17 JULY 1953

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EVELYN WAUGH: Ruskin 's Letters D. W. BROGAN: In Lorraine

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Again CHRISTMAS HUMPHREYS: Buddhism in England ANGUS MAUDE, M.P. : Privilege in Education J. P. W. MALLALIEU: Perfection on the Lawn

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No. 6525 FRIDAY, JULY 17, 1953 PRICE 7d.

Playing with Fire

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The dispute about Aircraftman Rigden, which came near to ruining the remaining chances of an Anglo-Egyptian agree- ment on the Canal Zone, was extraordinarily silly as well as...


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W ITH every new official pronouncement, the situa- tion in Korea becomes more obscure. On the United Nations side, Mr. Robertson and Mr. Rhee have issued a communiqué in which...

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Where is Beria ?

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There is one rather important omission in the announce- ment 'from Moscow of an open break in the innermost circle of the Russian leadership, an announcement attended by a flood...

The Challenge Challenged

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It was clear enough from the beginning that the patchwork programme set out in Challenge to Britain was not the fruit of agreement within the Labour party. Nor, in spite of the...

Persia's Rebuff

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It must have been with the sense of liberation with which a victim brings his blackmailer to court that the White House published President Eisenhower's letter to Dr. Mossadek....

Keeping Greece Solvent

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Since 1945 Greece has been kept solvent only by foreign aid. But the Americans, who have met most of the cost, have shown some impatience at the country's political instability,...

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The Witness

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The ghost of Father Brown must be turning in its grave at the fate of a truly Chestertonian character. The provincial court of Aix-en-Provence has been trying twelve men for the...

When the House of Commons goes into committee to discuss

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Scotland it also, and automatically, goes into a €cotch mist of its own generating. The debate on Tuesday and Wednesday was on Scottish industry, employment, and " well-being,"...

M R. BUTLER is usually up-to-the-minute in his references. One suspects

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at times that he carries about with him a pocket tape-machine. But on Monday he failed dreadfully when winding up the third reading of the Finance Bill which, as every schoolboy...

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I N the two months that have elapsed since Sir Winston Churchill first suggested " a conference on the highest level .. . between the leading Powers, without long delay " events...

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Casualty Tensing, having descended scatheless from Everest, this week took

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passage on a scenic railway and was fairly severely bitten in the arm by his wife in a moment of -unbearable


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W HAT has happened, or is happening, to the great mass of sincere emotions, shared by millions of people, on which the cult of Stalin was based and which were partly satisfied...

The Young Entry I find it difficult to resist the

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conviction—on paper an absurd one—that young men are older than they used to be. Boys leave both their private and their public schools at an earlier age than they did before...

A Splendid Man Most well-known figures seem to dwindle in

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old age. Mr. Belloc, now critically ill at 83, bulks in the mind as large as ever. He is, for the time being, the last of the giants, a generous, chivalric figure, compact of...

Animals and Animosities Wednesday's demonstrations by members of the staff

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at the London Zoo were, as one would expect of a Society exactly coeval with the Spectator, of a comparatively decorous character. It is however not the first time in recent...

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Privilege in Education

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By ANGUS MAUDE, M.P. In last week's Spectator Mr. Michael Stewart, who is Labour Member of Parliament for East Fulham, wrote on the educational proposals made in the Labour...

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Prizes and Publicity

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By A. V. DAVIS 46 ES VOILA ! . . . Le Tour passe ! . . . Allez, roulez, L avancez ! " shout the crowds three-deep along the route. "C'est Coppi ! . . . Vas-y, mon bonhomme ! . ....

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Buddhism in England

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By CHRISTMAS HUMPHREYS* B UDDHISM is a western term for the system of thought built up about the teaching of Gautama, the Buddha, an Indian Prince who, in the sixth century...

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In Lorraine Again

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By D. W. BROGAN I T was almost six -years since I had last been in Nancy. although I had been since then in the rival capital of Lorraine, Metz. Lorraine still shows the scars...

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Is Ulster Here to Stay? B y JULIAN CRITCHLEY (Pembroke College, Oxford) I EVER a Sunday passes in Hyde Park without a speech from the Irish Anti-Partitionists. Week upon week...

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Salome. (Odeon, Leicester Square.)--Sangaree. (Plaza.) AFTER Delilah and Bathsheba, Salome. But as devised for Rita Hayworth, this is a Salome whitewashed out of all...


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THE HOLLAND FESTIVAL Lulu AT the time of the first B.B.C. concert performances under Boult twenty years ago, many of us found Alban Berg's Wozzeck puzzling and provoking. We...


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The Moon is Blue. By F. Hugh Herbert. (Duke of York's.) As Long as They're Happy. By Vernon Sylvaine. (Garrick.) THERE is a type of young woman rising twenty-one, whose tugged-...

