27 MARCH 1959

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H OLY WEEK commemorates a series of histori- cal events. Considered simply as such, and apart from the theological interpretations which have been put upon them, there is...

Portrait of the Week— IN A WHITE PAPER on the

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state of affairs in Nyasaland, the Governor gave a lot more details about the alleged massacre plot. Where he had got them from he didn't let on. In Rhodesia, Mr. Clutton-Brock...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1959

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Greek Surfaces

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By DESMOND STEWART ATHENS OT1 HE myriads cheering General Grivas into I Athens made a noise for any sane Englishman to hear cheerfully; the end of a needless night- mare, in...

Second Thoughts in Southern Rhodesia

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T HE withdrawal of the Preventive Detention Bill in Southern Rhodesia and the release of a tenth (but only a tenth) of the people detained are welcome signs that the Whitehead...

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Westminster Commentary

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WE sho l uld not be too heavily symbolic about it, but Mr. Bevan's ga f fe in the debate on Cyprus (he included Dr. Nkru- mah i,n a list of colonial political leaders whom the...

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COMMENTING RATHER LATE on the ITV device of opening a

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space-drama with a dead-pan parody of a government communiqud, I see that the Post- master-General said, 'It was incredibly stupid. It has devalued what the GovernMent might...

- ruts WEEK, for the first time in more than nine

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years, there is no competition, or competition report, on the penultimate page of the Spectator. The occasion, which is a sad one for many readers (to judge by our postbag) as...

Kr LAST, the Government has decided to set up a

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committee to consider the whole question of con- sumer protection. This was announced in the House of Commons last week by Mr. John Rodgers, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board...

UNTIL THE Judicature Act of 1873 an applicant for a

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writ of Habeas Corpus was rightly allowed to make more of a nuisance of himself than other litigants, by trudging around from court to court, or in vacation, from judge to...

MR. NEIIRU'S BEHAVIOUR over the lighting in Tibet has not

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been edifying. His anxiety not to encour- age the Tibetans is understandable enough, since the result can hardly fail to be futile. But his reluctance to 'interfere' in the...

A Spectator's Notebook

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AN AWKWARD constitutional situation is developing in Northern Rhodesia. Full elec- tion results are not yet avail- able but the Federal Party has not gained enough seats to...

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In Camera

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By JO GRIMOND, MP T , BBC and the ITA have announced the 1 outline of the arrangements for political broadcasting during the next General Election. These arrangements have been...

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The Easter Enigma

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS ptie challenge of Easter raises two quite I separate questions. First, did Christ rise from the dead? Is it true that he died on Good Friday and that from...

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Two Scotlands Come to Twickenham

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By OLIVER EDWARDS 'Tuns isn't cricket ; Scotland, invited south, arrives in duplicate. One of these Scotlands is the country itself, in the shape of its rugby team, the other an...

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'BOHEMIANS . . . there aren't any left . . . they all- joined the ARP. They wear jerseys and tight trousers and coloured hand kerchiefs and try to grow beards and they think...


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Check-mate BRIEN By ALAN elled on the silent film impure and simple. The whole stage flickered as the characters jumped from pose to pose as comically animated as a cartoon....

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Greyer than White By CLIVE BARNES The company is built round its star, Ludmilla Tcherina, like a tent round its pole. With her blue- black hair framing a pale mask of a face,...

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Best of the Pops By ISABEL QUIGLY The Journey. (Empire.)— Tonka. (Studio One.) The Journey (director : Anatole Litvak; 'A' certificate) must be the best `pop' film ever made...

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Schnabel's Successor By DAVID CAIRNS • 1114 PERFECTION in Mozart piano concertos is a utopian ideal. But Rudolf Serkin, who has re- corded several of the finest con- certos on...

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Gems from the Past By KENNETH J. ROBINSON This was obviously the wrong picture, so with fierce curiosity and a hey-nonny-nonny one clicked through the turnstile—to the strains...

Consuming Interest

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Viva Villa By LESLIE ADRIAN In France it is not cheap to rent a villa by the sea in the summer months; on the Cate d'Azur £100 a month for five or six people, with prob- ably...

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tEhr bpettator

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MARCH 29, 1834 B0714 Houses adjourned on Wednesday, till Monday fortnight, the 14th of April. The recess will be longer than usual; but Ministers think that they are justified...

`A Jolly Sort of German'

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By STRIX TN world affairs it was a German Minister's 'minor plot. In the lives of the American people it was the end of innocence.' With this large claim Mrs. Barbara W. Tuchman...

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SIR,—Pharos must understand that IATA and ICAO are organisations for

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the benefit of airlines, not for the benefit of passengers and aircrews. Thus the decision to reject the Decca Navigator in favour of an inferior system will be • seen in a new...


