1 MAY 1953

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Stalin Die? LU DOVIC KENNEDY: Travels Long Ago J. P. W. MALLALIEU: The Huddersfield Double JENNY NASMYTH : The Pattern of Terrorism REX WARNER: T. S. Eliot's Prose

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may be. , For the moment the main hope on the military side is that the momentum and confidence of the Viet-Minh troops is less strong than the news from the area, which is in...


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No. 6514 FRIDAY, MAY 1953 PRICE 7d.

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Labour Policy in June .

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Critics who profess to detect a rumble of internal disharmony in the fact that the Labour Party's promised statement of domestic policy will not be ready until June, with a...

Loggerheads and Loopholes

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Stalemate, if not breakdown, impends over the truce talks at Panmunjom, where meetings between the delegates have been brief in duration and brusque in atmosphere. The...

The Shadow of McCarthy'

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On Monday President Eisenhower made one apparently illi- beral and one apparently liberal move. He issued an executive order tightening up the security regulations affecting...

Pravda Returns the Ball

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The right approach to Pravda's reply to President Eisen- hower's speech of April 16th is the analytic approach. Both the American programme and the Russian reply are in...

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T least nobody can say that Parliament is dull. Members

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complain that they are overworked and underpaid. They complain that the Opposition's threat to the pairing system is a threat to civilised life. But these moans have not...

Atomic Organisation

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On Tuesday in the Commons the Opposition greeted with a barrage of questions the Prime Minister's statement that a committee would be set up to devise a plan for transferring...

What is an Amateur ?

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In the programme of the Oxford and Cambridge sports this year there was an advertisement for starting blocks " made to the requirements of E. McDonald Bailey, Ltd." The Southern...

Does the slogan " trade, not aid " really mean

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anything to Americans ? The recent example of the contract for electrical machinery which was not given to the British firm that provided the lowest bid has left a nasty taste...

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T a Press conference a little time ago the Egyptian Minister of National Guidance, Fuad Galal, was asked whether the forthcoming talks with Great Britain would be purely...

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T . HE hullabaloo which is being raised in some quarters about Prince Akihito's advent in this country seems to me both foolish and unbecoming. In the last war the conduct not...

0345 Hours I sleep like a log, but at a

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quarter to four yesterday morning the sound of yelping penetrated my habitual trance. The two hundred odd ewes and lambs in the big field below - the house were crying, and I...

The Vandals "I observe," said my friend from Ruritania, "

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that there is trouble because someone has discovered that a year ago an ancient burial ground, sixty feet long and overgrown with bushes, was flattened in order to prepare the...

I always look forward •to the Tailor and Cutter's 'single-

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minded comments on the pictures in the Royal Academy, and I could wish that its somewhat specialised approach to the problems of art criticism was more widely employed. How...

Bright Idea Against the background of the Korean truce-talks General

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Mark Clark's, offer of 100,000 dollars to any Communist pilot , who deserts with his MiG '15 seems to me ill-timed. The prisoner of war problem, which is the main obstacle to a...

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When Did Stalin Die?

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By RICHARD CHANCELLOR T HE events of the past few weeks in Soviet Russia, how- ever one may interpret them on the basis of information from official sources in Moscow, must...

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The Pattern of Terrorism

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By JENNY NASMYTH F ACH massacre in Kenya recalls the situation in Malaya when General Templer assumed command. It was just 4 over a year ago that he arrived in Kuala Lumpur to...

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The Leaders in West Africa

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By THOMAS HODGKIN T HE politicians of the present generation in West Africa are above all organisers. It is this quality which distin- guishes them from the last generation of...

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T ODAY we know, all too well, the pensive militarist, and oven the neurotic militarist. But a mediaeval Turkish warrior sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought was...

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The Hiss Case By D. W. BROGAN T HE case of

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Alger Hiss has often been compared to the Dreyfus case. It is, in fact, far more interesting, and on one hypothesis, that of Hiss's guilt, far more important. -Compare that drab...

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keep Battling

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By C. H. BLACKER O N a winter afternoon some years ago I was walking . drearily back to the dressing-room at Sandown Park after a fall on the far side of the course. My boots...

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A Tale of Two Cities WHEN is an opera not an opera? When it's broadcast—unless the listening eye can, with the aid of memory and imagination, supply at least a minimum of what...


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BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHERS THE Institute of British Photographers—the organisation for professional photographers in Britain—opened its Coronation Exhibition at the R.B.A. Gallery...


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The Seagull. By Anton Chekov. (Arts Theatre.) WHEN an actor of the Maly Theatre said that The Seagull was "a play which only actors of great experience could get across. No...

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Le Corbusier at the I.C.A. LE CORBUSIER, it is 'said, regards his painting—which he practises every day between 8.0 a.m. and noon—as the key to all his other work, and it is...


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Two Pennyworth of Hope. ' (Academy.) SIGNOR RENATO CASTELLANI directed one of the most charming films • ever made, Springtime in Italy, and I went to see his latest production...