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 176 Report by Guy Kendall ' The

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task of judging this competition has been rendered difficult by the fact that although many of the entries were up to a good level there were no quite outstanding contributions....

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 179 Set by Horace Wyndham Readers of

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bygone best-sellers have often wondered what their authors would have thought of these books if they, instead of the professional critics, had been allowed to review them....

BALLET The Festival Ballet. (Festival Hall.)—Paul Draper. (Mercury Theatre.) BEING

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just an admirer and not an ardent devotee of the book, it does not bother me at all that Michael Charnley, in his new ballet Alice in Wonderland, has taken liberties with...

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Sporting Aspects

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Perfection on the Lawn By J. P. W. MALLALIEU T HEY used to play it on the pure, level lawns of grand country houses. The clack of the balls mingled with the chink of crockery...

Zbe ippectator, NI!) 16tb, 1853

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THE Lord Chancellor, in moving the second reading of the Transpor- tation Bill, said that he used to think transportation the best of secondary punishments; but, owing to the...

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Sin,—Many readers will be grateful to Mr. Norman Collins for

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his widely-informative article (July 10th) on what he styles " Competitive " Television. Some, like myself, are intrigued (but not misled) by his emphasis on " competition,"...

The Way of Michael Scott

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SIR,—Michael Scott has written with such strength and fullness in answer to Mr. Alport that he stands in no need of reinforcement. But the controversy raises at least one issue...


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Competitive Television SIR,—It is certainly true, as Mr. Norman Collins says in his article, that those who are opposed to the B.B.C. monopoly " have by comparison remained...

Sul,—Mr. Norman Collins wrote last week under the above heading,

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when it is perfectly obvious that the real title of his article should have been Commercial Television " and not the misnomer he chose —intentionally or otherwise. Apart from...

Calling in the New World

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SIR,—Representatives of India and Pakistan have been chosen to assist in the. difficult task of planning the future of the Sudan. An Indian presides over the Commission to...

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IT was a bright morning, and, as I went down the valley, I overtook a man on foot who walked with the aid of a stick and had a collie at his heel. Farther on, I passed two men...

Cat " Nests " Writing about the hostility of birds

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towards cats, which was the subject of a note a fortnight ago, a correspondent from Devon writes: " It is not unusual for small birds to behave as your correspondent, Canon...

Battle Honours

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SIR, —Abler pens than mine will undoubtedly be put to paper on Strix's paragraph in your issue of July 10th, headed " Battle Honours." In the Fourteenth Army we grew accustomed...


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I have been asked for a prescription for feeding onions and have recommended the reader to buy a propriotory fertiliser. Expert gardeners feed their own crops with a home-made...

Village Queens

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On the road through the village I came face to face with a procession of children, about seven or eight of them dressed in various colours, wearing scarves on their heads,...

The Bat's Flight

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Superstition about vampires and the very oddness of a winged mouse makes most people dislike a bat, although few have handled them and discovered for themselves what wonderful...

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Pioneering in the Fells

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SIR,—Of the area of five and a half million acres of rough grazing land in England and Wales, we can deduct about one half as unsuitable for agriculture, and of great value for...

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Ruskin and Kathleen Olander The Gulf of the Years. Love Letters from John Ruskin to Kathleen Olander. Edited by Rayner Unwin. (Allen & Unwin. 9s. 6d.) IN all Ruskin's personal...

Pioneer Women

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Storming the Citadel. By E. Moberly Bell. (Constable. 18s.) HERE is the story of a struggle against prejudice and custom which should inspire those who still strive to vanquish...

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Journey in the Interior

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Mr. Tompkins Learns the Facts of Life. By G. Gamow. (Cambridge University Press. 12s.) WE must learn, all of us, not to be surprised by science. When Mr. Tompkins, the chief...

Historical Verse

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I SUSPECT that most readers of poetry have, from time to time, a nostalgic longing for the historical poem. We were all brought up to the vigorous incantations of verse, in...

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Norman Douglas

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MATERIALS for a biography of Douglas are scattered, for the gleaning, in his published works—in Late Harvest, in Looking Back, in notes and introductions; to say nothing of a...

New Novels

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The High Jump. By Val Gielgud. (Collins. 12s. 6d.) IT often happens in the hurly-burly of reviewing, where many volumes compete for little space, that books are passed over...

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By CUSTOS THERE have been several adverse news items this week, such as Mr. Butler's declaration that our trade position is not yet satisfac- tory, and the rise in the deficit...

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IA Book Token for one guinea will he awarded to the sender of the first correct solution opened after noon on Tuesday week, July 28th, addressed Crossword, 99 Gower Street,...

Solution to Crossword No. 737 Solution on July 31st

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The winner of Spectator Crossword No. 737 is Mrs. M. HUGHES, Beacon View, Mathon, Malvern.