22 MAY 1936

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W HAT the position in Abyssinia today is no one in this country can tell with any certainty. Foreign correspondents have been ejected from Addis Ababa and all news from inside...

What is that object ? When Italy broke the Covenant

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and challenged the League of Nations, the League had two imperative duties laid on it. The first was to check the war if possible, and the second to prevent the aggressor State...

* * * * Dum-Dum Bullets Mr. Eden's statement on

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Monday eolopletel■,• exploded the Italian allegations that British firms had supplied the Abyssinian Government with " duo-dum " bullets. The Foreign Secretary showed that the...

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The Eclipse of Prince Starhemberg The fall of Prince Starhemberg

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has left Austria with only one dictator, the Christian Socialist Dr. Schuschnigg, who inherits the political tradition of Dr. Dollfuss and Dr. Siepel. If Austria must have a...

Smuggling in North China After her failure in Outer Mongolia,

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and the collapse of the plan to create an " autonomous " government for five northern provinces. Japan has turned to other methods of penetration in _North China and of...

New Blows at the New Deal By two more judgements,

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not equal in force, different American Courts have dealt further blows at the greater Roosevelt experiments. By the now usual majority of six to three the Supreme Court has...

Conservatives and Mr. Baldwin The .Baldwin-must-go crusade ebbs and flows

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as ninny like crusades have before it. The ineptitude of the handling of the Coal Mines Bill on Monday has been laid partly to his charge, and one or two of his statements in...

The Budget Tribunal The tribunal presided over by Mr. Justice

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Porter has finished the major part of its task. The hearing has occu- pied eight days and it may be a week before the findings are published. On their probable nature it would...

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It was a great chance for Mr. Churchill, and very

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cleverly he took it. This time he wisely attempted no frontal attack on the Government, but adopting the attitude of a bewildered private Member finding himself in a difficulty...

Civil Aviation The debate on the money resolution for the

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Air Navigation Bill, involving a subsidy of £1,500,000 for • fifteen years, chiefly to Imperial Airways, gave Sir Philip Sassoon the opportunity , to make an excellent defence...

The Army and the Unemployed The discussions which are understood

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to be taking place between the Service Departments and the Ministry of Labour on the relation between Employment Exchanges and recruiting raise a question of some delicacy. It...

The Labour Opposition are finding the pacifist activities of the

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Labour majority on the London County Council not a little embarrassing to them. They had to listen in guilty silence on Tuesday afternoon to a barrage of questions to the...

The Week in Parliament Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes The humilia-

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tion of the Government on the second reading of the Coal • Mines Bill must have been all the more exasperating to them because it was so unnecessary. They had been clearly...

A Tithe-Bill Concession The Government on Tuesday made a wise

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concession to critics of its Tithe Bill. In the debate on the second reading of the Bill. Lord Hugh Cecil and Mr. Denman both pointed out the loss and possible suffering which...

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THE PALESTINE TURMOIL W HILE the nation was mourning the death

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of the great soldier who took Palestine from the Turk and made the establishment of the present regime in that country possible, the Colonial Secretary announced in the House of...

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A RUNAWAY Grimsby Trawler, ' Girl Pat,' bound ostensibly for the Dogger Bank, is said to be off Madeira searching for the treasure of Captain Kidd. Colonel Lopez, an...

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E ARL DE LA It speaking as a National Labour Party Minister, appeals for the formation of some kind . of Centre Party. Lord Allen of Hurtwood, inter- viewed after his withdrawal...

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By THE EARL OF LYTTON, K.C. [The next article in this series is by Monsieur Pierre Cot, who has been Minister . for in several French Governments, and has constantly...

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By F. YEATS-BROWN [This is the fourth of a series of articles which Mr. Yeats-Brown has been specially commissioned by THE SPECTATOR to write on contemporary India. The fifth,...

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By OUR PARLIAMENTARY CORRESPONDENT T IIERE is a widespread feeling, to judge by the Popular Press, that Mr. Baldwin has exhausted his use- fulness to the State, that he has lost...

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By H. E. DEGRAS P ENAL servitude, I find from first-hand experience, has at least one advantage to compensate its too obvious drawbacks. It simplifies the elements of thought....

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By HELEN SIMPSON That page which harbours Little Announcements is .a fascinating page, where matrimonial agencies hint at their triumphs, and slimming institutions declare that...

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By ROSE MACAULAY OW many Societies for the improvement of the world do you, or do I, support ? And can you, or can I, always remember which is for the protection, preservation,...


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THERE was a man lived long ago Say twenty, thirty, forty years— And his heart was so full of hopes and fears, No peace or rest did they let him know The hopes and the fears, as...

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Commonwealth and Foreign O NE by one, the Third Reich settles the old scores of Versailles. The methods vary, not the aim. Wait- ing for little Denmark's turn to come, the...

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The Cinema

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"Klondyke Annie." At the Plaza "Professional Soldier." At the Regal —"A History of the Film." At the Everyman " AH'M an Occidental woonum, In an Awriental mood." The big-busted...

Vaughan Williams and Fokine

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STAGE AND SCREEN Opera and Ballet Wimtv a composer or his librettist calls a work an extrava- ganza," it is no use complaining that the result is extravagant. So let us take...

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Innovations Politiques

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[D'un correspondant parisien.] Suit LE front politique francais it y a beaueoup de nouveau. Trois innovations surtout interesseront he lecteur anglais, car elles lui...


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From Nineteenth to Twentieth FEW things are duller than large exhibitions of Impressionist paintings. The Impressionists did one thing extremely well, namely the painting of...

