18 AUGUST 1961

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—Portrait of the Week— THE COMMUNISTS closed the Brandenburg Gate

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and barricaded with tanks and troops the other usual routes between the two halves of Berlin after the flood of refugees from East to West had risen to a record height. This did...

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No. 6941 Established FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 1828 1961


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A Lmos - r the last subject that MPs discussed A the Commons before leaving for their summer holidays was how to deal with crimes of violence; a topic which seems likely, to...

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Berlin: August the Thirteenth

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From JULIAN CRITCHLIFA, MP RI:R LIN W E flew into the city at midday on Friday. We were met at Tempelhof by an official of the West Berlin administration. He provided us with...

In the Pipeline D Y imposing a six-months' wage freeze

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on the .1.3 salaries of government employees the Chancellor has taken what must seem to the Treasury a logical step; but only at the risk of creating a new white-collar alliance...

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Storm Cones Hoisted

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By JOHN COLE T'r looks as if there is going to be a hard jwinter in industrial relations. The storm cones are being hoisted on every side: by power- station men and teachers,...

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Fatal Discrepancy

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON DRITAIN'S peculiar treatment of Northern Rhodesia is underlined ironically by the fact that, at the moment when trouble, violence, dis- content and...


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A New Half-Nationalised Industry By JOHN WILLIAMSON A in all other countries, the nuclear business started here as a government enterprise, closely guarded for security reasons...

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Parents and Children

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Blues Beach FURLONG By MONICA O NE of the most depressing lessons that the parents of small children have to learn is that real holidays arc not possible for them. Goodness...

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In the fourth of this series of articles on Chicago

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in the 1920s—extracted from his book 'The Bootleggers,' to be published by Hutchinson's in the autumn—Kenneth Allsop discusses the influence of the Mafia.

The Bootleggers (4)

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The Black Hand By KENNETH ALLSOP A T a 1950 Washington public hearing of Senator Estes Kefauver's Senate Crime Investigating Committee, Salvatore Moretti, a New Jersey gambler...

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Hot Seat

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The crisis came when in November. 1924. the presidency of the Unione fell vacant due to the death of Mike Merlo. After that it became the hottest seat in Chicago. There...

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Honoured Citizen

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Lombardo was the third president of the Unione to die by gunfire. Capone, unshaven in the Mafia manner to display his grief, cut short his holiday in Florida and returned to...

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Holiday Tasks R. A. Walker Fighting Rising Prices W. H.

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Wakinshaw Seascape with Figures Mrs. Pathela Al. Moore Insufferable Patronage R. G. Ellen, L. E. Hunt End of Term Patrick Davies Gagarin—Si! Anthony Arblaster Thought for Food...


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"Sin,---May I cordially stipport Mr, T. B Waddicor's realistic proposals against rising prices by means of direct action through the coal trade? As he points out, this could...


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SIR,-1 had been wondering when Monica Furlong ' would mention the Guildford Controversy. With 3 nice sense of timing she waited until the tumult and the shouting had died down....


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Anatomy of a Gangster


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SIR,—No holidaymakers of the sort castigated by Simon Raven ever speak. or even think, in the way depicted by him in his article 'Seascape with Figures.' I feel certain that any...

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SIR,--In reply to W. R. Ferris, Information Attach6, Office of the High Commissioner for Rhodesia and Nyasaland, I wonder what publicity would have been given to the information...

PAL) OF TERM Sip.,--Mr, Critchley is sadly misinformed about the

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voting at the end of the debate on out possible entry into the European Common Market. He states that Mr. Fell was joined in the lobby against the G overnment by 'Messrs Foot,...

fIR,—That the Rev. Victor H. Beaton, after [nty-three years in

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orders, should see fit to write despicable a letter about a fellow :priest, the ex- )vost of Guildford, Mr. Bculton, who has been irly twice as long in orders and who has been...

