27 FEBRUARY 1959

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T HE present troubles in Nyasaland are more likely to increase than to diminish. If Sir Roy Welensky cannot think' of any better policy than to 'use the most rigorous methods...

—Portrait of the Week

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'111E EMPEROR MAC, he would set off, all on his journey to. Moscow.' No new Southey has yet appeared to celebrate , Mr. Macmillan's trip, though Mr. Macmillan does not precisely...

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Mind the Steppes

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By 'CYRIL RAY L AST Tuesday week, when most of us were nipping up to Kensington Palace Gardens every hour or so for our visas and wincing a little at the customs regulations...

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After the Flood in France

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E VERYONE knows the illusions of high tide. The water billows grandly into every creek and threatens the dustbins of your seaside boarding- house. There is no difficulty about...

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Westminster Commentary

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'YOU'RE not Speaker yet, you know.' Thus, not long since, Mr. Bevan, crushing Sir Godfrey Nicholson out of existence with one well-placed snarl. Sir God- frey must have a...

With Gaitskell Through Durham

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By ALAN BRIEN M R. MACMILLAN'S tour of the North-East went from Tees to Wear to Tyne : Mr. Gaitskell's from Wear to Tyne to Tees. Some commentators allege that is the only...

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I WROTE LAST WEEK that a miracle would have been

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needed to bring about 'a speedy, final and complete agreement' on Cyprus. There was a `speedy' agreement all right, but it was only, as the important phrase put it, 'the agreed...

MR. VICTOR FRANK on our letters page raises some further

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points about the Pasternak poem in the Daily Mail. It occurs to me that the Mail corre- spondent's story contains one major implausibility. Pasternak is a brilliant translator...

A Spectator's Notebook

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I SEE THAT the Chairman of the AEU, Mr. W. J. Carron, in trying to order back the men striking at Ford's against the employment of one non- trade unionist, had some harsh things...

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I SEE THAT Superintendent Herbert Hannam, of Bodkin Adams fame

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(if fame is the word) has been giving his recipe for a good policeman. His first ingredient is courage, which seems unexcep- tionable; but the precise type of courage which...

ONE WOULD EXPECT a Times leading article called 'Quis Custodiet?'

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to be a rather ponderous exercise in political philosophy, and one called 'Academic Integrity' to be an examination of the issues of principle involved in academic loyalty oaths...

Republic in Danger

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By PETER BENENSON I the agreement on Cyprus 'almost a miracle'? 'Will it work? Was it worth so many lives to achieve it? Is the British Government's 'about- turn' justified?...

THERE CAN HAVE BEEN few books which have been so

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widely discussed and so little read as Lolita. But no one so far seems to have noticed it has an odd literary ancestor in Christopher Isher- wood's Seascape With Figures....

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Up and Down on the Farm

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By JACK DONALDSON EBRUARY is the month for the annual bargain- ing between the Ministry of Agriculture and the leaders of the farming community. Since last February's Review of...

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Goodness, How Bad

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By RA---LPH T uts is a hell of a way to run a railroad. I have now been in Moscow for nearly a week, and I must say that the Russian leaders are not nearly so grown-up as I...

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A COLD February shower of Spanish rain beat the dust in the exercise yard into a pasty grey coat of mud. The prisoners The yard surveillance officer of the day stood at his post...

Theatre — —

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Anyfing Goes By ALAN BRIEN Fings Ain't What They Used T'Be. (Stratford, E.)—Tar- tuffe. (Old Vic.) Tuts week we are back again at Stratford East, where Theatre Workshop...

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Italian Renaissance By DAVID CAIRNS THE new production of Lucia di Lammermoor grandly con- olidates the Italian revolution at Covent Garden. 'Italian' used to be a dirty word...

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A Touch of Garlic By ISABEL QUIGLY Danger Within. (Odeon, Leices- ter Square.)—The Hanging Tree. (Warner.) IT must be rare for 400 men to break out of a prisoner-of- war camp...

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Consuming Interest

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Colour Vocabulary By LESLIE ADRIAN CHOOSING colours for interior decoration has become more fun and less fuss in recent years, but casual observation suggests appointment...

A Doctor's Journal

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Infection in the Boardroom By MILES HOWARD As I listened to a friend, at lunch the other day, recounting what went on at the top levels in a well-known engineering firm and...

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The Great Ship

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By STRIX `rs4AN you tell me where I fi nd the Queen Mary?' N....../The policeman stepped forward into the lamplight. A smile (as the novelists used to say) played about his...

Thr gwrontcr

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MARCH 1, 1834 Evens man in England above the station of a pauper is galled more or less by the burden of the poor- rates; which have gone on increasing year after year, in...

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SIR,—Bagehot is a man who has suffered as much from uncritical adulation as from neglect in the past eighty years. But Mr. Richard Wollheim's attempt to correct the balance in...

Is the Foreign Office Necessary?

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The Warden of New College Pasternak Victor S. Frank Bagehot Alastair Buchan, Norman St. John-Stevas The Horn of Africa Kebbede A bbebe Malaise in India L. F. Rushbrook Williams...

SIR,—May I support Pharos's comment about the Daily Mail and

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Pasternak and implore all news- papers and news agencies with resident or visiting correspondents in Moscow to leave Mr. Pasternak in peace? Your readers may not know all the...

