29 AUGUST 1958

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Portrait of the Week— T HE RUMBLING of shell-fire has been

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heard oft the Chinese coast; a different kind of rumbling has come from Arkansas, with a nasty echo from Nottingham. And even the Lambeth Conference sent up a puff or two of...


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T HE most encouraging diplomatic week for the West in years, with agreements at the UN and at Geneva, has been followed by depressing news from the East : news of the rain of...

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Lambeth Lessons

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rrHE small section of the Lambeth Conference I Report which dealt with family planning in- evitably received so much publicity that it could easily be imagined that the Anglican...

The Cohen Report

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MHE report from the Cohen Committee on its I second probe into the body economic makes remarkable reading. 'The dangers of inflation have only been scotched, not killed,' it...

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Conference Season

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WHEN Mr. Masefield announced that he must go down to the sea again, it is all hell to a china orange that he was not contem- plating a visit to the annual gab- fests held by the...


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By RICHARD H. ROVERE New York THE gr fat's in the fire once more on racial inte- gration of the Little Rock, Arkansas, schools. In 195 4, the United States Supreme Court said it...

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THE NUMBER NINE seems to be fatal to symphonists. Beethoven,

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Bruckner, Mahler—they all reached it, and none passed it. And now Vaughan Williams, only a few months after the first performance of his ninth symphony, is dead. 1 have been...

THE NOTTINGHAM EPISODE came in time to prevent any holier-than-thou

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feelings about the latest turn in the Little Rock dispute, or about the case of the Alabama Negro sentenced to death for the theft of a few shillings. These are ugly symptoms;...

Notebook A Spectator's

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restrictions on immigration. Neither Mr. James Harrison (Lab.) nor Lieut.-Colonel Cordeaux (Cons.) specifically says he means on coloured people, but this is clearly the...

VERY DIFFERENT feelings were roused in me by the tide

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of cant which has flowed steadily (with one or two notable exceptions) since Strydom died on Sunday. Why no newspaper has come flat out and said that the man was a Nazi, and a...

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The Futility of Force

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By MICHAEL IONIDES T HERE is a detente in the Middle East, owing to the initiative of the ten Arab States in tabling a resolution which has been passed unani- mously by the UN...

BOTH SIR IAN JACOB, of the BBC, and Sir Robert

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Fraser, of the ITA, discussing the possibility of a third TV network in the Observer, were careful to deny that (in Sir Robert's words) there is currently 'some sort of...

NEITHER Sir Ian nor Sir Robert referred to the Possibility

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of 'Pay-as-you-view' television. The BBC's reticence is understandable : if we are going to pay for programmes of our own choice, we are going to resent even more paying licence...

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VTOL at Farnborough

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By OLIVER STEWART TN March, Dr. Kiichemann, of the Royal Air- 'craft Establishment, said that the art of flying had been invented independently four times, by different kinds...

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A Masterly Retreat

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By J. C. MASTERMAN 4 FT1HEREFORE,' said the middle-aged Don, 'I I maintain that there is no sharp cleavage be- tween the man of thought and the man of action, or, if you prefer,...

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My First Football Match By ROBERT ROBINSON THE man beside me was a sup- porter of Chelsea. He kept saying, very loud : 'Come on, you blues.' First he said it in a tone which...


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Ice- box IN THE BIRDCAGE `Nice,' they said. 'Good stuff, ice-cream.' Then they noted crossly that the early birds had bagged all the tables and were lunching off chicken and...

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The Cruise of the Prom By DAVID CAIRNS 'THE balance customary between tradition and adventure is undis- turbed.' These sober words come A., from the BBC's prospectus for the...

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The Player Queen By ALAN BRIEN FOR most Elizabethans, there were only four certainties—God, King, Father and Ego. Every other fixed star had suddenly begun to swim and stagger...


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Going West By ISABEL QUIGLY The Bravados. (Carlton.) THE West is the great modern legend, the sort of thing the Age of Chivalry once was, or the Golden Age of any country, when...

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The Great Debate By PETER FORSTER BEWILDERED and rather bored though we non-technicians may be by the technical details, the fact r is clear enough , that a third band A is...


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Stravinsky's Round By A. V. COTON WITH every fresh season it be- comes more obvious that most new ballets are being made for d specialised audience. This in itself is not...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Revenge on Life By MILES HOWARD F OR the past two decades, and more especially since the war, the prevalence of self- destructive impulses. seems to have been rising. The...

Vie Opectator

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AUGUST 31, 1833 LONG SITTINGS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. Sir ROBERT INGLIS, on Thursday, upon presenting the Forty-first Report of the Committee upon Public Petitions, called the...

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SIR,—May I reply to Mr. 'Bola Ige's letter in last

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week's Spectator, criticising my article on Mr. Paul Robeson? To clear up the least important of Mr. lge's points first, I have been called a 'dirty Yid,' and I am not bitter....


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SIR,—Mr. Christopher Hollis in his review of Alfred, Lord Milner, by Sir . Evelyn Wrench, says. 'There is much force in the contention that the Boers under Kruger were...


