20 AUGUST 1954

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MENDES-FRANCE'S proposals for modifying the treaty of the European Defence Community have agitated the capitals of Western Europe and the • United States to a degree that...

No. 6 5 8 2 FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 1954 PRICE

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Co-Existence Chinese Style

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It might seem odd that the conference to prepare a treaty on the defence of South-East Asia should be announced from Washington at the moment when Chou-En-lai was toasting the...

Bad for Balletomanes

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After the engineers and the railwaymen, the ballet dance Trouble on this unexpected sector of the industrial front ga balletomanes a nasty jolt when it was announced that 1...

Building the Defences

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This is why the creation of SEATO is an essential accom- paniment to co-existence Chinese style. So long as the Chinese are intent on expanding, the remnants of non-Com- munist...

Senators, Communists, Criminals

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The various measures for the outlawing of Communism and/or Communists in the United States, and the various political interests concerned, have recently been moving around with...

Portugal in India

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Goa has not fallen. In the old city, among the crumhli baroque churches surrounded by malarial jungle, the body St. Francis Xavier lies still undecayed; and the veracity of t...

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F OR a long time now British Railways have been lurching on from crisis to crisis; so it would be too hasty to greet the latest convulsion with cries of final disaster. Never-...

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Although in medieval times ladies sent their suitors on extraordinary errands, giving in return for a dragon's molar their everlasting love, in these enlightened times it seems...

Slow Coaches

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I am becothing increasingly convinced that road accidents would be lessened if no one was allowed to drive under 40 milds an hour except in built-up areas. A queue of five cars,...

The Road to Heaven

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'To those people who deplore the present generation's lack of religion 1 would commend a verse from a hymn by Dr. Isaac Watts, the early eighteenth-century theologian and author...


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T HAT Lord Russell of Liverpool should prefer to resign from a high Government office rather than suppress his book on Nazi war crimes is, from an author's point of view,...

The Red Biddy Peril

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It is not astonishing that Russia should remind its more escapist comrades that drunkenness as well as religion, private ownership and immorality are relics of an effete...

Le Lit de Mon Oncle

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It is time that someone wrote a book on the evolution of the bed, that indispensable adjunct to humanity's more splendid if slightly vulgar celebrations, birth, love and death....

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ord Russell and the

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ermans DENIS HEALEY* EKE American policy towards China, European policy towards Germany has been paralysed for years by emotional rigidities in public opinion. In each case, if...

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Cyprus and the Colonial Office

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By MARY STOCKS* 6 R ESENTFUL nationalism' was a phrase used recently about Cyprus by a writer in the most respectable section of the British Press. Seldom has nationalism seemed...

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le Return of the Native

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W. R. LOADER -4 HE tugs cast off as the mailboat got steering way on her. Their little bridges were crowded with people who !fiends leaving the Coast for good. Urgently they...

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A Choice of Sins

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By DAVID ROBERTS W E had Congregationalists, Baptists, Methodists, some Roman Catholics and the Church of Wales in our village. They agreed very little with each other on...

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Three Coins in a Fountain. (Carlton.) JEAN NEOULESCO ushers in his latest film with such staggeringly beautiful photo- graphs of Rome, tracking a watery path, from its superb'...


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IT is ridiculous and unnatural for a man talking on television to an audience of a mere million or so to pretend to be chatting to a few people 'by their own firesides.' Yet...


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ART Sickert's Dieppe IT is over seventy years since Dieppe first iP threw its spell over Sickert. 'In 1883,' he wrote, 'the year in which the portrait of Whistler's mother was...


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WHATNA ploys are yon they hae amang the bens an birkies oh? This notice certainly deserves to be written in the purest lallans, but the effort of translating it into those...

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(RECORDING COMPANIES: B, Brunswick; C, Columbia; Cap, Capitol; D, Decca; H, HMV; OL, Oiseau-Lyre; P, Parlophone; S, Suprrphon; T, Telefunkcn; V, Vox.) SHEER quantity of...

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Sia,—In the article on the Royal Commission on Scottish affairs (Spectator, August 6) Mr. Sturrock Tightly indicates that the Commission was set up owing to Scottish Nationalist...

WORMS IN THE GERMAN APPLE SIR,—Having read Herr Ernst Friedlaender's

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commentary on ' The Strange Case of Dr. John' in your issue of August 6, I was highly embarrassed over your correspondent's com- placent attitude towards this unprecedented...

Letters to the Editor

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THE CRISIS IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND § 115 .—Sir Compton Mackenzie this week trails his coat in the regions of the past. If Memory is, as a thoughtful schoolboy once laid, the...

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SIR,—I cannot claim to have read all the criticisms of the Selection Committee which has recently chosen seventeen players to rep- resent us in Australia. Those which I have...


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SIR,—May I draw your attention to an error that has slipped into the very fascinating article by Darsie Gillie, Chatillon, Vix and the Vase,' in your issue of August 6? It says...

TRUTH AND THE DYING SIR,—My dictionary gives first among its

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definitions of the word deceit ' ' concealment of truth.' Mr. Cameron won't have this, and insists that deceit means saying–what is not the case.' Telling lies is, of course, a...


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SIR,—I am pleased that my article drew a long and critical commentary from Mr. Connell on some of the Abdication sources. I must confess that I did not notice quite the same...


