20 AUGUST 1948

Page 1

Civil War in Burma

The Spectator

The situation in Burma hovers on the brink of complete chaos. Little is known of what is going on outside the capital, Rangoon, but it seems to be unfortunately true that a...


The Spectator

T HE British, American and French representatives will no doubt need all the stamina they can summon up to com- plete the gruelling course of their discussions with Mr. Molotov...

Page 2

A New European Conclave ?

The Spectator

The resolution of the French Council of Ministers in favour of the convocatiost of a European, or in the first instance Western European, Assembly on the lines proposed by the...

Precarious truce

The Spectator

There are two ways of breaking the truce in Palestine ; one is by starting up the fighting again and the other is by political action .which destroys the premise on which the...

More Troops for Malaya

The Spectator

The news that a brigade of Guards is to be sent to Malaya comes as a reminder that the situation there is still serious, and likely to deteriorate, as a result of the...

The Red Danube

The Spectator

The inevitable having happened at the Danube Conference in Belgrade, the only interesting question at the close concerned the way in which the Western Powers would react. Mr....

0 .E .E .C. Under Strain

The Spectator

There is a grave danger that the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation in Paris may be temporarily overwhelmed by the difficulties of allocating American aid, freeing...

Page 3

No Cigarettes

The Spectator

Smoking is on the increase all over the world. In Britain, after what economists would no doubt call a period of suspended in- elasticity, the demands of smokers are once more...

The Spy Sensations

The Spectator

The transference of the centre of interest in the American espionage investigations from Washington to New York has considerably inten- sified the excitement into which the...

From Words to Action in Belgrade

The Spectator

Day by day Yugoslav statements about relations with Russia become more at variance with Yugoslav actions.' In a speech delivered last Friday Marshal Tito protested once more...

Nurses' Grievances

The Spectator

The protest march and demand by student nurses in London for £5 a week last Sunday was an unofficial attempt to gain a hearing at precisely the moment when a hearing is made...

Page 4


The Spectator

T HE Lambeth Conference Encyclical is, as it should be, a document of enduring value. Only mature study will deter- mine whether it is the most important of the pronouncements...

Page 5

A SPECTATOR 'S NOTEBOOK N EWS of an international organisation in

The Spectator

which Russia is co- operating with some cordiality is particularly welcome. And that is happening, I am told, in the case of the World Health Organisation —a subsidiary of the...

The road to Bedlam, of course, is paved with false

The Spectator

predictions, but some of them have their interest none the less. Rummaging through some old Tauchnitzes in a Swiss hotel I picked up and re- read Mark Twain's Christian...

I shall be interested to see what The Observer has

The Spectator

to say about Ireland next Sunday. Its last Sunday's issue was almost sensa- tional, with its headings "UNITED IRELAND TALK TOMORROW BRINGING EIRE INTO WESTERN UNION" and its...

To call spmething unthinkable, when the very fact of saying

The Spectator

so in- dicates thought about it, is one of the more foolish of literary lapses. I therefore refrain from describing the proposed demolition of Moor Park in Surrey as...

A wide circle of friends will be saddened by Lord

The Spectator

Harmsworth's death. Cecil Harmsworth was a very different type from his brother Alfred ; recognising that to the full himself, he always spoke of Northcliffe with a kind of...

Inspired by the reading of Dr. Iremonger's William Temple, I

The Spectator

have moved back chronologically, with great profit and satisfaction, to the Bishop of Chichester's Randall Davidson. Temple and Davidson were totally different, and not least...

Page 6


The Spectator

By H. G. DANIELS N almost all the big committee rooms of the Palais des Nations at Geneva, where the Economic and Social Council has been holding its meetings, the acoustic...

Page 7


The Spectator

By D. R. GILLIE T o . read some of the newspaper comments on the joint meeting that has just been held for a week in Oxford by the Roman Society, the Hellenic Society and the...

Page 8


The Spectator

By EDWARD MONTGOMERY New York. I T SAID in my last week's article that what I felt the majority of Americans wanted, at this particular moment in their evolution, is "a little...

Page 9

• AMSTERDAM 1948 By the Right Rev. STEPHEN NEILL* T

The Spectator

F only William were here." We are saying it all the time. I I wonder whether any man has ever been missed so long and so acutely by so many people as William Temple. If only he...

