29 NOVEMBER 1924

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The British Note went on to make certain demands. There

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must be a full apology for the crime ; an inquiry into the authorship of the crime with the condign punish- ment of the assassins ; the suppression of all popular public...

Lord Allenby in multi—a form of dress greatly objected to

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by the Labour Press—read the Note to Zaghlul Pasha. and ten minutes later he had departed. Next Zaghlul Pasha visited King Fuad and then attended the Chamber, where a secret...

The Sirdar died from his wounds just before midnight on

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Thursday, November 20th. On the afteizionn of the same day the British Cabinet had been hurriedly called together when, it is understood, the grave situation in Egypt was the...

NEWS OF THE WEEK I foreign affairs the whole attention of

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the nation -I- has been turned during the week upon the crisis in Egypt. The Government, in our judgment, are to be heartily congratulated upon the promptitude, the...


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-THE PRESENT STATE OF LITERATURE II. DIAGNOSTIC (ALAN PORTER) .. 829 [For full contents, see separate Index, p. 829.]

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Mr. Austen Chamberlain, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, has informed M.

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Rakovsky, the Soviet Chargé d'Affaires, that the Government after due deliberation are unable to recommend that the Russian Treaty should be ratified. He has also informed M....

An interesting little episode on Monday was the presentation, by

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Lord Allenby, of £1,000 to an Egyptian policeman who, though unarmed, pursued the Sirdar's assassins and was wounded by them. King Fuad has also decorated the policeman. This...

Peking was surprised last Saturday by the arrival of Tuan

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Chi-jui, -the leader of the Anfu Party, who was formerly Prime Minister. With the consent of Feng, the " Christian General," he declared himself to be " Chief Executive "—in...

Sir Lee Stack was one of those quiet but diligent

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workers who attract little attention outside the sphere of their work. Born in 1868 he was educated at Clifton, and it was known by everybody in Egypt that Sir Reginald Wingate'...

Lord Allenby's .consistently sympathetic attitude towards Egypt may fairly be

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cited as another proof of good faith. To some Englishmen at home he may have seemed in the past to have gone out of his way to encourage the grant to Egypt of a risky degree of...

Late on Monday evening it was announced that Ziwar Pasha

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had succeeded Zaghlul Pasha as Prime Minister and had already formed a Cabinet. The new Prime Minister, happily for himself, is not, like Zaghlul Pasha, committed by his past....

On Monday after noon Lord Allenby further informed Zaghlul Pasha

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that British forces had been ordered to occupy the Customs Offices at Alexandria. This action was carried out by landing parties from the ' Valiant and Benbow.' At this point...

The Manifesto of the Independent Labour Party, issued on Tuesday,

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in regard to the Egyptian situation, cannot be allowed to pass without a protest from us as to the way in which those who have drafted it treat the Sudan. They declare that the...

It was not to be expected that the rapid and

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rigorous British action would escape foreign criticism, and the original suspension of judgment in France has been followed by distinctly unfavourable criticism. The general...

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It is only fair to say that Signor Mussolini's own

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speech had also a determining influence upon the debate. His skill was remarkable. He had a personal triumph and emerged from the crisis with the same sort of success which...

Although reports of' domestic squabbles among the Russian • leaders

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have always to be read with reserve, there is no doubt , that the quarrel between Trotsky and his enemies has reached a more acute stage. It is not possible yet, however, to say...

• Another attack upon Fascism has been warded off in

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the Italian Parliament. Last Saturday night the Govern- ment received a vote of confidence by 387 votes to 17. The most optimistic supporter of the Mussolini Govern- ment had...

Sir Auckland Geddes is to be Chairman of the Royal

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Commission on Food Prices. The Commission's terms of reference are as follows : " To inquire into the conditions prevailing in the wholesale and retail trades in articles of...

We could never understand the ridicule directed against " Cowper-Tenapleign

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" and, indeed, we took the view that the whole " religious difficulty " was fomented by extremists and by politicians who used the extremists for their own purposes. The...

His peroration was remarkably like one by Mr. Lloyd George.

