30 OCTOBER 1953

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The Strikes: Plot or Counterplot

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DINGLE FOOT: Hanged—and Innocent? BERNARD FERGUSSON: Embarrassment in Dalmatia JOYCE GRENFELL: A Nice Read BERNARD DARWIN: The Sounds of Games J. D. SCOTT: Emotion Recollected

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T HE Trieste cauldron is still simmering, though nothing decisive has happened to make matters better or worse. Mr. Dulles and Mr. Eden have come out for the holding of a...

While Rome Burns

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Our Rome Correspondent writes: It will be a tragedy for Italy and the Western world if Pella falls on the marginal problem of Trieste. For Trieste is the least substantial of...


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No. 6540 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1953 PRICE 7d.

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Victory for Moderation

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The suspension of two members of the Convention People's Party by Dr. Nkrumah, the Gold Coast Prime Minister, is a victory for moderation in a field where such victories are...

The Oil-Dark Sea

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Following on the report in July of the Minister of Trans- port's committee on oil pollution of the sea, an international conference held in London has this week also attacked...

An Interview with Dr. Jagan Our reporter writes:— The room

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was an ordinary English sitting-room, but the damp South London street outside and the half-light filtering in through the October mist made it seem sombre. The...

Social Lepers or Sick Men?

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Homosexuality is probably a great deal commoner than most people in this country recognise. It is a subject usually treated with great reserve. But in a number of recent cases...

Talking Korea

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The negotiations between Mr. Dean, the special American envoy in Panmunjom, and the Communists to arrange a political conference on Korea have started. That in itself is good....

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GATT Goes On

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The eighth session of GATT ended at Geneva last week leaving some of its problems solved and most of them post- poned. The thirty-three Contracting Parties agreed to extend...


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• -* As was to be expected at the tail-end of a session, tension has relaxed. The debate on Trieste, for example, which engaged the House of Commons on Wednesday, and was the...

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B ETWEEN the smoke and the fire of the rumour that America may reduce its ground troops in Europe no one in London, or probably on this side of the Atlantic, is able to...

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Sapiens was the Name

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When I read, that Londoners are being urged by a group of doctors to dim masks this winter, to protect their noses and throats against Smog, a vision began to form in my mind of...

The Moon and Twopence

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Other attractions included messages of encouragement from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Mr. Gift Potter and the Rugby Portland Cement Company; the offer to readers of two seats...

Unfair to Philistines ?

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In a way I sympathise with the gentleman who—on the very day, by a happy coincidence, that the State acquired a fine -Cdzanne—sturdily wrote in a letter to The Times: " I am...

Focus on Choughs

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I will send a brace of pheasants to the reader who produces the most convincing explanation of what bird or birds Shakespeare had in his mind's eye when he wrote (A Mid- summer...

A shrewd observer, just back from the last of 'several

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visits to Kenya, confessed himself unable to explain Mau Mau save in imponderable terms. His first contacts with the Nazi move- ment in 1934 had, he said, given him the same...


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cc S I dtove back to London, my head was literally buzzing," wrote the Marquess of Donegall after interviewing Lord Burghley for the first issue of the Recorder. I found myself...

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The North African Problem in France

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By JACQUES HEBERT Paris. S TRANGE though it may seem, there is no North African quarter in Paris, although small North African enclaves exist all over town : in Boulogne...


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OCTOBER 29th, 1853 SPAIN. - It is stated that the people of Madrid are showing symptoms of indignation at the Court. Od the 18th, the Queen went latelo the opera, and the...

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Plot or Counterplot

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By AN INDUSTRIAL CORRESPONDENT R. BERT SLACK, the headlines suggested, was " The man behind it all." Mr. Bert Slack, once a member of the executive of the Transport and General...

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Embarrassment in Dalmatia

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By BERNARD FERGUSSON T HE hotel was primitive. The bathroom, for instance, was piled from floor to ceiling with furniture and junk, from beneath which peeped a grey and dusty...

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Men With Kites

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By ROBERT ROBINSON I THINK stillness is the remarkable thing. Since people started going at 750 miles per hour I have begun to notice the calico-sleeved porters who weed little...

Love in Hunger

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She feeds the starveling love, with hands More naked than the body of another girl, Asking no questions, making no demands, Assured in time of absolute control. She is big...

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THEATRE King Lear. By William Shakespeare. (King's Theatre, Hammersmith.) FOUR years ago one of our foremost critics, Mr. T. C. Worsley, went for the first time to watch Mr....


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Braziliana. (Stoll.) THE presentation on the stage of " the manifestation of authentic Folk Lore" which—the programme states—is the aim of 131aziliana, is an extraordinarily...


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Rob Roy. (Odeon.) The Sun Shines Bright. (Academy.) The Conquest of Everest. (Warner.) WALT DISNEY'S Rob Roy, the film chosen for the Royal Command performance, is an...

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Two pianists have provided the outstanding performances of the last week, the one an established and the other a potential master. Clifford Curzon . had already won golden...


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Rome, October ITALIAN audiences, as novelists never tire of telling us, • are not at all inhibited by the sumptuous formality of play-going : and even in the Curzon-street...

