30 JUNE 1933

Page 1

Conservatives and India The Central Council of the National Union

The Spectator

of Con- servative and Unionist Associations, by rejecting on Wednesday a motion which virtually amounted to a resolution of censure on the Government, and on the Conservative...

News of the Week R UMOURS of the imminent demise of

The Spectator

the World Economic Conference have been foolishly pre- mature. But the difficulty about stabilization, in view of America's refusal to stabilize, is serious, in spite of...

OFFICES: 99 Cower St., London, W.C1. I. Tel. : MUSEUM

The Spectator

1721. Entered as second-class Mail Matter at the New York, N.Y. Post Office., Dec. 23rd, 1895. Postal subscription 308. per annum, to any part of the world. • Pcstage.on this...

The Problem of Debts.

The Spectator

The view that the debt problem was subsidiary to that of raising prices was forcibly expressed by Sir Henry Strakosch, who refused to contemplate a scaling down of debts, which...

Page 2

Herr Hugenberg's Exit The elimination of Herr Hugenberg had been

The Spectator

inevitable from the first. Whatever may be said of Herr Hitler and the advisers who frame his plans, there can be nothing but admiration for the unfaltering strategy whereby the...

America's Rising Prices With wheat futures passing the dollar mark

The Spectator

in Chicago (against 38 cents last December), cotton soaring on a rather less spectacular scale, employment in the United States estimate to have risen by a million and a half...

Mr. Gandhi and the Viceroy At the Indian end the

The Spectator

decision to summon the Indian National Congress for July 14th (a date not without significant associations) is a fact of obvious importance. When Congress meets the question of...

Talking to Russia The opening of conversations between Sir John

The Spectator

Simon and M. Litvinoff is satisfactory so far as it goes. H ow far it has gone and will yet go, is not yet clear. There i s some suggestion that the Cabinet is demanding the...

Adjourning Disarmament The decision to adjourn the Disarmament Conference •

The Spectator

till October is an extremely regrettable necessity—if necessity it is. On that point Mr. Henderson's very definite convictions must be treated with respect. There are obvious...

Page 3

The second contentious measure passed was the Metropolitan Police Bill.

The Spectator

This measure owed its smooth passage to the general conviction that something is wrong in some places with the Police. The piloting of the Bill, however, needed courage and Sir...

Trouble in the Balkans No Bulgarian Government has found it

The Spectator

possible, or has very strenuously attempted, to suppress the Macedonian revolutionaries, who are powerful in the southern pro- vinces and have sympathizers throughout the...

The Services of the Workless The voluntary labour of the

The Spectator

unemployed, which has transformed a Welsh mining village, could not be used to. better purpose than in building open-air nurseries for slum children. When Lady Astor opened the...

Village Slums • It is not sufficiently realized that the

The Spectator

problem of slum dwellings is one that is by no means confined to the towns. Distressing slums are to be found in hundreds of villages, and cottages that ought long ago to have...

Parliament Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes : Political interest during the

The Spectator

week has been centred outside the House of Commons. Inside it two contentious measures have been completed. The first—an Unemployment Insurance Bill which marks the inability...

. The repercussions in the House to outside events arc

The Spectator

worth tabulating. Members do not yet show any im- patience with the work of the Economic Conference, but they do not show much optimism either. As regards India, the...

Page 4

Hitlerism and Ourselves

The Spectator

H ERR, HITLER'S activities proceed apace. Within the last seven days he (or Captain Goering, acting an his devolved authority) has proscribed a meeting that was to have . been...

Page 5

An Imperial University T VVENTY-TWO years have passed since the Haldane

The Spectator

Commission on London University stated that "the University should have for its headquarters permanent buildings .appropriate in design to its dignity and importance."7 Since...

Page 6

The correspondence in The Times on the ghouls of the

The Spectator

Press, who invade every sanctity in moments of personal grief, particularly if the grief is the result of a suicide or of some spectacular accident, emphasizes what I have...