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After a glowing review of Italian history, he declared that he was in the line of those who saw day by day their beloved country growing ever greater : " We shall make her one...

The Church Assembly has taken the important step of recommending

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that the Elementary Schools, both provided and non-provided, should be brought under a single system of administration, allowing room for a variety of type. This would mean a...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent., changed from 3 per cent.

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July 5th, 1928. 5 per cent. War Loan was on Thursday, 1011 ; Thursday week, 101* ; a year ago, 10011. per cent. Conversion Loan was on Thursday, 79 ; Thursday week, 79 ; a year...

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THE EGYPTIAN CRISIS THE cause of the Egyptian Crisis was the murder of Sir Lee Stack. A more cruel and unprovoked crime it would be difficult to imagine. He was no ruth- less...

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By LORD NEWTON [Lord Newton asks us to explain that this article was written several weeks ago and, of course, deals with the situation as it was then.—En. Spectator.] T HE...

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I PROMISED last week to give particulars of the way -I- in which, in my opinion, the Emergency House could be best employed. But, before I do that, let me say once more that...

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F VERYBODY ought to be grateful to the Morning Post for the way in which it has been investigating " The Dear Food Scandal." Representatives have been sent into all sorts of...

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N OT until you have lived in the Southern States, or at least lived somewhere in contact with Western- veneered negroes, can you realize at all adequately what the negro problem...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sue, —Your article re

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" Slums " in the Spectator of last week is one I cannot let pass without a word of thanks ; also a few remarks that may be interesting to you on the subject. After forty years'...

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

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Snt,—May I venture the opinion that your article on Saturday last is not only imperatively essential, but excellent alike in matter and suggestion ? The slums all over the...


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THE SLUM AND THE EMERGENCY HOUSE [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia s Your stirring article on The Slum and the Emergency House " will surely be welcomed by every political...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,---Having been brought up to revere the name of Madame Lind-Goldschmidt (Jenny Lind) by relatives who often heard her sing and were...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In the review of Mr. Stephen Gwynn's Ireland, published in your issue of the 15th instant, there is a reference to myself and my...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—On behalf of many African friends, both in Jamaica and in Africa, I desire to point out that, in the first of a series of articles on...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—With reference to the

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letter from your correspondent " T.", in the Spectator of November 22nd, I should like to make two general remarks. First, " that it is a subject for congratulation that our...

THE AGENDA CLUB [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—You

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have on two occasions, since the War. printed letters from members of the old Agenda Club, asking whether it would not be possible to revive that movement on the grounds that it...

THE JEWS IN WORLD HISTORY [To the Editor of the

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SPECTATOR.] SIR,—As a descendant of the " chosen people," I should like to point out the strength of Mr. Alan Porter's argument, which was passed over by your correspondent of...


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SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The letter signed " T." is nonsense larded with prejudice. What is a " typical Englishman " ? I don't know and neither does anyone else, for there is no such...


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Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—At this time of year when we are thinking towards Christmas, the happiness of children whose little eyes sparkle as they watch the Pantomime,...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—On the hill in front of my windows is a ridge of trees. and every day hundreds of rooks come and sit there. They have spent their spare...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SI11,—Readers of the Spectator—educated people—may be interested in the appeal issued by Queen's College, Harley Street, for £10,000 for the...


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DISTANCE ARE those small silver tumps a town, And are those dewdrops windows there ; Is that dark patch a hill or cloud, And which is earth, and which is air ? Lord, when I...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—We shall be grateful if you will note that George Mac- Donald's centenary will be celebrated by a conversazione- at the Suffolk Street...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—The description of Warning Shadows in last week's Spectator led me to visit the Tivoli and see the film. It appears from the programme...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,--I have discussed the servant question with various bachelor friends. We have not yet discovered any servant problem. For more than forty...

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the spectator FOR THE No. 5031.] WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, NO - VENDER 29, 1924. { TRANIM ABROAD. }GRATIS.

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Fr is not to be thought that in the sum of activities one age can have greater value or glory than its fellow-ages. In each moment, each atom of time, life beats up from chaos...

Literary /supplement.

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LONDON: NOVEMBER 29th, 1924.

