22 FEBRUARY 1935

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T HE negotiations over the proposed Air Pact between the Locarno Powers need careful handling, and a great deal may depend on immediate decisions in London. Germany's reply...

Whoever goes to Berlin must tread delicately, for his task

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will be to urge - Germany to accept not merely the Air Pact which she approves, but other of the London proposals regarding which she shows so far less enthusiasm. She has...

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MUSEUM 1721. Entered as second-class Mail Matter at the New York, N.Y. Post Office, Dec. 23r1, 1896. Postal subscription 308. per annum, to any part of the world. Postage on...

The Gold Clause Judgement The American Government's victory on the

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Gold Clause issue " was as near a defeat as any victory well could be. The bench of the Supreme Court divided by the narrowest margin possible—rfive to four; the minority issued...

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The British Industries Fair . Year by year the British

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Industries Fair increasingly justifies its existence. At its inception it was thought .Of mainly as a means for stimulating the buying of Empire products for the home market....

General Election Canards Mr. Chamberlain's speech to the Edgbaston Conservative

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Club should serve • to dispel the rumours about an early General Election: • He told the Club that there will not be an election yet awhile, that the Government had not even...

Persistent Pepper The persistence in Parliament and the Press of

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questions on the pepper pool debdcle indicates a healthy deter- mination to get to the bottom of an unpleasant business —whatever may be found there. Attention at the same time...

The Arms Traffic Inquiry The Royal Commission on the Traffic

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in Arms is to be judged both by its terms of reference and its personnel, the former. being on the whole more satisfactory than the latter. Holes could be picked in any formula,...

America and Collective Action In declaring at a Canadian Society

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dinner in New York on Saturday that the United States was ready, in the event of an effective disarmament agreement being obtained, to forswear any interference with collective...

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The Week in Parliament Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes : The

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Com- mittee stage of the India Bill, which will last all the spring and 'summer, started on Tuesday with a swing. In the first five minutes two amendments were accepted by the...

The Ribbon-Builders' Triumph Nothing but harm will have been done

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by the Govern- ment's allusion to ribbon development in the King's Speech unless a measure is introduced without further delay ; for every week that passes means intensified...

Improved Foreign Trade Mr. Runciman was justified in looking on

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the bright side of things when he spoke at the Mansion House dinner last Monday in celebration of the opening of the British Industries Fair. For whilst in 190 the main economic...

But Mr. Neville Chamberlain had a relatively quiet House when

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he came to wind up the debate. He appeared definitely to turn down the New Deal policy and emphasized his oft-repeated conclusion that the "quickest and most effective...

The Labour Party missed its chance badly on the Vote

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of Censure on Unemployment. Led by Mr. Lansbury, it chose, instead of making a detailed and documented attack on the Government for its mishandling of the Unemployment...

The Control of Birth-Control Professor Carr-Saunders, lecturing to the Eugenics

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Society . last Saturday, commented on the approaching decline in the population, which is likely to reduce it in the next thirty years by 25 or 30 per cent. The cause of this...

It was Sir. Stafford Cripps. who gave Mr. Churchill his

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first opportunity to - draw blood; on an amendment designed to take the appointment of the Viceroy out of Party politics, Sir Stafford, who usually gets his effects by calmness...

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T HE Press and Lobby discussions on the Government's future ebb and flow. Rumours improbable in varying degree are given currency, and promptly and with perfect veracity denied....

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P LANNING in the modem sense of the term—whether .1 it be town-planning, or transport-planning, or economic planning—deMands much more than the setting down on Paper of ideal...

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The appointment of Dame, Rachel Crowdy to the new Royal

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Commission on the Traffic in Arms has a special appropriateness which may not be immediately apparent. Dame Rachel was for twelve years head of the section of the League of...

A rather interesting bit of Cabinet inner history emerges from

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Sir Austen Chamberlain's article on the Air Pact negotiations in Wednesday's Daily Telegraph. Sir Austen quotes a passage which he describes as "words written by the late Lord...

