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T HE question of a German Army, urged so often in recent weeks by the wrong people and for the wrong motives, appeared in its right context in the statement issued on Tuesday by...

The Fifth Session

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There are 73 items on the agenda of the General Assembly of the United Nations which began its work at Lake Success this week ; many of these, including perennials like Kashmir...

American Checks and Balances .

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The Government and people of the United States have during the past week given a remarkable demonstration of their characteristic ability to do two things at once. With one eye...

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AT WESTMINSTER I NTO the tumult of Labour cheers on Tuesday

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night the Speaker struck briskly with the motion: " That the House at its rising this day do stand adjourned until Tuesday, October 17th." The archaic flavour of this motion...

Head of the Fifth Column

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No infallible technique for fighting . a Fifth Column has yet been devised. When the Minister of Labour can announce, as he did last week, that a particular group of men who are...

Mr. Nehru and Congress

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The Indian Congress Party grew up to embrace anyone who believed in independence ; to it rallied Hindus, Moslems and even Englishmen, landlords and tenants, factory workers and...

The Editor of the Spectator

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Mr. Wilson Harris, who underwent an operation for prostatectomy on August 13th, has since been recovering steadily. He left University College Hospital on Tuesday, September...

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0 F all the acts of the Socialist Governments which have held power in Britain since the war this week's decision to bring the Iron and Steel Act into immediate and full...

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T HE only national daily newspaper which on Wednesday morning had no editorial comment to make on the Govern- ment's victory in Tuesday's debate was the Daily Herald. One can...

I have often wondered why, in this country, farming and

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forestry are so completely insulated from each other. It very rarely seems to occur to farmers who own their holdings that trees are a crop like any other vegetable and that,...

Many people hold (with The Times) that the Government's sub-

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ordination of national to doctrinal interests has induced a state of political malaise which can only be cured by an early General Election. If one were to be held now (Mr....

It seemed to me, driving south from the Highlands the

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other day, that hitch-hikers were much more plentiful than they used to be. In the Welfare State, with its emphasis on planning and security, there ought,-theoretically, to be...

The official to whom I (and, for all I know,

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you) pay sur-tax is the Accountant General (Cashier), inland Revenue, Barrington Road, Worthing, Sussex. This dignitary has the curious and unlovable habit, when be receives...

I started trying to work out what effect my prospective

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part- ownership of most of the British iron and steel industry will have on my position as a tax-payer. As from October 2nd, I understand, I shall start helping to pay the...

A few weeks ago Janus made some observations about crocodiles

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and the method of hooking them pursued in Tanganyika. This has elicited a letter from a writer in the next-door territory of Kenya who sends further information on the subject....

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NN R IN KOREA—zo A Second Front at Seoul By

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PETER FLEMING T HE landings at Inchon, made by the U.S. X Corps comprising the 1st Marine and the 7th Infantry Division and preceded by small-scale diversionary raids in which a...

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Germans in the Queue

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By ROBERT WAITHMAN Washington A PROFESSIONAL company 'of acute, experienced and honest Americans is working diligently and conscientiously in Washington ; and it is in...

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Village School

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ByA. C. SCUPHOLME I T is not always with regret that one sees the closure of a village school. Its constitution, like that of a sick man, may have been undermined for some...

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Tanganyika Problems

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By E. F. HITCHCOCK T ANGANYIKA, with an area of 390,000 square miles, much of it waterless, is larger than the United Kingdom, France and Belgium combined. Its population of...

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By LAIN HAMILTON M ACHRIHANISH has its romantic associations for me. Vivid flowers sprinkled over the velvet machair ; a heavy - swell coming in past Islay and shattering itself...

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"Vie 6pettator, inpttnitier 21st, 1830

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POLITICAL discussion in the United States, even the ceaseless quarrel on the Slavery question, is merged in the social gossip about the hanging of Professor Webster for murder,...


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Tvatta Diska By KENNETH MOLE (St. Mary's Hospital Medical School) T HE Peruvian—he looks about twenty years old but is universally believed to be a professor of literature at...

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"Trumpet Concerto." (Sadler's Wells.) SINCE a grand and ambitious ballet has been commissioned for out senior company, it was.a nice idea not to leave our junior company in the...


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THEATRE gi Accolade." By Emlyn Williams. (Aldwych.) THE story of this play is easily told. Will Trenting is a novelist . of about fifty who specialises in describing, with...

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MUSIC So far the company of La Scala, Milan, have

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given two operas at Covent Garden, one tragedy and one comedy. Verdi's Otello is an astonishing recreation of the the .visual world of Titian, in music and at a remove of more...


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gg Marion." (Studio One.)---A , The Heiress." - 1Plaza.)----tg No Way Out." (Gaumont and Marble Arch Pavilion.).--“Seven Days to Noon." (Leiceste'r Square.) Manon is a modern...

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Rights of Way SIR,—There is one aspect of the survey of rights of way now being undertaken by parish councils which 4eserves notice and consideration: the very considerable...

View of South Africa

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SIR. — Although the subject which Prof. Haarhoff teaches is one that is normally supposed to involve textual criticism, it is strange that, with one exception, every objection...

