1 OCTOBER 1954

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That is another matter. It depends partly on policies and Partly on persons. As to policies, one of the reasons why the Bevanites were defeated at Scarborough—and let us be...

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Viet Nam Disintegrating

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Southern Viet Nam, whose Emperor sits in Cannes and sends vague telegrams which seem to influence the situation neither one way nor another, is not making much of its...

Literary Leading Article

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In this Autumn Books Number the Spectator introduces a new feature, a literary leading article, which will be found on page 399. It will be a main object of these articles to...

McCarthy Down

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When the Watkins Committee recommended that Senator Joseph McCarthy should be censured by the United States Senate on two of the five counts that they investigated, and...

Israel's Peace Offer

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Any peace proposal from Israel is good, if only because it indicates that those who advise patience and moderation are holding their own against those who advise violence as a...

Information for Cyprus

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The Colonial Office has been criticised in the Spectator and elsewhere for its failure to provide Cyprus with an information service fit to represent the British case...

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R. EDEN'S Lancaster House statement on Tuesday has given a tremendous new impetus towards the effective defence and unity of Europe. The step of committing a British armed force...

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Oscars of the Air

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When I heard the announcer say that the BBC had been awarded, in Florence, the ' Italia Prix' for 1954, I went on shaving, but began for some reason to think of Empress of...

Murder and Mercy

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,In Nine Troubled Years, which Collins are publishing on Monday, Lord Templewood makes some interesting reflections on the Royal Prerogative. During his period of office as Home...

The Walking Wounded

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A schoolgirl I know fell off a seesaw in Regent's Park the Saturday before last and hurt her arm. Next morning she was still in some pain, so her mother took her round to a big...


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M IKHATL BORODIN had an excellent sense of humour and may, in the wry, Russian way, have appreciated the irony of his fate (Mr. Harrison Salisbury, lately the Moscow...

Occupational Hazards

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When the purge started in Hankow Borodin and his colleagues had to fly for their lives; they had a long, hard cross-country journey home by way of Outer Mongolia. In the middle...

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After the Bombardment

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By G. S. GALE Scarborough HE youngest member of the National Executive Com- mittee of the Labour Party is called George Brinham. He is a woodworker from Devon, and it is not so...

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literary Pilgrimages

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By HAROLD NICOLSON F OR those who cherish the company of books, there are few more pleasurable enjoyments than to visit the places where great writers have lived and worked....

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The Last Best Hope?

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By D. W. BROGAN J UST after Mr. Lie was made Secretary-General of the United Nations, he spoke to the Norwegian Union of Students. ' For the benefit of these young and ardently...

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By JAMES POPE-HENNESSY . T - HIS year the summer skyline of the bombed regions of the City of London has changed in aspect. Up into the rain, rivalling the spires of Wren,...

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Nelson. (Sadler's Wells.) IN Lennox Berkeley's Nelson Sadler's Wells has given us the first fruit of what promises to be a historic season for English opera. Berkeley and his...

CONTEMPORARY ARTS MR. VAL PARNELL has called his gleaming cohorts

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together from the farthest reaches of show business to set up a programme contracting outfit for commercial TV. should we feel sorry for the BBC? How can the civil servants be...

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The Belles of St. Trinian's. (Gaumont.)-- For Better, For Worse. (Warners.) daring insouciance, and it is good that at the moment of their demise a fitting memorial has been...


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Cohen, Bratby THE two London galleries most consistently and courageously backing the young un- knowns of their choice lie at opposite poles. Gimpel Fils provides a home for...


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Separate Tables. By Terence Rattigan. (St. James's.) No more Ruritania for Rattigan. With this pair of plays we are in familiar surroundings. The scene is set in a private...


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Ballet du Theitre National de L'Opern de Paris. (Royal Opera House.) FOR the first time in its long history, the Paris Opera Ballet has come to dance in London; while they are...

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Country Life

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Tins harvest' turns out to be one that will take some beating. Large acreages of corn stand in stooks when normally the grain would have been safe. The waste goes on and yet...

Biting Insects

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Reading an article on the mosquito recently, I was surprised to learn that they show a dislike for yellow-coloured garments. It seems the way to avoid the attentions of the...

Care of Geraniums Geraniums should he brought in at the

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end of this month and cuttings should bb sheltered either in a frame or in the green- house by now. A temperature of 45° should he maintained during the winter if possible....

Fishing Birds Does the cormorant air his wings to dry

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them, raise them to ease his fish-laden stomach or hold them out to get rid of sea- lice as a reader suggests.? I am not sure now. That the cormorant has some unpleasant habits...

Plus ca Change

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Competitors were asked to provide a set of instructions, in the vein of Swift's Directions to Servants in General, to one of the following: a garage mechanic, a daily help, a...


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Swnmer is over at last. Competitors are invited to compose a Song of Thanksgiving of not more than sixteen lines. Entries, addressed 'Spectator Competition No. 242,' 99 Gower...

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may be permitted to comment upon the most interesting correspondence which h a developed on this topic. On the principle that ' on- lookers see most of the game' I hope I may...

Letters to the Editor

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SHOULD CHURCHES BE SAVED ? SIR,—Ivor Bulmer-Thomas writes in the Spectator (September 24) that if the proposal of the Archdeacon of Leeds to demolish Holy Trinity Church is...

Sm,—The Archdeacon of Leeds has come in for such a

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dub- bing from your correspondents that, while I'm not a supporter of archdeacons as a class, for they normally seem to serve so little purpose, I would like to say a word in...