Cambridge opinion, I gather, is considerably divided about the choice

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of Mr. Kenneth Pickthorn for the Parliamentary vacancy, and I hear a good deal of regret expressed that there seems likely to be no contest. There is no doubt about Mr....

* * * * . Like everyone else, I suppose,

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I have paid my money to see that incredible play Young England, which is now in the. third phase (Victoria Palace, Kingsway, Daly's) of a career that looks like being endless....


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A CURIOUS item of lobby-gossip reaches me from Westminster, and I quote it simply as a record of what some M.P.'s are saying—making no claim for it be- yond that. The latest "...

Nothing, I suppose, that has happened under the Nazi regime

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in Germany has aroused feelings of greater repul- sion in this country than the beheading of two women in Berlin on Monday. And for an accumulation of reasons. We do not inffict...

Noted in Silence, " I am not going - Co allow questions

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which affect the British .Empire."---Mr. Justice A.vory. JANUS,

4.. * * I am very glad to hear that

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Mr. H. W, Nevinsoff, who is, among other' things, a, frequent and Valued contributor to The Spectator—is to be given an honorary Litt.D. by Dublin University i It is a...

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By E. F. BENSON I: is instructive to compare the two systems of education under which _Kin g George V and his father were brought up. The Prince Consort, while his eldest son...

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By BRIGADIER-GENERAL E. L. SPEARS, M.P. "T HUS ended the post-War period." So might a historian of the future conclude his account of the recent Franco-British conversations in...

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I N the bad old days a mordant politician spoke of the leprosy which - clung to the walls of the War Office. Are we to speak of the leprosy - which clings to the walls of the...

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By OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT B IOLOGY has offered many substantial contributions to medicine ; though in but few instances have these offerings been effectively exploited. The...

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By A. G. STREET I N common with most countryfolk I have always looked upon rural sport as the natural amusement of those who live and work in the country, and, as a farmer's...

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By HELEN SIMPSON I N the year 1849 the editor of the Zoist printed, above the pseudonym Gamma; an article on crystal- gazing. There was no reason whatever, this contributor...

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By ROSE MACAULAY . I N the year 1521, the Christian Emperor of Abyssinia was writing to the - Christian King of Portugal. "Because upon my borders," he wistfully said, "there...

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The Cinema

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"Wings in the Dark." At the Plaza THE best guide in a thick fog is a blind man. That is the basic idea of W ings in the Dark ; but the treatment is inge- niously original and...


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"Barnet's Folly." By Jan Stewer. The Haymarket "Viceroy Sarah." By Norman Ginsbury. The Whitehall Elicit of these plays is hall-marked with unimportance, but both of them will...

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The Ballet

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Classical and Modern IT is one of the paradoxes of Diaghilev's career that - he, who was the instigator of the revolt against the conventions of classical ballet, should have...

Erfindung und Empfindung

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[Von einem Deutschen Korrespondenten] Vott.einigen Tagen sind in Deutschland zwei Manner gestorben, deren Tod starker als in Hirer Heimat von der gesamten Kulturwelt als em n...

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Our Weather Prophet

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In our village annals the weather prophet has always held an honoured place. He has invented longer prophecies than have yet been dared by any meteorological office. Saints'...


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That more or less new form of amusement, the racing of greyhounds, has made its own, and not very suitable port- manteau word. Gracing" is established and possesses its own...

Killing in February The close season is generally supposed to

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begin with February. It does not. You are allowed to go on shooting snipe and woodcock till the beginning of March in some counties, till St. Valentine's Day in others. Now one...

Lighthouse Observers A considerable success in research has been won

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by Captain Damireuther and the lighthouse and other observers whom he has mobilized. They have advanced by a very long way our knowledge of the migrations of insects, and proved...


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Worcestershire Worcestershire, one of the Three Graces, is to have a special branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England. It has peculiar need. The county...

