18 OCTOBER 1957

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M R. KHRUSHCHEV's exhortation to the Labour Party on the Middle East war danger supports Mr. Macmillan's theory expressed at Brighton that trouble in the area is largely due to...


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Portrait of the Week

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T HE argument about whether the Russil satellite is a nine days' wonder or a fortnigh t , or a year's still goes on,-fed by some very ertat ig behaviour on the part of its radio...


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By DARSIE GILLIE A FORTNIG FIT after the defeat of the Bourges- Maunoury Government, it is still certain that by the time the Spectator appears there will still be no...

Better Balance

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T HE British economy is readjusting itself rapidly to the new twist in Government policy. Both at home and abroad one can see signs which show that we are back on course—though,...

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Cowboys and Injuns

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lt JENNI• NICHOLSON Rome ri OR twelve years. San Marino had the only Communist government in the western world, and the only one to be elected democratically, but this has been...

Warm Welcome Intelligence

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TiiIRTY THOUSAND wildly cheering Canadians wel- comed the Queen. — Sunday Express, October 13. Camp of about 15,000. Reynolds News, October 13. Itic USUAL vast crowds . . ....

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Brighton Commentary

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The Muffin Man ‘V E ought to have a television, I suppose, said a woman in the hotel lounge, 'in order to know what the ordinary person is think- ing.' Apart from the wildly...

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THE mr.sis of the article was that ideas are more

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important than events and individuals. Christ, Mr. Muggeridge thinks, 'propounded an idea 2,000 years ago which was to govern the hearts and thoughts of millions of human beings...

A Spectator's Notebook

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ItAve NOT read Mr. Malcolm Muggeridge's article welcoming the Queen to America, and since according to Mr. Muggeridge the extracts that have appeared distort his views, comment...

LORD HAILSDAM'S widely published remark to the effect that 'I

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wish I could be . . . sure that there was not a conspiracy on foot between some of the more extreme leaders of the unions and some of the less scrupulous leaders of the Labour...

ON ANOTHER PAGE our reviewer says of Glubb Pasha's absorbing

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and beautifully produced book A Soldier with the Arabs that 'it is probably the fairest and most objective account of the Arab- Jewish problem yet written.' No doubt; but the...

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Keeping Up With the Rices

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS I WISH that I could understand who the angry young men are, how many of them there are and what they are angry about. A good many of those who are commonly...

IN THE News of the World the other day there

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was a report of two alleged cases of indecent assault. The assaults were alleged to have taken place on succeeding days, at the same place, and upon the same man, who was, I...

MR. It H. S. CROSSMAN and what the Minister of

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Pensions so unkindly called his `skiffle group of professors' had been riding very high after their resounding triumph at the Labour Party Confer- ence. It must have been...

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When, in 1920, Woodrow Wilson was musing about retirement, he

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drew up a list of possible places to go and awarded them marks on a per- centage basis for Climate, Friends, Opportunities, Freedom and Amusement. With the help of one hundred...

Everything I had heard about the Pentagon had led me

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to expect a reconstruction in con- crete of Dante's circles of hell; but walking through its corridors we came across a cheerful shopping centre, with drug store, bank and dry-...

An American Notebook

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By BRIA F Rom above—from the gallery of the room in which the Presidential press conference is heid--7.Eisenhower can look disconcertingly like a milder, more disinterested...

The people of Washington are perturbed about violence in the

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city : the day we left, the publisher of the Louisville Courier was clubbed while on a stroll with his wife, close to his hotel; and when the eminent economist Louise Sommer was...

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Jews in Russia

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By J. E. M. ARDEN ACIAL prejudice has appeared elsewhere than in Arkansas in recent weeks. For the kid- napping and third-degreeing of the Israeli Attaché Mr. Chazan is only an...

Beauty Contest

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By CYRIL RAY Zubillaga. This time, Miss Marita Lindahl, who must be Helsinki's prettiest pedicurist, was elected Miss World 1957, at the Lyceum Ballroom, to the ac- companiment...

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Does Prince Philip Cheat at Tiddlywinks?

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By STRIX T is almost a tradition in England that very 1 plain women discover, early in life, an affinity with horses; and it is thus natural that her sub- jects should view with...

