18 JUNE 1954

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Can a great scientist be both loyal and discreet and at the same time a " security risk "? That was the question which the special Personnel Security Board of the Atomic Energy...


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Any man in his senses who followed the inquiry closely might have expected it to result in some stern action on the part of the Government. The persistent rumours in London ....


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No. 6 5 7 3 FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 1954 PRICE 7d.

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More Trouble at the Tate

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The doubts felt about the resignation of Mr. Le Roux. senior deputy keeper of the Tate Gallery are not likely to be ended by Mr. Butler's statement (in the House of Commons on...

Mental Illness

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The evidence so far placed before the Royal Commi , ,sion on the Law relating to Mental Illness includes a proposal from the Ministry of Health to reduce the responsibility of...

Alternative to EDC ?

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On Wednesday the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation began to

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prepare for a European Ministers' Con- ference on convertibility which is to meet in London in mid- July. The organisation's immediate object must be to decide whether the...

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Sense and Nonsense in Housing

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Behind the modern frontage of Messrs. John Lewis in Oxford Street, four early nineteenth-century terraced houses have been planted among the garden furniture. In the first, Mrs....


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Sir Thomas Dugdale's promise to make a statement on Crichel Down fed a curiosity that was already burning fiercely. Mr. Head followed with a brief statement on the IRA raid on...

An Unnecessary Evil

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From one angle and another an unkind light is shining on the zealous employees of the Inland Revenue. In the West End Mr. Arthur Macrae's new comedy presents them as pariahs,...

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Indo-China while time was allowed to run out at Geneva ? Clearly we cannot afford to wait for the present confused situation to sort itself out, for it certainly will not sort,...

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If the flavour of these paragraphs is a little different

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this week, that is because Strix has been laid low with an attack of malaria. His place has been taken by a Cornish Nationalist

The Best People

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Ascot is over. I wonder if there are any people who still say, " I shall be in London till Goodwood " ? I remember that after-Goodwood joke in Punch. It was a drawing I think by...


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And at Chatsworth what is to happen to the Benediction of St. Aethelwold in the library, to the Raphaels and Rembrandts, to the Memlinc Triptych and the sculptures and brasses ?...

Late Victorian

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Sir Ninian Comper, the church architect and stained glass designer, was ninety on June 10th. He is thirty years younger physically and mentally and still in practice. The...

One of the secrets of that fine man Lord Camrose's

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success as a newspaper proprietor was his capacity for retaining staff. He did not take advantage of unemployment in journalism to go in for astronomical salaries and sudden...


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N 0 one would think of breaking up some glittering monster of a factory on a by-pass. They would not turn out the clerks and typists from the administrative block, nor let the...

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By D. R. GILLIE been as important in breaking up

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the Laniel goyernment as the affairs of Indo-China, and will be one of the gravest difficulties in the way of making a new one. The affairs of North Africa are also an issue...

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Ghana Votes

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By THOMAS HODGKIN Yaounde, French Cameroons T HE only pre-election meeting that I could attend was at Jamestown, a poor quarter of Accra. Since it was con- ducted in Ga. with...

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ave the Rain

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M. G. IONIDES T is requested that this paper may be returned to the I rn Board of Agriculture before the 'First of March next." Twentieth-century government departments would be...

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Both Ends Meet. By Arthur Macrae. (Apollo.)—After the Ball. By Noel Coward. (Globe.) INCOME tax is a sort of wild justice. Yearly tax returns serve to remind us that a vast and...

TELEVISION and RADIO THE problems of presenting genuine talks on

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television are many. Sometimes, by simple treatment, they are not so much overcome as .cut through—we have not forgotten Algernon Blackwood. At other times they seem to...


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ART Goya. (Arts Council Gallery.) BRAWL and riot, torture and rapine, the sword through the chest and blood from the mouth, stench of corpses, the horrors and delights of sexual...

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Executive Suite. (Empire.)---Trouble in the Glen. (Gaumont.)—Children of Love. (Continentale.).

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IT is.a common belief in the States that on the top of the highest buildings in all American cities there are plushy penthouses in which the directors of Big Business smoke...


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'Alceste' at Glyndebourne THE ancient woe of Admetus and his heroic wife was very nearly matched at Glynde- bourne -on Sunday afternoon by the pre- sumably even more ancient...

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A REAL TRUMPET Sia,—I am afraid that the subject of

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real or unreal trumpets is not likely to interest most readers of the Spectator at this stage of their existence, but perhaps you would allow me to reply to Mr. O. H. Wilbraham,...

Letters to the Editor

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SIR DUDLEY NORTH Slit,—In May, 1953, a historic and unprece- . dented event occurred. Five Admirals of the Fleet, all men of great distinction, three of whom had been First Sea...

PSYCHIATRY AND SPIRITUAL HEALING SIR,—As a medical practitioner of some

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forty years standing, interested for many years in psychological and philosophical problems, as well as having been for some time a member of the Archbishop of -York's Committee...

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SIR.—M r. Kennedy has certainly been assiduous in studying my maps for clues which might support his opinion. But he overlooks a sentence in my text which belies his statement...

SIR,—May I, for the last time, return to the charge.

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- Mr. Wilbraham would have us believe that the abominable cornet is being widely used in orchestras in place of the trumpet. I , do not know what goes on in Wales, but I said...


