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T HE resumed sittings of the Co-ordinating Committee at. Geneva will . prove decisively whether the League States mean business over economic sanctions or not. There is every...

Fortunately the Geneva meetings open with the re lations between this

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country and France better than !icy have been for some weeks. A complete under- s tanding regarding mutual support under Article XVI a the Covenant has been reached as regards...

Peace Canards The Foreign Secretary may or mayVot be right

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in suggest- ing that the persistent allegations that he is conniving with M. Laval in the concoction of -a peace settlement that will betray AbysSinia and give Italy by -...

,chnsieEs : Gower St, Yondon, W C 1. Tel. :

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MUSEUSI 1721. Entered as second-class Ma Matter at the New York, N.Y. Post O f fice, 'le o, 23rd, 1896. Postal subscription 30s..per annum, to any part of the world. Postage on...

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The Miners' Strike Ballot The dispute in the coal industry

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is now reaching the point of serious danger. On the eve of the election the Government have made certain offers which, if they had come earlier, would have made all the...

The " Heresy " of Pacifism In the York Diocesan

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Leaflet the Archbishop of York has been explaining, whilst slightly. modifying, . his statement that extreme pacifism is heretical. . He is speaking of those pacifists who think...

Mandates for Colonies Great Britain is now in a position

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when she cannot much longer afford not to put before the world a general policy in regard to colonies. So much has been mode clear both by Italian action and by Sir Samuel...

Nazi Leaders and the Churches The relations between the German

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Protestant Church and the Nazi Government have entered an interesting phase. Herr Kern, the new Minister f or E cc l es i a stical Affairs, appears to be genuinely endeavouring...

Italy Advancing On the North Abyssinian front the Italian advance

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haS been resumed. Characteristically the resumption coincided with the anniversary of the Fascist march on Rome, where it was probably not unwelcome as providing a distraction...

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Looking back on this Parliament with its 460 Conser- vatives,

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the extent to which Mr. Baldwin has exercised over them a real personal ascendancy is very remarkable. Time and again it has looked as if the Diehards might turn into a...

• • lc-Phone Progress increased use of the telephone that

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has followed the reduction of eharges is abundant justification of the I ?evy policy adopted by the Post Office. Shilling night-calls , i ,ave grown by 180 per cent.; and day...

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London Sundays A curious little discussion at the ,X.ondon County session on Tuesday, on a prOposal that artists Perforthing 'in Sunday entertainments'should be permitted a...

The Week in Parliament Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes : Parliament

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ended with a most useful electioneering speech for the Governthent by, of all People, Mi. Winston Churchill. His claim that the League had already justified itself in an...

But' his appointment would .still further upset the balance of

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Parties in the National Government, par- ticularly as I hear on good authority that Lord Halifax is unlikely to be persuaded to continue in office after the Election. Since the...

Voluntary Euthanasia Behind the new humanitarian movement launched from Leicester

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under the name of the Voluntary Euthanasia Legalisation Society are ' two Leicester • medical men; Mr. C. J. Bond and Dr. Killiek Millard, and the executive is constituted...

For the relative freedom of this Government from serious internal

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dissensions a word of praise is due to Captain Margesson and his assistant Government Whips. In spite of their strong allegiance to the Conservative Party, they have been...

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T HE three political parties have laid their pro- grammes before the electors, and the electors can take their choice. Some fifty percent. of them will no doubt follow party...

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T ODAY inevery town in Great Britain the electoral machine has been set going, and the noise of it fills the air. Central and regional committee rooms leelare their presence...

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The B.B.C. . will earn fresh gratitude if it is

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able .t 0 develop the idea embodied in " Youth Crosses the Frontiers," the admirable feature which figured in last Sunday afternoon's programme. For an hour and a half we had...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK I T is a good deal of a

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compliment to Lord Snowden's reputation as a broadcaster that Mr. Churchill should have thought it necessary to attack him violently before the broadcast had. ever been...

That enterprising little organisation, " Friends of Europe," has done

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a very useful service in reprinting in pamphlet form Herr Hitler's foreign policy speech of last May, but I am not nearly so sure about its wisdoM in issuing at the same time a...

* There is justice,' I think, in the observation that

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the fate of Mr. Lloyd George's Councils of Action will show how much remains of political nonconformity as an effective force today. Whether political nonconformity is a...