Sta,—May we make some corrections to 'Light and Liberty,' which

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you printed in your issue of August 4? 1. P. 163, column 3, line 14: for '1960' read '1959.' 2. P. 164, column 3, line 29: for '1960' read '1959.' 3. P. 164, column 3, five...

things all the other distressing and depressing that keep happening

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in the world, one of the Most depressing is the toughness of the belief tha to t it is necessary in order to make mayonnaise d rop oil in in drips, plop, plop, plop. sti l l...

,— Anyone who attempted to correct all the dis- tortions and

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misrepresentations to which CND and the British Left are subjected would be taking on a f ull - time job. But is it too late to suggest to Robert ' ° request that he abandon the...


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SIR,—At whose orders did the pretty air hostess in the uniform of the Irish airline stand with out- stretched arms to prevent me and 109 other impatient passengers from leaving...

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The Classical Mr. Robbins By CLIVE BARNES I say more like Swan Lake. Anyone who has seen N.Y. Export, Op. Jazz will perhaps take that with a pinch of salt, but my point is that...


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New Town Blues By KENNETH .1. ROBINSON The Ministry's report, which hinted that New Town planners could create better' neighbours by building more compactly and crowding more...

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New Temple By ISABEL QUIGLY The Parent Trap. (Studio One.)—No, My Dar- ling Daughter! (Odeon, Leicester Square.) HAYLEY MILLS is one of the brightest things that have happened...


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When Did You Last See Your Father? By PETER FORSTER THE cordial critical re- ception for Granada's Head On collision with Mr. Randolph Churchill puzzles me. Take the...

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Timber ! By BAMBER GASCOICNE IN the same week as Zeffirelli's superb pro- duction of Romeo and Juliet ends its run at the Old Vic up pops Peter Hall's version at Strat- ford :...

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Little Mysterious Victoria BY CHRISTOPHER SYKES NETHER one likes Queen Victoria or not, there is no denying that she is extraordinar= HY interesting. A great deal has been and...

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More Things in Heaven

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William James on Psychical Research. Edited by Gardner Murphy and Robert 0. Ballou. (Chatto, 30s.) THIS handsomely produced book consists of a large number of variegated...

Scotland the Reasonable

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The Democratic Intellect. By George Elder Davie. (Edinburgh U.P., 50s.) THIS is an important book, and of the utmost relevance to the arguments about the proper function of a...

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A tlantis

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Atlantis, Semmerwater, Dead and weedy towns Whisper gloomily. Rocks hear, Are silent and the deep bell rings. Who calls sequined from the green bed 'Cold, unnerved, with lint...

Battler for Pleasure

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MEET the contestants. On the front of the jacket is Colette of France; her eyes blackened with love, pain, sleeplessness and kohl; her hair tousled as an unmade bed; her nose as...

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Confessional Pens

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MR. TURNELL is a distinguished critic. mostly of French literature, who is also a Catholic. Usually, and understandably, he avoids writing from an overtly confessional...

Under Eastern Eyes

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Dust on the Paw. By Robin Jenkins. (Macdonald, 18s.) The Key. By Junichiro Tanizaki. (Seeker and Warburg, 12s. 6d.) The Furnished Room. By Laura del-Rivo. (New Authors, 16s.)...

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A New Banker's 'Ramp'?

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT DOES history really repeat it- self? Only when our rulers are stupid enough not to learn from their predecessors' mistakes. Go back thirty years to...

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Company Notes

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L EYLAND MOTORS can proudly claim to be Britain's greatest exporters of commercial vehicles, in fact 62 per cent. of their total out- put goes overseas. Since the recent...

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Which-Doctors By KATHARINE WHITEHORN ' Whiclirs great , strength has always been, not ° nIY that it doei objective justice to its subject, but that justice is seen to be done....

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Consuming interest

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Type Casting By LESLIE ADRIAN As a consequence of typewriter crises I have been collecting facts and figures on the hiring of these indispensable mod- ern aids to communica-...

Thought for Food

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The Changing Scene By RAYMOND POSTGATE WHAT changes have hap- pened in British catering since I publiihed the last edition of the Good Food Guide in April? A brusque question,...