31 JULY 1953

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: On Adlai Stevenson PAUL BAREAU East-West Trade BERNARD DARWIN: A Cambridge Childhood

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Negotiating on Germany

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The Russians are taking their time about replying to the Western invitation to a Foreign Ministers' meeting on Germany —presumably for the same reason that President Eisenhower...


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One question, then, has been partially answered by Mr. Eden's return, but it is immediately swallowed up by the bigger one of the Prime Minister's health. It is on this that...


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No. 6527 FRIDAY, JULY 31, 1953 PRICE 7d. ,

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Kenya and the Western Way of Life

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General Erskine's recent operations against Mau Mau have been successful, but the rebels are still active. In that sad conflagration the flames are stamped out at one point only...

Unfinished Business at Pankow

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The East German Communist rdgime has been in so much trouble lately that disgrace had to fall on somebody. Max Fechner, Minister of Justice, a former Social Democrat and one of...

• Italy Fumes and Waits

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Our Rome Correspondent writes: The failure of Signor De Gasperi to hold his short-lived Cabinet together only serves to underline the essential hope- lessness of his position....

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Safety First

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The Minister of Transport did not exaggerate when he announced on Tuesday during the debate on road safety that the time has come for a revolutionary approach. During the first...

One of those vicious, circles which raise doubt whether any

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political problem can ever be solved now encloses the future of Indo-China. Unless it can be broken, the minor but brilliant offensive now being launched by loyalist...

T HE signing of the Korean armistice agreement after three years

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of fighting was reported to Parliament on Monday. "I know,' said Mr. Selwyn Lloyd, "that this news will be received with heartfelt thanks in all quarters of the House." So it...

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T HE United Nations troops who threw their hats in the air at the news of the signing of the armistice in Korea had a clearer view of the situation than anybody else in the...

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A LTHOUGH theoretically there is such a thing as Total War, in which sll the citizens of all the belligerents are exposed to roughly equal dangers and sacrifices, you have only...

By-product .A let-the-dog-see-the-rabbit philosophy influences my own attitude both to

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the vexed question of commercial" television and to most of the problems which beset the human race. Whether the bishops, and the vice-chancellors ot Universities, Who...

All Rounders The list of extraneous duties which a committee,

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after study- ing the subject for three years, has now recommended that the police should be relieved of is long and varied. The supervision of sheep-dipping, the washing of...

Durance Vile The train was not full and it was,

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I suppose, fairly lucky for the lady that her predicament was discovered half an hour before we reached the terminus. She had gone to the toilet in a third-class carriage, the...

Yo Ho Ho !

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What immortal longings, what deep cultural hunger, what upsurge of pride in our maritime tradition, what wild hope impelled one of my compatriots to paint in foot-high letters...

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The Federal EleCtions

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By ERNST FMEDLAENDER Hamburg * Ernst Friedlaender, a well-known broadcaster and former editor 4116 "Die Zeit" writes regularly for the " Spectator " from Germany. T HE second...

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From Heresy and Schism

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BY THOMAS HODGKIN HERE is a hymn, much sung in the National Church of Nigeria and the Cameroons, which begins : "Trumpets of freedom sound in Africa, Everywhere there must be...

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East-West Trade

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By PAULBAREAU T HE problem of trade between Great Britain and the Communist countries can be relied upon to become more acate in the months to come. This will be due in the...

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A Jam of Wasps

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A MODEST Italian engineer, whose name—D'Ascanio_ means nothing to the motor-scooterist in the Italian street, has caused a social revolution by creating the post-war...

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Limited Achievement

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(Piranesi, Careen, Plate VI) Seeing his stale vocabulary build The same decor—observe this" gloomy vault "— We tire of this good fellow, highly skilled No doubt, but...

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Bedmakers By T. G. KIRKBIUDE (Magdalene College, Cambridge) I N the morning as I lie in bed I can see out of the corner of my eye the garden reflected in my dressing-table...

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ART Australian Painting. THE painting of young countries often shows certain similarities. It is always romantic, never classic. It is naïve, untutored, journeyman stuff at...


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Dangerous Crossing. Powder River. (Leicester Square.) Dangerous Crossing is a version of the famous story in which a young wife, on returning to her hotel bedroom, discovers...


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American National Ballet Theatre. (Covent Garden.)—Festival Ballet. (Royal Festival Hall.) I ALWAYS look forward immensely to the visits of America's Ballet Theatre, but up to...

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THE first night of the Proms. was televised, which meant for the Albert Hall audience a lot of very bright lights, which noticeably raised the temperature of the hall, and the...


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Tobias and the Angel. By James Bridie. (Arts.) THE little Arts Theatre, to which the London playgoer in search of intelligent diversion owes a great deal, has been off-colour...

Lili. (Empire.)—Call Me Madam. (Gaumont.)—Anything Can Happen. (Carlton.)

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A HOLLYWOOD story of a timid, lonely orphan who attaches herself to a French travelling carnival, falls hopelessly in love with the dashing conjuror and is befriended by the toy...

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Fish for Breakfast.

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I am fond of fish and particularly I enjoy eating fish of my own catching. These are usually trout, perch and pike. Trout must be done in butter, covered with greaseproof paper...


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Once in a meadow, under a strong sun I played, high on the slope of buttercups; Unarmed sentinel, waiting to give word When enemy horsemen rounded the wood, And then, fierce...

The Potting Shed.

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A potting shed is a place of great interest to me and the one at the cottage is an old one, full of things put on one side by gardeners who have gone. Under the slates and along...


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THE quarry floor is almost overgrown with fine grass and the place Is a suntrap with the rock walls becoming hot in the afternoon. I sat there watching men `working in the...