Page 10


The Spectator

By CHARLES G. CURFtAN L ORD WINSTER'S statement, made last week to the Consulta- tive Assembly in Cyprus, marks the failure of the attempt to restore constitutional government...

Page 11


The Spectator

By HAROLD M. ABRAHAMS T HE 1948 Olympic Games ended last Saturday, and on all hands they have been acknowledged as an unqualified success. I myself have been present at four...

Page 12


The Spectator

By HAROLD NICOLSON • HAVE the deepest respect for classical scholars ; they maintain • the standards of industry, accuracy and taste ; by their ardent researches they keep...

Page 13


The Spectator

"London Belongs to Me." (Leicester Square.)—" Berlin Express." (London Pavilion.)—" The Kiss of Death." (New Gallery.) London Belongs to Me, adapted from Mr. Norman Collins's...

IN the collected musical writings of Paul Dukas I came

The Spectator

the other day upon what must be one of the earliest direct attacks upon the concerto form as an outworn vehicle of showmanship and "personality." It was dated 1895 and already...

Page 14

The Devlin It is surprising that in my immediate neighbourhood

The Spectator

the swifts (about whose migratory movements a special enquiry has been organised) have almost taken the place of swallows. They are more numerous, fly low as well as high, and...

• Quitters

The Spectator

A 'curious account reaches Me from a Surrey resident of the sudden and total disappearance of the swifts (sometimes called black-martins) on the approach of a cold bout of...


The Spectator

DESIRE for the sun may be as ardent in this England as thirst for rain in, say, Palestine. Almost everything that grows is short of sunlight. Plums are actually rotting on the...

In the Garden That famous gardener, Mr. Clarence Elliott, while

The Spectator

throwing scorn on most wild vegetables—nettles, hop-shoots and the rest—gives it as his considered opinion (in The Countryman) that Good King Henry, a common enough weed, is...


The Spectator

Tim Arts Council currently honours Wales and Ireland. The large exhibition of drawings and paintings by Augustus John, first brought together for the week of the Eisteddfod at...

Postage on this issue : Inland, lid.; Overseas, ld.

The Spectator

Page 15


The Spectator

Snt,—Much puolicity has been given in recent weeks to nurses, their' needs and their claims. Some of these claims have been referred to as out of proportion to the nation's...

" Gunner" and " Infantry " have written complaining in previous

The Spectator

issues of The Spectator that there is nothing to do in the army, I would point out that this is not so in every corps. I am stationed at a big REME training bastalion, employed...


The Spectator

CONSCRIPT SERVICE Sta,—Mr. Riding's letter may cause unnecessary and unjustifiable anxiety ; in the army, as in the life of any community and today in the home, there are...

Page 16


The Spectator

Su,—I was much interested to read Mr. Brock's letter in defence of Peary's claim to have reached the North Pole. I spent the summer of 1909 on the west coast of Newfoundland,...


The Spectator

Sut,—Mr. R. H. Cecil's excellent article in The Spectator of August 13th does not suggest a remedy for our overcrowded-prisons, which are likely to remain in this very...


The Spectator

SIR,—On careful analysis the statements in Canon Howard's letter in your issue of July 30th boil down to an unnamed acquaintance of his asserting that 10,000 Greek children live...


The Spectator

Sin,—In The Advance of Oil in your issue of August 13th, Mr. A. L. B. Philip referring to the Petroleum Times' Review of Middle East Oil said: "Today Abadan is the largest...


The Spectator

SIR, —Professor Bonamy Dobree's admirable appreciation of Kipling as poet and story-teller wins our gratitude and must lead us with pleasant expectancy to Mr. Rupert...

Page 17

W.A.G.'s LAW

The Spectator

Snt,—Every student of economics is familiar with Gresham's law that "bad money drives out good," though the phenomenon seems to belong to the sphere of psychology rather than...


The Spectator

SIR, —If Frau Noelke of Bad Salzuffen would re-read my letter which you were good enough to publish on July 16th, she would see that the opinion that many spurious appeal...


