22 DECEMBER 1961

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— Portrait of the Week — WHEN ONE DOOR SHUTS, another

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opens. As the lighting in Katanga came to an end, Indian troops crossed the borders of Goa and over- whelmed the Portuguese garrison after a short campaign. Portugal complained...


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A WRITER in the Guardian recently quoted the lines from the Phillips Brooks carol which go The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. and pointed out what a...

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No. tstablushcd FRIDAY, DECFMBER 22, 1828 1961

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One for the Morgue

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S o:1/44E - popular newspapers have recently made quite a practice of stressing the dangers of One for the Road before Bank Holiday week- ends. They rarely feature the subject...

Mr Nehru's Adventure

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T RE verdict on the Indian action in Goa must be that, although there is a good deal to be said against Portugal, there is nothing whatever to be said in favour of India. True,...

On the Hook

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T liE total cost of agricultural subsidies for the present financial year has turned out to be close on £80 million more than the original estimate; and it might be thought that...


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Comus in the Congo By CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN

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Cross Fire

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From SARAH GAINHAM BONN A NYONE who takes up a position between the lines in a war gets shot at; even a cold war. This is the unenviable position of a young German writer, Uwe...

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Letter from Spain

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From FRANCISCO SUAREZ MADRID E l OR the last twenty years of his life, the IL Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, best - mown in England for his ballet The Three- Cornered llat,...

In Ferment

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From DESMOND STEWART CAI RV S INCE October Cairo has been a fermenting city. The process of fermentation is not rest- ful to sit among. To prolong the metaphor (an unsuitable...

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et potbing you !map

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• . . . so once more . . . our readers . . . this special time of the year when families the world over . . . not just Christmas pudding mixture, but Vitaminised Flashmix with...

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The Death of Napoleon

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By JOHN WILLIAMSON rr HERE has always been some uncertainty I about what Napoleon died of, and an analysis of a lock of his hair carried out re- cently with the aid of an atomic...

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SIR,—Dr. Craig must grow up. A compressed parenthesis of disagreement in a favourable review is not a proper motive for the exhibition of rage and scorn. Anyway, evidence of...

SHARE MY CHALICE SIR.—Before opening your issue of November 10

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I could firmly say that I never disagreed with Monica Furlong. Mrs. FtrIong has so often, so eloquently, and so wittily impressed upon churchgoers and Christians of all...

Sta,--Mr. Gascoigne's recent article on MRA is thought-provoking. Why do

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great spiritual leaders receive such varied reactions? They may be greeted with welcome, or with mere toleration. But now and then they are fated to provoke opposition and per-...


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The Mind of MRA MrA. D. C. Williamson. Margaret Norwood, Rev. Hallett Viney, R. M. Carer. Peter Strafford Doctor in Dearth R. A. Oakshott Anolo-Christian Attitudes lmogen...


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SIR,—Thcre are no half-measures with Bernard Levin when he pulls out all the stops. When he is hitting the nail on the head, as with Suez and the Nyasaland `plot,' one responds...


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SIR.—Your correspondent Quentin de If Bedoyere quotes my husband's St. Matthew in support of the Catholic doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Our Lady. This I know was one of...

DOCTOR IN DEARTH Siii—May I refer to the leader headed

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'Doctor in Dearth' published in your issue of December 8? In it, it is stated that whilst 'orthodox medicine has become well disposed to giving recognition, the osteopaths...

FEEDING THE LIONS SIR,—In her apology to Lady Wootton, Monica

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Furlong explains her irresponsible misstatement by saying that she was left in 'an absurdly highly-strung condition' after reading the '162 pages of closely- packed...


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SIR,—In last week's Spectator in a review of Fathers of the Victorians: the Age of Wilberforce, by Ford K. Brown, the reviewer. Mr. Simon Raven. attributes to Oscar Wilde the...

SIR,--I have read the article by Bamber Gascoigne on Moral

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Re-Armament and the letters in your recent issue, and I would comment in the words of the Rev. John Wesley writing to the Dublin Chronicle in June, 1798, in reply to an article...

SIR,—My reaction to Bamber Gascoigne's article on December 8 is

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that he is altogether too kind to MRA. It is likely enough that many of them are sincere people, convinced that they are doing good. But naivete of this sort, when it is...