W C.6, Albany, W.I. SIR; you allow a fellow-South African to

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comment onP R r i o L f. R Haa r - hoff's remarks about Mr. Cyril Ray's article, Dr. Malan's Mission? He calls it a " splenetic outburst" It was drawn to my attention by yet a...

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Country Life

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SIR.—A copy of the Spectator was sent by me weekly during the war to the head of a missionary school in Ceylon. She wrote: " I always turn first to Country Life." She was...

Dogma and Fact

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SIR,—Many people who are opposed to the definition of the doctrine of the Assumption would not go so far as to say that it is " divorced from intellect and reason." The real...

SIR,—It would seem possible that what is puzzling so many

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Christians about the new dogma may be due to a misunderstanding about the sense in which the word " body " is being used. Thus Father Russell, in your issue of September 8th,...

Emergency 44 Spectators SIR,—Heartiest congratulations on your two emergency issues,

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and your success in not breaking your record of over a century. General Elec- tion? and The MacArthur Crisis were among the most stimulating and helpful articles 1 have read for...

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION.No. 34 Report by Derek Hudson " Barrie told me he liked to see a woman's cloak flung over his chair," wrote Lady Kennet in her diary. A prize of f5 was...

Surrey Wilderness

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SIR,—I have recently been reviving memories of places in Surrey which belong to the lives and books of two English authors. One is Pains Hill Cottage, Cobham, where Matthew...

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The New-Style Hop-picker The Salvation Army and other such welfare

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organisations still carry on their work during the month or six weeks of hop-picking. Casualties always occur, for the pickers come with several generations of relatives; old...


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Ir is a matter for thought that a Cockney in the country now takes on this column of rural affairs, following one who had, natively, the " way of a countryman " (a happy phrase,...

The Annual Invasion 1 begin at the moment when the

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bacchic pilgrimage of some forty thousand folk takes ' Kent by storm. Hop-picking is now in full swing. Everybody is cheerful because the prospects are so good. Apart from...


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Set by D. R. Peddy From time to time there is controversy about the alleged political significance in Alice in Wonderland. A prize of I'S, which may be divided, is offered for...

In My Garden

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The opulence of which I wrote above has been most apparent in the flower and vegetable gardens. I have never seen lawns looking so lustrous. This spring I gave mine a copious...

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BOOKS AND WRITERS I N the last few years Mr. Henry

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Green has occupied a position similar to that of Mr. William Gerhardi in the 'twenties. In both cases the name was in the literary air, though the books were not much read :...

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Reviews of the Week

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False Trail Worlds in Collision. By Immanuel Velikovsky. (Gollancz. iss.) THE central theme of Worlds in Collision is that, according to Dr. Velikovsky, between the fifteenth...

Spy Story

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Operation Cicero. By L. C. Moyzisch. (Wingate. Bs. 6d.) THIS is the first book about the Second World War that I have read at a single sitting. True, it is not a long...

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An American Proconsul

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Decision in Germany. By General Lucius D. Clay. (Heinemann. uis.) IN the four-Power government of Germany General Clay repre- sented the one occupying Power that had money and...

The Memory of a Voice

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I Hear You Calling Me: The Story of John McCormack. By Lily McCormack. (W. H. Allen. los. 6d.) FOR my part, I am grateful for this story of the boy from Athlone. It has no...

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Middle East

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Seven Fallen Pillars. By Jon Kimche. (Seeker and Warburg. r Es.) IT is obvious from the title which he has given his book that Mr. Kimche has a low opinion of the romantic...

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A Very Small invasion

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THE story of the abortive landing of 1,400 French soldiers near Fishguard in 1797, the circumstances that led to it and the conse- quences flowing from it, told here with skill...

French Draughtsmen

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Six Centuries of French Master Drawings in America. By Regina Shoolman and Charles E. Slatkin. Preface by Charles Sterling. • (Oxford University Press: London, Geoffrey...

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Russian Tales

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A Sportsman's Notebook. By Ivan Turgenev. Translated by Charles and Natasha Hepburn. (Cresset Press. 9s. 6d.) First Love and Rudin. By Ivan Turgenev. Translated by Isaiah...

A Contemporary Critic

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Nocturnes and Rhapsodies. By Alan Dent. (Hamish Hamilton. To me there is always something a little melancholy about old theatre notices. They can be evocative, nostalgic even,...

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Britannica Book of the Year 195o. (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Limited. £2 tos. od.) THIS annual volume, now published in England under the editorship of Mr. John Armitage,...


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The Commoners. By Fred Kitchen. (Dent. los. 6d.) The Dead SeagulL By George Barker. (Lehmann. 75. 6d.) A VERY mixed bag. It was Arnold Bennett, I think, who said that a person...


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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 CUSTOS As I suspected, only a breath of better news from Korea was required to touch off quite a sharp recovery movement in the stock markets which has already gathered...

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The winner of Crossword No. 596 is Miss C. M. Howson, 8 Somerset London, W.13. Road,


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Book Token for one guinea wilt be awarded to the sender of the first correct salmon to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, October 3rd. ACROSS 1. Character from Lawrence...