20 NOVEMBER 1959

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E VERY day, the Prime Minister complained ,last week, we leader writers are becoming more ponderous—with our endless restatements of facts which everybody knows, and our habit...

—Portrait of the Week— THE ODDS AGAINST the Betting Bill's

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getting on to the Statute Book in anything like its original form lengthened considerably after the Second Reading debate. The odds against a summit meeting did likewise, as did...

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No. 6856 Established 1828 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1959

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Out in the Cold

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' Eise nhower , the course of the next few weeks. President E Dr. Adenauer and M. Couve de Murville will all have visited Rome, and the Italian Prime Minister and Foreign...

From Hiss to Van Doren

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Front RICHARD H. ROVERE NEW YORK T EN years ago, it was established beyond a reasonable doubt—at least for twelve of his peers who convicted him of perjury—that Alger Hiss, a...

Untimely Visit

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ffiElE decision of President Eisenhower to I tarnish both himself and his visit to Asia and Europe by fraternising with General Franco is unfortunate. Mr. Dulles made the same...


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T HE Rembrandt Tobacco Corporation. which has interests in Rothmans, Peter Stuyvesant, Craven 'A.' Barons and Piccadilly, has notified us that our statement on November 6 that...

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Bulls or Borshcht

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From COLIN BRYGGE MOSCOW MHE conversion of Nikita Khrushchev to the I 'I Like Ike' cultists during his recent tour of the United States is the most eccentric and at the same...

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The Taste of Democracy

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)3y PETER BENENSON W ITH polling for a Greek President and Turkish Vice-President , due on December 13, Cypriots are having their first taste of demo- cracy; and they are...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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North of the Border A DEEP bow this morning in the direction of that Grand old man, Senator Sir George Clarke, Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ire- land (he is a...

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Establishments I Have Known

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By HESKETH PEARSON first time it occurred to me that establish- ' ments existed outside the Established Church was in 1913. I was then secretary of The British Empire...

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Why is Christmas

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in the middle of November as far as the magazines are concerned? To tell you the truth, we don't know. Magazines have been producing their Christmas Numbers at this time of year...

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How to Win

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS D URING the election campaign Mr. Mac- millan took a good deal of credit to himself for having improved the relations between RusSia and the West; but,...

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City and Suburban

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By JOHN BETJEM AN I WISH there were less official taste. Because public houses and by-pass villas are no longer built in bogus Tudor, because biscuit and sugar and matchboxes...

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Jungle Black board

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By GRACE SCOTT LUSAKA I F there is one thing more desolate than an empty school in holiday time, it is an empty school in term time—a phenomenon that some- times occurs—usually...

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Down on the Farm

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By M. PHILIPS PRICE O NE day last month 1 passed along the high- way between Kiev and Zhitomir through the country Gogol loved so well; where be wrote Quiet Ukrainian Nights,...

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Aunt Edwina

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S IR. — In his whole approach to the subject of myself and my play, Aunt Edwina, your Dramatic Critic succeeds, unwittingly no doubt. in pinpointing the shortcomings of the...

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SIR,— Last week you published a letter from Mr. Anthony Gibbs

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in which he suggested that the most interest.ng feature of the Suez affair was the motive working in the mind of Anthony Eden. It occurs to me that if this observation is...

Franco's Spain Salvador de Madariaga The Ultimatum Erskine B. Childers,

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Anthony Mott, Lord Boyd Orr and others The BBC's Jugoslav Service Vane Ivanovic Indeterminate Sentences J. D. Benwell The Off-White Highlands David Cole, Mrs. G. M. Lail,...


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Sta.—Robert Henriques's dissenting article poses a serious problem for any student of Sinai and Suez. His 1957 book One Hundred Hours to Suez was dedicated `to the people and...

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SIR,- - During the Anglo-French operations at Port Said in November. 1956,

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many innocent civilians lost their homes. Owing to the Government ban on cor- respondence with Egypt, it was not possible for many months to ascertain the extent of the...


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his article on 'Indeterminate Sentences' in your issue of November 6, Christopher Hollis stated that the obvious answer when an offender 'has been guilty of some freak action....


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Sta.- - In your issue of October 30 you printed an article by T. R. M. Creighton entitled 'The Off-White Highlands.' I should be grateful if you would allow me space in your...

SIR.—It must be comforting to Mr. F. S. Joelson to

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h e so certain of Kenyatta's role in the Mau Mau uprising • Anyone who has read Montagu Slater's book Tin' Trial of I onto Kenyatta and followed the recent trial of Rawson...

