27 FEBRUARY 1932

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France and Britain at Geneva

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The British Foreign :Minister's Muni to Geneva is welcome for other reasons. The Disarmament Confer- ence has presented contrasts not altogether favourable to Great Britain in...

A Shanghai Lull

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Meanwhile there has been a lull in the fighting while Japan (which has renounced war as alt instrument of national policy and undertaken to seek no settlement of any dispute...

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News of the Week

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T HE American and Japanese Notes published on Thursday provide an interesting commentary on the leading article on a later page of this issue. The American statement is by far...

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More Disarmament Proposals

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The Conference itself has now ended its preliminary general discussion, the chief contribution in the past week being Germany's proposals. Their main lines were obvious....

The Coming Tariff The Tariff Bill should gain the Lords'

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assent in time for the new duties to come into force on Tuesday. Then the arguments that have been bandied to and fro for years will be put to the test of hard experience, but...

The Farmer and the Loaf The Wheat Quota Act, when

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it becomes an Act, may benefit the farmers' pockets, but it will certainly agitate their brains, judging by the text of the Bill that has just been published. The salient fact...

Progress in India

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The Government of India, while the Consultative, Committee is still held up by the insoluble communal question, which it is now to refer to the British ! Government, is...

M. Tardieu Takes Over

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The Tardieu administration, formed after M. Painleve had failed to constitute a Government to succeed M. Laval's, is, in fact, very like M. Laval's old Government over again....

Hitler in the Field

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President Hindenburg, standing for re-election, is to be opposed by the redoubtable Herr Hitler himself, provided there turns out to be no flaw about his German citizenship, as...

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De Beers Closing Down The opening of the diamond fields

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at Kimberley just over sixty years ago meant a new era for South Africa, both of good and ill. The closing of the mines, now controlled by the Dc Beers Company, and of the...

A Pre-War Diplomat The death of Sir Maurice de Bunsen

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removes one more of the little group of British diplomats to whom destiny allotted leading parts in the drama of the fateful month before War broke out in 1914. Sir Maurice, who...

Hospital Nursing

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The " Lancet Commission " on Nursing issued its final Report last week. It makes recommendations that touch the whole life of a Hospital nurse from the time she begins her...

The British Industries Fair

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The Duke of York, at the official dinner at the Mansion House on Monday night, described the British Industries Fair as the " shop window " of our Empire. It is truly...

Railway Losses

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It is not only the railway shareholders who have been alarmed by the railway companies' declarations of dividends for the past half-year. When three of the companies show...

Bank Rate 5 per cent., changed from 8 per cent,

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on February 18th, 1932. War Loan (5 per cent.) was on Wednesday loot ; on Wednesday week, 99 ; a year ago, 102}. Funding Loan (4 per cent.) was on Wednesday 911 ; on Wednesday...

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Japan and the Covenant

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r 1 1 11E fighting at Shanghai has now reached the dimen-. sions of what, before the Great War set a new standard of dimensions, would have been regarded as a considerable...

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Ireland—The Election and the Future

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A FTER holding office for ten years, Mr. Cosgrave's Government has fallen. The most surprising thing about the change of opinion which the electorate has recorded is that it has...

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Empire Air Routes

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The Need for a Vigorous Policy IN the course of a month Great Britain will know definitely whether she may continue to take her air mails to India along the northern coast of...

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Escape and Prayer

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By F. YEATS-BROWN. [This is the second of a series of articles, describing his war-time experiences in Turkey, by Major F. Yeats-Brown, author of Benyal Lwow.] Fate can...

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Studies in Sanctity

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[We propose to publish during the next few weeks a series of studies of saintly characters who have in different ages and different manners exercised a transforming influence on...

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The Week at Westminster

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THE week in Parliament has been less lively, but it has seen the Import Duties Bill take what will probably be its final shape. Criticism has concentrated on two points—the...

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Feet In The Air

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BY J. B. MORTON. THE excitement over the Far-Eastern crisis has resulted in the relegation to an obscure corner of news of a startling revolution that is taking place in our...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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* * 5 * I thoUght I detected in a recent visit to the north of England a new hopefulness in the air, something which could not yet be justified by results, but a different...

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The Theatre

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"So Far and No Father." By H. M. Harwood. At the Ambassadors Theatre. WITHIN the cauldron of satire strange alliances are made. Mr. Harwood's latest play but one is an...


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The Old Testament and Mr. Epstein Tim fact that Mr. Jacob Epstein was shortly to hold an exhibition of drawings has not passed unnoticed, and Mr. Epstein, who contrary to...

The Age of Walnut A LOAN exhibition of very exceptional

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quality at 25 Park Lane illustrates " The Age of Walnut "—or, to be precise, the period from the Restoration to the death of Queen Anne. The furniture is choice and varied, and...

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A Letter from an Indian Moderate [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The rapid march of political events in India since the close of the second session of the Round Table...