Sta,—. . . It is a nice point whether Byron

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or Wilde suffered more from British morality. Sta,—. . . It is a nice point whether Byron or Wilde suffered more from British morality. 16 Cadogan Lane, SW1 EMANUEL. WAX

Sta.-1f you are good enough to publish this letter with

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my address perhaps the nearest to hand of the thousands of ordinary people who. according to Mr. Martin, are responding to MRA will call on me and explain why Mr. Fox should...

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SIR, - It was a pleasure to see Newman's stature as a thinker so warmly recognised by Mr. Bernard Bergonzi in a recent Spectator. But may I say something in an unusual cause—the...


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Sta.—The indictment of the British Government by Dr. Conor O'Brien may have been unwise, possibly injurious to the ultimate outcome in the Congo—but there is little doubt in the...

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Beautiful, Strong Syllables By CLIVE BARNES IN his autobiography Stravinsky quotes ap- provingly an anecdote concerning Mallarme and Degas. The painter, who dabbled in poetry,...


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Withering Cherry By BAMBER GASCOIGNE The Cherry Orchard. (Ald- wych.) —Four to the Bar. (Arts.) The Cherry Orchard is held together as a play not so much by its plot as by its...

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Salutary Clangers Fy ISABEL QUIGLY Judgment at Nuremberg. (Leicester Square Theatre)— The Young Ones. (Warner). —Island of Shame. (Berke- ley.) THE trouble with Stanley...

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R oots By OA VID CAIRNS ENGLISH opera after fifteen years of official blessing, re- mains a frail, str uggling, 'under- nourished plant. cropping up thinly on the bomb-sites...


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Condescension By PETER FORSTER The first was In the Good Time by A. M. Kit- termaster, whose name is more attractive than his title, presented by A-R, and it came only five...

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BOOKS Incorporating the Nation BY BERNARD LEVIN r THERE is inevitably

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a certain embarrassment 1 for any journalist in writing about another paper. Once upon a time, rival magazines work- ing in overlapping fields would happily spend their time...

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Mirrors up to Art

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CYRIL CONNOLLY pointed out recently that writ- ing parodies was a sure sign of ambition in a young writer. As Dwight Macdonald writes in the introduction to his scholarly and...

Up from Irishry

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Teems of Times and Happy Returns. By Dominic Behan. (Heinemann, 18s.) IN every fat man there's a thin one struggling frantically to get out: in Brendan Behan's case its his...


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'DJANGO' (JEAN BAPTISTE) REINHARDT WaS un- questionably the greatest jazz musician Europe has yet produced, and Charles Delaunay's well- intentioned but overwritten biography...

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Beginners Only

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riititt .ire a few late arrivals in the bookshops which will help, to solve the last-minute•Christ- atas present problem for the younger generation. l'irst, and finest, a new...

Alley Named Violence

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Tennessee Williams. By Benjamin Nelson. (Peter Owen, 25s.) BOOKS subtitled 'His Life and Work' have at least one reliable fascination—that of revealing the autobiography in an...

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Come, Lovely Death

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AGATHA CHRISTIE'S latest, The Pale Horse (Collins, 15s.), is one of those stories where only the supernatural, it seems, could possibly ac- count for events—and her apparently...

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Professional Investment Blues

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT A CORRESPONDENT chides me for choosing Christmas as a time to frighten the investor. All I said was that the Stock Exchange had already had some unpleasant...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE quotation of the British and Dutch UNILEVER companies on the New York Stock Exchange led to an unprecedented turnover in Throgmorton Street. The Americans were...

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Thought for Food

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Table Talk By EILIZAB ET H DAVID IF we are to believe late nineteenth and early If we are to believe the cookery contributor (are we to? It's early to tell yet) to a recent...

Company Notes

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B ARCLAVS BANK DCO has had a • most successful year of operations (year ended September 30, 1961), which has probably con- rounded the critics.. of companies trading in Africa,...

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Consuming Interest

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Waiting for Molony By LESLIE ADRIAN Waiting for Molony is the Government's favourite escape hatch—whenever any incon- venient consumer topic is let loose in the House. I'm...

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Postscript . . .

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Tun Sunday Times's London diarist has described Eric AMbler, the novelist, as 'always beautifully turned out in suits, shirts and shoes from Savile Row.' Social climbers would...