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SIR, — As one who, first as a missionary and then as a research worker, has been intimately concerned with the growth of the Christian Church in Africa, I could, of course,...


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SIR, —When Arthur Halley (No Deadly Medicine) first came to me in Canada in 1955 with a play called Flight Into Danger, it was then a 'good idea.' Subse- quent work, a brilliant...

Granting Visas John B. Curtin Television Plays Sydney Newman For

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Whose Benefit? Brian Murphy Christianity's Lost Continent John V. Taylor The Use of Psychiatric Terms Dr. Murdo Mackenzie Male or Female? Reg Winter, R. Thinlop, George'E. P....

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SIR,—What makes your film critic, Isabel Quigly, in her review of A Matter of Dignity, suppose that the Greeks live in a Latin atmosphere in a Latin country? I dare say that...

SIR,--Surely Leslie Adrian is a man; only a man could

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have written the 'recent article about wine prices in Pullman cars and margarine on pub sandwiches, to give two examples. Only a man could have written the article about buying...

SIR,—We were very pleased to see so much space devoted

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to the Black Diaries of Sir Roger Casement in your issue of March 6. Your readers will no doubt be interested to hear that we are planning to issue the book here sometime during...


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am not sure whether you and your correspon- dents have yet determined where 'blood, toil, tears and sweat' were first found together on the printed page. These lines arc in the...


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S tk.—There is no mystery about Leslie Adrian's sex: On ly a woman would have written the iqcent articles about electric shavers and nylon stockings, to give two examples, Only...


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Sia,—In his letter to your journal on March 13 Mr. Frank O'Connor states that Mr. De Valera's Govern- ment has stopped all copies of the evidence, i.e., The Black Diaries, from...

SIR,—This problem has long intrigued me, but I have now

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solved it. A few slight clues have emerged during the past year or so. He/she is familiar with the intimate details of ladies' hairdressing salons (only the hardiest of males...

THE USE OF PSYCHIATRIC TERMS SIR,—Mr. Vincent Brome has presented,

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as he states, art interim rather than a definitive portrait of Frank Harris: the works bears the mark of the author's accustomed skill. On page 226 he tells his readers that...

CARS ACROSS THE CHANNEL SIR,—It doesn't necessarily cost £22 4s.

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Od. to take two adults, a child, and a small car across the Channel and back by British Railways ferry. Mr. Prior's cal- culations are based on one highly specific example in...

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American Examples By THOM. GUNN T USED to think it apt to divide modern poetry 'between Wild and Tame poets. But actually the classification is of little use in a discussion...

Celtic Cross

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The implicated generations made This symbol of their lives, a stone made light By what is carved on it. The plaiting masks, But not with involutions of a shade, What a stone...

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The Tears of Isis. By Richard Carrington. (Chatto and Windus,

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25s.) A new journey up the Nile, from delta to source, through an Egypt that the author sees sub specie ceternitaiis, haunted by the memories of 'more than two millennia of...

One Woman Farm, By Betty Lussier. (Cape, 18s.) A Canadian-born,

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American-bred, Spanish- by-marriage young woman decided to grow hybrid corn in Spanish Morocco. Surprisingly readable about its agricultural problems; tractors and corn huskers;...

Fiery Coolness

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MISS MINA CURTISS has been by profession a university teacher of English literature and is also an authority on Proust. In the course of her researches she lighted, in rather...

The Travels of Marco Polo. (Andre Deutsch, 30s.) The scholarly

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will deplore the absence of notes, index, map, and any indication of whether the text is all here, who translated it, and when, but others will enjoy Marco Polo's range as a...

Incas and Other Men. By George Woodcock. (Faber, 25s.) The

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Woodcocks travelled through the sierras and along the sea-coast of Peru, over the Andes and into the jungle, enjoying in the towns the sophisticated Spanish buildings of the...

Ends of the Earth

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World Within. By, Tom Harrisson. (Cresset Press, 30s.) First, a lovingly remembered, some- times elegantly, sometimes obscurely, always evocatively written reconstruction of...

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How heartily the Victorian English laughed at the German intellect! The absurd industriousness, the pathetic faith in the power of system, all amused people who knew that the...

A Great Deal ofSomething

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The Education of Theodore Roosevelt. Volume I: The Formative Years, 1858-1886. By Carleton Putnam. (Scribner's, 70s.) WHEN Eleanor Roosevelt married her remote cousin, Franklin...

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Russian Rocketry Soviet Writings on Earth Satellites and Space Travel.

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(MacGibbon and Kee, 18s.) Two years ago we had a spate of books on rocketry (all American) which ended with tenta- tive proposals for earth satellites. Now come two on earth...

