31 OCTOBER 1958

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—Portrait of the Week

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THE SUSPENSION of H-bomb tests must not, the Russians deCided, be only for a year—as the West wants; it must be for all time, or the Russians will decline to co-operate—though...


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"r must be clear to all, except the very stupid,' Lord Montgomery said last week, 'that if the United States had not sabotaged the Suez opera- tion . . the situation in the...

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IGERIA . . . has chosen to be independent on April 2, 1960. That decision is irrevo- cable. It is in fact, in the words of Chief Awolowo [Premier of the Western Region],...


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I T 18 satisfactory to see that there has been quite a spirited reaction, in the correspondence columns of The Times and elsewhere, to the news that the Egg Marketing Board has...


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The full alphabetical index of contents and contributors to Volume 200 of the 'Spectator' (January-June, 1958) is now available. Orders and remittance of 5s. per copy should be...

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By DARSIE GILLIE Paris THE rejection by the Algerian 'Government' in Cairo of General de Gaulle's offer of a safe-conduct to Paris for any rebel delegation that wished to...

Sultan of Lahej

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By ERSKINE HE looks remarkably young for his thirty-five years — almost boyishly handsome in his neat West- ern suit (he wears an im- pressive turban in public). He walks with...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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I DO NOT KNOW if many tele- viewers took the Queen's Speech literally, and thought that the Government's meas- ures and policy had her per- sonal approval and benedic- tion; but...

DR. DONALD Mel. JOHNSON, MP, has written for the Spectator

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on an odd variety of subjects, ranging from the deficiencies of mental health institutions to the sins of the State pubs in his constituency of Carlisle. His A Doctor in...

FOR CYNICAL EFFRONTERY, the leading article in the Daily Sketch

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following the Anzio air crash takes some beating. A member of the Sketch staff, a free-lance photographer, and a free-lance reporter (formerly a stringer for Confidential) were...

I AM IN FAVOUR of free speech even for monarchs

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and field-marshals. Suggestions that King George VI 'interfered' in politics by giving advice to Ministers (which they did not have to accept) seem to me as absurd as the idea...

TAPER is ill. He hopes to resume his articles shortly.

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I HAD KNOWN Willie Stone (who died on Sunday at

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well over 101) since he was a mere eighty-five Few men can ever have so thoroughly enjoyed so completely wasting such a long life. He came down from Cambridge in 1878 with a...

WHEN A FRIEND of mine became engaged to be married,

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and took his young woman along to make Willie's acquaintance, Willie—then about ninety-five or so—said on hearing her surnam e that there had been a boy of that name at h is...

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The Wolfenden Debate

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By RICHARD WOLLHEIM O N October 9 the Home Secretary announced the Government's intention to initiate some time in the near future a debate in the House on the subject of the...

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A Master of Life

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By CYRIL RAY H is fellow early-Victorian country gentlemen said of the squire of Hamsterley Hall (Justice of the Peace, militia major and High 1 Sheriff of the County Palatine...

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Anger in a Small Town

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By ROBERT HODGE A NGER at Alresford, Hampshire, is symptomatic of a growing resistance in rural areas against some of the operations of town and country plan- ning. The case of...

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Early Pasternak

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three poems translated by John Coleman How you begin. At two You tear from Nurse into the singing gloom, Cluck, chirp, twitter, tuwhoo. In the third year, words loom. How you...

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Star JAMES CAGNEY A props lorry pulled up, its exhaust fuming, and C agney shifted restlessly in his chair. 'Does that tarbon monoxide worry you?' he asked. 'It Worries me. I...


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The Early Life of Archie Rice BRIEN By ALAN Mister Venus. (Prince of Wales.) MR. FRANKIE HOWERD has the face of a rugby football which has lost its bounce. The prim mouth is...

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Scandinavian Light By ISABEL QUIGLY Wild Strawberries. (Academy.) FROM Sweden comes one of those quintessential - looking films, if I may put it so, that seem at once...

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Mu si c

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Casals at Home By TIM RAISON I DON'T care who you are,' said the indomitable late-middle-aged Englishwoman to the small crowd. `You can't come in. It was terrible yesterday,...

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Marking Time By A. V. COTON Fit , ry years from now theatre historians will hold decided views about our preoccupation, in the 1950s and 1960s, with reviving the three-act...

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Consuming Interest

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Channel Packet By LESLIE ADRIAN NEXT Monday the Newhaven: Dieppe packet closes down to passengers for the winter. And no wonder ! This British Trans- ( • cross-Channel service...

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A Doctor's Journal

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`My Wife Doesn't Understand Me' By MILES [IOWAN!) y HAVE long suspected that most men have a 'biological rhythm in their lives, just like women. The cycle may be shorter—say,...

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Dead and Gone

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By STRIX hE number of female human beings, includ- ing I infants, put to death privily by the German authorities during the Second World War is not ascertainable but exceeds, on...

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Letters to the Editor

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Air Bookin g s Michael Hubble John Bull's Schooldays Doris Davy, Public-school Boy Value for Money E. S. Turner Kensington Public Library Sir Edward Maufe, RA Bank Rate and...

THE .PAPACY AND POLITICS SIR,—Mr. Denis Mack Smith's article is

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marred by his omission to mention Pius XI's condemnation in about 1926 of Charles Maurras's ultra-Right-wing party. the Action Francoise. The ban lasted from then till the...

KENSINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY SIR,—Thc arguments put forward by Kenneth Robinson

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in his ramblings about design (Spectator , October 24) would have carried more weight if all the information 'dredged up' had been reliable. MaY I point out that I am not the...

JOHN BULL'S SCHOOLDAYS SIR,---Surely all your correspondents have over- looked

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one aspect of the `no sneaking' principle— the right of appeal to authority for protection against secret bullying? I remember my father telling me many ghastly stories of his...


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SIR,—Lcslie Adrian quotes, evidently with ap- proval, a statement by an official of either the AA or RAC: 'If you have a car and arc not a member of a motoring organisation,...

SIR,—I feel it my duty, as one still attending the

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school which Mr. S. A. N. Raven and Mr. D. A. J. Simpson left some time ago, to correct the con- flicting impressions of this famous public school left by their two reports....


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SIR, —There are no half-measures with confidence either it exists or it does not. The 7 per cent. Bank rate as such did not restore foreign confidence in sterling. It was the...

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in his somewhat hysterical outburst against my remarrying deserving divorced persons (Spectator, October 14), chooses to ignore the salient facts of the matter. The remarriage...

SIR,—Perhaps Strix would reveal where in Hong Kong he was

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lucky enough, or rich enough, to buy his 1949 braces. Certainly in 1958, unless you are willing to pay higher than West End prices for a mass-produced, imported article, they...

Mbe &ordain

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NOVEMBER 2, 1833 THE poor-rates at Malmesbury have been nearly done away with, by making small allotments of land to the poor : there is one farmer in the parish who saves 100...

SIR,—So Leslie Adrian 'would as soon be poisoned by the

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grocer'? This long overdue event is very likely to happen if all grocers arc allowed unrestricted sale of medicines, assuming, of course, that a bad egg doesn't get him first....


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SIR,—It was refreshing to read Mr. David Cairns's article on The Ring at Covent Garden. It has been obvious for some time that the majority of London music critics have no idea...

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The English Tripos By W. W. ROBSON *W iAT kind of course should a University allot to the study of English Literature?' demands Dr. Tillyard's* blurb-writer, in a state of...

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Bunny, Ed & Co.

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The Crossing of Antarctica. By Sir Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hillary. (Cassell, 30s.) HERE is the official story of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition which ended on...

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Old Lobengula

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Birth of a Dilemma. By Philip Mason. (Ins of Race Relations: O.U.P., 30s.) His Own Oppressor. By B. G. Paver. Davies, 25s.) LOBENGULA was a merry old soul. He en , oyed...

Artist and. Gentleman

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Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of an Artist. By Frederick J. Stopp. (Chapman and Hall, 21s.) EVER since Vile Bodies was confiscated from me when I was thirteen and a half, I have been...

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The Sirdar

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Kitchener: Portrait of an Imperialist. By Philip Magnus. (Murray, 30s.) '0 GOD of Battles, what does this mean? . . . He is not dead, we have lent him to God.' In these phrases,...

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Brian Inglis. (Hutchinson, 21s.) Revolution in Medicine. By TFIE medical

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profession is always ready—some think too ready—to adopt new techniques, new drugs, new types of treatment, provided they do not conflict with the current theory of disease....

He Died Old: Mithradates Eupator, Kin g of Pontus. By

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Alfred Duggan. (Faber, 18s. defeated in the East. Mr. Duggan's hero wa interminable Mithradates, always just about AMATEURS of Roman history will remembt :r an to be s the d...

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Cost of Living

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Afternoon of an Author, By F. Scott Fitzgerald, with an Introduction by Arthur Mizener. (The Bodley Head, 16s.) J. B. PRIESTLEY'S selection for thx first volume • (of two or...

Viking Tombs

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The Megalith Builders of Western Europe. By Glyn Daniel. (Hutchinson, I8s.) AN amiable tradition now seems established in the offices of the Spectator whereby Dr. Daniel and I...

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Back to the Mountain

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THE book that comes nearest to 'reviewers' man- datory' this week is A. E. Ellis's first novel, The Rack, set among the living and partly living in a TB sanatorium in the French...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT NONE of us, let us confess, thought that the Americans would pull out of their recession so quickly. Their industrial slump may have been confined to the...


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By CUSTOS IE Chancellor first came to the rescue of a 1 flagging bull market when he told the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in London last week that he would be very...

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riHARLES ROBERTS presents accounts for k,the. year ended March 31, 1958, which show that hire purchase now plays a very big part in the company's activities. In fact the amounts...


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ACROSS.-1 Ride the storm. 8 Turban- top. 9 Renew, 11 Oregon. 12 Brassica. 14 Pipe dreams. 16 Arch, 18 Ease. 19 Clino- meter. 21 Intrepid. 22 Flugel. 25 Sinai. 26 Gendarmes. 27...


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ACROSS 1 Will the whales never learn their lesson and leave? (6) 4 How the loriner measures his output (3, 2, 3) 10 What a funny neckerchief! (7) 11 Greet in a blameless manner...

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The usual prize of six guineas is offered for either

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the school song (in whole or part) or an extract front the school magazine of an expensive public school two years after it has been taken over by the State. Limit: 16 lines or...

Odd Men Out

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 452: Report by Russell Edwards . C ompelitors were asked to invent a dissident body fit to rival the Flat Earth Society, and to submit'a quotation...