollis's letter, but in

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so far as I do understand it, I don't think it quite worthy of him. I would not deny the 'historicity' of the resurrection, but I would certainly question whether the mode was...

SIR,—Mr. Hollis, in his article on voting, omits mention of

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one method of using your vote. This is to withhold it. As a political simpleton I am much attracted by this idea, but everyone tells me it is sinful and would let the gipsies...

Using the Vote Henry Durant, Philip Toynbee,

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Peter Wyld Easter Rev. Austin Lee Palestinian Arabs Josef A. Rosen?: Telling the World Michael Sissons Beer and the Budget Michael Leapman And Now Nyasaland R. G. Pentney, E....

SIR.—Mr. Hollis deplores the Conservatives' Suez behaviour and all that

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it stands for, but he would prefer 'a Conservative rather than a Socialist Government over the next few years' because he also deplores nationalisation and controls' He is a...

TELLING THE WORLD SIR,—Some time ago I had the acutely

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embarrassing experience of hearing a Mr. Tiptaft, former Lord Mayor of Birmingham, address a meeting of the English-Speaking Union in this city. His talk con- sisted in the main...

PALESTINIAN ARABS SIR,—One of the Suez casualties was the previously

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friendly attitude of the Spectator and of Ian Gilmour towards Israel. Nevertheless, credit is often given where it is due. (Pre-war credit, usually; parcere subiectis only as...

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PURCHASE TAX ON RECORDS SIR,—It is indubitable that the cost

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of gramophone records in the United Kingdom is ridiculously high. One would be prepared to have more sympathy with the record companies, however, if it were not for the fact...


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SIR,—Journalists always enjoy finding or manufac- turing trends, and that is why I am surprised that nobody has yet linked the reduction in the beer tax to its logical...


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SIR,—Your article on Nyasaland (just received) con- tains the following words: 'If Nyasaland cannot sur- vive alone, there is the possibility of federation of a different sort...

FALLING. HAIR SIR,—It is a pity that Miles Howard, in

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his article on 'Falling Hair,' has perpetrated so many obsolete and misleading theories. Whilst most dermatologists will admit that the cause of patchy baldness (alopecia...

SIR.—The publicity given recently to the Federation of Rhodesia and

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Nyasaland, with its comment, fair and not so fair, has made some of us feel how ignorant we are about affairs in our own land. But I wish to point out one grave injustice done...

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Axel's Temple BY JOHN COLEMAN O F any twenty inaccurate anecdotes about Axel Munthe, it would be safe to say that nineteen were first narrated by him. He was incapable of...

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The Novels of Henry Green. By Edward Stokes. (Hogarth Press, 21s.) HALF-WAY through this book I wondered how I could ever have admired Doting, for Mr. Stokes never mentions it...

Decrying Wolfe

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Two hundred years after the battle on the Plains of Abraham, Wolfe is still a hero as secure in his smaller niche as Nelson; a reputation likewise deep-frozen by the manner of...

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The Big Out

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Protest is a bag of English and American anger, - of dissents and slaps in the eye, and it will be read for its versions of the new order of experience we hear about in American...

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Protestant Era

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Christianity in a Revolutionary Age: A History of Christianity in the Nineteenth and Twen- tieth Centuries. Vol. I, The Nineteenth Cen- tury in Europe: Background and the Roman...


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The Ancient Mariners. By Lionel Casson. (Gol- lancz, 21s.) 'THE problem that faced Agamemnon and his staff was the same that confronted the Ameri- can forces in the Pacific a...

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Senior Sibling

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IF you plotted anthropological relationships on a kinship chart, the founding ancestor of the Ameri- can branch of the family would undoubtedly be Franz Boas. His offspring...

Sarah Barnum

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Sarah Bernhardt. By (Reinhardt, 21s.) Joanna Richardson. WHAT was her acting like and how good was she? There are many people still living who saw Bernhardt in action, but they...

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Remembering What Happened

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The Footsteps of Anne Frank. By Ernst Schnabel. (Longmans, 1 . 3s. 6d.) Ravensbruck. By Micheline Maurel. (Blond, 15s.) IT is impossible to form any picture of the enor- mous...

Human Indignity

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WHEREAS almost every novel I have seen since Christmas has been not only painfully thin but also painfully intense, and whereas I was rapidly becoming convinced that the worse...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1,038 ACROSS,-1 Greasy pole. 6 Cuff. 10

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Motto. 11 Concourse. 12 Anecdotes. 13 Spaul. 14 Precession. 16 Nyon. 18 Salt. 20 Persiflage. 23 Years. 24 Pestilent. 27 Overgrown. 28 Nooks. 29 Tosh. 30 Need- lessly. DOWN.-1...


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ACROSS 1 Shady girl amid the pylons is sad 5 ( Does it mean that the Scottish dance is cancelled? (4, 3) 9 Mum's the word in France! (5) 10 Support can be got for low retail...

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By CUSTOS A L the Budget rise and a lot more was lost by the end of the Stock Exchange account on Tuesday. The good news had been largely dis- counted and the shadow of the...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT ONCE again the City editor of the News Chronicle deserves an `Oscar' from the harder-faced bankers for his Budget comment, to wit, that it is a question...

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S IR NUTCOMBE Hume, chairman of the Charterhouse Group, discloses in his report for the year ended November 11, 1958, that plans for a public issue of ordinary shares are...