22 MAY 1959

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—Portrait of the Week-

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vviirsunrriDE CAME and Whitsuntide went. Many people spent a great part of it sitting in stationary motor-cars. The Bank Holiday was not observed at Geneva, but progress wasn't...

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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 1959

The Centre Can Hold

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A LIBERAL among rampant conservatives is, constantly faced with a difficult choice : he can • assert his liberalism, at the cost of losing contact with and influence over them;...


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I is hard to understand the present American 'attitude towards relations between the West and the Soviet Union. Presumably, the State Depart- ment, the White House and the man...

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Threatening Uncertainty

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By MICHAEL ADAMS BEIRUT A CURIOUS mood of uncertainty is hanging over ..M.the Middle East. Egypt has lost ground through the unsuccess of her no-holds-barred cam- paign against...

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By our Geneva Correspondent rriliE East Germans have taken' the, Foreign 1 Ministers' Conference as an opportunity to hold an exhibition here of books on 'Culture, Science and...

Westminster Commentary

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Fifty Years On By ROY JENKINS, MP Before subsiding into the Whitsun recess, the House of Commons was clearly not offering much. excitement to the political journalists. This...

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ALTHOUGH THE AUTHORITIES are understandably anxious that press reports should

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not stir up racial feeling in North Kensington, they were unwise to go about it in the way they did. The newspapers which assumed, in their reports, that it was a race murder...

IT OCCURRED to our correspondent in Geneva the other day

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that he could send us a missive more quickly by air freight than by air mail, and Swiss- air encouraged him in this romantic notion. It would be put on flight No. SR700 that...

A Spectator's Notebook

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SOME DISTURBING STORIES have been reaching me about the way in which potential witnesses before the Devlin Commission are being intimi- dated. They follow the usual pattern :...

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THE FILM CENSOR has always refused to licence Marlon Brando's

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The Wild Ones, on the grounds that its theme of violent hooliganism might act as an incitement to the lawless-minded. The film was shown in Cambr;rige by permission of the local...

The Last Great Fight

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By CLYDE SANGER* W HILE the votes were still being, counted in March's general election in Northern Rhodesia, a telephone call came to Harry Franklin, deputy leader of the...

I DID NOT AGREE with Nicholas Davenport's criticisms last week

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of the Institute of Directors' 'State Control or no?' advertisement. The Insti- tute has got hold of an inherent contradiction in the Labour Party programme and it is entitled...

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Criminals in Cars

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By BRIAN INGLIS W liEN, a few years ago, the crime figures for a town in the north of England rose by almost 50 per cent, in a single year, the Chief Constable had to explain...

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Lysenko Comes Back

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By MAURICE GOLDSMITH T HAVE heard all our genetic big guns—like 'Julian Huxley, Cyril Darlington and Sidney Harland—sound off against the Soviet agrono- mist Lysenko, determined...

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Blooms `You want to have a bit of everything,' ex- plained one regular. 'Flower paintings always sell best—that and small horizontal pictures for people who want something to...


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Noddy in Little Rock By ALAN BRIEN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS describes Orpheus Descending, in his introduction to the text, * as 'on its surface the tale of a wild- spirited boy who...

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The Light is Dark Enough By PETER FORSTER For it, the BBC had flown over Ginger Rogers, presumably assuming that as a star of pre-war musical comedy she would best be presented...

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Viva Liverpudlia!

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By DAVID CAIRNS THE crux of the contemporary music question is the aptitude of the orchestras. Education must begin not with the public but with the players. If the new works...

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Happy Birthday By ISABEL QUIGLY The Case of 'Dr. Laurent. (Academy.) IT is no sentimental fancy to say that the moment she gives birth to a child should be the climax of a...

Consuming Interest

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Matters of Motoring By LESLIE ADRIAN The cheapest respray is not, of course, neces- sarily the best. A good respray involves the re- moval of most or all of the existing paint...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Open Minds By MILES HOWARD LEuccrromv--the notion of operating on the substance of the brain itself—sounds threat- ening, both to lay people and to many doctors too. That...


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MAY 24, 1834 THE Tory Opposition in the House of Peers made a violent assault on Lord BROUGHAM last night, in revenge for his having introduced his Pluralities and...

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SIR,—Welcome as is the success of the Worthing Ex- periment, it should be made clear that this is a different type of service from the community care services envisaged by the...


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SIR,—Thank you for your article under the title 'Arms for Oblivion.' The case you make against supplying arms for Iraq is overwhelming. Could you not now continue your argument...

SIR,—Your editorial on this subject (May 8) is far from

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convincing. You ask, 'What on earth does the Government hope to gain' by supplying arms to Iraq, and you proceed to lambast the Government for what you call 'this latest witless...

Ulster H. Montgomery Hyde. MP

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Arms for Oblivion D. M. Mackinlay, Samuel Landman The Derided Kenneth Robinson, MP. Dr. Basil Lee Spreading Capitalism Sir Toby Low, MP Paul Slickey Rowan Ayers, Bennitt...

SIR,—Your issue of May 15 has an article headed 'The

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Derided' which deals with the attitude of the medical profession to mental illness or with the teach- ing of psychiatry in medical schools. With much of what you say one can...