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SIR,—I wonder whether Sir Compton Mac- kenzie has any personal and up-to-date know- ledge of Cyprus and the Cypriot attitude toward Enosis ? There might be something to be said...


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SIR,—I observe the eagerness with which you publicise and lend your support in your issue of June 11th to the attack which the staff of the British Council have made on the...

SIR,—Your readers are told that the Express is guilty of

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calumny," meanness' and other malpractices. Yet no clue is given to the Daily Express answer to the British Council staff's complaints, nor even to th'e existence of such an...

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THE other clay I came across a jar that con-

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tained goose grease. It had been collected and laid aside on the insistence of a friend who firmly believed in the stuff as a remedy for a cold on the chest. 1 do not doubt the...

Rabbie Burns Transmogrified

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The poems of Burns have recently been' translated' into English for the benefit of the benighted Sassenach. Competitors were asked to comment on this event in a poem of three...

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Compton Mackenzie

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COUNT high among the pleasures of old age the news of honours conferred upon admired friends and acquain- tances, and the Birthday Honours of June 10th were (unusually generous...

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Cricket and the By H. J. FAIRLIE p ROFESSOR DENIS BROGAN, in his excellent book on the English people, ridicules the idea that cricket is the English national game. Look, he...

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Choose Your Weapons By ROBERT MILNE -T Y TE (St. Catherine's, Oxford) T was to have been a quiet duel, an Eights Week diver- tissement, sober suits and revolvers at,...

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Bergmann's Masterpiece By JOHN WAIN I laughed. " Quite a lot of Englishmen do get married, you know." "They marry their mothers. It is disaster. It will lead to the...

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Witness of Woe

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F one had to reduce to half a dozen volumes the enormous corpus of writings about the First World War, General Spears's Liaison Would be among the survivors. The same may not be...

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Pure Renaissance

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`Antonio Perez. By Gregorio Marafion. (Hollis and Carter. 42s.) THERE is no better lesson in Spanish history than a visit to the . scorial, that great, gloomy, faintly...

Beckford's Travels

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WILLIAM BECKFORD wail§ 'man whom every circumstance contrived to promise a happy and successful life. He was one of the wealthiest men in England, by birth he could take his...

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Safety in Numbers

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The Modulor. By Lc Corbusier. (Faber and Faber. 25s.) WHERE Yeats, being a poet, proclaimed that "Words alone are certain good," M. Le Corbusier, being an architect,...

New Novels

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PERSONALITIES who vary violently from day to day are rarer in fiction than in life, since their inconstancy makes them difficult for the novelist to handle. Miss Elizabeth Bowen...

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A Talc of Two Brothers. By Mabel Richmond Brailsford. (Rupert

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Hart-Davis. 16s.) Or the infinite variations on the Wesley theme (and Miss Brailsford herself has already written a life of Susanna Wesley). the relationship between John and...

The Triple Stream. By Anthony Brett-James. (Bowes and Bowes. 17s.

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6d.) MR. BaErr-JAMES has had the ingenious idea of setting out, in parallel columns, the prin- cipal events in English, German and French literature since 1531. For a given year...

and a wealth of carefully garnered informa- tion about craftsmen,

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styles and processes. It is a guide for those interested in the domestic background of the Romantics, and also a handbook for collectors, who may, however, find Mr. Reade a...

THIS is a serious chess-bock, disarmingly presented. We learn that

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the first eight years of the author's , working life were spent at Kew Observatory, where he acquired a love of exact classification. Here is his honour- able endeavour to...

Tins annual publication has by now estab- lished itself as

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the standard work of reference in its own particular field. The thirty-first edition (the first to be published by the Association itself) devotes 850 pages to the universities...


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IT is delicious to handle a book called Good Food from Italy. This particular book, written by an Italian ("he cooks for the family"), contains some equally delicious...

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By NIC%IOLAS DAVENPORT —and that I.S.H.R.A. will actually make a loss of over a million on the re-sale. This is hardly an encouragement for the public to jump in. It is surely...

Company Notes

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By CUSTOS THE Stock Exchange has had a mild "shake- out" and only began to recover on Wednes- day. During these "down" periods the wise investor is always on the look-out to...

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52nd Annual

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The Peak of the Boom ?

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT It4 T first sight one would not ordinarily regard the present Chancellor of the Exchequer as a happy or a lucky man but fortune has chosen to smile on...

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The Boom in Sterling

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A VERY important Person in the City is sa'd to have let fall, like manna from a high place, an ()!;iter dictum on the April - May fluttcr in the foreign exchanges. One hundred...

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ade its impact in 1952, and by the beginning of

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last year , e position had been reversed. The 1953 Budget was amed on the calculation that there was room for expansion in the economy, and it was then rather more a matter of...

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British Insuran ce- A World Service

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HE most salient among first facts about British Insurance today is its dominance in the commercial and industrial market places of the free world. From this, and the causes...

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Private Insurance in the

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family man may well, without being exceptionally zealous

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; Investment in a Building figures. This is, of course, due

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to the greater volume of houses , being built for sale. After many years in which it was pegged at an unduly low rate, private housebuilding has, now been '4 given much greater...

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Solution to Crossword ,o. 785

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