27 AUGUST 1948

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The Yugoslav Puzzle

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It is gradually coming to light that the quarrel between Marshal Tito and the Cominform, which itself came to light a month ago, has a good solid basis in differences of view...


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T HE growing impression that what the average intelligent citizen thought yesterday the T.U.C. may quite possibly think to- morrow is substantially confirmed by the General...

France Slipping Again

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No conceivable Government can save France from disaster so long as farmers, factory workers and party tacticians behave as they have been behaving in the past week. M. Marie's...

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Mrs. Kosenkina and the Consuls

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The fact which has most deeply impressed the whole American people about the leap of the Russian school-teacher, Mrs. Kosenkina, from a window of the Soviet Consulate in New...

The Rights of Women The fact that in this country

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the battle for women's rights has been largely, though not completely, won by no means deprives of interest the efforts of the United Nations to secure universal acceptance of a...

A New Stage in Greece

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The news of the clearance of the Greek rebels from the Grammos mountains was accompanied, as usual, by reports of their reappear- ance at other points along the Greek-Albanian...

Trade Unionists Express Themselves

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It is usually assumed that trade unionists are sympathetic to production drives and opposed to inflation. But there are times when the truth comes to the surface, as anyone can...

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AND PEACE T HE eyes of the world remain fixed on Moscow. On what may be decided at the Kremlin this week or next hangs, not neces- sarily or even probably, the issue of peace...

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Someone, I regret to say, alleged that I lied when

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I said that the air-mail edition of The Spectator reached New Zealand in seven days. I have just been sent from Wellington a wrapper bearing the London postmark August 13th and...

The achievements of English cricket in the Test Matches reach

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their climax in the annexation of the county championship by Wales—even though Wales doesn't really reckon to play cricket any more than Scot- land. But Glamorgan's success...


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L IKE most people, I view test-polls and the like with some scep- ticism, but I generally have a good look at the results. I have had a very good look at the figures compiled...

When I see anyone for whom I entertain such inherent

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reverence as a Warden of All Souls using the word " Britisher," I am almost, for a fleeting moment, reconciled to the hideous term. But only for a moment, for the thing is...

It is a pity the Dean of Canterbury is the

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Dean of Canterbury. If he were simply the Rev. Hewlett Johnson, A.M.I.C.E. (for he rather strangely enjoys that distinction), or even Dean of Manchester, his pilgrimage would...

A shilling spent in the Charing Cross Road on an

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admirably bound volume of Macmillan's Magazine for parts of 1881 and 1882 turns out to have been extremely well invested, as a catalogue of the names of the principal...

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By IVOR THOMAS, M.P.* T 0 most British readers of the daily Press it will have come as a painful surprise to learn that the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations has...

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By R. H. CECIL W HENEVER a new form of mass behaviour takes root among us, it seems that we must first attack it as men have always attacked the unfamiliar, and then, having...

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By AMABEL WILLIAMS-ELLIS S ANE but trite, a country where there is much sense but little sensibility, a bucolic land, where " men plough the earth and die "—such is a not...

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By J. T. CHRISTIE T HERE can be no single answer to the implied question. The Bible is bound in a single volume, but in no other sense is it a single book. It is a library, as...

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By F. ELWYN JONES, M.P. T O reach the Supreme Imperial Court at Addis Ababa you drive past the Emperor's Palace, corseted now with scaffolding. Lions roar in a cage at the...

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By J. A. STEVENSON Ottawa. T • HE Rt. Hon. Louis Stephen St. Laurent, K.C., the new Federal leader of the Canadian Liberal Party in succession to Mr. Mackenzie King, is...

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By HUGH THOMAS TT is not possible in a short article to discuss the Report of 1, the Commission of Enquiry into the disturbances in the Gold Coast in all its aspects, but the...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON I T is a distressing thing that Nature, having provided a starving word with the most bounteous of harvests, should have decided during the first three weeks...

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THE CINEMA (Empire.)—" Night Has a Thousand Eyes." 0 Homecoming." (Plaza). LIFE is full of surprises. I confess that had I been asked to name the two people least likely to...


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THE summer show matinees have given way to the second house. The turns are very much the same, and many of them will prove familiar to the regular patron. If those which are now...


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Edinburgh Festival LAST year it was a French orchestra, the Orchestre Colonne, which gave the opening concert of the Edinburgh Festival, and the honour this year fell to the...

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It is still difficult for your friends abroad to obtain THE SPECTATOR owin g to currency restrictions. Why not take out a subscription for them? Rates : Ordinary edition to...

Trespassing Bees I believe that there is some hope that

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the House of Lords will turn their distinguished attention to the beekeepers. It used to be firmly held—indeed still is—that if a beekeeper could keep his errant swarm in...


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THE gulls like traders sally forth, Screaming of ships and food and earth. Like monks in their rock monastery The cormorants wait quietly. This at the world's end Rock their...

Postage on this issue : Inland, lid.; Overseas, 1d.

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In the Garden Were there a vote among rose-growers for,

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say, the six best roses, would any sort be found on all the lists? Perhaps one. You must have a dark red ; and Etoile de Hollande maintains the lead, in scent and colour and...