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The New Haymaking In twenty-one districts at any rate, and perhaps in others, haymaking began in the first or . second week of May. Such an early date was unknown a few years...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR [Correspondents are requested to keep their letters as brief as is reasonably possible. The most suitable length is that of one of our " News of the Week"...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I have followed this correspondence with much interest and would now like to suggest the following points for con- sideration. (1) All...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—The Duke of Montrose's letter on the South African franchise assures us that the movement among the intelli- gentsia of the Universities...

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Sin, To judge from Mr. W. A. Fuller's article in

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your issue of May 15th, it does not scene that the Obscene Hooks Hill drafted by the Publishers Association and the Authors Society deals with what is the fundamental...

WHY THE LEAGUE " FAILED " [7'o the Editor of

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TnE SPECTATOli Sm.— When the Emperor left Abyssinia, the enemies of the League burst into a delighted chorus of " the machinery of the League has failed at the first real...

- As one who has devoted a great deal of

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time and thought to air questions, I fully endorse all that Lord Elibank has said in your columns about the need for centralising Civil Air Administration and adopting a...

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[To the Editor of TUE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In your review (March 20th, 1936) of Mr. John North's interesting and challenging book on the Gallipoli campaign, my honoured friend, Mr....


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[To the Editor of TILE SeEcr.vroa.1 Stn,—May I be allowed to make a few comments upon Mrs. Huxley's letter in your issue of May 8th, in which she criticises my article on " Is...

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[To the Editor of T►CE SPECTATOR.] Sin—I gather from Mr. Greene's review of Tudor Rose that he does not like my history. But then I do not like his. His preposterous assertion...


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[To the Editor of THE SPncr.►roa.] am sorry to be a fly in the Rector of Devizes" ointment. But I do not quite grasp the nature of my offence. I did but quote, as a loyal...


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[To the Editor of Tar: SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The Spectator during its long and honourable existence has rarely rendered more estimable public service than when in its recent issue it...

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• To the Editor of Tev. SeEer.vrond Si a. - The general unrest existing in Palestine, and the Arab st rike NVIliell started fifteen days ago, must convey something. For all time...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sue—I am one of those who maintain that the collapse of the Abyssinian resistance is not an adequate reason for withdrawing sanctions. But if...

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The Liberal Past BOOKS OF THE DAY

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By J. L. HAMMOND IT is significant that in some countries the fear of tyranny and reaction has created a Popular Front and that in all it has brought the thinkers of the Left...

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Systematic Prophecy

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188.) , Tins is an exasperating' book. The translator modestly expresses the opinion that " the English makes - sense," and he deserves great credit' for his effortS to...

The Theory of a New Art

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Radio. By Rudolph Arnheim. (Faber and Faber. 12s. 6d.) Dn. book is similar in conception to the treatise on films which. he published a few years ago ; just as that was an...

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• • Before the Battle

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Germany's War Machine. By Albert Midler.. (Dent. 7s. 13(1.) Fuss published in Paris by Carrefour in 1036, under the title of Hitler* Stossartne:, this book is intended to show...

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Strife - in India

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Tuts is .a picture of. the communal problerhin India drawn by a sympathetic . American from personal observation in Bombay. Dr. Manshardt is no globe-trotter in blue...

Poems, 188o-1935

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The Faber Book of Modern Verse. Edited by Michael Roberts. (Faber and Faber. 78. 64.) A Treasury of - Modern.-Verse. Edited by R. - L. Megroz. (Pit- man. 7s. 6d.) Is his...

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De Gustibus

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The Rule of Taste -from .Georg04.-to--George' IV: By John Steegmann. (Macmillan. 10s. 6d.) Sia CHRISTOPHER WREN once wrote that the critics of his time who treated of...

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Lord Inchcape

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Mn. HECTO2 Boman) starts his biography of the first Lord Inchcape by premising that it has been " a difficult and bewildering book to write " ; and, though all such apprehen-...

The Grundy Women

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Tins, the latest to appear of The Voice of Scotland series, sets out to track down the activities and permutations in Scotland of the woman, unseen but powerful, who was first...

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F Anstey '

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THE author of Vice Versa had. completed, but not revised, this autobiography when he died, at the age of 78, two years ago. Those who have enjoyed his books and plays will be...

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Short Stories

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Kneel to the Rising Sun. By Erskine Caldwell. (Seeker. 7s. Bd.) The Trouble I've Seen. By Martha Ce'thorn. (Putnam. 7s. 6c1.) The World Over. By Edith Wharton....

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By WILLIAM PLOMER The Ocean. By Pau l; Nizovoy. Translated by John Coarnoa. (Hanish Hamilton. 7s. t3d.) Tare Harvest. By Eleanor Peters. (Cape. 7s. 6d.) David and , Joanna. By...

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Motoring Two Sound British Cars THEIM was much to hold

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my interested attention in the two cars I Was sent for trial last month, the new 17-11.p. Armstrong- Siddeley and the 25-h.p. Wolseley, but what pleased me as much as anything...

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The Investment Outlook

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Finance IF this column of The Spedator were written for the speculator, it would not . be very difficult to indicate directions where, notwithstanding the unsettlement of...

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Financial Notes AT the recent annual meeting of Bovis Ltd.,

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the Chairman, Mr. Vincent Gluckstein. showed that the profits of the previou- year had been steadily maintained, while as regards the- balance-sheet the Chairman stated that it...

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SOLUTION NEXT WEEK The Winner of Crossword No. 190 is Mr. A. R. Marshall, 30 Mansfield Road, Reading. -

"The Spectator" Crossword No. 191

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BY ZENO (A prize of One guinea wilt be given to the *ender of the first correct solution of this week'* crossword page to be opened. Envelopes should be mucked " Crossword...