2 OCTOBER 1942

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HE battle for Stalingrad continues with unabated ferocity among the debris of ruined houses and more substantial houses d factories which afford strong points for defence. The...

General Wavell's Survey

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General Wavell's review of the war situation bad that ring of sagacity and steadiness which one associates_ with his published words. His glance omitted none of the fronts,...

Mr. Willkie in Russia

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The roving mission of Mr. Wendell Willkie in the East as an unofficial .representative of America and a friend of this country has been helping to interpret the Western Allies...

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Suppression of Road Travel

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The suppression of the Green Line, to be followed or accom- panied by that of other long-distance passenger coaches, is an event affecting vast numbers of people. The motive...

No General Election

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The Bill for the further prolongation of Parliament which had its second reading on Wednesday reminds us that the present Parliament is becoming a Long Parliament, with no...

Mr. Roosevelt and Congress

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"The perfect politician," says an American aphorism, "never opposes a new appropriation and never supports a new-tax." With elections pending in November for one-third of the...

Absenteeism in Collieries

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So much guess-work has been indulged in regarding the causes of coal shortage, that it is a relief to be brought down to the harxl ground of guaranteed statistics, as we are by...

Science and the War

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Mr. Lyttelton's statement about the three scientific advisers re- cently appointed to his department was not criticised by any of the members who have been active in urging the...

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NUMBER of speeches made last Saturday show that leaders of opinion inside and out of the Government have already gone far in the definition of peace aims. Among these speakers...

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watching, which, in fact, very many women are already doing, with no ill results. There is absolutely no reason, as Miss Ellen Wilkin- son points out, why women should not face...

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By STRATEGICUS HE concerted German attack on the convoy to Russia and the lying account of the sinking of troop transports in the Atlantic ocus the attention once more on the...

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By CANON ADAM FOX Y OU would think hymn-singing had come to stay, if it were not of such a mushroom growth, as Church things go, that it might be feared it would wither away as...

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By I. S1LIPTON I T is not easy to trace the evolution of the naval chaplain in a carefully ordered sequence, since, like so many English institu- tions, he grew haphazard to...

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By DAME JANET CAMPBELL A VOLUME recently published* has raised in an unnecessarily controversial form the relative qualifications of the average general practitioner and the...

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By ERIC BAUME HE Australian sergeant leaned against the bar at the Al Manir, near the Cecil, and looked out through fly-spotted glass at i Alexandria's outer harbour. He...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON T HE Brains Trust the other day were asked what were the principles of oratory and who was the greatest living orator? Had they defined oratory merely as the...

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C.E.M.A. Exhibition. (National Gallery.) Victorian, and Earlier, Paintings. (Victoria and Albert Museum.) A GROUP of paintings and drawings bought for C.E.M.A. by means of a...


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LIKE most productions of the Merchant of Venice, Mr. Robert Atkins's venture suffers in its first act from the foreboding that we shall inevitably have to endure the casket...


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"In Which We Serve." At the Gaumont and Marble Arch Pavilion. WE have grown accustomed to thinking of Mr. Noel Coward in terms of the shrewdly discreet sentimentalities of...

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Snt,—Your reviewer of Russia and Her Western Neighbours, by Professor Keeton and Dr. Schlesinger, a distinguished emigre from Nazi Germane. having stated that the authors favour...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Stn,—It may seem belated to write at this moment about a book of 1939, however remarkable ; yet in many ways Mgr. R. A. Knox's spiritual drama is even...

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SIR, —In your issue of September i8th, Mr. Picton makes a very sweeping statement—" it is obvious that the trend of modern and con- temporary art (and especially music) flouts...


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you permit me to point out that what I wrote last week about the deliberate nature of the recent outbreaks of violence in India has since been confirmed by Sir Reginald Maxwell,...

trust you will maintain your vigorous opposition to the Conserva-

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tive Party's Compulsory Youth Scheme. For a party which is the first to protest against State control, to oppose compulsory fuel rationing, &c., such a proposal comes ill. In...


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SIR, —Mr. John Gloag must not allow his just admiration for the Boy Scout and Girl Guide movement to blind him to the fact that, so far as numbers are concerned, these and other...

SIR,—I share with you and, I hope, may others, your

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undisguised horror of the last Conservative report on education, but I disagree with your prophecy that nothing further it likely to be heard of it. It seems probable that many...

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Sta,—In your issue of September 25th under heading "News of the Week," you have a paragraph " Colonials in Britain." As a regular reader of your paper, I could not help coming...


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IN some country places, where general goodwill has been enhanced by the war, resentment is arising against one example—to which previous reference has been made here—of...

SIR, —Your correspondent's strictures upon the B.B.C.'s policy of giving

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repeated half-hours of Tommy Handley at the expense of better things are quite justified. Mr. John Maddison's comments (30/1/42) are good ; but they miss the point. Such broad...

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A Call to America

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Prelude to Victory. By James B. Reston. tHeinemann. 78. 6d.) MR. RESTON'S title can be taken to describe an unsatisfactory period before a satisfactory denouement or it can be...

A Life and its Lessons

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BOOKS OF THE DAY Short Journey. By E. L. Woodward. Faber and Faber. nos. 6d.) IN a sense this is an autobiography, written " in the middle of the journey of life " (at the age...

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Poet and Priest

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To be candid without giving offence is almost impossible in certain instances, and to review this book from any point of view, but that of Hopkins's adopted Church is one of...

Before Battle

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How Japan Plans to Win. By Kinoaki Matsuo. (Harrap. 8s. 6d.) IN a recent number of the New Yorker there was a drawing of two prosperous ladies at ease in a New England meadow....

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Three Tours Through London in the Years 1748, 1776, 1797 .

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By W. S. Lewis. (Oxford University Press. iss. 6d.) Tins is a delightful subject and Mr. Lewis's reconstruction is fully worthy of the editor of the Yale edition of Horace...

MR. WOODCOCK'S pamphlet exploits the anarchist point of view that

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" society should be based on the free co-operation of individual men and women in fulfilment of their functional and economic needs." It outlines knt agricultural policy...

Shorter Notices

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Thackeray : A Critical Portrait. By John Dodds. (Oxford University Press. 2os.) THERE are three main ways of learning about an author. One is to study his life and times....


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Lyndley Waters. By George R..Preedy. (Hodder anl Stoughton. 8s. 6d.) The Siege of Malta. By S. Fowler Wright. (Frederick Muller. 9s. 6d.) Marling Hall. By Angela Thirkell....

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[A Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week. Envelopes should be...


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16th The winner of Crossword No. 184 is Miss MAUD BATES, Hill Top, Red Hill, Worcester.

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By CUSTOS WHILE the Government has largely succeeded in taking the profit out of war, anyone who watches company profit and loss accounts must have been impressed by the...

The International Who's Who. (Allen and Unwin. 8os.) THE new

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volume of The International Who's Who contains about eighty pages fewer than its predecessor of 1941. In other words, the newcomers have not made up, quantitatively, for the...

You Can't Do Business with Hitler. By Douglas Miller. (Skeffing-

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ton. 5s.) WHEN Mr. Miller wrote this able tract, over a year ago, the United States was still nominally at peace, and there were many Americans who thought that they could do...