* "Loitering with a vacant eye Along the Grecian gallery,"

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—only it was • not the Grecian gallery but the National Gallery. I turned on Wednesday into the rooms devoted to the British School of the seventeenth and eighteenth. centuries...

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JAPAN has been a reticent, but by no means an U. indifferent spectator of the Italo-Abyssinian con- flict and of the larger crisis of European peace which may develop from it....

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By the DEAN OF ST. PAUL'S. .L IKE Sir Michael Sadler, I write of the Groups as an outsider, and with less knowledge than he of effects produced in individual lives. One who...

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By FRANCIS GOWER T HIS is a conversation which occurred, .three or four weeks ago, in a railway carriage between Naples 'and Syracuse. Of course everybody. was discussing the...

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By MICHAEL LANGLEY C URING a recent visit to Teheran I was impressed by similar process is that of the influence of western ideas what is a great attempt to balance the...

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By the REV. P. M. GEDGE [We publish this article as representing a point of view of some interest, but dissent entirely from, its conclusions.] E areblancly, if not ferociously,...

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By J. S. COLLIS L YDIA VLADIMIROVNA CESSARSKAYA looked out of the window. At the corner of the street she saw a sight, now becoming less uncommon, but always strange. A man was...

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By ROSE MACAULAY S IR ARNOLD WILSON, opening a show of bicycles the other day, let fall, it seems, a remark on " the surprising audacity of elected persons in some of their...

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"The Hangman." By Par Lagerkvist. At the Duke of York's. Mn. Pent LAGERKVIST is a prophet without honour everywhere save in his own country. In his native Sweden he is regarded...

The Cinema

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"Barbary Coast." At the London Pavilion. "Episode." At the Academy.—" The Passing of the Third Flool Back." At the New Gallery Barbary coast is melodrama of the neatest, most...

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[Von einem Deutschen Korrespondenten} " 0 Avrr. Burschenherrlichkeit, wohin bist du verschwundem' nic kehrst do wieder, schone Zeit, so frei und ungebunden • ." So sangen die...

Music Grand Guignol at Sadler's Wells

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IN one aspect Puccini's Trittice or Triptych is a historical document of the theatre, reminding us how, during and just after the War, we used to go to a little playhouse to...

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Collective Security and Birds A note of surprise and wonder

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accompanies the telling of two cat and bird stories that have appeared during the week, one in The Times, one in the Observer. In the first a swift .flew down and pulled up...

Heather Gardens A garden habit that seems to be spreading

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is the one-subject garden, especially, I think, the heath garden. Two of the latest of my acquaintance are in the form, one of a bank, the other of a pit or scoop. The hollow...


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A Field's Fortunes I have been watching the fortunes of a particular field through a succession of years ; and it suggests a moral. It was at first well-tilled, grew excellent...

Urban Birds An urban age is undoubtedly producing a bird

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with urban habits, some of them a little morbid, as in the sparrows who now nest in flats and devour crocus flowers. Quite a number seem to prefer the town 'before the country....

House•eating Birds

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A dweller in Harrogate has noticed a habit of the great tit which has been exactly repeated in a Wiltshire house. The account of the proceeding is thus: " We feed the birds on...

Burrowers It sometimes happens that rough plaster is decorated with

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morsels of many flies. The Jenny wren will on occasion come into a room and secure quite a considerable meal by pecking at apparently bare plaster. The tits, however, are not...

A Garden Pond The garden, of course, is the Paradise

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of birds, and perhaps more gardeners might legislate for the birds as well as the 'flowers, according to advice offered by W. H. Davies, whose charming little garden book...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sat.—I write for the purpose of correcting two misappre- hensions (I own I, expected rather more) entertained and expressed by some persons in...


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[To the Editor of Tim SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Anyone reading Mr. C. M. Cadogan's letter in your issue of October 19th would naturally infer that the recent quarrel between Drs....


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[7'o the Editor of Tim SrEcrATort.1 81 a,-----Mr. H. E. Norman, secretary of the National Association of Probation Officers, makes fun of the recent death of a Oecgyman in a...


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[To the Editior of Tau spEcTATort.] gra,—A series of cutting remarks are made by two of your contributors to last week's issue. One, on p. 657, cynically . refuses to Canon...


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[Correspondents are requested to keep their letters as brief as is reasonably possible. The most suitable length is that of one of our " News of the Week " paragraphs. Signed...

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[To the Editor of Tim SPECTATOR.] Sin,—While •thanking you for including my letter h the columns of your periodical, I should like to point' out that, according to your...