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Two Unpublished Fragments by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

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A.: Who are you ? B.: What I cannot express with human language Nor thou with thought accept. What do you see ? A.: A wild, old creature. B.: An old man ? Know then, Across...

A Hundred Years Ago

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THE "SPECTATOR," FEBRUARY' 25TE, 1832: Tire FLEET PRISON. A disturbance took place early on Sunday morning in the Fleet Prison, between the son of a noble earl and two...

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] have always been in

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favour of the League of Nations ; that is to say, as an idea. Nobody wants another war ; or, rather, no one feels that it would pay to go to war, because war is so horribly...

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[To the Editor of the. SPECTATOR.] Townroe's letter, published in the Spectator of February 18th, may mislead your readers into believing that I advocate the immediate...

Letters to the Editor

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[Tn view of the length of many of the letters which we receive. we would remind correspondents that we often evornotgire space for long letters and that shortones are...


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[To. the Editor of the SPECTATOR } Sin,—In your article on the Tariff, in your issue of February 18th, you state : "The increase of exports is the real aim towards which we...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sea,—I do not' think that the danger to which Mr. Heard alludes, namely; that juries might decline to convict, would be likely to arise in...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR] Sia,—May I, as an old schoolmaster, express my pleasure-at seeing the support which you have given to the views of the Headmaster of Eton upon...

[To the Editor of the Sraerarob.] - 7 •

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Sin,—In his letter to you published on February 13th, Mr. Townroe asks if any reader can say where, besides Cambridge, Welwyn and Banbury, rent rebides have been adopted. The...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] you please allow me space for a comment on your paragraph in your issue of February 6th (page 167) on the sale of Lord Lothian's library in New...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In his article entitled " Drinking Imperially " in your issue of February 6th, Mr. Morton Shand has committed the following offences. Ile...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sm,—Readers of the Spectator have to thank you for the brilliant article in last week's issue by Rose Ma - caulay on what she describes as "...

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[To the Editor of the Sramwron.] Snt,—In her review of the first volume of the Tercentenary Edition of Michael Drayton's works, Miss V. Sackville-West, referring to the " verses...

SHOULD A CHRISTIAN FIGHT ? [To the Editor of the

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SPECTATOR.] SIR,—After reading the article and correspondence on " Should a Christian Fight for His Country ? " I cannot refrain from adding a pertinent comment from real life...

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sm,—In his interesting work,

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A Book on Wine, Mr. Shand agrees that the best vintages of Europe are retained for home consuMption. The same may be said of Australia,_ and it is opinions such as he expressed...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—As Lady MacDonald of the Isles protests, I should certainly have mentioned St. Ninian in my brief account of St. Columba's transforming...


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[To. the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I have received from Mr. Gandhi a letter with reference to my book, Ruskin's'Guild of St. George, which was reviewed lately in your...

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Sir William Beach Thomas is away on holiday, and his

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weekly article on Country cafe will accordingly not be resumed until our issue of March 5th.

C C Spectator" Competitions RULES AND CONDITIONS Entries must be

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typed or very clearly written on one side of the paper only. The name and address, or pseudonym, of the competitor must be on each entry and not on a separate sheet. When a word...

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A Great Chancello r of the Exchequer

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Loan ST. ALDWYN died in 1918, at the age of seventy-eight, after half a century of active political labours, and it might be thought that the able and interesting memoir of him...

Strange Interlude

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Only Yesterday. By Frederick Lewis Allen. (Harcer's. 12s. Bd.) THE average American exists. ' He is more real than (say) the average Englishman or the average Swiss ; and there...

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Supernatur al Religion

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The Doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ. By Abbe Anger. (Cambridge University Press. Ifs.) AT the present moment the trend of theology seems mainly to be in two...

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A Warning to Mothers

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Public Schools : their Failure and their Reform. By L. B. Pekin. (Hogarth Press. 7s. 6d.) Iv this book is read as widely and believed as implicity as it is fervently written,...

The Costume of the Theatre

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The Costume of the Theatre. By Theodore Komisarjevsky. (Bios. 25s.) " Tun essential concern of clothing," declares Mr. Komisar- jevsky in the third paragraph of his book, " is...

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The Literary Mind

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The Literary Mind : Its Place in an Age of Science. By Max Evna since Nordau and Lombroso defined genius, literary critics have looked askance at men of science. Mr. Eastman is...

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3s. 6d. ) No Decency Left. By Barbara Rich. (Cape. 7s. 6d.) Is we accept the work of a man of genius—and Mr. Faulkner is one of the few living writers who may safely be accused...

How to Disarm

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Peace and Disarmament. By Leon Blum. (Cape. 7s. 6d.) M. Lion BLUM is the most conspicuous figure in French Socialism, and, as Mr. Robert Dell says in an introduction to this...

China Through Western Eyes

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" WHAT is truth ? ' said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer." One is reminded of the famous opening of Bacon's Essay on Truth by Mr. Ronald Hall's lively and...