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A Book on Fungi

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The Publications Department of the Minis- try of Agriculture and Fisheries has kindly sent me Bulletin No. 43, a book on Edible and Poisonous Fungi which is illustrated by Miss...

Country Life WHEN I was a child I used to

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wonder what word Mary used when she went to call the cattle home across the sands of Dee. Our own cows were encouraged to come up out of the pasture by shouting—as far as I...

Autumn Digging

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A digging programme is essential in a well- planned garden, and the man who turns over as much as he can in autumn finds his work easier in the spring. Wet and heavy soil is...

Potato Storing

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Potatoes have been a good crop in the kitchen garden where a good area of neglected ground needed cleaning and breaking up. Of the three varieties planted, Arran Banner has...

Cuckoo I Cuckoo !

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The usual prizes were offered for the best eight-line poems entitled : " A Bedouin Birdwatcher on Seeing the First Cuckoo in Autumn." writes Mrs. V. R. Ormerod. " Having met...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 194 Set by Joyce Johnson

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Competitors are asked to name and des- cribe the five or six contents of a Political or Literary Box of Fireworks. Instructions may also be given, if desired. Limit 150 words....

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SIR, — In last week's issue, your paragraph on British Guiana seems to throw some doubt on conditions there and accordingly I think I cannot do better than send you extracts of...


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SIR. — In her very interesting article in the Spectator of October 23rd, Miss Cartwright points out that a mathematical specialist realises as no one else can that one broken...


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SIR, — May I point out an error which appeared in Strix's column of your October 16th issue, concerning the new hotel now being built in Bond Street ? The American company...

Letters to the editor

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RENTS SIR, — In your leading article last week, you say, re Rent Control, " However subtle the measure to increase rents, however elaborate the checks to ensure that nobody...


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SIR, — Being only a quarter English, I look upon the English almost as foreigners. Seen from this point of view Englishmen present curious paradoxes and anomalies. One Of the...


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SIR, - 1 am gathering material for a study on the popularisation of science in Britain. I am particularly interested in the forms in which the new developments in science were...

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A Nice Read

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By JOYCE GRENFELL GG OARSE jolly woman learning to read wants letters from men.' This heart cry appeared in an American weekly review a few years ago and was pounced on by...

The Sounds of Games

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By BERNARD DARWIN O some people scents can bring back memories most vividly; for others sounds are the more characteristic and the more touching. Everyone who had a country...

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"tai, Gai, L'Ecolier "

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By C. STRICKLAND (Downing College, Cambridge) I EXPLAINED to Francois and Marcelle as we sat on the lawn by the Pepys Library that, although most of the people around us were...

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Emotion Recollected By J. D. SCOTT I N the year 1888 Emily Lytton, then aged thirteen, entered into a correspondence with the Rev. Whitworth Elwin, then aged seventy-two. The...

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Chances of Error

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Hanged—and Innocent ? By R. T. Paget, Q.C., M.P., and Sydney Silverman, M.P., with epilogue by Christopher Hollis, M.P. (Gollancz. 12s. 6d.) THIS book, in which Messrs. PaR s t...

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The Great Game

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Clubland Heroes. By Richard Usborne. (Constable. 15s.) WALK into certain well-known clubs in London, so the legend goes, and you will find half-a-dozen lean brown men with a...

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Barmkin and Bartizan

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Scottish Castles of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. By Oliver Hill. (Country Life. 6 gns.) R. Ouvsa Hin,las of course skilfully picked his sixty castles that e pictures...

More Max

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A Variety of Things. By Max Beerbohm, (Heinemann. 15s.) THIS would probably not be a good choice to put into the hands of someone hitherto unacquainted with the writings of Max...

Commonwealth Documents

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THE " principle of decentralisation," acclaimed by Smuts in November, 1943, and by many other statesmen before that, means among other things a dispersal of documents. Whereas a...

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New Novels

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Moscow. By Theodor Plievier. Translated from the German by Stuart Hood. (Muller. 12s. 6d.) The Image and the Search. By Walter Baxter. (Heinemann. 12s. 6d.) HERR THEODOR...

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Principia Politica. By Leonard Woolf. (Hogarth Press. 25s.) Principia Politica

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is described as a continua- tion of the first two volumes of After the Deluge, which have been re-issued, at 21s. and 15s . respectively, in a format uniform with the present...


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THE MONTH'S REPRINTS Amu thirteen years' absence, the second edition of Dr. R. M. Jackson's The Machinery of Justice in England (Cambridge, 30s.) is a valuable reappearance, and...

THE latest volume of the Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia is entitled

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Great Lives, and is a universal dictionary of biography addressed to younger readers. It is accurate and interesting ; and, except in a few particulars, perhaps as balanced as...

Sir Christopher Wren. By John Summerson. (Collins. Brief Lives. 8s.

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6d.) "MY surprise is equal to my concern," wrote Sir Christopher Wren, when, at the age of eighty-six, he was dismissed from his post of Surveyor of Works. His name is probably...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT WHEN Canadian banks raise their dividends \ not an eyebrow is raised. But when one of lour " big five " joint stock banks distributes more to its...

Company Notes

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By CUSTOS STANDARD BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA. This Bank raised its dividends for the year ended March 31st, 1953, from 10 per cent. to 11 per cent. out of earnings of 22 per cent. In...

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