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[7'o the Editor of Tim SPEerxron.] feel impelled to point out a fault in logic in your article on " The Government and the EleCtion " appearink in the issue of October 18th. •...


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Sin,—Controversy on mental treatment, which rages elsewhere in the Press, is inclined to be theoretical and to ignore the human side which The Spectator always puts first. The...

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Lord Beaverbrook . requested me to tell him me views on Isolationism or the League I sat down furl lin-411 and explained exactly why, in my opinion , Isolationism:woo d result t...


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811 1,7---The difficulty of collecting evidence about the conditions in the South Wales collieries is considerable. Like Mr. Gilkes, I, too, came away, after a week's visit,...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—In these days of crisis when the utter futility and crime of warfare is so vividly felt,. may I bring to the attention of your readers...


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[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The letter published by Mr. C. M. Chapman in your columns last week provides a brilliant example of how parti- sanship can overstate a...


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[To the Editor of Tun SPECTAToR.] SIR, --I€ miners' wages are not high enough, why is it ? If miners' wages are increased, what will happen ? Please let facts be faced. The...

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SIR,—Sir Evelyn Wrench, in your last issue, quite rightly says that the problem of keeping the Continent correctly informed about British political aims is a major problem in...


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Tun dead man spoke to me and begged a penny, For God's sake, and for yotirs and mine, he, said, Slowly under the streetlamp turned his head, I saw his eyes wide open and he...


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SIR, —All my life I have suspected that the saying " There are far more madmen outside the asylums than in " is only too true. Now certain confirmation comes from Mr. J. M. N....


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Sin,—Your correspondent, Mr. J. L. Hammond, gives an interesting account of a conversation 40 years ago with Lord Hobhouse—then a very old man—who told him that in hjs early...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,--We are engaged in preparing, at the wish of the pOced, executrix, a complete edition of the works of Isaac Roenbeig:, We should be most...


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SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Unless I am mistaken, Viscount Sankey of Moreton, the predecessor of the present Lord Chancellor, is— and was when he sat on the Woolsack—a Roman Catholic....

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A Royal Politician

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By C. E. VULLIAMY IF King George III had been allowed by providence to lead the life he might so reasonably have desired—that of a plain country squire with a few good farms, a...

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Race and Culture

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We Europeans. By Julian S. Huxley and A. C. Haddon, with a chapter on Europe Overseas, by A. M. Carr-Saunders. (Jonathan. Cape, Ss. 6d.) THERE is no need at this time to stress...

Letters of Controversy

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Science and the Supernatural. By Arnold Lunn and J. B. S. Haldane. (Eyre and Spottiswoode. 10s. 6d.) CONTROVERSY, like appetite, grows with what it feeds on. I remember hearing...

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A. British Consul in East Africa

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••ezieral. Rigby, Zanzibar and the Slave Trade. By Mrs. C. 'E.' B. Russell: (George Allen and Unwin. 16s.) Z an During the past year (1869) 19,000 slaves were brought to zibar...

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The New Metternich .

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Metternich. By H. du Coudray. (Jonathan Cape. 15s.) IT is perhaps necessary for a statesman to become respectable before any attempt can be made to write his biography. When I...

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What a Word ! By A. P. Herbert. (Methuen. Os.) I CANNOT grow hot about all Mr. A. P. Herbert's battles, though I always admire his tactics and his wit. About soine of his wars I...

Shakespeare and His Audience

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A mica feast is all the better for an appetising hors d'oeuvre, and Professor Dover Wilson gives Shakespeare lovers both. His initiatory autobiographic fragment yields a...

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Ethics of Political Gangsterdom -

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" A THRILLING narrative of secret poliee'work on the frontiers espionage and Mounter-espionage . . " So the - lurid blui - V on the dust cover. Nothing could give a falser...

Musiciens D'Autrefois

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Down Among the Dead Men. By Bernard van Dioron. (Oxford University Press. 10s, 6d.) Tins is a very unequal book : unequal not only from essay to essay but from page to page,...

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A • Steady Flame

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Fire of Life. By Henry W. Nevinson. With a Preface by John Masefleld, O.M. (Nisbet and Gollanez. 8s. 6d.) " THE fire of life ; It sinks, and I am ready to depart." The verse is...

Graduates of Douai

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Tim age of Marlowe and Drake, to which the formal courtesy of poets has attached the name of a clever, unscrupulous woman, would have lacked the finest expression of the hinnan...