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SIR,—As another ' regrettably unscientific and untheological person' I sympathise with Sir Carleton Allen on the horns of his painful dilemma. But dilemma' implies only two...


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SIR,—In a recent issue you gave space to an enquiry and a reply, as to why ministers of the Established Church of Scotland should not be entitled to seats in the House of Lords....


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SIR,--Sir Compton Mackenzie, in his most entertaining 'Sidelight' on Somerset, raises an interesting pointdvhen he mentions the claim of the George Inn,' Norton St. Philip,...

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Poor Jack My friend R., who lives very much in

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his past now, was telling me of the labourers he knew in the days when the lakes that are our water supply were being transformed into reservoirs. Me an' Jack Rugby,' he said,...

prize cf£.5 was offered for the most surprising, interesting or

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an u ising'Earliest Recollection,' whirrs could be personal and genuine (but so far unpublished) or pure fiction, fathered on any prcminent historical or public figure. The...

Geranium Cuttings

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Descriptive Names

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When names arc given to places and things in Wales they are fond of adding adjectives so that when one has them translated one finds many a white stream, white rock, red rock,...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 236 Set by Guy Kendall For the

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usual prize competito s is are asked to write; in not more than 12 lines of verse or 150 words of prose, what they think Cordelia might have said if she had cared 10 tell her...

• Country Life

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AT odd times when I have been up in the hills 1 have come upon casualties among sheep, sheep that have perished by drowning or falling and others that, hidden from the searching...

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Compton Mackenzie

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VISIT to Denmark has left me wondering what would be the effect on Scotland of a visit by every Scot to that country, with a population four-fifths of that of Scotland's, with...

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The Spanish Solitude By ISABEL QUIGLY - FIFIEEN - YEAR - OLD Spanish girl, answering the rather astonishing question What is man '? ' a few years ago in an examination, wrote...

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A Test Match is Lost or Won By JOHN ARLOTT I T happened once before—also at The Oval—when, in 1882, Spofforth bowled out England, including W. G. Grace. On that occasion a...

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The Separation

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Must we for ever eye through space? and make Contact too much for comfort and yet less, Like Peter Quint and that strange governess Divided by a window or a lake? Deprived like...

Charm for a Bad Fright

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Who meets with minotaurs holds by a thread ; By slighter threads can fly Small spiders launched out on the gale of the world. Glimpsed in your shield, Medusa's hair is curled...

The Garden

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Through summer's heady afterglow In gardens fifteen years ago We tried to conjure there A person out of air. Memory, mixing near with far, Fiddles connexions where none are:...

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The Flivver and the Man By D. W. BROGAN ir UST before the great bull market broke, M. Andre Siegfried, in his admirable study of the United States under President Coolidge,'...

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In Deepest Whitehall

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The Home Office is an admirable introduction to the New Whitehall Series. To have started with Labour and National Service or with Agriculture and Fisheries would have been too...

Two Substantial Popularisations

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History of Astronomy. By Giorgio Abetti. (Sidgwick & Jackson. 25s.) BOTH of these works are presented as high-class popular accounts of their subjects. The first is written by a...

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Scholarship and Dylan Thomas

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WITH the Dylan Thomas boom in full swing (I borrow the phrase from one of the Sunday papers), a professor of English, placing Thomas in the company of Keats, Byron, Yeats and...

William Poel

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William Poel and the Elizabethan Revival. By Robert Speaight. (Heinemann for the Society for Theatre Research. 21s.) POEL'S life was worth writing and it has been well done by...

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A Borderline Case

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The Starr Affair. By Jean Overton Fuller. (Gollancz. 13s. 6d.) EIGHT months before the War John Starr, an artist domiciled in France, volunteered for British service. He...

The Novel Expedient

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Strategy: The Indirect Approach. By B. H; Liddell Hart. (Faber 25.) Nearly all the battles which are regarded as masterpieces of the military art, from which have been derived...

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New Novels

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Flight. By Evelyn Eaton. (Gollancz. 10s. 6d.) A Kiss Before Dying. By Ira Levin. (Michael Joseph, 10s. 6d.) The Narrows. By Ann Petry. (Gollancz. 15s.) Mark Lambert's Supper. By...

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The Pebbles on the Beach. By Clarence Ellis. (Faber. 12s.

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6d.) Seashore. By Marie Neurath. ':(Parrish. 6s.) MR. CLARENCE ELLIS has solved that difficult problem of what to do at the seaside when the weather is against sun-bathing:...


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Venice and Venetia. By Edward Hutton. (Hollis & Carter. 21s.) IT is nearly half a century ago that, in luggage labelled for Italy, a series of travel books by Mr. Edward Hutton...

I Was Monty's Double. By M. E. Caton James. (Rider

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& Co. 12s., 6d.) THIS little book is the story of one episode in the plan for deceiving the enemy before the invasion of Normandy. It was no secret that Field-Marshal...

3-D Kinematography and New Screen Tech- niques. By Adrian Cornwell

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- Clyne. (Hutchinson's Scientific Technical Publi- cations. 18s.) IT is interesting to compare this book with New Screen Techniques edited by Martin Quigley jnr., which...

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Company Notes

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By CUSTOS AFTER their unseasonable burst of activity the stock markets were due for what is called a 'technical reaction' and it was brought on by warlike talk in the Far East...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THAT the American recession would be a Minor one has always been my contention but I thought that President Eisenhower's mid-year report on the American...

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