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W HILE the Russian advance over a large sector of the front west and north of Moscow continues, and the German advance in the Caucasus is slow and liable to actual set - backs,...

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REACTIONS IN INDIA T HE discussion of the Indian situation by

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the House of Commons at the end of last week did little, and by the nature of things could do little, to change the present position. It none the less had its value. It enabled...

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S UNDAY, November 22nd, will be Salvage Day in the churches throughout the cotintry. On that day "congregations will be urged to save every scrap." A gentleman connected with...

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By STRATEGICUS T is a pity that only one or two newspapers gave space to the I broadcast of General Diethmar on Monday night. The Ger- man army spokesman gave his...

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By SIR MALCOLM STEWART W HEN considering the post-war shape of things to come, my thoughts often turn to the Distressed Areas. I have always regretted that Parliament changed...

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By SIR STEPHEN TALLENTS ir BELIEVE they be such men for hard living as are not under the sun : for no cold will hurt them. . . . They may not say, as some snudges in England...

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By SIR SIDNEY BARTON* FF OR more than a year after the Emperor of Ethiopia re-entered his capital of Addis Ababa on May 5th, 1941, the absence of any postal service available...

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By OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT But they have been primarily and necessarily concerned, for the most part, with more urgent and acute illnesses or those needing the most special...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I WAS tempted last week to write an article rebutting the rebuke administered to the Mother of Parliaments by the Leader of the House. I could have described...

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" The Bright Path." At the Tat!er.—" The Big Shot." At the Gaumont.—" Syncopation." At the RegaL—Soviet Scientific Films for future showing. NOTHING more unexpected can ever...


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London Exhibitions WILLIAM Scon, whose pictures have appeared recently in ones and twos at mixed exhibitions and have been noticed by the eagle-eyed, is holding a one-man show...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sia,—May I say about "E. K. Cook's" letter (September11th), corn- menting on mine (September 4th), just one or two things? • (1) The figure cited by me...

SIR,—The question is frequently asked, "What is the mind of

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the Christian Church in India on the present political situation? And as all who know anything of that Church will readily agree, the first part of the answer must be that a...

Sta,—Dr. Maude Royden's letter in last week's Spectator suggests a

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complete misunderstanding of the attitude of the British Government in India. I think that all who know and have any deep affection for th zi. land would agree that "we want the...

SIR,—The answer to Dr. Lofthouse's statement that "this country has

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presented India with scheme after scheme for freedom from British contro!, all of them rejected unconditionally because they did not leave the position of Congress supreme and...

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A YUGOSLAV SHAKESPEARE Caclamanos on Mr. Harold Nicolson is always

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a literary event, but Mr. Nicolson needed rougher handling than this. Like many Englishmen, Mr. Nicolson says Yugoslav when he means Serb. For example, he says that the whole...

AGENTS-PROVOCATEURS Sue,—In the House of Commons on Friday last a

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question was asked regarding the methods employed by the enforcement officers of the Board of Trade and in replies to supplementary questions doubt was thr6wn upon the...


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Snt,—In these days of mental and spiritual stress many of us in our fleeting moments of leisure turn to one or other of the eternal verities for comfort and relief. For some, it...

ECONOMIC NATIONALISM Sut,—In your issue of July 17th, just received,

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you have an interesting note of the week entitled "A Record Wheat Crop." An arresting sentence therein is the following, referring to new British war wheat- fields: "Will they...

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SIR,—In a well-known town I recently conversed with the head of a boot-repairing establishment ; and I give the result of the conversation in the form of a diary. December,...


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SIR,—Yes, your correspondent "B. T. W." is right in saying we Liberals strongly dislike to be called left wing Conservatives or right wing Socialists—for we are neither. I...


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MANY more people than ever before have realised the poet's truth that September is the "season of mellow fruitfulness," is perhaps the most satisfying month of the year. The...


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SIR,—Sir William Beach Thomas, in his admirable plea for the "local characters" of the village as a " self-sufficing " unit, remarks: "Even Mr. Massingham . . . will acknowledge...


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SIR,—In his article "Men into Officers," Mr. J. L. Hodson (who, later on, suggests the formation of schools for leadership) writes, with apparent satisfaction, that out of forty...

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The Tortoise and the Hare NEITHER author could appropriately be called either a tortoise or a hare ; but it is possible, without undue stretch of the imagination or of...

A Greek Guest

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Greece in Peace and War. By Demetrius Caclamanos. (Lund Hum- phries. 9s.) M. DEMETRIUS CACLAMANOS was a young journalist when, in I889, Kaiser Wilhelm II visited Greece and...

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Air-Force Dialogue

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Wings Over Olympus. By T. H. Wisdom. (Allen and Unwin. 9s.) Two more books, both by serving officers, on the everlastingly interesting subject of the R.A.F. in action. The...

Masters of Detective Fiction

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Murder for Pleasure. By Howard Haycraft. (Peter Davies. ros. 6d.) MR. HAYC.RAFT insures that his study of the detective story b little value by limiting his field to the "pure"...

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Homilies in Verse

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Gleams Britain's Day. By Harry Clifton. (Duckworth. rzs. 6d.. MR. HARRY CLIFTON'S book ought to be the result of great experi- ence, but perhaps it is not. He is giving advice...

From Communism to Christocracy

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Christocracy. By John Middleton Murry. (Andrew Dakers. 6s.) THERE are some people whose gift it is to "see life steadily and see it whole "—in Matthew Arnold's well-worn phrase...


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A. Finger in Every Pie. By Rhys Davies. (Heinemann. 78. 6d., 3 Anna. By Norman Collins. (Collins. ros. 6d.) The Fighting Littles. By Booth Tarkington. (Heinemann. 8s. 6d.) The...

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- , THE SPECTATOR" CROSSWORD No. 184 tel Book Token for one

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guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week. Envelopes should be received not later than...


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SOLUTION ON OCTOBER 2nd The winner of this week's Crossword (No. 182) is The Rev. 3. B. JonNsToti, 63 Cluny Gardens, Edinburgh, to.

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By CUSTOS SommmE news from the war fronts and the persistent pressure of funds seeking investment have been just about equally matched n stock market factors - this week. Here...