Scythe - Bearers

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The present harvesting is remarkable for the acreage that can only be reaped by scythe or sickle. Farmers have had trouble to find men capable of using the scythe ; and on one...

" The First " "The First" was a dies non

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in very many districts, partly owing to delayed harvesting, but more certainly to the absence of partridges. One ardent sportsman, who had been surveying his farms, said to me...


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AN ingenious explanation has been put forward for the scarcity of butterflies this summer. A letter to The Times points out that we have had two seasons remarkable for the...

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CONSCRIPT SERVICE SIR, —My friend Mr. Whitworth both misquotes and misunderstands me. I complained in my letter of August 13th, not of " monstrous fatigues," but of...


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SIR, —Mrs. Lambrides is concealing the facts—and I am putting it mildly—when she asserts that " the U.N.O. Commission's Report . . cites no evidence of a single parent to...


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SIR,—As a one-time student of the classics, I feel I must protest against the rather patronising attitude displayed in Marginal Comment in your issue of August 20th. To begin...

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Sus,—In his excellent comment on the position and predicaments of

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classical scholars today, Mr. Nicolson usefully disposes of some popular errors concerning Greek regard for the importance of the individual. But in the same article he appears,...

SIR,—I should like to say how heartily I disagree with

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the views of Miss Temple as expressed in her letter to you. Student nurses threatening to strike for more pay (perhaps after listening to the advice of their patients—always...


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Sta,—In The Spectator of August 20th you state, correctly, that a nurse's salary of £70, £80, £90 " seems meagre, but is accompanied by free board," etc., etc. Somehow this...

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" THE FRUITS OF LAMBETH" Snl,-1 wish to draw attention

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to two errors in your otherwise admirable article on the Lambeth Conference. You state that a "preponderant majority" held that "Bishops and clergy consecrated or ordained in...


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Stat,—I always look forward to and enjoy so much Mr. Harold Nicolson's article Marginal Comment that I was rather disappointed to read his impressions of the Olympic Games....


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Six,—Apparently Dr. C. K. Allen, Mr. A. Abbott and I have received identical letters from Senor M., dated from Mexico City on April 15th last. It would be interesting to know...


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SIR,—May I acid a word of factual endorsement to the ideas expressed. by Captain Gammans in your issue of August 20th? For something over two years prior to 1914 I was...


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Sta,—Your correspondent, Mr. Israel Cohen, makes a number of astonish- ; ing assertions in his letter published in The Spectator of August 13th. In nis attempt to exonerate...


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Snt,—Dr. Lamprides, in her letter of August 20th, contrasts the luxury of the rich with the near-starvation of the poor Greeks in order to voice a plea for Communism. Mr....


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SIR, —An alarming fact has been made public this week. It is that book- makers on a provincial greyhound-racing track have gone on strike in protest against the crippling...

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The Master at Work THERE are few things more fascinating than to be allowed to rummage round the workshop of a great artist, to see how he " fumbles it out," to use a phrase of...

The Birth of a Legend

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Napoleon's Memoirs. Edited by Somerset de Chair.(Faber and Faber. 42s.) IF there is anything duller than official biography, it is of f icial autobiography. Napoleon ought to...

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Man or Schoolboy ?

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Man. An Autobiography. By George R. Stewart. (Cassell. 10s. 6d.) MR. STEWART has taken upon himself to write, in 25o pages, the autobiography of man. It is not easy to say what...

Orthodox Russia

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SOLOVYEV was one of the great Christian mystics of the nineteenth century, acknowledged as master by such outstanding disciples as Berdyaev and Bulgakov. Though on the threshold...

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Free Expression at Whiteacre

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Art and Child Personality. By Ruth Dunnett. (Methuen. 10s. 6d.) Miss Duraorr's book gives a simple, factual account of her experi- ence in teaching art in Whiteacre Camp School...

Household Management

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Mrs. Beeton and Her Husband. By Nancy Spain. (Collins. 12s. 6d.) Tire author of this book, so her publishers tell us, has played lacrosse, cricket and squash rackets for the...

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The Periclean Age

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PERICLES is well suited to the purpose of this historical series, which is to illuminate particular periods of history through the medium of biographies of the leading...

Three More Musicians

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Bizet. By Winton Dean.—Schumann. By Joan Chissell.—Verdi. By Dyneley Hussey. (Dent. 7s. 6d. each.) THE first two of these three books are new additions to the Master...

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THERE is a widely held belief that summer is the publishers' silly season, but three of the four books reviewed this week are worthy of a more serious time of year. Mr....

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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 September 7th. Envelopes must be...


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By CUSTOS ALTHOUGH their major problems—international political prospects and the outlook for industrial profits and dividends—are still shrouded in uncertainty, investors...

Fair, Fantastic Paris. By Harold Ettlinger. (Paul Elek. 10s. 6d.)

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THE principal virtue of Mr. Ettlinger's book is its unpretentiousness. Unlike so many other American journalists who have sought to record their impressions and experiences of...

Tins extremely useful volume, first published in 1912, has been

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revised and reset for the present (third) edition. There are many new contributors and many new subjects have been added, notably biographies of eminent Churchmen who have died...

Shorter Notices

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" A FIELD that is almost untilled " is Dr. Sheldon's description of the phenomena of old age, and he contrasts the enormous amount that is known about the early stages of life...