THE BBC's JUGOSLAV SERVICE S1R,—My anonymous countryman 'Z. Marn' has

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told you how people in Jugoslavia. feel about the BBC transmissions to them. We, who are outside and lucky enough to live as free men, share their views. Jugoslav independence•...

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SIR,—It is sad, and shocking, that the editor of a national and respected journal, the Spectator, should evince less knowledge of statistics than a sixth-former who has studied...


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SIR,---The issue of the Spectator For October 30 gave me more than customary pleasure on account of your interest in the subject of aerial propaganda warfare (p. 576: 'Leaflet...

SIR,—Your readers may be interested to know that at a

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General Meeting of this Students' Union on November 2, the following motion was passed : • 'That this House calls upon the Union Committee to respond to the request for the...

SOUTH AFRICAN PROTEST Sta,---The Defence and Aid Fund established by

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Christian Action has played a magnificent part in the task of relieving the hardship inflicted upon a grow- ing number of people by acts of the present Govern- ment in South...

SIR, - -T. R. M. Creighton deserves our thanks for his examination

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of the position about the White Highlands of Kenya. Two points, however, seem to me to need further attention. There is first the Kenya Government's attempt to appease the...


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SIR,-1 suppose your and have already a established the origins nd earliest usages of the term 'Establishment,' but perhaps your readers would still be interested in the passage...

was no mean job for His Excellency the new Governor

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of Kenya to announce his intention to call off the seven-year-old state of emergency and to express the feeling that Kenyans of all races shall now forget the past and look to...

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Marking Time By ALAN BRIEN SOMETIMES I think that the theatre is the most unlikely and unnatural medium of communi- cation ever devised by man. The word 'realistic' can only...

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Terrifying Old Man CAIRNS By DAVID THE reappearance of some of Toscanini's old Victor record- ings is a timely reminder of values that are increasingly in danger of being...

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In The Round By SIMON HODGSON THERE are artists who are great whatever the weather, and there are artists who are impor- tant because they had the good fortune to fulfil a...


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Pathetic Fallacy By ISABEL QUIGLY The Savage Eye. (Curzon.) Power Among Men. — Babette Goes to War. (Cameo-Royal.) THE title of The Savage Eye (directors: Ben Maddow, Sid- ney...

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The Savage Seventh By PHILIP LARKIN I T was that verse about becoming again as a little child that caused the first sharp waning of my C:hristian sympathies. If the Kingdom of...

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Linguistic Philosophy

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MR.. GELLNEWS hook is described on the dust- cover as 'an examination of, and an attack on, Linguistic Philosophy.' Those who are most exposed to its strictures may well...

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Dighen is

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Grivas: Portrait of a Terrorist. By Dudley Barker. (Cresset, 21s.) Grivas: Portrait of a Terrorist. By Dudley Barker. (Cresset, 21s.) HECTOR, perhaps, is the most attractive...

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By the Road

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Sneaked about here The abandoned ghost of an old affair. 'By these trees and this gate,' It remarked, `Much as now you were parked. She said she never had heard That...

Knight Baffled

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Through the sullen round of dark, Hiding behind a wall and blind, I recall my masterwork This white paper of my mind Possesses now : as watermark. I had no more skill than...

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What Price Pumpernickel?

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'DON' r point that beard at me, Gottlieb, it might go off.' Or, 'Mrs. Claypole, the whole world is at your feet—and there's plenty of room.' Or, 'Otis B. Driftwood, private...

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The Crack-Up

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The Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald, Volume H. (The Bodley Head, 20s.) VOLUME 1 had, among other things, The Great Gulsby and The Last Tycoon; here we have Ten- der Is the Night,...

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A Poet for Christmas

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For the Unfallen. By Geoffrey Hill. (Andre Deutsch, Its. 6d.) MR. FERLINGHETITS book confirms my impres- sion that the beatniks are the sort of prodigal sons who don't stray...

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Ends of the Earth

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IN 1950, when Professor Edward Winter was engaged in anthropological field-work among the Amba of western Uganda, he had a simple but marvellous idea. He had studied the...

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A Literary Lioness

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The Great Maria. By Elisabeth Inglis-Jones. (Faber, 25s.) MR. J. B. PRIESTLEY is right. The status of the writer is in decline. When, in 1813, Miss Maria Edgeworth visited...

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Venereal Cravings

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An Unhurried View of Erotica. By Ralph Ginz- burg. (Seeker and Warburg, 30s.) I MUST admit that the word 'Erotica' in a title paralyses my arm in mid-stretch. 'Erotica' is a...

The Irrepressible Conflict

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The War for the Union, Volume I: 1861-1862. By Allan Nevins. (Scribners, 52s. 6d.) The Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpreta- tion of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas...