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Consuming Interest

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By LESLIE ADRIAN N these democratic days one of the few things left which distinguishes the way of life for the rich from that of the rest of us has been the facility to...

City and Suburban

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By JOHN BETJEMAN T HEAR a nasty rumour that some merciless ad- ministrators are trying to unite the Soke of Peterborough and the Isle of Ely into one new county. It is a, most...

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SIR,—Your reviewer of the third volume of Sir Win - ston's 11/story of the English-Speaking Peoples lists a number of names of persons whom he thinks the author should have...


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SIR,—Why should the National Savings Committee think it necessary to commend Premium Bonds by a deliberate misstatement? The advertisement on page 480 of your issue for October...


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SIR,—Yoti are to be congratulated on your fair and balanced comment. Apart from Church law, many of us feel that the promises given in the marriage service cannot be made again...


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SIR.—My sympathy goes out to Mr. Angus Maude in his 'confused state.' Perhaps, I asked myself as I read his article, am I too a Progressive Reactionary? On second thoughts,...

Letters to the Editor

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Cyprus Derek Chadleigh Progresshe Reacti(marks Dr. Donald Ale/. Johnson, MP Premium Bonds Dr. E. Benson Perkins lnigo Jones . Alan Hodge Divorce and After Rev, Victor H....

SIR,—Your sane assessment of our divorce laws in 'Divorce and

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After' is timely. The recent report of the Royal Commission on Marriage and Divorce fitted into the familiar governmental pattern for dealing with awkward social problems. The...

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NATIONALISM IN RUSSIA SIR.—I am afraid I missed Mr. Barraclough's

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letter, as he missed mine. But may I, even this late, at least say that a rereading of Mr. Barraclough's original review does not justify his claim that all he said or implied...

Si, — I am one of the thousands of ordinary shopPet? who

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have recently joined the Consumer Council , about which Leslie Adrian is apparently so informed. I joined it because its Shopper's Guide tells tn e , (for instance) which...


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SIR, — Your reviewer, in his list of those who almost certainly wrote the works of Shakespeare, forgot to mention that distinguished Frenchman Monsieur Jacques Pierre.—Yours...

SIR, - 1 am surprised that Mr. Kingsley Amis, in his article

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on Jane Austen, should have made a notable misstatement. He claims that Edmund (in Mansfield Park) was shocked by Mary Crawford's reference, in company, to her uncle's...


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SIR, — I have read with interest the article in your paper of October 4, 'The Campaign in the Mud,' which states that the name of Passchendaele has 'evoked more loathing and...

SIR, — qt is little use,' writes Mr. Anthony Hart le !: primly but

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properly, 'coming to Rome unless Y ° '', have a sense of history.' Alas, his own sense ° . 1 f history is as naive as his reactions to the citY he imagines the Saracens never...


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Sta,—During a brief visit to London, I was disturbe d , by grubby urchins soliciting 'A penny for the gl'Y', 1 wonder why November 5 should always be precedo by organised...

MANSFIELD PARK SIR, — Mr. Kingsley Amis is very unjust to Fanny

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Price in his review 'What Became of Jane Austen?' Whom does he include in the 'numerous company' to whom Fanny does not wish to be civil? Henry Craw- ford is the only person to...

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Contemporary Arts

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French Leave assembly. Forty or fifty discreetly THERE gathered this August in the charming mediieval town of Sarlat in the Dordogne a curiously assor- ted but admirably...

A Silent World

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THE art of silent . mime has been in almost entire eclipse in the European theatre for at least h ilf a century—save in France, where the peculiar mime conventions of Deburau...

Tly g)pertator

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OCTOBER 20, 1832 A CONSERVATIVE gentleman of Bristol lately sent to a tradesman a message, stating that he was in want of certain articles of the other's manufacture; but that,...

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Gun Happy

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The Pride and the Passion. (Lon- don Pavilion.)—The One that Got Away. (Odeon, Marble Arch.)—The Scamp. (General Release.) WITH Stanley Kramer producing and directing, two such...


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How well show-jumping goes on television; and how well it was all handled last week from Harrin- gay. Even if, like me, you tend to be alarmed by any form of animal larger than...