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THE COAST OF ILLUSION. By Douglas Goldring. (Bodley Head. 7s.

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6d.)—This is (particularly since the fall of sterling) a highly moral book. It warns Englishmen, and espetially English women, what will happen to them - if they go and live on...

DAVID'S DAY. By Denis Mackail. (Hodder and Stoughton. 7s. 6d.)—A

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comedy of cause and effect : or how the birth of a charwoman's grandchild- linked together an oddly assorted chain of people and episodes. Clean] amiable humour.

THE SMUGGLER'S DAUGHTER. By J. C. Tregarthen. (John Murray. 7s.

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6d.)—Though very consciously seasoned with irritating local dialect and footnotes this is an innocent, pretty little romance about a Cornish smuggler's daughter who marries a...

NIGHT OUT. By Rupert Croft-Cooke. (Jarrolds. 7s. 6d.) —A legacy

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of five hundred pounds and a vague longing for " life itself," as revealed, by posters and cinemas, inspire a young shop assistant to leave his lodgings in a hurry. -The tale of...

WHITE THORN. By Constance Sitwell. (Pharos. 6s.)— Mrs. Sitwell's story

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of a young girl's love for a ne'er-do- well, her marriage to a conventionalist and the consequent renunciations and loyalty and tenderness is, rather miraculously, saved from...

THREE FEVERS. By Leo Walrnsley. (Cape. 7s. 6d.)— A strong,

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simple story of fisher folk on the Yorkshire coast, told with great restraint by a writer who obviously has first-hand knowledge of fishing and the sea.

MALADETTA. By J. B. Morton. (Chapman and Hall, 7s. Gd.)—Romance

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flowers in the Pyrenees, withers in London. Mr. Morton's intolenince and honesty imperil the balance while they increase the charm of a book which is torn between Glove of...

KISS ON THE LIPS. By Katherine Susannah Prichard. (Cape. 7s.

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6d.)—A very interesting collection of short stories by the distinguished Australian novelist, remark- able more for vivid writing and sharp, precise impressions than for sense...

CAMBODIAN QUEST.' 'By Robert J. Casey. (Elkin Mathews.: 7s. 6d.)—Cambodia

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is fascinating, but not the quietest place for a holiday. Nance' Abbot went there, and was immediately cast as unwilling • lead in a breathless business of Chinese and...

THE LISTENING WOMAN. By Massicks Sparroy. (Faber and Faber. 7s.

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6d.)—The Thornton family—eccentrics, priests, and a murderer—find themselves at the uncertain mercy of Deborah Claw, their eavesdropping drudge. A strange and sensitive murder...

New Novels

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SWISS FAMILY MANHATTAN. By Christopher Morley. (Faber and Faber. 6s.)—The new Swiss Family on a New York skyscraper : their moralizings and demoralization when they explored...

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POLAND, 1914-1931 -

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By Robert Machray Mr. Robert Maehray's Poland, 1914-1931 (Allen and Unsvin„ 15s.), is the first complete survey of the history of Poland during and-Since the War. His uncritical...

The Modern Home

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[We shall be pleased to reply to any enquiries arising from the articles we publish on the Modern Horne page. Enquiries should be addressed to the Editor * The SPECTATOR, 99...

The last two volumes of the Shakespeare Head Edition of

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Homer (The Whole Works of Homer. Translated by George Chapman, illustrated by John Farleigh, Basil Blackwell, Five volumes, £15 15s.) have appeared. This magnificent edition of...


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By proft , SOT J-E- bleFadyea Them has lately been a marked revival of interest hr the spiritual aspect of Old Testament literature and a new appreci- ation of Rs enduring...

Current Literature

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There is a saying aniongst the nomad $hiergiZ which runs: " Man must keep moving ; for, behold, sun, moon, stars, water, beast, bird, fish, all are in movement : it is but the...

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Finance—Public & Private

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" Our " Income IF I were asked as to the direction in which the best hope of an improvement in financial and trade depression— at home at all events—was to be discovered I...

DinacT subscribers who are changing their addresses are asked to

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not(fy the SPECTATOR office BEFORE MIDDAY on MONDAY OF EACH WEEK. The precious address to which the paper has been sent and receipt reference number should be quoted...

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Allowing for the trade depression, most of the London Stores have done quite well for the past year, and, in the case of John Barker and Co., the directors are able to Maintain...

Financial Notes

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BRITISH FUNDS FIRM. DURING the past week the tendency in the Stock Markets has 'been rather uncertain. Gilt-edged securities have, of cmurse, benefited materially by the...


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The declaration by the Directors of Courtaulds, Limited, last week of a final dividend of 3 per cent., making 5 per cent. for the year, free of tax; compares with 8 per cent....


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Notwithstanding world depression and acute depression in this country, the' progress of the Abbey Road Building Society continues in striking fashion. There was a further...


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The Directors of the Mercantile Investment and General Trust merit congratulations for the manner in which the Company has come through last year's unprecedented de- preciation...