22 AUGUST 1958

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W HATEV ER the merits of President Eisen- hower's Middle East proposals, they are too obviously a desperate effort to pay the Egyptian barrel-organist to wheel his machine away...

Portrait of the Week— , H ow, IS THE HUNTER; but a

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few days after he returned the Greek Government announced that it was unable to co-operate in the working of the revised plan for the future of Cyprus. The Turks had not yet...

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T HERE was little chance of an agreed settle- ment in Cyprus, but what there was dis- appeared with the news of the refusal to allow Archbishop Makarios to return to the,...

More Trouble in Tartary

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By J. E. M. ARDEN T HE susceptible young girl who is prone to think of some swine of a man as practically perfect may be disillusioned by his behaviour. But, often enough, this...

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Westminster Commentary

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As I was saying when I was inter- rupted, things are coming to a pretty pass. The Labour Party is unable to formulate a coherent policy that has any chance of commending itself...

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Have we really, then, reached the situation where the word

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of an 'official,' which being inter- preted means 'a civil servant,' is accepted in evi- dence, while the evidence of university professors or engineers, not being 'official,'...

A Spectator's Notebook

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WHO WILL CONTROL Our controllers? I had long regarded the Committee of Public Accounts with respectful awe, admiring the way its criticisms of public overspending cut a swathe...

rr IS ODD to think that as recently as five

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years ago, the British Trade Union movement was looked up to with respectful admiration by all classes of the community, and all varieties of political opinion. Now, the TUC is...

'IN THESE more enlightened days,' Miles Howard wrote a few

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weeks ago, 'most doctors agree that to take a young child away from its parents and put it in a strange place among strange people for any length of time is a serious matter';...

AS LONG AGO as June 20 the Spectator predicted (if

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memory serves, exclusively) that Bulganin had been sent to a minor job in the Caucasus: and now this story has been confirmed officially—not, of, course, that this means much in...

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John Bull's Schooldays

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Out of the Prisoning Tower By HENRY WILLIAMSON N EARLY all of my generation in Britain when young lived under a fairly strict Victorian discipline. Generally speaking, discip-...

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Lord Milner

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS L ORD M ILNER was the greatest of those who, in the early years of this century, made them- selves the prophets of the Imperial idea. The Imperial idea is...

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Wassail in Old South Ken

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By ALAN BRIEN O NE peep into the candle-lit murk and I started to go into reverse immediately. I backed out of the dining-room with its dark, smoke-stained walls, its unpolished...

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Superboy One thing nobody gave a damn for was 'Kalamazoo and How It Grew.' Nor were they wasting any saucer stares on National Savings or 'Taking up a Career in the Midland...

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Mouse on a Wheel By IS ABEL QUIGLY The Goddess. (Curzon.)—A Time to Love and a Time to Die. (Gaumont.)—Kings Go Forth. (Leicester Square Theatre.) A casebook of a film, it has...


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Fourth Class By PETER FORSTER THERE is, there really is, much on television to entertain and even edify, but the more portentously they aim, the more resoundingly they fall....

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Art For Our Sake By A. V. COTON 'THE METHOD' has not yet become widely associated with ballet. But only because most people, even in- side ballet, have not yet dis- covered...

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Madness in Their Method By ALAN BRIEN A Hatful of Rain. (Prince's.)—The Unexpected Guest. (Duchess.) EVEN after Mr. Kenneth Tynan's television programme (especially after Mr....

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A Doctor's Journal

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On Growing Old By MILES HOWARD N a society like ours, in which the proportion of older people is steadily rising, skilled studies of the effects of ageing will be received with...

Consuming Interest

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The Passenger Is Right By LESLIE ADRIAN A FEW years ago an Irish friend of mine boarded an airliner in Brussels to fly to England. He was surprised to find himself on a Swiss...

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Deuxiemes hors de l'Anneau!

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Monsieur, Mon attention a ete tiree a une serie de lettres publides par le Sunday Times, dont les auteurs sont all& a grandes douleurs afin de se moquer de la langue francaise....

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SIR,—Your writer Leslie Adrian wrote an article under this title

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last week on the subject of eggs. In it there are some mis-statements of fact which we feel obliged to correct. These are as follows: 1. That the British Egg Marketing Board...

Letters to the Editor

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Paul Robeson and Racialism Ige, Geofley Minis* Mental Health Research Dr. Donald Mc!. Johnson, MP Egging Them On W. S. Mitchell Experiments with Time G. F. Dalton, R. A....

MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH SIR,—Your correspondent Pharos is, alas, only too

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right in his observations on mental health research. The exception that proves his rule in regard to articles in medical periodicals is provided by the excellent article by Mr....

SIR,—I do not know why Paul Robeson's rewrite on 'OP

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Man River' should have bothered Pharos. The original lyric has its merits, but it also imposes upon the singer the persona of an Uncle Tom, something American Negro artists...

