21 MAY 1932

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News of the Week

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THE assassination .of the Japanese Prime Minister, -L M. Inukai, following so soon on the bomb outrage in Shanghai and the assassination of M. Inouye in Feb- ruary, means that...

Another Communal Clash

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The communal rioting at Bombay, resulting in 100 deaths and injuries to the number of over 1,000, is a deplorable example of what religious passions in India can lead to. What...


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1.—A Subscription to the SPECTATOR costs Thirty Shillings per annum, including postage, to any part of the world. The SPECTATOR is registered as a Newspaper. The Postage on...

Nipponizing Manchuria The situation in Manchuria is developing in sonic

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respects as the Japanese desire, and in others, as a result. of the activity of General Ma Chan-shan's troops and other less organized bands hostile to the Manchukuil...

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How Mr. Asquith Fell Readers of Lord Beaverbrook's new volume,

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reviewed in another column of this issue by Mr. Bonar Law's son, will concentrate their attention inevitably on the account of the vital interview between the Conservative...

The End of Langism The disharmony between the Commonwealth Govern-

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ment, representing like our own an overwhelming majority of the electors, and the Socialist administrations of New South Wales and Victoria, has been brought to an end none too...

Dr. Bruning's Problems Last week's short session of the Reichstag

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(enlivened by the arrest of four Nazi members in the Chamber itself) was long enough to involve Dr. Briining in yet one more difficulty, though, strictly speaking, it was not...

M. Herriot's Choice While it becomes increasingly certain that France

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can be equipped with no effective government before the middle of next month—the Lausanne Conference begins on the 16th—the political strategists are hard at work tugging...

The Liner Fire There is still a good deal to

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clear up about the disastrous fire on the ' Georges Philippar,' and it may be some days yet before the total of dead is known. That a short-circuit (for that seems pretty...

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A 70-Hour Week In days when the 48-hour week as

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a maximum is regarded as something axiomatic in the industries of this country it comes as an unwelcome shock to find speakers in the House of Commons declaring that large...

Empire Migration Lord Astor's Committee on Empire migration will occasion

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no surprise by its pessimistic report. A hundred years ago the Spectator warmly supported Wakefield's schemes of mass emigration, first to South Australia and then to New...

Bank Rate 2/ per cent., changed from 3 per cent.

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on May 12th, 1932. War Loan (5 per cent.) was on Wednesday 10143.d. ; on Wednesday week, 101k ; a year ago, 102fix.d. Funding Loan (4 per cent.) was on Wednesday 100; on...

Sunday Cinemas

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The Government is to be commended for its decision to introduce a new Sunday Performances Bill. The measure proposes first of all to do what we suggested last week—namely, to...

Colonel Lindbergh's Ordeal

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America has always been in some aspects an incredible country, and the latest turn in the Lindbergh baby case taxes normal powers of credence almost to breaking-point. The...

France and Disarmament The Disarmament Conference can do little while

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France remains without a government. It might in some respects be better if it halted altogether, for the arguments of the experts as to what are primarily aggres- sive weapons...

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Prosperity and Prices

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T HE Lausanne Conference, on which the world is fixing its eyes in a kind of pathetic desperation, is now less than a month distant. The conference is to deal with three...

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W ITH the sentences pronounced at the Court House in Princetown we hope that an end has come to all sensational news of the mutiny in His Majesty's Prison on Dartmoor. It has...

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Berlin To-day

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BY LIONEL ROBBINS. A FTER the roaring chaos of sleep in the train, Berlin looked very clean and refreshing as we slid quietly home to the Friedrichstrasse Bahnhof. The sun...

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The Week at Westminster

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P ARLIAMENT has adjourned for the Whitsuntide recess to chew over a number of unpleasant revela- tions contained in the Budget. It must be said that members have faced them very...

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The Church at the Wicket

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By J. E. S. "T COULD tell you of Lord Mountford's making -I- cricket-matches, and fetching up parsons by express from different parts of England to play matches on Richmond...

Writers at Bay-

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BY E. M. FORSTER. T HE author, a creature invariably at his worst, is never more so than when he is being questioned In this ordeal the poet is in the best position, because...

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What Next ?

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BY MOTH. T HE poet Daniel (who pinched the idea from Bacon's essay Of Empire) once wrote : " The stars that have most glory have no rest." A passable conceit, you think, but...

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The Theatre

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"Somebody Knows." By John van Druten. At St. Martin's. MR. VAN DRUTEN belongs, technically, to the, slice-of-life school. His latest play is about a murder. Now the slice of...

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The other bunch of mistletoe was on a gnarled and

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shrivelled oak that looked as if it might have survived from the days of the Druids, those oak-worshippers. This bunch keeps its leaves, but the old, old host is so short of sap...

Now, Kew is sanctuary in some measure for birds and

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tnammals as well as plants ; and among its quadrupeds the grey squirrels have found there Paradisal amenities : plenty Of trees to climb ; human food and nature's food in...