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Sttt, — Writing of Formosa in the Spectator of September 17, Strix says: ' . . . The only point I want to make is that anyone who tells you that the island is a vital link in...

Not Necessarily Leeds

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1 wish you could meet our delightful Archdeacon There is not a thins he's unable to speak on. And if what he says does not seem to you clear, You will have to admit he's...

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SERVICING CARS Snt,—Your Motoring Correspondent very rightly criticises the service

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obtainable from the retail motor trade since the war. While many people may feel that an all-night petrol service is unnecessarily extravagant, at least it should be possible to...

HEDGEHOGS GALORE Niall's notes concerning hedge- hogs has been of

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great interest to me because a large and friendly hedgehog has paid us nightly visits for well over two months now. We prepare two saucers of bread and milk every night and...

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Compton Mackenzie

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I N June, 1802, William Wordsworth was writing to his sister Dorothy, ' Partly from some constitutional infirmities and partly from certain habits of mind, I do not write any...

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Golfing Views By BERNARD DARWIN I T is one of golf's oldest and most crusted jokes that the , man who draws his opponent's attention to the beauty of the view is winning his...

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'I am Proud to Believe' OY E. ARNOT ROBERTSON T HE things I've been invited to be proud of, in my time 1 It's not only the variety which I find astonishing, but the fact that...

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In the Movement

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m eren t' ANY people in modern Britain, who believe that they have been living in the same place for a lifetime, wake up one day to find they are in fact living in a place. All...

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The Fountain

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Feathers up fast, steeples, and then in clods • Thuds into its first basin; thence as surf Smokes up and hangs; irregularly slops Into its second, tattered like a shawl; There,...

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The Short Story Changes

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By ANGUS WILSON I N a recent article in The •Times literary Supplement a critic quotes Miss Elizabeth Bowen as saying that the short story is ' in its use of action . . . nearer...

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Pleasure, Controversy, Scholarship

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By JOHN WAIN T HIS author* is of course well known, as a controversialist —indeed my view is that the death of George Orwell left Mr. Lewis standing alone as our major...

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The Invisible Men

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Prisoners' Bluff. By Rolf Magener. (Rupert Hart-Davis. 12s. 6d.) HERR MAGENER and his companion, von Have, escaped from the internment camp for Axis civilians at Dehra Dun at...

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Phase of Expansion

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Prospect of Canada. By Ernest Watkins. (Seeker & Warburg. 21s.) ONCE I was praising Venice, a city I love as much as any on earth, to a Venetian. He looked at me with a mixture...

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The Day of the Moron

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Parade of Pleasure: A Study of Popular Iconography in the U.S.A. By Geoffrey Wagner. (Verschoyle. 25s.) THIS important book is a demonstration of how far modern American films,...

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The Lord of the Rings

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IN 1937 Professor Tolkien published one of the best books for children of our generation. It was a long magical romance of a quite unusual kind and quality, called The Hobbit. I...

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Special Forces

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The Password fs Courage. By John Castle. (Souvenir Press. 15s.) 'So you bumped into the S in Vienna?' (Or the Gestapo in Oslo or Paris or Brussels or Ber li n.) 'You say you...

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Essays on the Theatre

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Theatre. By Desmond MacCarthy. (McGibbon & Kee. 12s. 6d.) FOR a dramatic critic who writes his weekly stint of words and, after polishing and refining his piece to the best of...

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The Better Break

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The Emigrants. By George Lamming. (Michael Joseph. 15s.) IT is not often that a book of the power and scope of The Emigrants 9 3 mes the way of the reviewer. I would say...

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People and Places

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THESE handsome and imposing volumes each contain some sixteen coloured plates, 160 full-page black-and-white illustrations, and about 450 pages of text printed in two columns....

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Thank You, Mr. Atkins

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The British Soldier. By Colonel H. de Watteville. (Dent. 18s.) IT is a pity, as Colonel de Watteville says in his opening chapter, that no Smollett or Marryat arose in the Army...

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Admiral Horton

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Tins interesting book unhappily falls between two stools. it is not, as its title suggests, an account solely of Max Horton's conduct of the Western Approaches Command, for of...

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Truth . Embodied A ROCKET stands still for a time

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above the ground, fizzing and sparking and seemingly getting nowhere with great fuss, but all the time gathering power for the sudden effortless acceleration into clear air and...

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New Novels •

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THIS week's novels are half American, half English. They are interest. ing examples of the differences in styling and bodywork, as well as id basic conception, of the '54...

Pioneers in Australia

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The Hentys. By Mamie Bassett. (O.U.P. £3 3s.) Tins is a fine work of scholarship, carefully documented. 10 addition, it is an exciting story of the emigration of a large fared...

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A prize of seven guineas is offered for the best review of LORD M By David Cecil It Is published by Constable on October 1 at 21s. The review should be of some 700 words in...

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ACROSS: 1 August. 4 Hogshead. 9 Hearts. 10 Skippers. 12 Leporine. 13 Potter. 1 5 Arab. 16 Candle-ends. 19 Disappears. 20 Clad. 23 Glance. 25 'teeming. 27 Insolent, 28 Kimono. 29...


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I la mil= ell ai E: M 2 3 4- 5 iill al 6 II • • 13 .7 is hi 20 21 22 1 111 E0 . m ill al 11 111 37 .- ' a...... Tn a prizes are awarded each week - a...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT VERY little attention seems to have been paid to an important speech recently made by Mr. Harold Watkinson, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry...

Company Notes

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By CUSTOS THERE is little sign now left of the over- speculation which weakened the stock markets but I would still advise against buying of CANADIAN AND ENGLISH STORES and Gus...