The Spectator

STR,—Unfortunately Messrs. Mather & Crowther do not follow their stimulating policy to its logical conclusion. To obtain the maximum possible "readership," the Switch, Family...


The Spectator

It is still difficult for your friends abroad to obtain THE SPECTATOR owing to currency restrictions. Why not take out a subscription for them? Rates : Ordinary edition to any...


The Spectator

Sta,—In reviewing Mr. Geoffrey Gorer's book The Americans, Mr. Taplin refers to some faults of spelling that have found their way into print. It is possible that he alludes to...


The Spectator

Si,—Whilst agreeing with your comments on the Olympic Games, I feel that as a nation we are tending to become dangerously smug about our being good losers. Of course we can be...


The Spectator

Sia,—I feel, as a musician, that an attempt should be made to better Anglo-Russian relations by means of the one truly international lan- guage—music. If, with the Kremlin's...


The Spectator

Sta,—Mr. Harold Nicolson makes the surprising statement that Euripides vied with other Greek poets in praise of athletes. Many of us will only recall a passage where he says...


The Spectator

Sta,—The administrators of James Joyce's estate have agreed that an edition of Joyce's letters should be prepared, to be published in the British Empire by Faber and Faber,...

Page 18

R. L. S.

The Spectator

No writer is less in touch with the contemporary mind than Stevenson, and no writer has been more camouflaged by his personal legend, that romance which he himself began in a...


The Spectator

The Mind's Faculties The Reach of the Mind. By J. B. Rhine. (Faber and Faber 10s. 6d.) PARA-PSYCHOLOGY is a new department of science, and Professsor Rhine is its...

Page 20

Market Socialism

The Spectator

To professional economists there is nothing unfamiliar about the notion of a planned Socialist State, working (with exceptions hardly more important than those found in the...

August, 1939 - The Last Attempt. By Birger Dahlerus. Translated

The Spectator

by Alexandra Dick. (Hutchinson. 8s. 6d.) The Last Attempt. By Birger Dahlerus. Translated by Alexandra Dick. (Hutchinson. 8s. 6d.) MR. DAHLERUS was a Swedish engineer who felt...

Planned Patronage

The Spectator

From Sickert to 1948. The achievement of the Contemporary Art Society. Commentary'by John Russell. (Lund Humphries. 18s.) THIS elegantly-produced and well-illustrated volume...

Page 22

Childhood : Co. Meath and Berkshire

The Spectator

THIs is an age of autobiography. Victorian reserve has gone ; fact, too, is valued more than fiction. It is a pleasant form of literature since each individual life—even...

Page 24

Looking at Rome Afresh ?

The Spectator

Cicero and the Roman Republic, By F. R. Cowell. (Pitman. £1.) THIS, the first of a new Pitman series, The Measure of the Ages i3 intended as a popular book ; there is not a...

Mr. Huxley Reconsidered

The Spectator

On the Margin. By Aldous Huxley. (Chatto and Windus. 6s.) FOR those who made their first contacts with contemporary literature in the mid 193os it is still difficult to take a...

Page 26

"0 Famous Kent"

The Spectator

Kent. By Richard Church. The County Books. (Hale. 15s.) DRAYTON'S apostrophe in the Polyolltion admirably fits Mr. Church's panegyric of the county, and that though he is a...

The First Ten Years

The Spectator

The History of the British Film; 1844-1906. By Rachel Low and Roger Manvell. (Allen and Unwin. 21s.) FOR more reasons than one, the critics and the historians have always...


The Spectator

Mn. ALEX COMFORT, in his profoundly interesting book on the modern novel, poses a test question: "Is this writer capable of recognising a human being?" And, lest there be a...

Page 27


The Spectator

[A Book Token for one guinea will be moarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week August 31st. Envelopes...


The Spectator

ta PI, 0 Alf. 'III INif Si 4 111 i O IR g 0 9 0 - g II I lc ti . . e IS TIN iiiisjii2 jit All T p . E I_ V 4 4 • ;.1-t I...1tZ IN IPA 5!" la IT il. !EIS W L 1 E E Y A...

Page 28


The Spectator

By CUSTOS THESE are lean days for stockbrokers. Turnover is down to the lowest levels touched for two years or more and few are willing to forecast any early itnprovement. The...