If anyone could help to break down-otir indifference as a

The Spectator

nation to the foreigner's -impression of us it should be M. Maurois—and M. Maurois more than, say, M. Siegfried, because he likes us, and I am not sure that M. Siegfried does....

Lord Beaverbrook, I see, is starting an isolationist , campaign. He

The Spectator

explains what he - means by that. His policy is "the development of the British Empire as a self-sufficient economic Unity supplying - the needs of its. people from its own soil...

A Spectator's Notebook I HAVE been handed the following letter addressed

The Spectator

to 1 the EDITOR of The Spectator by Mr. Lloyd George :— Snt,—Tanus finds my description of the episode which led to the fall of the Asquith ministry singularly . jejune." I...

. So,Dean Ingechooses Athens in his riper age—assuming the report

The Spectator

true that he is to leave St. Paul's next year and retire to Oxford or somewhere near. Oxonians are entitled to claim that Dr. Inge is making his choice with his eyes well open,...

Page 7

The Creator of the League

The Spectator

BY H. WILSON HARRIS O N the day this issue of first Secretary-General Jays down an office he has thing over thirteen years fourteen. The Spedator appears the of the League of...

Page 8

The Case for Divorce Law Reform

The Spectator

BY LORD GORELL T HE 'case for reforming our present law of divorce can be stated very simply and with irresistible force : it is that no one, whatever their shades of opinion...

Page 9

Why Young Men are Going Labour

The Spectator

By OLIVER BALDWIN F OR the first time in the history of the Labour Party a great increase in membership is being registered among the youth of the middle classes. These young...

Page 10

The War on the Drug Traffic By SIR MALCOLM DELEVINGNE.

The Spectator

[Sir Malcolm Delevingne, till lately Deputy Permanent Under-Secretary of the Home Office, has been the British repres-entative on the League of Naliansi Opium Advisory Committee...

Page 11

Red and Black

The Spectator

By PETER FLENI 1NG SUPPOSE that Soviet Russia has always suffered 1. from persecution-mania. If you defy the world, there is some justification for believing that the world's -...

Page 12

Ein deutscher Journalist

The Spectator

[VON EINEM DEUTSCHEN KORRESPONDENTEN.] I N England werden nur ganz wenige Hellmut Gansser kennen. Auch in Deutschland ist er dem Namen nach nicht sehr vielen bekannt gewesen....

Page 13


The Spectator

Shapes and Objects ALL general statements about painting are more or less untrue. But it is often convenient to make them and, if in doing so we realize that they are untrue,...

The Theatre

The Spectator

"Veronica." By C. K. Monro. At the Embassy Theatre, Swiss Cottage. — " Cupid and the Don." Adapted by Frank Birch and Basil Bartlett from the French of Jules Romains. At the...

Page 14


The Spectator

The Babe ONCE my feet trod Nineveh, Once my eyes saw Troy town burn, Now, if Plato tells-the truth, Dipped in Lethe I return. What was old is offered new ?, What is new was...

A Hundred Years Ago

The Spectator

BELLS.—It has been often remarked, that the ringing of bells in the heart of the city of London during the time of business is a great annoyance. Yesterday, the Lord Chief...

Page 15

Country Life

The Spectator

TUE DODIR OF THUNDER. A thunderstorm may be a very terrible thing. As some of us looked at one of the latest over a broad grass field a crash and a flash, as nearly as may be,...

The thunderstorm of which I write was accompanied, though the

The Spectator

air was very warm, with heavy hail. In some few places the ground was white as with snow. And thence another mystery. Hail has its favourite narrow belts, as most countrymen...

Professor Salisbury is particularly interested in the causes of distribution,

The Spectator

the newer causes as well as the older. We know that the railway is a distributor of seed—has, for example, carried a hire wall senecio from Oxford to Win- chester. Professor...


The Spectator

The ingenious editor of the Tree Qoarterly has been holding an exhibition . of drawings of trees at the Fine Arts in New Bond Street. It is, I think, the first time I ever saw...


The Spectator

Have you ever seen a sheep on a postage stamp The more or less new centenary stump of the Falkland Islands "features," as they say, a length drawing of one of the most...


