2 JUNE 1950

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No New Jerusalem

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The new plan for Jerusalem which the Israeli Government has submitted to the Trusteeship Council differs only in detail froln the plan submitted to the Assembly last November....

NEWS OF THE WEEK F 4 XCHANGES between the British and French

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Governments on M. Schuman's proposal for the joint control of the coal and steel industries of France, Germany and other countries have reached a positiim which is unfortunate...

Real War in Indo-China

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There was never any reason to apply the term "cold war " to events in Indo - China. A situation which ties up the bulk of the French army and involves, 4 s. it has this week,...

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Petrol Freed

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The Government has done what it said could not be done, the number of cars on the road during the Whitsun week-end con- stituted a record, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer,...

Parental Delinquents

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Most parents have a fairly clear mental picture of the ideal school ; all teachers have a very definite picture of the ideal parent —an efficient, kindly agency, which...

Wage Inflation ?

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The wave of optimism about the country's economic prospects which, this year as last year, has temporarily swamped the larger and grimmer realities of the long-term situation...

Reaching the Rus,siguis

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One of the by-products of the Foreign Ministers' meeting in London is understood to have been a review of the means by which the Western Powers can attempt to make their point...

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CC E have before us,"said General Marshall at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, " the greatest task ever faced by any generation of men in the preserva- tion of peace."...

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The name Chicksands caught my eye in a daily paper

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on Tuesday (in connection with a sad drowning accident). It is a very small villag-e. in Bedfordshire, and probably thousands of people, like myself, have never heard of it...

It is announced that some Russians are training in the

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Caucasus for the ascent of Mount Everest. Will they get to the summit? Quite unquestionably they will. Who is to prove that they did not—if anyone should contemplate anything so...

I hope this country realises what it is in for

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if the Labour Party remains in power and some of its members have their way. A Left- Wing weekly which reckons to speak with some authority on Labour policy had this to say last...

What The Times, in an interesting article on part of

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the scrolls discovered near the Dead Sea in 1947, describes as " new light on Habakkuk " seems to be no more than a further addition to the various interpretations that have...

The case of the sentry Gordon Linsell, of the Black

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Watch, who was sentenced to death by a court-martial for the murder of a German whom he shot after challenge when on duty, is strange and distressing. There was a strong...

Who is the most famous living American ? You thought

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Truman or Eisenhower or even Dean Acheson ? Ridiculous. There could be only one answer, and the Daily Worker gives it—Paul Robeson. The result, I suppose, of living in a little...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK T HERE is something just a little pathetic

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about the auto- biographical articles by the Duke of Windsor which the Sunday Express is publishing. There are few people who will not regret that a former King of England...

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Whitsun in Berlin

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By MARK ARNOLD-FORSTER Berlin, May 30th T HIS sixth post-war Whitsun was the first occasion on which Berliners and the world in general have been able to judge the effect of...

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Nationalisation: An Interim Verdict —I

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By OSCAR R. HOBSON T HE time seems ripe to attempt some sort of judgement on the success of the Labour Party's industrial nationalisation policy. It seems ripe, first, because,...

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The Good-Looking Facts

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By ROBERT WAITHMAN Washington. The leading identifiers of ugly facts, among whom are some of the most widely-read columnists and radio commentators in the United States, have...

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Indus Prehistory

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By SIR JOHN MARSHALL* D R. MORTIMER WHEELER, the distinguished secretary of the British Academy, is to be congratulated on the discovery of another and exceptionally...

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A Dirge for Elms

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By SIR STEPHEN TALLENTS 64LLUM hateth mankind and waiteth." The old saying had 4 come to haunt my mind and trouble my conscience. Of the ancient elms that grow about my home...

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Tri pos Blues By - LAURENCE ADKINS (Downing College, Cambridge) B OUT this time each year the greater part of the eighty thousand-odd undergraduate population of the country is...

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By HAROLD NICOISON T HERE have been times when we have envied, all of us, the lives of dons. How easy and how pleasurable, at those moments when we fall among the thorns of...

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44 The Hat Trick." By Thomas Browne. (Duke of York's)

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Tins, on the other hand, is an unusually silly play. Its plot however is so improbable, its characters are so firmly denied any semblante of reality and its dialogue is so...