Lying Berries

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As to particular prophecies; the old and still activeteleological belief that many berries point to a hard winter has been disproved with singular emphasis—the holly berries...

Persian or Greek? • Mr. Young's learned book on the

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narcissus or daffodil has rearoused speculation on the derivation of the words. Perhaps our chief authority on plants in English and classical literature, Mr. Vernon Rendall,...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR fCcrrrespondents are requested to keep their

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letters as brief as is reasonably possible. The most suitable lcngth is that of one of our "News of the Week" paragraphs. Signed letters are given a preference" over those...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—Eight or nine months ago the Saar territory was gener- ally regarded as the principal danger spot in Europe. It was commonly believed that...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sm,—The letter of Justitia " is a necessary caution about the danger of generalizing from the abnormally low number of executions (four) in...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I should be much

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obliged if you could spare space for the expression of some disturbance of mind roused by the article on Capital Punishment in your February 8th issue. A person may feel the...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The last paragraph in "A Spectator's Notebook last week would suggest that Janus has not given the question of the abolition of the motor...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In your last issue your Parliamentary correspondent brings two charges against Mr. MacDonald—(1) that " his inteivention in the matter of...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I was surprised and,

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I confess, grieved, to gather from the discussion in your columns that the caning of girls is in vogue in England ; it seems so strangely incompatible with the general...


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INDIA'S ROLE IN ASIA [To the Editor of TIIE SPECTATOR.] Sut,—Whereas in your issue of February 15th you have touched upon the present Asian question in relation to the West...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—As a constant reader of The Spectator, it was with surprise that I read your column upon Abyssinia in the news for the week of February...


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do approve when you say "This is not a question of corporal punishment generally . . . (nor of) the caning of girls by mistresses. But the caning of girls by masters is quite...

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[To the Editor of Tim SPECTATOR.] Sm,--Owing no doubt to a typographical error a paragraph in my article in The Spectator of February 8th was misplaced and in one respect...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In your last number Mr. Graham Greene, reviewing Professor Pelham Edgar's Art of the Novel, states that at Oxford "the Professor of...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I am surprised that a paper of the standing of The Spectator should publish such an extremely inaccurate and ill-informed review of Mr....


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—In reading the programme of public events arranged in connexion with the Jubilee celebrations one is impressed by the fact that, while...

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The Genesis of Europe

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By PROFESSOR J. L. MYRES HERE is a history for historians, as well as entrancing narrative for the general reader. It ,takes us, in the volume published now, from the...

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Ancient Story-tellers

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THIS book is written with all the charm of style and delicacy of observation which scholars have learnt to expect from Professor Thomson, and deals with a fact concerning Greek...

Prodigal Joad

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Return to Philosophy. By C. E. M. Joad. (Faber. 7e. 6d.) THE qualifications of the philosopher, according to Mr. Joad, are a knowledge of the thought of the past, some culture,...

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A Voict4tiont the -Brain Trust The Battle lor Democracy. By

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Rexford G. Tugwell. (Oxford Upiversity Press. Isis.) PROFESSOR TuowELL leapt into prominence two years ago as a member of President Roosevelt's Brain Trust. Soon afterwards, in...

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Eighteenth-Century Germany..

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THIS is an admirable book. It is interesting throughout, and its fine display of learning is never allowed to hinder clarity or liveliness of expression Professor Bruford has...

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Bishop Welldon's Reflections

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Banco WELLDON'S "Reflections on Life" form a sort of • supplement to autobiography : a setting forth (to use his own words) of "some few of the lessons which have been...

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The Realities of India

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Living India. By Lady Hartog. (Blackie. 3s. 6d.) THE index to Living India omits the names of Reading, Irwin and Willingdon, makes no mention of White Paper or Dominion Status...

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Young Regency " Visiters "

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I Am afraid I must begin this review by saying that Harriette Wilson has always been a disappointment to me. I„ made her acquaintance first when a schoolboy of thirteen. I was...

