22 OCTOBER 1948

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The Danger in • France

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Observers on this side of the Channel, taking account of the fact that a number of small French strikes have broken down while the more menacing coal strike has certainly not...

The Price of European Recovery

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When Sir Stafford Cripps, during his recent and highly successful American tour, said that E.R.P. was not merely a piece of machinery but an idea, many people in this country no...


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' HE three Western Powers having once referred the Berlin dispute to the Security Council, it was no doubt inevitable that the six so-called neutral Powers, who are members of...

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American Advice

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When the intention to set up an Anglo-American Productivity Council was first announced a great deal of nonsense was talked in this country to the general effect that British...

Palestine Returns to Arms

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The clear fact that such hold as the United Nations had upon the situation in Palestine has seriously weakened since the murder of Count Bernadotte implies not the slightest...

Libel Law Reform

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The long-awaited report of Lord Porter's committee on changes in the law of defamation has been issued at a moment which makes any detailed discussion of its contents in this...

Cross-Currents in Indonesia

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The fall of Madiun and the dispersal of the "National Front Government " which was set up there at the end of last month by Mr. Musso and his fellow-Communists is• encouraging...

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T HOUGH nothing is known of the details of their deliberations, it is satisfactory that the Commonwealth Ministers now in London should have been discussing the problems of...

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The members of Legislative Councils in Africa, most of them

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black and many of them ruling Chiefs, who came here for the con- ference called by the Colonial Secretary last month, have been visiting various parts of England since the...

Two and a third pages of " Errata and Corrigenda

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" in Mr Churchill's The Gathering Storm is rather generous measure, particularly in view of the distinction of the collaborators associated with the author. Still, it must be...

Six German prisoners were killed at a level crossing near

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Peter- borough last March. A local solicitor has been killed there in his car in the last few days. Though the Coroner refused to accept a rider to the jury's verdict, blaming...


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L ORD CECIL'S proposal for the immediate signature of a treaty of non-aggression and mutual assistance supplementary to the United Nations Charter is of significance not merely...

University politics have no more than a limited interest. It

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by no means follows that what Oxford and Cambridge say today the rest of the country will say tomorrow—or at any other time. Still, 423 to 209 at the Cambridge Union in...

The sooner the alleged irregularities in certain Government Depart- ments

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are probed to the depths the better for everyone concerned. Once rumours start there is no end to them. Already I have heard compromising mention of three Ministers, one of whom...

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By EDWARD HODGKIN S CHOOLBOYS of the future, asked to write not more than three lines on Lord Beveridge, will say something about social security and add the date 1942 if they...

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By DAVID MORRIS B EFORE the war with Japan the town of Chungmou, just south of the Yellow River in Honan, was a thriving market centre like a thousand other Chinese towns ; not...

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THE SPECTATOR readers are urged to place a firm order with their newsagent or to take out a subscription. Newsagents cannot afford to take the risk of carrying stock, as unsold...


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By C. M. WOODHOUSE B EING materially a poor country, Greece needs to derive all possible strength from moral resources. One of them has always been her children. In western...

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By R. R. CECIL I T was Samuel Johnson's belief that what we read with inclination makes the strongest impression. " If we read without inclina- tion," he said, " half the mind...

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By C. R. HEWITT • ITTLE that you see in Holland reflects the bitter ordeal of the " occupation." Even at Rotterdam you must get out of the train and look round to find the...

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By NIGEL BALCHIN I F people see posters, read advertisements or listen to speeches, there can scarcely be a man or woman in the country who does not know by now that we need...

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By A. V. DAVIS "One. Two. Three. Four. Let us hear the Brandon roar. Bee. Ee. Ee. Ess. . . . Bees!" A LL the accents of the Midlands can be heard on Saturday nights at Brandon...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON T HE third report of the Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries was published last Saturday. In the last report of the Commission, which was issued ten...

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" The Foxes of Harrow." (New Gallery and Tivoli.)—" Woman Hater." (Odeon, Marble Arch.)—" The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." (Prince of Wales.)--" Rigoletto." (Rialto.) MOST...


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THE THEATRE Lute Song. By Sidney Howard and Will Irwin. (Winter Garden.) THE programme does not state either where or when (or for that matter why) the action of this musical...


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ON Sunday afternoon a chamber-music ensemble drawn from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and including the Barylli String Quartet, packed His Majesty's Theatre for a programme...

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ONCE again in dark array Mount the forces of the night, Once again the mobs obey. Simple man still blindly led To the cockpit of the hour, Can he still be comforted? Power is...


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CERI RIC.HARDS iS showing recent oils and drawings at the Redfern, many of them studies for the " Rape of the Sabines." Or perhaps one should call them variations upon a theme,...

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Sul,—In his letter in The Spectator of October 15th, Mr. Ackland makes a point of so great importance in relation to the guidance and enlighten- ment of our further opinion as...