"The Ivory Tower." By William Templeton. (Vaudeville.)

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WE know that things like this happen, but we know with an almost greater certitude that they do not happen like this, and it is to be feared that Jan Masaryk, on whose tragedy...


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"Orpheus." (Rialto.)—" In the Name of the Law." (Curzon.) Stage Fri g ht." (Warner.) ORPHEUS is M. Jean Cocteau at his most eerie, abstruse and symbolic. He has translated, ang...

Far removed from the uncanny depths of Orpheus is a

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new Italian film, In the Name of the Law, which concerns the efforts of a newly-appointed magistrate to' replace the rough justice of the Mafia in Sicily with the laws of the...


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THEATRE fig Excellency." By Dorothy and Campbell Christie. (Princes.) THE Mediterranean island of Salva is a colony with easily traceable affinities. It has for its new...

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MASSENET'S Manon, which has just been revived at Covent Garden, is one of the small band of work-:Carmen is another—which seem to please the public and the pundits, though...

A curiosity appended to the small Milhaud festival which the

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B.B.C. has given during the last week was a performance at the R.C.M. of the composer's fourteenth and fifteenth string quartets by the Aleph and Martin String Quartets, who...

Mr. Alfred Hitchcock has ever had a flair for combining

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suspense with comedy, and if, in Stage Fright, the suspense is barely notice- able and its suspenders unconvincing, the comedy has no defects whatever. Mr. Alistair Sim...


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AMONG the works by Degas on view at the Lerevre Gallery (at its new address in Bruton Street) are several unfamiliar masterpieces of the first importance. An upright race-course...


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ORDINARY EDITION by post to any part of the World ... AIR MAIL (World-wide distribution by Alr) To all countries in Europe except Poland ... . . Aden, Bahrein, Cyrenaica...

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A prize of f5, which may be divided, is offered

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for a letter (of not more than 200 words) offering guidance in his choice of a new career to your erstwhile Regional Petroleum Officer. Entries must be addressed to the...

A. prize was offered for an interpretation report by Martian

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Intelligence officers of good-quality, large-scale photographs obtained from cameras in the flying saucers of one the following : the Cup Final, the Boat Race, a golf course or...

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Examination Age Limits

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Sta,—Whatever Canon Luce may deduce of the Minister of Education's intentions about the new age-limit for external examinations, it is surely more fruitful to examine its...


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Britain and Europe Stit, — At a time when the Government, the Opposition, and so much informed opinion recognise and agree that the social and economic structure which directed...

Bus Fares and Nationalisation

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SIR,—ln the course of the inquiry into higher fares on buses and trains which is now taking place in London, a financial expert of the British Transport Commission stated that...

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SIR, — Mr. A. T. D'Eye has, of course, every right to

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his own opinion, but it is Likely that the great majority of your readers will endorse what Janus has written on this subject. Personally, I should like to know if the Dean of...

Sot, - Surely it was in that outstanding summer of 1893

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that W. G. Grace broke all records by scoring 1,009 suns , in May.—Yours, F. H. VINEY. Compton, Knowle, Warwickshuv.

Undergraduate Magazines

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SIR,— Readers whose interest in undergraduate magazines may have been aroused by Colin Cross' article in the Spectator of May 26th might also be interested to learn th4t editors...

Contemporary America

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Sta,—In view of Professor Brogan's erudition and of his chiding Mr. Nichols in the fourth paragraph of his criticism of Mr. Nichols' bock Uncle Samson in your issue of May...

Road and Rail Charges

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SIR, — As I expected, the Information Officer of the British Road Federa- tion does not deal with my chief points. (1) Steel-tyred trucks running on steel rails along engineered...

Hotels in Scotland

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Sta,—On my return from a 1,000-mile tour of rorth-west, north and central Scotland, I find in your issue of May 19th a statement by a correspondent, J. Reid Christie, which in...

“In the Wake of Dr. Johnson"

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SIR,— High in great Albion's roll of fame Stands Dr. (Samuel) Johnson's name. Concerning him the feeblest print I love to read, because he's in't, And in his wake all prospects...