From Good Friday to Pentecost

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The King of the Jews. By Mary Borden. (Heinemann. 7s. 6d.) SINCE the publication of The Brook Kerith or perhaps we should say of Miss Corelli's .11grabbas, the literature...

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New Light on Swift

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PROFESSOR NICHOL Sarni has devoted even more years to the delightful task of editing this correspondence than Jacob did to the wooing of Rachel ; a lecture of Sir Charles...

The Wisdom of K Liberal

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Experience. By Desmond McCarthy. (Putnam. is. 6d.) WISDOM is the aroma that disengages itself from this last volume of Mr. McCarthy's collected journalism. Having written that...

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'The "Age of Reason

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PROFESSOR GREEN is a scholar who does not lose himself in the maze a his _ scholarship. He wages learned warfare on those pedants whoare always grubbing up imaginary...

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By V. S. PRITCHETT Windus. 7s. 64.1.) NVernour going to the arid lengths to which our art-hating political puritans would like us to go, we must admit that great _novelists...

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PHIS travel feature has been inaugurated J. for the benefit of those readers who are in the habit of applying to " The Spectator's" Travel Bureau for information and advice when...

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ESCORTED HOLIDAYS Leading travel agents have their own personally-conducted spring

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tours to tempt TOURS and CRUISES the discriminating traveller, and among them are three of particular interest :— (i) A I5-days Grand Tour of Italy by special train, organized...


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A convenient way of enjoying Spring warmth without a continuous sea voyage is to go by Henderson liner to Palma (Balearic Isles), stay six days at the Alfonso Hotel and return...

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March 9 ATLANTIS (16000 tons). From Southamp- ton. Lisbon, Naples, Tripoli, Rhodes, Phaleron Bay, Malta, Algiers. 23 days. From 39 gas. LANCASTRIA (17,000). From Dublin (Holy...

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The foregoing suggestions are but a few of the innumerable - ways of enjoying a spring holiday by land or sea. Nothing, however, has been said of the most modern means of...

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The Investment ' Outlook DURING the past few weeks there has been a reaction in highLclass investment 'stocks, and although present prices . 'recoided: in a table given below...

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The latest report of the British South Africa Company shows a profit balance of E328,797 as compared with 2398,927 in the previous year. Moreover, this year the profit only...


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After all it must be remembered that when a Stale embarks upon lavish expenditure it is an expenditure - which sooner or later has to be met by the people of the country.- If...


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Although it had been freely stated that if the decision of the Supreme Court had been adverse throughout to Congress measures would have been taken to regularize the position,...

Financial Notes

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STEADIER MARKETS. Tax past week has witnessed steadier Conditions in the Stock Markets with a recovery in prices in most departments. Nevertheless the recent severe shake-out,...

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The full report of Harrods, Limited makes it quite clear that the recent Increase in the dividend from 15 to 16 per cent. is thoroughly justified - by the . expansion, of...

A Hundred Years Ago Up to yesterday' afternoon - , the Money

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Market continued firm ; and though money in the course of Tuesday and Wednesday was scarcer than at the lattei end of the last week, the price of Consols was fully maintained....

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• CAMEL - BELLS OF BAGHDAD By Janet Miller This well-written and

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attractive book (Putnam, 10s. 6d.) is an account of a journey to Iraq and Persia undertaken purely for pleasure by an extremely gifted and sensitive observer, who does not lack...

"The Spectatot" - Crossword No 126

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BY ZENO [A prize of one guinea will be given to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword puzzle to be opened. Envelopes should be marked "Crossword...

Current Literature

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LOVE ON THE DOLE By Ronald Gow and Walter Greenwood This play, adapted from Mr. Greenwood's novel of the same name, is the first of a new series of modern plays which Messrs....

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THE PHOENIX LIBRARY The Phoenix Library, in which Messrs. Chatto

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and Windus republish in a charming format at 3s. 6d. a volume the most distinguished of their books from previous lists, has just reached its century with the addition of Mr....


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