Now for the second curiosity. This also comes from Kew

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Gardens, where the Director and his gardeners have time to observe other than merely botanical aspects of the Gardens. On an ordinary day in any autumn or winter month you will...


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Bee-keeping seems to be on the increase in Britain ; and the science of it grows in curious precision. Bees are now being scientifically bred for the inherited quality of...

Country Life

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MISTLETOE HOSTS. Several curiosities of nature that have just come to my notice may be worth recording, though they may be common- places to local doctors or professors : one...


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A quaint comment on the fashion in blue borders and blue gardens, of which something was said in this place a few weeks ago, appears in a charming little French book, Laura's...

Before leaving Kew and its curiosities I must record the

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queer choice for a nest of one of the scores of blackbirds, whose mates fill the Gardens with melody. She has built on a semi-tropical plant in a hothouse. The heat is enough to...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—The most detestable crime in living memory will not have been in vain if it rouses the ordinary decent citizen in America to a...

Letters to the Editor

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[In view of the length of many of the letters which we receive, we would remind correspondents that we often cannot give space for long letters and that short ones are generally...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sul,—No one is better qualified to advise what should be done to make the roads safe than Lord Brentford, but to one who has driven a motor...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—One of the most frequent mistakes made by the writers of detective novels is the creation of an official, unknown to our system of...

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[To the Editor of the Seacr.vron.] Sin,—Sir W. Beach Thomas in his ridicule of the word " keeper " appears to ignore the fact that it is used by most people as an abbreviation...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—It is difficult to understand your view that a verdict as to the Oath should be sought from the Permanent Court at The Hague. Is it...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—Is there no way of terminating the unwelcome and inconvenient scenes of disorder so frequently reported in connexion with the...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—When the Chancellor of the Exchequer told us last autumn that the financial crisis demanded our presence at home we accepted his...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sm,—Since it is the custom to change film progranunes every three days, busy parents are unable to obtain information to enable them to...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—I have only just seen the Spectator's critique of my book Warrior. Your critic suggests that I " have stepped aside to asperse others...

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THE " SPECTATOR " IN THE BAHA3LAS As a reader of the Spectator of over thirty yeirs, I would like to add to the testimony of the Rev. Edward Hanson to the extent of its...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin, In a field on the southern border• of a charmingly rural unspoilt Westmorland village, distant from towns and trains, is a monument...


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The Dancer WHEN this body, that I have schooled to interpret Each sound in motion effortless and sure, That rises to a pinnacle of silence, Seeming to pause an instant there,...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin, -I am obliged to Mr. Bakhurst for his corrections, which were only required because (by an unfortunate error) an unre- vised draft of my...

A Hundred Years Ago

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THE " SPECTATOR," MAY 19Tri, 1832. THE ANCIENT AND THE MODERN NOVEL.—The flimsy, dull novel, full of fashion, etiquette, and polities, is superseding the fine old legend...

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"Spectator" Competitions

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RULES AND CONDITIONS Entries must be typed or very clearly written on one side of the paper only. The name and address, or pseudonym, of the competitor must be on each entry...

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How Lloyd George Became Premier

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Politicians and Beaverbrook. Tinxiii must always be a kind of interlude between polities and history when the one is dead and the other has not yet come to birth. So far as the...

Shakespeare's Testimonials

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A History of Shakespearian Criticism. By Augustus Balk. (Oxford University Press. Humphrey Milford. 2 Vols. 42s.fid.) GAVE before me a worn volume of plays in half-calf, which...

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The Modern Anthropologist

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Tins is an admirable introduction to modern anthropology- not the science which a cynic once described as " stones, bones and dirty stories about black people." The author avers...

The Terrific Duchess

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Sarah Churchill. By Frank Chancellor. (Philip Allen. 12s. 6d.) MR. CHANCELLOR has renounced writing a " lively " bio- graphy and has aimed at a faithful portrait." " The chief...

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The Irrational Age

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Under the Fifth Rib. A Belligerent 'Autobiography. By C. E. M. Joad. (Faber and Faber. 10s. tki.) MR. Joan is a good hater in the same sense that some men are called good...

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Dorothy Wordsworth

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Dorothy Wordsworth. By Catherine Macdonald Nadeau. (Chatto and Windus. 15s.) Tim amount of research that has gone to the making of this book is positively astonishing. Dorothy...

Makers of Canada

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The United Empire Loyalists : Founders of British Canada. ButterWorth. I5s.) Tim ill-treatment and expulsion of the loyalists in the revolting colonies form one of the saddest...

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Indian Civilization

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The Civilizations of the East : India. By Rene Grousset. (Hamish Hamilton. 25s.) Le neant, says the witty Voltaire, se laisse pas d'avoir du bon : even the times we live in arc...