The Spectator

cannot escape from the subject of flower sanctuaries. The latest news comes from East Anglia. I suppose that among the - mhst peculiar districts in England is the so-called...

This year's acreage under sugar beet is the biggest ever

The Spectator

known in Britain ; and will probably be the biggest in history ; and where such disasters as the hail have not befallen it, the crops (as indeed almost all crops) look...

A Cucsoo's

The Spectator

• A young cuckoo in a robin's nest in my neighbourhood, Was fortunately hatched before the robins' own eggs which now litter the approaches. It is being fed with devotion by...

Page 16

Letters to the Editor

The Spectator

(Correspondents are requested to keep their letters as brief as is reasonably possible. The most suitable length is that of one of our News of the Week paragraphs.—Ed. Thu...


The Spectator

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sm,—I welcome the opportunity, afforded by Mr. Griffin's letter of June 16th, to amplify Lord Halsbury's statement that 40 tons of...

Page 17


The Spectator

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Advocates of a reduction in the " adverse " balance of merchandise trade between Great Britain and other countries will note with...


The Spectator

[To the Editor of Tun SPECTATOR.] Sm,—The storm raised by certain die-bards in England— including some who have eaten the salt of India !—against the introduction of...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] sig,—In the articles that

The Spectator

I have read on the subject of training bombers one important point seems to have been missed. In time of war an open town would have far more to fear from untrained bombers than...

SUMMER-TIME [To the Editor of Tax SeEcrvroa.]

The Spectator

Sut,—It seems that the Rev. H. Somers-Cocks and Mr. H. Williamson have both strongly objected to my paragraph on "Summer-time." I have no quarrel with the Rev. H. Somers-Cocks...


The Spectator

[To the Editor of Tan SPECTATOR.] Sm,—In the United States railway companies have been authorized to increase charges by 10 per cent. They have reduced wages by 10 per cent. A...

Page 18


The Spectator

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I am certain that the views of your correspondent " Clericus Audax " are shared by many of his brethren in the Church of England, both...


The Spectator

The case of the Scottsboro' boys must now be familiar to your readers. All who love justice will be anxious to subscribe to the defence fund, and they may have an opportunity of...


The Spectator

[To the Editor of Tan SPECTATOR.] Sin,—As The Naked Truth is an exposition of the bestial chn- ditions under which so many British people are allowed to live to-day, I do not...

Page 19

The Rise of Castlereagh'

The Spectator

BY E. L. WOODWARD THIS book is a full, well-informed, and most interesting account Of the life of Castlereagh . before 1802. At the beginning of this year Castlereagh had not...

Page 20

MR. E. F. BENSON'S literary activities are more than admir-

The Spectator

able, they are amazing, and his agile pen has perhaps never been more happily, or more usefully, employed than in drawing for us his " speaking " likeness of the Monarch who, in...

Prophecies of Norman Angell

The Spectator

FEW books of the present century have made more stir in the world than the work first issued as a pamphlet, by Sir Norman Angell, under the title, Europe's Optical Illusion, and...

Page 21

DmEcr subscribers who are changing their addresses are asked to

The Spectator

notify THE SPECTATOR office BEFORE MIDDAY on MONDAY OF EACH WEEK. The previous address to which the paper has been sent, and receipt reference nutnber should be voted.

Spacious Days

The Spectator

MR. WALDMAN has written an extremely valuable and inter- esting book. He begins with the accession of Queen Elizabeth and takes us down to the moment of climax when her fleet...

Page 22

New Country:

The Spectator

From Feathers to Iron - . By C. Day 'Lewis: (Hogarth Press. 38. fid.) . Mn. PAY LIKwis has published, three books of verse in the last four years, all with the HOgarth Press in...

Rome and Dr. Stopes

The Spectator

Roman Catholic Methods of Birth Control. By Marie Carmichael Stopes. (Peter Davies. 6s.) ROMAN CATHOLICS have been the most active opponents of Dr. Marie Stopes' work ; they...