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TAPER SIR,—Taper should check his literary allusions. It was not

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Belloc but E. C. Bentley who wrote the 'Ballade of Vain Delight' with the last line : 'What is the use of going on like thisV—Yours faithfully, 2 Audio! Square, South A udley...


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SIR,—I would like to corroborate Mr. Baber's experience of the Pullman Car Company's concoctions served in the Plymouth to London boat trains. Coming straight from the French...

11 1. In your columns I have expressed admiration 'Or Your

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astute and lucid theatre critic, Alan Brien, ?fle of the shrewdest and best of the younger genera- "on; but when he suggests that any reader who enjoys t he Spectator is likely...


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SIR,—I am reaching the age at which, according to the experts, I am likely to reap the rewards of heavy smoking and the other indulgences of an ill-spent life. I can now face...


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SIR,—I sat, in my youth, at the feet of Sydney and Beatrice Webb, and also joined the ILP, but I was always taught to be at least reasonably courteous to political opponents,...

AND NOW NYASALAND Sia,—It is clear that Professor Creighton and

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I are basically agreed on what we want for Central Africa, but very much at odds as to how to achieve it. 'He takes the theoretical view, I a more pragmatic one. It is not ,of...

SIR,—In his article on the pamphlet Everyman a Capitalist Mr.

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N. Davenport writes, 'If Sir Toby's Committee would have another look at our mixed economy they ought to see how undesirable it is to encourage industrial workers to have a...


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SIR,—Mr. Hugh Lloyd-Jones in. his review of Arnold J. Toynbee's Home University Library volume, Hellenism, describes it as a modernised ver- sion of a book originally written in...


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Sia.—As one who can and does enjoy the Spectator every week, I was surprised and a little disappointed to find your critic Alan Brien including me among those who would, or even...

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The Solitariness of Saul Bellow BY DAN J ACOBSON H enderson the Rain King* is as ambitious as any of Mr. Bellow's previous novels— which means that it is very ambitious indeed....

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The Great Conger

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Mythologies. By W. B. Yeats. (Macmillan, 21s.) The Masterpiece and the Man: Yeats as I knew him. By Monk Gibbon. (Rupert Hart-Davis, 21s.) THERE are three Yeatses in these two...

Still Deaths

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SOME of the more striking of these famous photo- graphs—McLellan posing with Lincoln, the dead at Gettysburg, the bridge across the Chicka- hominy—have often been reproduced....

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Second Sex

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Niclifoirs of a Dutiful Daughter. By Simone de Beauvoir. Translated by James Kirk up. (Andre Deutsch and Weidenfeld and Nicol- son, 30s.) Ac WALLY the title of Mlle de...


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Notes of a Film Director. By Sergei Eisenstein. • (Lawrence and Wishart, I8s.) The Battleship Potemkin is without much doubt the greatest film ever made, and Eisenstein the...

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Ends of the Earth

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'CRINA is a country of 500,000,000 slaves ruled by a single God and nine million Puritans,' trumpeted the Red Chinese Minister of Com- munications, Chang Po-Chun, during the...

Truly Human

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A DISTINCTIVE feature of the Renaissance as a period is that men thought of themselves as living in it; the joke about Cecil B. de Mille's picture (`Men of the Middle Ages, let...

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Via Leghorn

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Modigliani: Man and Myth. By Jeanne Modi- gliani. (Andre Deutsch, 55s.) Tills magnificently illustrated book has as its text hill essay by the daughter of Modigliani and Jeanne...

Bamboo Shoots

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widely advertised cultural propaganda magazines and by popular prints, is neither unfamiliar nor inaccessible. Surprising, then, that Mr. Sullivan's admirable historical...

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Backstairs Boy

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Tun most charming thing aboUt Endymion Porter is his name. It should have belonged to a pastoral swain, yearning for the moon as he watched his flocks among his native Cotswold...

A Natural

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The Light,of Common Day. By Diana Cooper. (Rupert Hart-Davies, 25s.) THE second volume of Lady Diana Cooper's memoirs covers her life from 1923 to the outbreak of war in 1939....

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Down and Out in Buenos Aires

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The American Rat. By Jacques Lanzmann. Trans- (Wingate. 15s.) Italian Stories of Today. Edited by John Leh- mann. (Faber, 16s.) 'al y toes were screwed up in a desperate effort...


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'My native place is the city of Padua : I am of a Roman family which had resided there for many years,' wrote Giovanni Battisla Belzoni in the Preface to his Narrative of the...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT The father of the boom is, of course, Mr: Derick Heathcoat Amory, but he will be very angry when he reads the Smithy Express. As he explained to the...

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By CUSTOS T HE three-week account closed on Tuesday on a very firm note and it seems pretty certain that equity shares will move into still higher ground. The Financial Times...

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U NITED SUA BETONG celebrates its golden jubilee this year and with the company's accounts there is a well-presented illustrated 'sport from the chairman, Sir John Hay. The...

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ACROSS 1 All together or such a row there'll he! 16) 4 Initially the Scot gets nothingbut pulse 18) 9 Here goatsbeard should flourish i6) II) Parent's sister among broken china...


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Mr. H. E. McHugh. 'Coolotigh,' 29 White- beans Road, Clonskeagli, Co, Dublin. and Mr. lobo Waylett, 615 The White House. Albany Street, London, N.W.I. ACROSS. — I. Muscovy. 5...