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Theodore Roosevelt. By Henry F. Pringle. (Cape. Its.) Ma. ROOSEVELT was a great lover of himself, and the book in which his latest biographer, Mr. Henry F. Pringle, follows him...

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Enjoying Indifferent Health

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Diet and Pleasure. By Paul Reboux. (Putnam. Cs.) IF ever a League of Nations Pantheon is built in honour of those who have deserved well of humanity, a bust of the author of...

Rumours of War

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Marie Adelaide, Grand Duchess of Luxemburg, Duchess of Nassau. By Edith O'Shaughnessy. (Cape. 12e. 6d.) Trot life of Marie Adelaide, Grand Duchess of Luxemburg from 1912 to...

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Tim large trout on the wrapper of this book is evidence of the size of the fish habitually caught by Mr. Skues, as well as of its contents : the side-lines are trout-lines, the...

The Faith of all the Creeds

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Honest Doubt. By Ernest J. P. Bean. (Bern. 6s. 0(1.) Sin ERNEST BEEN was in a pugnacious mood when he wrote the present volume. He lays about hiMin geat style. Liberals,...


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City of Encounters. By Thomas Burke. (Constable. 8s. 6d.) Tim. fascination of London for Mr. Burke lies not in knowing its history, its geography, or even the habits of its...

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By L. A. G. STRONG. A Modern Hero. By Louis Bromfield. (Cassell. 7s. 6d.) Amenimiow once confided to William Morris that his taste bad reached such a pitch of refinement he...

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Current Literature

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THE UNITED STATES AND THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, 1918-20 By D. F. Fleming, Ph.D. There is an idea current over here that the rejection by the United States Senate of the Treaty of...

THE JACOBITE MOVEMENT By Sir Charles Petrie Those who like

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to speculate about what might have been will find Sir Charles Petrie's well-informed but somewhat discursive account of The Jacobite Movement (Eyre and Spottiswoode, 10s. 6d.)...


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Partridge By editing and commenting on the words and phrases contained in the third (1796) edition of Captain Francis Grose's A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue...


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The problem of Europe is, more than most people recognize, the problem of Franco-German relations, and in his France and Germany (Student Christian Movement, 2s. 6d.) Dr. W. G....

IRELAND SINCE 1922 By J. M. Hone

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Mr. J. M. Hone is already known as a literary critic with a keen sense of irony and as an authority on the philosophy of Berkeley. He proves in this pamphlet Ireland since 1022,...

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We hope that Mr. P. Amaury Talbot's notebooks are not yet exhausted, as, in spite of his compendious Peoples - of Southern Nigeria, he has gone back to still earlier days in his...

The Modern Home

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[We shall be pleased to reply to any inquiries arising from the articles we publish on the Modern Home page. Inquiries should be addressed to the Editor, The. SPECTATOR, 99...


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By Sir Frederick Chance, K.B.E. Sir Frederick Chance, himself no mean Cumbrian, has col- lected in a modest volume, Some Notable Cambrian (Carlisle, C. Thurnam and Sons, 3s....

THE EVOLUTION OF CULTURE By Julius Lippert The Evolution of

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Culture, by Julius Lippert (Allen and Unwin, 20s.), which has long been a standard work upon the Continent, is here for the first time made_- available to English readers in a...

THE SEA IN SHIPS By Alan J. Villiers

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This book, The Sea in Ships (Routledge, 7s. 6d.), contains a short account of the work of the twenty or so sailing ships still plying regularly in the grain trade between South...

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[We publish on this page articles and notes which may help our readers in making their plans for travel. They are written by cor- respondents who have visited the places...

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Gramophone Notes

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WE are gradually returning to Mendelssohn. After a decade or o of misrepresentation, he returns to his niche in the temple of fame, displacing some of those who, with the...

Finance—Public & Private

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An Unwise Agitation I SHOULD like td warn those who, ignorant, perhaps, of the facts, may be mislead by the agitation which is being pushed in a certain section of the Press...

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in my opinion Sir Eric Geddes was thoroughly justified, when,

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in the course of his address to shareholders at the recent meeting of the Dunlop.Rubber Company; he became critical of the present burden of taxation and its incidence on some...

General world conditions and the depression in South America, have,

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of course, hit the Forestal Land, Timber and Railways Company, and it is fortunate that some time back the directors pursued a very conservative poliey.pending an improvement in...


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T must congratulate the directors of the Eagle, Star and British Dominions Insurance Company upon the satisfactory character of the recent Report, having regard to the...

Business circles have learned with deep regret of the. death

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of Lord Ebury, which occurred last Sunday following upon a serious accident in the hunting field.- Others have written of Lord Ebury's distingUished career and his achievements...

Financial Notes

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BRITISH FUNDS STRONG. • ONCE again the outstanding featdre of-the stock markets has been the Activity and strength of gilt-edged securities. British Funds have, in -many...