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A CHILD GOES TO HOSPITAL appreciated Miles Howard's comments in

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'A Doctor's Journal (Spectator, August 1) and could not agree with him more strongly over the treatment of young children when sending them to hospital. My daughter was fifteen...

HOLIDAY QUESTIONS his Holiday Question 13 (b) (Spectator, August 8),

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Mr. Mackenzie Stewart falls for a 200- year-old fallacy that 'country dance' is derived from 'contredanse.' This fallacy was published in the Gentleman's Magazine (1758), when...

SIR, — When I wrote that mass-circulation papers have fallen into disrepute

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east of Suez as well as west of Temple Bar my mind was on our mammoth Fleet Street papers and not on English-language sheets that sell 90,000 copies (excluding those bought by...

SIR,—Brian Inglis says: 'If we could dream future events we

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could presumably prevent them taking place.' This is not so. When I was a boy I dreamed, some time before it actually happened, that another boy would throw a dart at a...


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SIR,—Mr. James Friend returns, in your last issue, to outworn accusations against Israel which were disproved many years ago. Thus he claims that the entry of Jews into...

Vie ipprttator

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AUGUST 24, 1833 LEGISLATIVE bustle is the order of the day. Our Representatives enact laws with such rapidity, that the panting chroniclers of their proceedings in the Gallery...


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S1R.—Brian Inglis's article on Dunne's Experiment With Time gives the impression that all or most experiments on precognitive dreaming have given negative results. This is...

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Coral Islands By FRANK KERMODE B ALLANTYNE published The Coral Island in 1858. It is still reprinted, and the copy in the local children's library seems to be taken out at...

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Prelude in Cyprus

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MISS TREMAYNE'S book is published at a time when the daily news appears to mock most cruelly much of what she says. As a member of the Red Cross she spent a year in Cyprus, a...

Ample Demonstrations

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MAN'S obsession with the Whale does not date from Melville. Japanese and Norse neolithics whaled in tiny kayaks, and a cuneiform inscription describes the Assyrian...

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Nyasaland Revolt ,

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UNLIKE earlier African uprisings against British colonial rule, which were unorganised outbursts of tribal resentment, the Nyasaland revolt of 1915, localised and ineffective,...

New Colonialism

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The Idea of Colonialism. Edited by Robert Strausz-Hupd and Harry W. Hazard. (Atlantic Books : Stevens, 42s.) The Smaller Dragon, By Joseph Buttinger. (Atlantic Books : Stevens,...

Asian Revolution

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Ideas, People and Peace. By , Chester Bowles. (The Bodlcy Head, 12s. 6d.) The Background to Current Affairs. By Desmond Crowley, (Macmillan, 21s.) CHESTER BOWLES is one of the...

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News of the Scrolls

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The Excavations at Qumran. By J. Van Der Ploeg, OP. (Longmans, 16s. 6d.) The Riddle of the Scrolls. By H. E. Del Medico. (Burke, 25s.) The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern...

The Retired Colonel

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Who lived at the top end of our street Was a Mafeking stereotype, ageing. Came, face pulped scarlet with kept rage, For air past our gate. Barked at his dog knout and whiperack...


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Beachworthy el The Brides of Solomon. By Geoffrey Household. (Michael Joseph, 13s. 6d.) I HAVE a friend who was educated at King's College, Cambridge, and is always zealous...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Jr would puzzle most people— from the academic to the simple- ton—to have to explain why shares have been rising on the Stock Exchange since February this...

Peter Swann's An Introduction to the Arts of Japan (Cassirer,

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45s.) is exactly the book for Which many visitors to the recent Japanese ex- hibition will be looking. It is lucid and thorough, and of general appeal—not unlike Gombrich's...

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By CUSTOS B AD weather in August brings business not only to the cinemas but to the Stock Ex- change. The volume of turnover in Throgmorton Street is the highest for over...


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C OZENS AND SUTCLIFFE (HOLDINGS) LTD. Last year this company increased its authorised capital from £250,000 to £1 million to enable it to take the necessary steps to acquire...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1004 ACROSS.-1 Civilisation. 9 Navicerts, 10

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Bleat. 11 Endued. 12 Make-fast, 18 Seldom. 15 Foxglove. 18 Hematite. 19 Canter. 21 Perruque, 23 Idling, 26 Arnyas. 27 Good- speed. 28 Underpinning. DOWN.-1 Congccs. 2 Vivid. 3...


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_ Solution on September 5 ACROSS 1 What Mother Hubbard's dog obviously couldn't do? (6-4) 6 'Love virtue, she alone is ' (Milton) (4) 10 Softly the diva's about. How dull!...

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Rhymes for Writers

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 442: Report by A.M.O.S. Many years ago, The Captain ran a competition for the best couplet incorporating names of cricketers. The winning entry was:...

'Kate is at the gate'—so ran an old book that

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aimed at teaching the young reader the simple words ending in 'ate,' but the lines that followed lacked humour and interest. 'She has a date on her bald pate' would have gripped...