Still Still Waters

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The Secret Capture. By Captain S. W. Roskill, RN. (Collins, 16s.) Leyte. By Rear-Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison. (0.U.P., 45s.) SOMETIMES the Navy carries its passion for...

Fleur du Mal

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EDMOND DE GONCOURT cried Wolfenden in 1877. Elisa, soundly translated here by Margaret Cros- land, describes the state of organised prostitution in France and the state of the...

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In Two Minds. By Mary Cecil. (Hamish Hamil- ton, 15s.) Memento Mori is compellingly well done. A group of elderly people, living in comfortable parts of London and connected by...

The Sky and I

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THE study of the history of. science may satisfy two types of curiosity. One is concerned with the intellectual pedigree of scientific ideas, whilst the other is preoccupied...

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Jail Bait By J. W. Mason. (Robert Hale, 10s. 6d.)

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Knowledgeable, unsensational, but lively and likely tale of the sort of crime that really is committed in London, and by pros : breaking and entering and a bit of bashing-up....

The Oldest Confession. By R. Condon. (Long- mans, 15s.) Very

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classy crime—the forging of a Velazquez and the pinching of a Goya from the Prado, no less—in a double-crossing world of duchesses and Daimlers, with a bullfighter centre stage,...

Toy Democracy

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European Politics in Southern Rhodesia. By Colin Leys. (O.U.P., 42s.) THIS is an imposing book. It is written with dry incisiveness and is free of PPE jargon. Mr. Leys lets the...

wife had committed suicide: the excitement in this smooth and

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sensible American novel lies not in proving it to have been murder, but in dis- covering why she had done it. A good study in suspense and the cruelties of small-town gossip.

Against the Public Interest. By Robert Gaines. (Macdonald, Its. 6d.)

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Best of its kind for a long time—its kind being a mixture of political satire and off-through-the-Iron-Curtain thriller. Excel- lent characterisation, male and female; convinc-...

The Widow's Cruise. By Nicholas Blake. (Collins, 12s. 6d.) Murder

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on one of those Greek lecture-cruises; some unlikely characters; and a roaringly impossible solution, stylishly presented.

Blanket. By Henry Stratton. (Macdonald, 10s. 6d.) One admirable character

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is called Christopher, and another Pym, and in other respects, too, this is a most commendable book —a fast, plausible chase-the-secret-papers sort of thing. Good London and St....

The Chinese Gold Murders. By Robert Van Gulik. (Michael Joseph,

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13s. 6d.); and Strike for a Kingdom. By Menna Gallie. (Gollancz, 12s. 6d.) Another of the Ming period stories of. the T'ang detective, adapted by a Dutch Orientalist who writes...

It's a Crime

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Goldfinger, By Ian Fleming. (Cape, 15s.) Pym's number one is the latest and least plausible even of James Bond's jaunts and jollities, in which hp tangles with 'the greatest...

Lloyd George Leading

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Documents on British Foreign Policy, 1919- 1939. Edited by Rohan Butler and J. P. T. Bury. 1st Series, Vol. VW. (H.M.S.O., 80s.) LONG as they are, these secret minutes of...

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Stars and Stripes in the City Exchange Markets in Europe • • .. John Croome .. F. G. Hirsch Foreign Banks in the City .. Anthony Vice. Marks for Economy tun Fraser P HE...

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Foreign Banks in the City

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By ANTHONY VICE T HE City is generally considered a particularly British institution. Yet roughly one bank office out of every three is foreign-owned. This is no paradox :...

Exchange Markets in Europe

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By F. G. HIRSCH T HE foreign business of banks throughout Western Europe has undergone major changes since the move to external convertibility at the end of December. Business...

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ACROSS.-1. Bahram. 4 Puritans. 8 Wardrobe. 10 Slap-up. 12 Inter. 13 Abominate. 14 (knot. 16 Kentledge. 17 Continent. 19 Morse, 21 Tormentll. 22 Salop. 24 Pathan. 25 ESCIIIICI....


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Solution on April 10 • ACROSS 1 Temper displayed with so much French spirit (7) 5 The clue is confused (7) 9 Departure of the happy couple? (4, 3) 10 Busybodies have evidently...

Marks for Economy

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By IAN FRASER A GLANCE. through the Bankers' Almanac re- veals an astonishing array of foreign banking institutions, some significant, but more less so, who are represented in...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT a dividend yield of per cent. and an earnings yield of under 2 per cent. The old professional in- vestors who lived through the great depression are...

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INGGI PLANTATIONS is one of the most ij prolific producers of rubber, the average return per acre being as high as 964 lb. The out- put of rubber was increased by no fewer than...