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Sm,—In his article, The Churchillian Epic, in your issue of October 8th, Mr. L. S. Amery comments on Mr. Churchill's indictment of Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Neville Chamberlain, and...


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SIR,—The last time I appeared on a political platform ' I appeared as chairman of the South St. Pancras Liberal Association, thirty-five years ago unless I mistake. I am a...

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SIR,—In The Spectator of October 15th " Ex-Regular Officer " describes accurately the reasons for lack of interest in sport and education in the armed Services today. I...

SIR,—I was delighted to read Mr. Francis Boyd's .admirable summing-up

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of the Conservative conference at Llandudno. I attended as a rank-and- file delegate for a working-class constituency, and I was hoping that a message would be given explaining...


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SIR,—Mr. Francis Williams is ungenerous. I read The Triple Challenge with appreciation and a good deal of care, including the chapters he refers to, but I did not find in...

SIR,—Mr. Francis Boyd, in his interesting article on the Conservative

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conference, reports correctly that " a delegate had to remind the con- ference that it was Mr. Butler's Education Act which abolished 'Part III' authorities, and that County...

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The Ambiguous Goat ' Cornwall offers another example. At the

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moment it is urging a revival of the goat with ingenuous zeal. Now the goat is said by his- torians to have destroyed at least two civilisations on the Mediterranean, by...

DOCTORS' CARS sut,--I wonder how on aarth a body of

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men and women as large as the medical profession could agree to the financial terms laid down under the National Service Health Act. Since these hide-bound rules and terms of...


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StR,—With regard to your editorial The Case of Mr.' Sylvester, published in your issue of October 15th, may I be permitted to point out the following facts: The Defence...


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Sta,—Your resistentialist correspondents seem invariably to quote con- ' temporary philosophers and scientists. Why not James Payn who wrote in 1884: "I never had a piece of...


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NOT all the modern ease of communication has yet succeeded in robbing the English counties of their individuality. Wiltshire, for example. has no very distinctive boundaries and...

YEATS AND OTHERS SIR,—In Mr. St. John Ervine's otherwise admirable

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letter in The Spectator of October 1st, when talking of English poets, he says.: "And " Surely Kipling has been deprecated and patronised enough? We all know how often he...

Innumerable Wings "

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How does it come about that one species of animal will suddenly multiply out of all reason? With such creatures as mice and voles there is usually a cycle culminating in a sort...

No Plough, No Spade The no-digging campaign advances; and now

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the roller begins-to sup- plant the spade. The results of the Chertsey research experiments are awaited with wide interest. It must be remembered that the no-digging theory...

In the Garden

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It has often been said, and truly, that flowers pay better than food crops. The "Cloche Guild " in some monthly notes gives two examples, one experimental, in which marigold, of...

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Russia and the Bomb Military and Political Consequences of Atomic Energy. By P. M. S. Blackest. (Turnstile Press. 12s. 6d.) THIS book is in essence a defence of the Russian...

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Introducing the Old Testament

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How Came Our Faith. By W. A. L. Elmslie. (Cambridge University Press. 21s.) " IN outward form this work is a study of Hebrew religion ; but its primary purpose is seen in the...

Petrified Emblems

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" OWNERLESS arms or legs stretching from the sky are as common in the Emblem books as they are in the castle of Otranto," Miss Freeman notes, and indeed some of the...

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Records of a College

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Oriel Papers. By Cecil S. Emden. (Oxfor,d University Press. 15s.) THE records of a college, an institution, a regiment, have an interest for its members which is not always...

A Blight on the Peerage

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Sackville of Drayton. By Louis Marlow, . (Home and Van Thal. 21s.) Loan GEORGE SACKVILLE, who became Lord George Germain when he inherited Drayton in Northamptonshire, and who...

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Eleventh-Century Chinese

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The Gay Genius. By Lin Yutang. (Heinemann I5s.) Lit YUTANG'S unique reputation as an interpreter of China to Western readers will be still further enhanced by this biography of...

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The Fat of the Land. By Peter de Polnay. (Hutchinson. 9s. 6d.) IN the present literary doldrums a first novel by Mr. Trilling is an important event. Admirers .of his...

Shorter Notices

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The - Poems of William Habington. Edited by Kenneth Allott. (University Press of Liverpool. 15s.) IN the - series of English studies issued by the Liverpool University Press,...

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[A Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week November 2nd. Envelopes...

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By CUSTOS WHEN Sir Stafford Cripps starts thinking aloud, as he did at this week's bankers' dinner at the Mansion House, wise men stop to listen. One or two points emerge from...

The Life of Alexander Stewart. Preface by Sir P. Malcolm

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Stewart, Bt. (Allen and Unwin. 10s. 6d.) THIS remarkable chapter of autobiography was for the most part written just over a hundred years ago and has now been prepared for...