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Freud's Boswell By EDWARD GLOVER I N the first volume of his trilogy on Freud's life, work and letters, Ernest Jones con:essed that his task was a 'dauntingly stupendous' one....

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Enough of Their Guff

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Declaration. (MacGibbon and Kee, 18s.) SEVERAL writers were asked to discuss, so far as I can judge from the introduction, 'the state of our civilisation' and their 'role in...

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Dodos on the Wing

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A Bit off the Map and Other Stories. By Angus Wilson. (Seeker and Warburg, 13s. 6d.) IN this latest volume Mr. Angus Wilson has switched his faintly alarming attention's from...

Around the Martini-Holes

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The Responsibility of Peoples and Other Essays in Political Criticism. By Dwight Macdonald. (G ollancz, 21s.) Fmk tffe past year or so, the water-holes (or rather...

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Bags of Tricks

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The Artificial Nigger. By Flannery O'Connor. (Neville Spearman, 13s. 6d.) WHAT MIMI it be like to be an American and have a story accepted by the New Yorker? Do they look at...

The Faithful Mistress

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DURING the exceptionally cold February clays 1848 the floodtide of Revolution was' the ungainly figure of Louis-Philippe on to English shore and its ebb deposited, almost...

Mr. Sloping-Both-Ways

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Peron. By Frank Owen. (Cresset Press, 21s.) As well as acquisitiveness, the motives of authors include inquisitiveness, vanity, selfishness, bloody-mindedness, injured pride,...

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The Old Revolutionary

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A WEIALE among the minnows, this book will be read When we are all dead and gone. It will be read for its vignettes of people, famous and in- famous, and things, happy and...

The Pasha

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A Soldier with the Arabs. By Lieut.-General Sir John Glubb. (Hodder and Stoughton, 25s.) 'I HAVE never yet heard of a man who gained from the stake he put down in Arabia,' was...

Rescue in Houghton Street

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Man and Culture: An Evaluation of the Work of Bronislaw Malinowski. Edited by Raymond Firth. (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 32s.) MALINOWSKI died fifteen years ago. During the...

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Country Life

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By IAN NIALL FURTHER to my recent remarks on laying-away hen s ' a correspondent writes to comment .on the fact that a domestic fowl is said to have nested in a . tre e. I can...

Fantasy and Reality

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'My early life came back to me and I saw those sloppy houses in Mayo, and the landlords who married their scullery-maids and brought them into the drawing-room after they had...

New Novels

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Giovanni's Room. By James Baldwin. (Michael Joseph, 15s.) The Volcanoes Above Us. By Norman Lewis. (Cape, 15s.) Tuts is a vintage week : two novels possess really outstanding...


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'Said it wass drink what brought 'im down, but 'e never could tell the truth about nothin% It wassn . drink! It wass the thirst 'e was born withr—verdi ct on X, 'sent up the...


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When a piece of bread dropped on to the gra s . s I saw that a crow had been forced to relinquish 't by an aggressive neighbour. In the meantime 3 sparrow inspected the bread...


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Most people who have walked through a sheer grazing have been amused at the way a qu ite innocent-looking ewe will turn her soft features inm as near an expression of...

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ACROSS 1 A head-piece in church? (6) 4 Harry hesitates to display a rude arm (8). 9 Ma, I'm in, to say the least! (6) 10 Prediction that the Foreign Office shaped afresh (8)....

Next year's diaries are now making their appear- ance in

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stationers' shops, and display their usual infinite variety-Schoolboy's, Gardener's, Sports- man's, etc. Competitors are asked to think up a new market, e.g. Teddy boys,...

My Fair Lady

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 398 Report by James Bredin The usual prize was offered for the best explanation, combining ingenuity with plausibility, of the strange behaviour of...

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is, of course, very different, but there are sicken- ing similarities. The great depression began with the crashing of a speculative boom in the security markets. There has been...


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By PHILIDOR No. 123. C. MANSFIELD (Special Prize, B.C.F. Tourney No. 83) BI.ACK (6 men) Will ( LO men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to...

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By CUSTOS THE gilt-edged market was cheered this week by the decision of the Government to make no conversion offer to holders of the 21 per cent. Funding stock (£503 million)...