Page 23

Sir Oliver and the Ether

The Spectator

My Philosophy. By Sir Oliver Lodge. (Benn. 21s.) TIIE ether is in danger. Oceain's deadly razor is at her throat. But at the last moment Sir Oliver comes riding to the rescue....

London Life

The Spectator

A London Year. By H. V. Morton. (Methuen. 6s.) WHEN a man has decided not to write historically of a great city, he seems to be faced at once with two main difficulties, either...

Page 24

Modem Religious Thought

The Spectator

A. Study of Religious Thought in England from 1850. By Clement C. 3; Webb. (Oxford University Press. 8s. 6d.) THE lectures which form the substance of this book were delivered...

Page 26

A Glastonbury Romance

The Spectator

A Glastonbury Romance. By John Cowper Powys. (Lane. 1.1/6_, I THINK Mr. Powys's novel so fine that I am sorry that it must offend so many people. Some of this offence is, I a n...

Page 28


The Spectator

BY GRAHAM GREENE Little Friend. By Ernst Lothar. (Seeker. 7s. 6d.) bEEILDHOOD is life under a dictatorship, a condition of perpetual ignominy, irresponsibility and injustice....

Page 30

OUT AND ABOUT • • By Archibald Marshall

The Spectator

We think ; of Mr. Archibald_ Marshall as the novelist who pictures' the placid life of the country and the humourist wh o tells -" simple stories." But Out and About : Random...

Current Literature

The Spectator

H. M. STANLEY By A. J. A. Symons The Victorian Age stands now for something which is the opposite of romantic. But Stanley -was a man of action in days when action could, be...

ANGLO-FRENCH RELATIONS, 1641 to 1649 By D. A. Bigby

The Spectator

It seems strange at first sight that France should have done little or nothing to help Charles I and his French consort against their rebellious subjects But, as Miss Bigby...

PARLIAMENT AND THE ARMY, 1642-1904 • By Lieut.-Colonel J. S.

The Spectator

Omond Before the Crimean War, the British Army was seldom popular and excited suspicion among the politicians. Such appears to be the lesson of Colonel J. S. Omond's...

BUCKLEBURY By Arthur L. Humphreys Some years ago Mr. Arthur

The Spectator

L. Humphreys produced a sub- stantial monograph on East Hendred, as an example of what a parish history should be. He has now done a similar service, on an even larger scale,...


The Spectator

Bovey Nearly a third of the population of Canada are of French descent and adhere firmly to their language, their faith and their. traditions. The high interest and importance...

Page 32

Traver ,

The Spectator

Travel in Sweden You may go all the way by sea from England to Gothenburg, or you may: Choose from a variety of routes across north Germany, which, once - the • continent has...

Page 34

Motoring How to Tour , in Comfort ONE would suppose that

The Spectator

everybody who owns a car today would as naturally and inevitably use it for touring as he does for the regular week-end outing and to increase the comforts and amenities of life...

Page 36

Finance—Public & Private

The Spectator

Devaluation IT is quite impossible at the moment ti? _know *hat will be the final policy - pursued - by this country and by the United States with regard to the possible...

Page 38


The Spectator

Something in the nature of a flight from currencies has also been occurring on the Continent, particularly- with regard to the Dutch guilder, which has been -heavily sold, and...

Financial Notes

The Spectator

UNCERTAIN MARKETS. THE general attitude of financial and business circles in this country to the developments of the Economic Conference has been well expressed during the past...

Page 40

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD No. 39 11130131i111013161 131153121M

The Spectator

13 IM II 31 El 13 13 MIZ113MOME3 01111111181315 IM 13 13 13 GI 13 11 13 tICIUM3 Old11101301M1313 LI : DDm M PI 123M131113 1110135111131 ri - OrA:U[10 13 U ilIMMIMAMI11313 iarii...

"The Spectator" Crossword No. 4

The Spectator

BY XANTHIPPE. [A prize of one guinea will be given to the sender of the fi re correct solution of this week's crossword puzzle to be opened . Envelopes should be marked "...