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Ruin of a Nabob

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Fountain of the Elephants. By Desmond Young. (Collins, 18s.) 'LED by a blind and teachit by a bairn,' the Savoyard general who forged for the Mahrattas a foot army which could...

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The Beautiful Horses

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That time we went to Suffolk Downs to see The flattened gallop of the thoroughbred, The Mornimg Telegraph was what 1 had To help me bet, on past and pedigree. But you declared...

Last Words

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The Diaries of John Ruskin, 1874-1889. Selected and edited by Joan Evans and John Howard Whitehouse. (O.U.P., 70s.) RUSKIN began the composition of Prieterita, from a literary...

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The Book Unbeautiful

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By EVELYN WAUGH I AM a camera, thou art a camera, he she or it is a camera. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Gern- sheim in their history of photography give the year 1880 as the beginning...

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Images of Europe

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Europe: A Visual History. Edited by Robert Latront. (The Bodley Head, 90s.) Al first sight, with its royal preface (by the Prince of the Netherlands) and its porten- tous...

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Sick and Tired

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Poor No More. By Robert Ruark. (Hamish Hamilton, 25s.) JOHN BRAINE'S new novel is illicitly titled. What happened to it in the writing is not my business, but once the Vodi drop...

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I Thought of Europe

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The Owl of Minerva. By Gustav Regler. (Hart- Davis, 3Cs.) THERE are several reasons why The Owl of Minerva will not get the attention it deserves. The book is long, printed in...

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Quite Liking Ike

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Eisenhower: Captive Hero. By Marquis Child (Hammond, Hammond, 25s.) MOST free societies go through a moment wh the nation, weary of the chicanery of its politician turns to a...

'We were the last romantics'

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Frederick Delius. By Sir Thomas Beecham. (Hutchinson, 30s.) DELIUS is not a fashionable composer, and we can hardly expect him to be: for he hated the kind of world we are...

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Round the World in Purl and Plain

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By circumstances driven to an introspection that goes oddly with his direct and active temperament, Peter Townsend has produced a book full of anomalies. It is partly a travel...

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In ,Vino Verba

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Vim By Edward Hyams. (Newnes, 21s.) Tifi: next best thing to drinking wine is talking . about it, and all these books have the quality of good talk. Alec Waugh has been drinking...

God's Commission

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c Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justi- ' • Bed Sinner. By James Hogg: (Calder, 13s.) OGG's Justified Sinner is a very unusual novel religious conscience, quite unlike...

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By CUSTOS I T is a fantastic thing to find the City editor of the Sunday Express advising his readers not to buy shares he recommends on Monday because the jobbers will have...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT So the authorities are already getting alarmed at the boom. Mr. Cobbold, the Governor of the Bank, seized the convivial occa- sion of the Lord Mayor's...

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From Our Industrial Correspondent S IR THOMAS WILLIAMSON and Sir Vincent Tewson, the twin pillars of the TUC Establish- ment, did a strange thing this week. They came straight...

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DOWN.-1 Asphalt. 5 Barrage. 9 Gunntra. 10 Aliquot. 11 Rolling-pin. 12 Hera. '13 Spa. 14 Extenuating. 17 Blessington. 19 Odd. 20 Tack. 22 Cold-bricks. 26 Galuppi. 27 Bumbled. 28...


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ACROSS 1 Can you spot her, cynic, in these displays? (12) 9 'My life is one dem'd horrid grind!' he announced (9) 10 The busker's motto enshrined in DOWN West London (5) • 1...


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H ARRISON AND CROSFIELD have again produced excellent results for the year to June 30, 1959. Group profits after tax have risen' by £84,000 to £624,248, allowing for a...

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Consuming Interest

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Present Indicative By LESLIE ADRIAN MANY is the time I have longed to break a leg around Christmas I have been looking into the ways in which one can give an imaginative...

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None But the Brave Deserves the Fare

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By ROBIN McDOUALL N Christmas morning, those who do not go to church should go out and shoot snipe for those who do. There is no better breakfast dish. And to save the cook...

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Drinking de Luxe

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By CYRIL RAY A YEAR ago in these pages, I remember (even if you don't), I wrote an article headed, 'Wine for the Price of Beer' —a dissertation on the wines to be found in...

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Come Here Till I Tell You

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Maintenance Work on the Hangover B y PATRICK CAMPBELL W HAT we've got, without going into too much detail, is an iron band around the head, felted piano hammers playing Ravel's...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Patience By MILES HOWARD But in fact overwork is unlikely to make you ill: excessive overwork is more likely to be a symptom of illness than a cause of it. It isn't too much...