20 MARCH 1942

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T HE whole war in the Pacific up to now has been a race against time on the part of the Japanese, whose aim has been to overwhelm Allied bases before heavy reinforcements of all...

Mr. Curtin's Appeal to America

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The broadcast to " the people of America" by Mr. Curtin, the Australian Prime Minister, was a spirited statement of the Position in which Australia finds herself on the eve of...

Hitler Explains

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In the speech he made in Berlin last Sunday Hitler had much to explain. The Russian armies which he claimed to have annihilated last autumn are still fighting and giving a good...

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The Yield of the Land

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The yield of the land in war-time ranks with the yield of the mines, since the more we can produce of the food which is indispensable to existence the less shipping shall we...

The India of the Princes

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It is no bad thing that while we await news of Sir Stafford Cripps' arrival in India we , should be reminded, by the meeting of the Chamber of Princes and the resolutions there...

To Increase Coal Production

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In a debate last Tuesday the House of Commons showed itself keenly alive to the gravity of the situation in the coal- mining industry. Up to the present the mines have contrived...

Consumption and Shipping

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Further restrictions have been announced during the last week which will have the effect of compelling the public to reduce private consumption. The basic ration of petrol is to...

The Minister of Production

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The Prime Minister gave some account last week of the powers which will be assumed by Mr. Oliver Lyttelton in his new capacity as Minister of Production, with chief...

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M UCH of the old world is crumbling before our eyes, and vaster military efforts will have to be made before we can oegin to roll back the tide of invasion ; yet few today will...

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At a time when the birth - rate — so at least we are

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often told — is kept down by economic pressure, there is encouragement in one example that has just reached me of the effect of the application of income-tax to wage-earners....

Our Tortured Tongue

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" Operational area defence officers are given power to arrest without warrant any person who may have reasonable ground for being suspected of having committed an offence...

The most distressing feature of Mr. Dalton's statement about the

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cut in clothing-coupons was the appalling sentence " there has been a certain amount of talk that clothes are going to be up-pointed." Trousers, it appears, are not to be...


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S PEAKING to the Royal Statistical Society on Tuesday, Sir William Beveridge (incidentally he and Sir Stephen Tallents, who have now been appointed to frame a scheme of fuel...

It would help a lot in waging this war if

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facile left-wing writers and speakers could acquire a sense of responsibility sufficient to restrain them from embellishing statements of fact with (if I may adapt a historic...

Malayan planters have come under a good deal of criticism

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one way and another the last few weeks, but the charge that they are receivers of stolen goods is rather new. You will find it in John Gunther's new book, Inside Latin America....

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By STRATEGICUS W INTER officially ends on Saturday, and very soon now we shall see what force Hitler is able to lead back from winter-quarters to resume the task he failed to...

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By J. TUDOR JONES T HE appointment of Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton as Com- mander-in-Chief, Ceylon, with full power over the civil authorities, is significant evidence of the...

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By A DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT A LL is not well with Anglo-Russian relations. We can ignore that or gloss it over ; or we can face the fact frankly and set about seeing how to...

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By ERWIN D. CANHAM By Air Mail. W HAT is happening in America today is one of the most stupendous things in history. I can find no better word to describe this event than those...

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By TOM HARRISSON M ANY people believe that the average worker in a munitions- factory is making big money and possibly doing little work for it. Mass-Observation (the social...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I N my article of last week I made a passing reference to the " war-guilt clause " contained in Article 231 of the Treaty of Versailles. It has been...

In the years which have elapsed since as a young

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man I worked in the British Delegation to the Peace Conference, I have constantly considered what were the essential mistakes made by those who in that hurried and distressing...

I recall with dismay a scene which took place at

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the session of the Conference at which the terms to be handed to the Germans were for the first time officially communicated to the smaller allies. One after another, the...


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It had, in fact, brought into the open that division of principle which rotted the whole Beace Conference, and which the states- men tried to conceal from each other, and,...

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Professor Mamlock." At the Stein Hall.—" The Knight of the Burning Pestle." At Raynes Park County SchooL- "Happidrome." At the Prince of Wales. . it a timely gesture of the...


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All That Money Can Buy." At the RegaL " Keep 'Em Flying." At the Leicester Square. All That Money Can Buy is a film version of Stephen Vincent Benet's novel The Devil and...


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I AM your Ganymede, page, buffoon, Your satellite and mirror-moon, The light reflecting stream wherein Your changing image may be seen, Your Echo and your Psyche true, Your...

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Sia,—What a deplorable and saddening response to your stimulating article

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" Braced and Compact? " four out of the six letters from correspondents you publish in extenso in the issue of March 13th exhibit. What a relief to find one among the six over...