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SIR,—Even a gamekeeper nervously patrolling an iceberg (lit by low candlepower) in order to ward off the attack of a growling bulldozer—so Mr. Kenneth Alison appears to describe...

Letters to the Editor

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. Paul Robeson and Racialism Mrs. Marie B. Singer, Bernard Levin Journalists v. Critics • John Lehmann :The Boer War Miss M. G. Brounger Oxford Psephology Marcus Lower Purging...

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SIR,—An article by Mr. J. E. M. Arden in your August 22 number commiserates with me for being proved wrong about purges of Chinese intellectuals by Irving Kristol, then of...


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SIR,—Your correspondent Leslie- Adrian's feeling that the airline companies no longer treat their customers with that delicious air of a first-class butler is borne out by my...


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S1R,—University representation on the Oxford City Council, according to Conservative Councillor Robert Blake, is valuable because the Council mem- bers so elected are...

EGGING THEM ON SIR,—May one congratulate Leslie Adrian on the

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attack on the egg marketing board, which remarks apply to all these boards? It cannot be proclaimed too loudly and too often that these ar' producers' monopolies with the sole...


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SIR,—Mr. Boris Ford's review of Dr. Cotgrove's book Technical Education and Social Change in the Spectator of August 8 shows a singularly poor spirit. Whatever the virtues or...

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The Poetry of Swift BY M ARIUS BEWLEY OMING again to Swift's poetry,* one feels that 'light verse' provides, after all, an inadequate description for what Swift has given us....

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Southern Writers

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THE Southern Literary Renaissance, although wrongly named—since Dixie had never before been troubled with literature, except for the effects of Uncle Tom's Cabin—was a...

Country of the Mind

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Meet North Africa. By John Gunther, with Sam and Beryl Epstein. (Hamish Hamilton, 15s.) We are asked by the publishers to believe that each of these books has a special interest...

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America's Columbus

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Christopher Columbus: The Mariner and the Man. By Jean Merrien. (Odharns, 25s.) CHRISTOPHER COI IMM.S is one of the most mysterious great men of history. His Christian name,...

Barber's Pole

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THERE used to be a type of book, much in vogue in the great days of Victorian explcration, whose title-page presented the unvarying form : 'With — to —.' Mr. Noel Barber's book...

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Bread and Tea

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THIS is a record of the confused and backward social conditions which Scotland put up with as a junior partner in the triumphs of Victorian Britain. There is an enormous amount...

Final Faces

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Life Plus 99 Years. By Nathan F. Leopold. (Gollancz, 21s.) Strangers in my Body. By Eve Lancaster and James Poling. (Seeker and Warburg, 18s.) THE rabbi who first persuaded...

Lost Anthropologist

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WHEN Pat Noone recovered from a serious illness in the Malayan jungle, his first thought was to give thanks to God. Later on that morning I played the Interlude from Noel...

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Manhattan Islanders

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The Way We Live Now. By Warren Miller. (Seeker and Warburg, 18s.) Discourse with Shadows. By J. E. Malcolm. (Gollancz, 13s. 6d.) A Mirror for Magistrates. By Richard Gibson....

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Roof-Top Follies

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Initiations and Initiates in Tibet. By Alexandra David-Neel. Translated by Fred Rothwell. (Rider, 18s.) With a King in the Clouds. By Erika Leuchtag. (Hutchinson, 18s.) THE only...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD No. 1.005 ACROSS.-1 Durnb-waiter, 6 Pash. 10

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Medal. 11 Massinger. 12 Solvency, 13 Hellas. 15 Sent. 16 Aloe. 17 Verse. 20 Lusty. 21 Teak. 22 Oval. 24 Exeunt. 26 Sea-horse. 29 Irradiate. 30 Icing. 31 Oath. 32 Pestilence....

The Justice Collector

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'IN this book,' Mr. Fielding begins, 'the author sets out the reasons underlying his strongly held belief that no one in England is today con- victed of a serious crime if he is...

Historical Events

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Culture and History. Prolegomena to the Com- parative Study of Civilizations. By Philip Bagby. (Longmans, 30s.) WHEN so much has been written on the compara- tive study of...


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23 An illustration of piling it on ? (4) pounds (5) ACROSS 11 'Like to some — of stars we see Hung in the golden Galaxy' (Tennyson) (6) 4 Soldiers use it; they used to smoke...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE remarkable speed with which the joint stock banks jumped into the hire-purchase finance business—by buying blocks of equity shares in the leading...


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By CUSTOS T HE advance in industrial shares was tem- porarily stopped this week by the publication of the Cohen Council's second report. This was not surprising, seeing that...

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H ICKING PENTECOST & CO., the old- established group of bleachers, dyers and finishers, of Nottingham, has, in spite of more competitive trading conditions which are preva- lent...

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Competitors are invited to compose a 150-200 word extract from

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a novel or play in which a TV quiz winner arrive'' to take possession of Laputa, Wonderland, Prospero's Island, Mugg (Officers and Gentlemen), The Coral Island or Treasure...

Hello, Mum!

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No, 443: Report by Eric Wagstaff Conipetiiors were asked to supply a message to Mum and name the record asked for on a record request programme by any...