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In Search For God

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God is My Adventure. By Rom Landau. (Nicholson and Watson. 10s. 6d.) Tins volume is the religious equivalent of the 'In Search For' series. Mr. Landau is no fool ; he is out to...

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The Lion and the Philosopher

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Mn. FREDERIC PROKOSCIL who is not unknown in this country as a poet, has now produced a peculiar and by no means un- impressive work of fiction. On the face of it this book...

DIRECT subscribers who are changing their addresses are asked to

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Probables v. Improbables

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' 7s. 6d.) Death Blew Out the Match. By Kathleen Moore Kni g ht: (Heinemann. 7s. 6d.) Beauty Vanishes. . By Dorothea Braude. (Boll.. 7s. 6d.) • TILE public still clamours for...

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3y SEAN O'FAOLAIN T is, perhaps, and yet who knows (if one may drop into the melancholy and elliptical style of George Moore), an unwise thing for a reviewer to confess that he...

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THE MEXICAN ADVENTURE By Daniel Dawson Here at last is

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a sober, carefully documented account of Napoleon III's unfortunate attempt to establish the Hapsburg Archduke Maximilian as Emperor of Mexico. : In writing The Mexican...

CONTACTS By Curtis Brown Mr. Curtis Brown's collection of recollections

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(Cassell, 12s. 6d.) which he refuses-with, we hope,. an eye on some future occasion—to call his autobiography, will appeal both to all writers who are inquisitive about their...

INDIAN GODS AND KINGS By Emma Hawkridge Miss Hawkridge has

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set herself the task of telling the story of the living past of India, " for the intelligent but uninformed reader." It might have been supposed that amid the multi- plicity of...

Current Literature

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MINOR MEDICAL MYSTERIES By Leonard Williams The physical and psychic personality of Dr. Leonard Williams is disarming to the would-be critical reviewer. If Dr. Williams has...

THE CRITERION Edited by T. S. Eliot The October number

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of The Criterion (Faber and Faber, 7s. 6d.), which continues to preserve its supremacy among English literary periodicals, is made exceptionally interesting by the inclUsion of...

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Current Travel News

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South America Prevalence of fair weather alongthe South America route to some extent accounts for the popularity of the voyage to that continent. It is said that the...

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Long Winter Cruises

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Dec. 2714 FRANCONIA, 163 days. From SOUUISITIp. ton to U.S.A., West Indies, South America, South Africa, India, Ceylon, Straits Settlements, China, Japan, Honolulu, U.S.A. Fare...

Selected Christmas Cruises

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ARANDORA STAR. From Southampton on Dec. 20th. To Madeira, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Teneriffe, Santa Cruz de la Palma, 20 days. Front 34 gns. ATLANTIS. From Southampton on Dec....

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By OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT H EALTH is not a thing that can be imposed from outside. External conditions inimical, to health can be altered ; but the final prOblem of,...


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By HARRY ROBERTS "HAT which is conducing to one .man, in one case, T , the same time is opposite to another. An ass and a mule went laden over a brook, the one with salt, the...


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By AESCULAPIAN IN varying degrees of severity, what we -doctors call " anxiety neurosis " is probably the commonest ailment in civilised countries today. The usual symptoms of...

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By F. 0. TAYLOR A NCIENT Greece is said to have owed its existence as a nation to its worship of physical fitness. From a loose association of tribes, the nation was knitted i...

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By ALFRED COX A MUSIC - HALL philosopher of my younger days used to ask " Why work when you are in good health ? " a question" which was received enthusiastically and...

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Sint HENRY ,BRACKMKRY has by devoted service to his Profession

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won a high place in its regard. He is Vice-President of the British Medical Association, and is a directly elected representative of practitioners on the General Medical...

Da. How, who was for many years Medical Officer of

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Health for Holborn, died before the publication of this monumental Work. His surviving colleague is the M.O.H. for Hertford- shire. The whole book is written by recognised...


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First Aid for Everybody. By A. J. 13. Goldsmith. (Faber and Faber. 2s. ad.) Taus is a useful, simply written work which, however, scarcely justifies its claim on the wrapper to...

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Elections and the Investor WHILE party politicians and their followers are awaiting with keen anxiety the outcome of the forthcoming General Election, and while adherents of...

Financial Notes

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ELECTION MARKETS. FOLLOWING upon a week of moderate activity and strength in securities has come the almost inevitable reaction. Inevitable " because there is little doubt...