SIR,—The article written ny Mr. Richard Wollheim, allegedly reviewing my

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book. but in fact an extended parade of the reviewer's own prejudices, cannot be allowed to pass unchallenged, Mr. Wollheim's references to my 'energy and learning' are generous...

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ROMANTIC PEDANTRY SIR, — This side idolatry I greatly admire your Mr.

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Alan Brien—as much as, indeed rather more than, any other current dramatic critic. He therefore occa- sions in me considerable discomfort and even distress when he calls me—in...

THE HORN OF AFRICA SIR, — We read with great interest your

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article entitled 'A Spectator's Notebook' in your February 13 issue. We appreciate the genuine concern of the Spec- tator over the future stability of the Horn of Africa. Most...


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SIR, — Mr. Evelyn Waugh is or course entitled to express his own opinion of Frank Harris; he is not entitled to falsify the views of others, particularly when he is complaining...


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SIR,-1 am afraid that in his comment on my article Mr. Pocock may have been misled by the date-line; for in the course of my recent two months' stay in India I spent only four...

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SIR,—We have, of course r no knowledge of the case quoted by Leslie Adrian in your issue of February 20 and cannot comment on it in any way.. But it is a fact that any catering...

LORD WAVERLEY SIR,—At the request of his widow and his

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sOn. 1 have gladly undertaken the task of writing the biography of the late John Anderson, Lord Waverley. I should be most grateful if any of your readers who are in possession...

SIR,—Dr. Northcott is quite wrong in saying that the Mau

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Mau troubles in Kenya showed 'how thin is the veneer of the Christian faith' among the Kikuyu. I was in Kenya at the time, and to me the really remarkable fact was not the...

SIR,—The title of Mr. Mellanby's article is surely misleading; a

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'case' cannot be made out without evidence. Mr. Mellanby merely makes assertions. He seems to have a sense of grievance against his archi- tect, and in consequence gives vent to...

SIR,—Allow me to disagree with nearly all your sug- gestions

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to the Chancellor. There is no difficulty about cutting a shilling off the income tax; indeed, this might have been done last year by the simple plan of omitting allocations...

SIR,—Mr. Henschel is right to pull me up for a

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care- lessly worded sentence in my review of Klyuchevsky's Peter the Great in your issue of February 13. I should eiot have said that Charles 1 would have liked to rule through...

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The Poet as Fascist By DENIS MACK SMITH I T is hard to conceive that D'Annunzio died only in 1938. He already belongs to such a remote world, to a fin de siècle which savours...

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Knight into Dragon

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The Eighth Day of the Week. By Marek Hlasko. (Allen and Unwin, 10s. 6d.) FEW Poles study Poland as she is. For a hundred years, men who believed in a Poland of the future have...

Choice of Life

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The Journals and Papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Edited by Humphry House. Com- Manley Hopkins. Edited with an introduc- tion by Christopher Devlin, SJ. (O.U.P., 42s.) THE...

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War and Peace, in the Space Age. By Lieut.-

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General James M. Gavin. (Hutchinson, 21s.) Tuts is a book which blows away the mists of strategical uncertainty and looks at the military world of 1965. It deals with rockets...

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Poetry and Business

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The Literary Works of Matthew Prior. Edited by H. Bunker Wright and Monroe K. Spears. (O.U.P., £6 6s.) PRIOR was recently quoted at the head of a Man- chester Guardian leader...

No, Thank You!

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The Voyeur. By Alain Robbe-Grillet. Trans- Algren. (Spearman, 16s.) Before Noon. By Ramon Sender. Translated by Willard R. Trask and Florence Hall Sender. (Gollancz, 21s.) The...

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Conservative Cooking

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THE British people like to kid themselves that they are 'conservative' in their eating habits. Nothing could be further from the truth : they will eat almost anything that has...

Missionary Skill

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IN 1594, as France endured civil wars which Many attributed to Jesuit machinations, a Parisian lawyer noted the widely expressed wish that the whole Society of Jesus was 'in the...

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By CUSTOS , the index of industrial shares in Lon- don has been charting a declining trend this year the corresponding index in New York has been moving unsteadily upwards. The...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT • something would happen along these lines ever since the Labour Party sought in its policy memorandum Industry and Society to secure 'for the community'...

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ACROSS 29 1 Not that the inhabitants of Slough are so! (10) 30 6 A cheeky fellow (4) 10 The kind of father who faces both 31 ways? (5) 11 'On - hooves his war-horse 32 trodc'...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1,031 ACROSS. - 1 Callous. 5 Dreamer. 9 Rhone

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10 Westerner. 11 Spoils. 12 Pas- toral 14 Rated 15 Laticlave. 18 Wapen- take. 20 Nabob, 22 Monarchs. 24 Winnow, 26 Duty bound. 27 Cello. 28 Syringe. 29 Sistrum. DOWN.-1...


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'figu res PAPER, by its preliminary profit 'figures for the year ended September 30, 1958, will help to restore confidence in the future of the paper-making industry, for these...

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in a recent issue of the Observer Paul Jennings quoted a list of pidgin-German terms invented by US Air Force technicians to describe their equip- men and personnel, e.g....

The Best of February

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. The usual prizes were o f fered for attempts possible light. 469: Report by Allan M. Laing iv show February plausibly in the best WHET HER the...