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Mark Twain's Autobiography. With an Introduction by Arthur Bigelow Paine. (Harper Bros. 2 vols. 42s. net.) - MARK TWAIN is a really engaging subject for critical medita- tion,...


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The Spectator should be on sale at all Railway Book- stalls and at most newsagents, and, except for a few isolated and disitnt areas, should be available on Friday. The...

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Varldtd. By Paul Valery. (Paris : Nouvelle Revue Francaise.) " Elam, Ninive, Babylone itaient de beaux noms ragues, et la mine totale de ces mondes avail aussi peu de...


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We hope next week to publish an article by Mr. Ramsay MacDonald on " The Other Side : Con- tinuity in Foreign Policy." This will be his first public pronouncement on this...

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Lectures en the English Poets. By William Hazlitt. The World's Classics. (Oxford University Press. 2s. net.) IT is very refreshing to come to Hazlitt again, for he is like an...

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Persian Literature in Modern Times, A.D. 1500-1924. By E. G. Browne. (Cambridge University Press. 35s. net.) Th ERF. are many reasons why Englishmen should not like Persian...

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The Clock. By Alekeei Remizov. Translated by John Cournos. (Ghetto and Windus. 7s.) Saint Helena. By M. A. Aldanov. Translated by A. E. Chamot. (Jarrolds. The Jay Library. 6s....


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ALL his life Mr. Candler has been a truant, because he knows more things are learned in truancy than ever the pedagogues can teach. Referring to the time when he was with the...

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LATELY much public attention has been centred on poster art. The reference - which the Prince of Wales made to the hoardings was very true. Since the hoardings also reflect the...

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THE LURE OF OXFORD [COPYRIGHT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE New York Times.] LAST week I wrote of the Lure of London. This week I write of the Lure of Oxford. That,...

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THIS WEEK'S BOOKS . IF we were to elaborate a character of Thomas Bewick from his woodcuts alone, I think we should quite naturally come near to the truth. We should see him as...


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IN a volume which, if printed in the Times, would hardly occupy more than three times the space devoted to reporting the Guildhall Speeches, Sir Reginald Custance has coin....

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THE books published just now on economic subjects are mainly of two classes, namely, collections of facts directly connected with the War, with or without theories deduced...

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ON TELLING A STORY Adolphe. By Benjamin Constant. New translation by Paul Hookham. (Philpot. 10s. 6d. net.) Serena Blandish, or The Difficulty of Getting Married. By a Lady of...

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PANDORA LIFTS THE LID: By C. Morley and Don Mar q uis.

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( Cape. is. 6d. net.) Towards the end of the first decade of the present century a small boy was observed in a fit of severe abstraction. On inquiry by his parents as to the...

Tales of Intrigue 'and • Revenge. By Stephen MeKenna. , (Hutchinson.

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7s. 6d. net.)—Mr. McKenna's first story is called " The Acid Test," and should so trying a test be applied to the whole collection, it must be confessed that it would not prove...


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Colonel M . A Romance. By Arthur Fetterless. (Wm. Blackwood. 7s. 6d. net.)—The hero of this story—a soldier of fortune—is 'kidnapped by mistake and conveyed by aeroplane to the...

It is a truism to say that Mr. Squire's stories

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of Grub Street' are both gracefully and entertainingly written. The penulti- mate and the last have a grim irony in them which will appeal to the more cynical 'othis readers....

The Fourteenth Key. By Carolyn Wells. (Putnam: 7s. 6d: net.)—An

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extremely ingenious Ameriean detective story. TO say anything descriptive of the plot would-reveal the secret of the mystery to. the reader.

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Steadiness of the American exchange and dullness of the French franc have been the chief characteristics of the Foreign Exchange Market during the past week, though latterly the...


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FOREIGN LOANS [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Si a,—The assassination of the Sirdar, followed by an Ultimatum to Egypt and the despatch of British warships, are developments...

Princess Amelia. By Carola Oman. (Fisher Unwin. 7s. 6d. net.)—George

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III. and his Court are the subject of this novel, which reminds The present writer of the description given by one of those personages who are true "links with the past ' of how...