The Man with Expensive Tastes. By Edward Percy and Lilian

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Denham. (Vaudeville.) WHEN a lesser amateur society puts on a play of merit and fails, criticism is moderated by the artistic integrity of the attempt. But when the theatrical...

Marsh at Dusk.

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Night was coming down over the marsh. Three or four gulls passed silently above me and far away a bird rose by a clump of dead trees and perched on a branch of one of them, so...

Black Currants.

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Black currants have cropped well in this district but our own crop was small because the rather old bushes were too ruthlessly pruned last summer. Correct pruning is the removal...

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Report by D. R. Peddy The usual prize was offered for an extract from a love scene in a play set against the background of one of the following : the United Nations...


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Set by Edward Blishen An anthology of cricket verse has recently been published. But why should all the songs be sung of outdoor games and the humbler thrills of the parlour be...

The 6pertator, lutp 30t, 1853

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TURKEY.—The Sublime Porte has protested against the Russian occupa- tion of Moldavia and Wallachia, in a very able state paper, issued on the 14th July from the Foreign Office...

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Sporting Aspects

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A Cambridge Childhood By BERNARD DARWIN I HAVE deliberately stolen the second title of my cousin Gwen Raverat's enchanting book, Period Piece, which everyone has been reading....

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Sut,—The two articles on this subject interested me greatly, sincerely

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written as they obviously were, yet, as in a Test Match, the first to bat had a decided advantage, with the result that the reply became almost an apologia. Perhaps it was...

Norman Douglas

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SIR,—In Miss Sylva Norman's most friendly review of my book, Norman Douglas: A Pictorial Record, she comments on the fact that I give Norman Douglas's birthplace as Austria,...

SIR,—Mr. Angus Maude condemns the destruction of the public and

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preparatory sehools—" something of great value which could never be .replaced "—as an act of folly; yet he appears to regard their demise, through . economic causes, with...

Sus,—Although one may state a case for uniformity in educational

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facilities, where do the Labour Party suggest that uniformity should stop ? What effect do they think the measures they suggest will have qn the ambitious, the more gifted and...

Competitive Television

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SIR,—Mr. Gilbert Longden's reference to the advertising profession's code of ethics for users of competitive television, particularly stringent where children's programmes are...


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Privilege in Education SIR;—This letter comes from someone who was expensively educated and did not like it. Privileged adolescents get better physical accom- modation for...

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SIR, — No one' with any interest in Comparative Religion would minimise the very great contribution made by the teaching of Gautama, the Buddha. One of the first steps in that...

The Way of Michael Scott

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SIR,—! am, I fear, rather late in Writing to reply to C. J. Alport's letter on the Way of Michael Scott, which appeared in your issue of June 19th. Nevertheless I should not...

Star—The Secretary of the United Central Africa Association in his

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letter in your last issue states that both political parties in England • are pledged to reject the policy of self-government for the Africans. If this means a policy which...

Sin,--I am neither theologian nor politician, but I have for

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some time both felt deeply and read fairly extensively on this subject, and I cannot help feeling that Mr. Lane Poole's letter may be dangerously misleading. He ignores...

The Press Council

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Sitt,—Re your comments on the Press Council and the Daily Mirror, you will have noticed that the Daily Mirror did have something to say, on Thursday. One of its remarks was :...

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The Company of Commonwealth Venturers

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SIR,—Men and women throughout Britain and the Commonwealth are stirring to the powerful vision of a New Elizabethan Age. Her Majesty the Queen, in her address to Ex-Servicemen...

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Books of the Week

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The New Machiavelli By JENNY NASMYTH T HE trouble with the Western democracies is that they are truly democratic. The people choose their rulers; and because the rulers have to...

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The Mind of Coleridge

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Coleridge. The Clark Lectures, 1951-52. By Humphry House. (Rupert Hart-Davis. 8s. 6d.) IT is difficult to form a comprehensive view of Coleridge. If we can mentally reconcile...

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Enduring France

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French Politics: the First Years of the Fourth Republic, By Dorothy Pickles. (Royal Institute of International Affairs. 25s.) Introduction to French Local Government. By Brian...


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A REVIEWER should admit at least some of his limitations or conditions. I am attempting to discuss two books both dealing with the monastic life and I am not a Roman Catholic....

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Sufrolks in Selangor

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THIS is an honest, graphic, illuminating account of active service in Malaya. The author, a regular soldier, commanded a company in the 1st Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment ; I...

Local Monstrosities

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TFIE basking sharks of Britain are monstrous fish. They are mon- strous in the sense that competent biologists have observed specimens up to thirty feet in length, and they are...

All Gaul

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Roman Gaul. By Olwen Brogan. (Bell. 21s.) ThE first Roman colony outside Italy was established at Narbonne in 118 B.C. and by the beginning of our era the ruthless military...

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Scottish Bards and English Romantics

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So Late Into the Night. Fifty Lyrics by Sydney Goodsir Smith. (Peter Russell. 8s. 6d.) " MODERN poetry," remarked Coleridge, " is characterised by the poet's anxiety to be...

A Crisis at the Admiralty

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The Navy in the War of William III, 1689-1697. BY John Ehrman. (Cambridge University PreSs. 63s.) The Navy in the War of William III, 1689-1697. BY John Ehrman. (Cambridge...

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New Novels

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Mr. Twining and the God Pan. By Timothy Angus Jones. (James Barrie. 12s. 6d.) THE Innocent Abroad is the Bedser of the English novel. His two most recent performances make it...

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By CUSTOS THE signing of the truce in Korea has hardly been a factor in stock markets this week. Commodity prices have already fallen so far in anticipation of a spell of real...

Shorter Notice

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Spain Resurgent. By Sir Robert Hodgson. (Hutchinson. 21s.) THIS book, although it is the story of General Franco's coup d'etat in 1936 and his assump- tion of total power, is,...

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