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Sporting Aspects

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The Huddersfield Double By J. P. W. MALLALIEU I N 1921 the Welsh Rugby Union picked two full backs for the match against England at Cardiff Arms Paik. One was Ossie Male from...

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Report by Maecenas Readers were invited to submit a translation of Catullus's poem beginning " Ille mi par esse deo videtur " in the style of any one of the following poets :...


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Set by \ D. R. Peddy A prize of £5 is offered for an extract from a diary maintained during the last three years by one of the following : Queen Victoria, Mr. Pooter or E. M....

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The Canadian Dilemma ' SiR,—In your issue of February 27th Mr. Desmond E...Henn writes on the " Canadian dilemma." It must have surprised your Canadian readers to learn that...

British Hospital in Aleppo

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SIR,—The work that the Altounyan Hospital in Aleppo has done during the last half-century must be well known to many who have served or had interests in the Middle East. It has,...

Monkey Puzzles

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SIR, —Ian Niall's paragraph about the monkey puzzle causes me some nostalgia. Just before World War One I spent four happy years encamped in the Andes, with the object of...

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• The Man 'Who Was Robinson

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was surprised to find Mr. Mallalieu still repeating the yarn that in 1902, when Rhodes joined Hirst for the last wicket at the Oval, the latter said—of the fifteen runs...

An African Lily

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SIR,—Although one would, hesitate to cross swords with an expert like Col. Kirkbride, may I point oui that not all Liliaceae are of the Lilium genus. We do not speak of muscari...

Vie 6pettator, aprit 30tb, 1833 Lord Palmerston received at his

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residence in Carlton Gardens, on Monday, a deputation of working men, accompanied by the Reverend S. T. Bayley, Secretary of the Lord's Day Observance Society; who presented a...

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Two Dogs

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Bob's dogs always had coats of such fine condition that they seemed to glow, , and he was proud of them. Today he is sorrowful, for one of the pair has died, and he blames a...

The Scolding Blackbird

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When a blackbird scolds it seems to get into a sort of frenzy, and the - sound can become annoying. Usually the bird's anger or alarm is caused by a cat, and often it is at a...

Old-Fashioned Potatoes.

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- Recently a friend wrote to say how amused he was at my recipe for a hotbed. Stable' manure I I 'as being a little old-fashioned. I am a little old-fashioned about potatoes...


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A PAIR of wheatears on the heather-banks at the side of the road are a sign that summer will soon be over the moor. Already the air is softer, and there is a subtle change in...

Until May is Out Whether the old :rhyme about not

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casting clouts until May is out • referred to the month or the blossom, anything that is not classed as hardy requires some protection against late frost which can do a great...

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A Great Critic MR. ELIo . r, both as poet and critic, has had a greater influence on his times than any other living writer. This in itself is enough to Command our respect ;...

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European Communism. By Franz Borkenau. (Faber. 42s.) Sociology of Communism. By Jules Monnerot. Translated by Jane Degras and Richard-Rees. (Allen & Unwin. 30s.) The Communist...

The Legend of Alain-Fournier

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The Quest of Alain-Fournier. By Robert Gibson. (Hamish Hamilton. 21s.) ALAIN-FOURNIER is known to English readers as the author of one of the most enchanting of modern French...

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The Owl of Avon

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Marie Corelli. By Eileen Bigland. (Jarrolds. 18s.) BEFORE treating Marie Corelli as a joke that has lost its point we should consider her contemporary social relevance and the...

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Travels Long Ago

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Cities and Men. An Autobiography. By Sir Harry Luke. (Geoffrey Bles. 25s.) "I CANNOT remember," writes Sir Harry Luke, "when travel was not an essential part of our family...

Croce's Masterpiece

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Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic. By Benedetto Croce. Translated from the. Italian by Douglas Ainslie. (Vision Press and Peter Owen. 42s.) Tins reprint...

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The Judgment of Paris. By Gore Vidal. (Heinemann. 15s.) Frank Tilsley. (Eyre and The Passing of a Hero. By Jocelyn Bro Into the Labyrinth. By Francoise M 10s. 6d.) WHATEVER...

In next week's "Spectator" D. W. Brogan will review the

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second volume of "The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover"; Kenneth Muir "Shake- speare: His World and His Work" by M. M. Reese; Michael Oakeshott "Freedom : 'A New Analysis" by Maurice...

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In Spite Of. By John Cowper Powys. (Macdonald. 15s.) This

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book is a collection of lengthy, breezy, common-sensical and hortatory essays which, although they resemble sermons, neverthe- less also somewhat resemble the philosophic and...

Shorter Notices This reprint of the Everyman edition of Shakespeare's

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works still follows the old text of Clark and Wright's Cambridge Shakespeare, presumably because the use of a more modern text would have incurred paying royalties to the...

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Solution to Crossword No. 726

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By CUSTOS POLITICAL and economic uncertainties are now hanging heavily over stock markets. Quite apart from the larger issues of peace or war which make investment decisions at...