Cricket Memories

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Silk—Mr. G. L. Jessop's fascinating memories should settle once and for all the comparative velocities of the leading fast bowlers of the vintage period of their craft. But...

Travel in France

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SIR, — Orr March 29th I travelled to France, much depressed by your article asserting that, if I were very careful, £50 might last me a fort- night. Now Mr. Rees, after giving...

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A Nesting Tribute On the subject of vegetables there is

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a useful plant, generally known as asparagus-kale, which should be more freely grown ; but I write of it not chiefly for its dietetic virtues. In the midst of a plant—indicating...

Lemon Lore

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SIR, — Mr. Frank Swinnerton in his contribution to Books and Writers on May 12th, makes frequent use of the statement, " The answer is a lemon." Whilst the meaning of this...

"Vie *perform 311411E 1st 1850

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THE DERBY DAY NEVER perhaps did the grand day at Epsom draw forth such vast multitudes by all the outlets of London. The spectacle in town was very peculiar: the points of...

In the Garden One of the plants that, after several

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weeks' absence from my garden, I found flowering very freely was a recently planted climber nick-named " Mr. —'s potato crisp." Its proper title is Solanum Crispum. It is a very...


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IT is a remarkable fact that in this most crowded country, which is said to suffer from nothing so acutely as " the urban mind," there flourish the finest flower-shows and...

English Trees

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THE beech is a cliff, resting upon the sky, The oak a rock, around which seas of grain Rustle and recede, the birch is rain Even in seasons of drought, when fissures crack Open...

Ducks and Decoys

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The singular success of the ' duck adoption " schemes has had several satisfactory results, or accompaniments To begin with, it has brought in over £500 to the " International...

Bishop Henson's Autobiography

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Stn,—It would seem that, if his words have been rightly reproduced by Miss Gardner-Brown, Bishop Hensley Henson was guilty of a slip of the pen. Retractiones certainly sloes...

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44 NCE you have thought of big men and little men," said Dr. Johnson, " it is very easy to do all the rest." This was his table-talk judgement of Gulliver's Travels ; more...

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Reviews of the Week

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Buoyant G.B.S. Buoyant Billions. By Bernard Shaw. ' Limited Edition. Illustrated by Clare Winsten. (Constable. Six Guineas.) MR. SHAW, who will complete his ninety-fourth year...

Englishwoman in Germany

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Thy People, My People. By Elizabeth Hoemberg. (Dent. 12s. 6d.) IN 1938 Elizabeth Sims, a Canadian girl, married a young German historian, Albert Hoemberg, and went to set up...

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Greenwood's Pall Mall

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The Story of the Pall. Mall Gazette. By J. W. Robertson Scott. (Oxford University Press. 25s.) How is this always interesting, often entertaining, almost incredibly discursive...

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Classics of Youth

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Mrs. Ewing, Mrs. Molesworth and Mrs. Hodgson Burnett. By Marghanita Laski. (Arthur Barker. 6s.) A DISTINGUISHED and fastidious - historian whom I once knew used to argue with...

In the Ill-Ring

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ONE morning in the month of May, 1920, I woke up in the sump- tuous guest-room of the Master of one of the Cambridge colleges. The maid (there were still maids) brought me an...

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Mediaeval Art in England

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English Medieval Wall Painting. By E. W. Tristram. The Thirteenth Century : with a catalogue compiled in collaboration with Monica Bardswell. Two vols. (Published on behalf of...

Boy Scouts

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The Scout Movement. By E. E. Reynolds. (Oxford University Press. I Ss.) WHEN an institution has successfully survived the passage of over forty years and firmly established...

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A Robin Redbreast in a Cage. By Myrtle Johnston. einemann. 95. 6d.) The Mudlark. By Theodore Bonnet. (W. H. Allen. 95. 6(1.) What Comes After. By Mary Dunstan. (Heinemann. •...

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IA Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened alter noon on Tuesday week, Tune 13th. Envelopes...


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By CUSTOS INSPIRED by a conjunction of good news items, the stock market opened cheerfully after the holiday. The end of petrol rationing has had an exhilarating effect which...