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" BRACED AND COMPACT ? " Sta,—I have read with interest the letters last week on " Braced and Compact? " In particular, Mrs. W. R. Tarr's letter interests me as expressing the...

have taken The Spectator for years, and appreciated reading it.

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I am therefore shocked to find that you have published the letter signed W. R. Tarr, 16 The Highlands, Rickmansworth. Why you gave it room in your paper makes one wonder....

Stn,—In reply to the letter by M:s. Tarr, published in

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last week', Spectator, a few comments suggest themselves. (t) Most of us have recognised that much is " rotten in the State o: Denmark." But fortunately most of us prefer other...

SIR,—It would be difficult to find a letter more replete

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with fallacies than that of your correspondent, Mrs. Tarr, in last week's issue. The assumption that present-day conditions must be permanent and that the present war is sure...

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Bannard says: " They might believe like Robert Brown- ing that—' God's in his Heaven—All's right with the world.'" But what evidence is there to show that Browning did believe...

StR,—After reading the letter of your correspondent " Private Soldier

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" in your issue of the 6th March, I am left wondering whether he has made any application to the Education Officer of his unit. It is this officer's responsibility to make...


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SIR,—Your correspondent " Private Soldier " is obviously unaware of E.N.S.A.'s musical activities. In the last six months four symphony orchestras have been recruited from men...


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Sm,—In the first post-Munich debate, Sir Sidney Herbert limped into the House and attacked the Government with fiery indignation. The burden of his speech was this: " What have...


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Slit,—Mr. Edmund Blunden, in his admirable study of Thomas Hardy, which I have Just read with immense pleasure states that Coventry Patmore once appraised a number of English...

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Ste,—I much enjoyed Mr. Basil Wright's perceptive review of this play. As far as I know, he is the first critic to point out that by allowing Colenso, the self-complacent...


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A SUGGESTIVE query has reached me from an observer of birds whose Observation Post is a bedroom in a southern sanatorium. She writes: "Do birds actually lose their voices during...

In the Garden A number of gardeners have doubtless received,

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as I have, a little card bearing the notice " We regret we have now sold out of leek and have no suitable substitute "—that from the greatest of our seedsmen. What are we all,...


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Sue,—I read with interest the account di The Spectator of Decem- ber 19th, 1941, of " A Weather-Wise Bird." Here on Vancouver Island the Indians call the Pileated Wood- pecker,...

Prairie England

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The statisticians tell us that in 1939 Britain included a round two million fewer acres under cultivation than in 1914. The plight of these scorned acres revealed some very...

Native Fuel

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Among country words—of which a number were quoted last week —" elden " is particularly topical and it might well be extended from the local focus, for in this time of war...

Postage on this issue : Inland and Overseas, Id.

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The New Society Conditions of Peace. By E. H. Carr. (Macmillan. 12s. 6d.) IN writing this book Professor Carr has rendered a great service. He designed it as a call for the...

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A Theatre Pioneer

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The Scene Is Changed. By Ashley Dukes. (Macmillan. 12s. 6d.) "How lucky we were,. we men now in the fifties, to have known what the world was like before 1914." So Mr. Ashley...

Looking Backward

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" ELLA MAILLART," says the casual reader, " wasn't she the girl who went with Peter Fleming across China? " But Ella Maillan has no need to stand on any one else's shoulders ;...

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Angles and Angels

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To interpret a new spirit, non-political but radical, as it will be applied to various phases of modern life is the aim of the new series called Bridgeheads, edited by Misses...

What is Man ?

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Diagnosis of Man. By Kenneth Walker. (Cape. los. 6d.) THE development of photography has made it possible for the single living cell, many times magnified, to be observed and...


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A Stricken Field is a desperate book ; or perhaps it would be truer and braver to say that were we not at war at last, were not humanity, cumbrously, blunderingly but at least...

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tt THE SPECTATOR" CROSSWORD No. 158 B,ok Token for one

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guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct ,, awn of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week. metopes should be received not later than...


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SOLUTION ON APRIL 3rd The winner of Crossword No. 156 is Mrs. Mellanby, Westwood, Bridge-of-Weir, Renfrewshire.

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By CUSTOS WHAT with sombre war news and the steady movement towards " fortress economics " at home, markets are doing well enough in holding their ground. So far as new buying...

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LONDON BRICK COMPANY INCREASED TRADING PROFIT THE forty-second annual general meeting of the London Brick Com- pany Limited was held on March 17th at the Connaught Rooms,...