3 APRIL 1953

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One Economic Straw

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From the whole Economic Survey for 1953 a single sentence, fiat in phraseology put potentially explosive in content, stands out. It comes very near 'the end of the Survey of...

NEWS OF THE WEEK - -IFIE nation, personified by the multitudes

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who filed past the coffin in Westminster Hall on Monday and Tuesday, has said farewell to Queen Mary. All that is mortal of her lies beside her husband in St. George's Chapel....

Mau Mau and the Kikuyu

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The massacre at Uplands emphasised with tragic force what has been true of the emergency in Kenya ever since it began— that the Africans are suffering far more than. the...

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M. Mayer's Way

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Having left Paris for Washington in a flurry of political troubles, M. Mayer has had to keep one eye on the French domestic scene while negotiating with President Eisenhower on...

The Longbridge Strike

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Having dismissed the' members of the National Union of Vehicle Builders who failed to turn up for work on Friday (a thousand and a half of them), the Austin management regards:...

Technique in Egypt

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If, in dealings with Egypt, deeds were all that mattered and words could be ignored, there would be no great cause for misgiving or alarm about the future. The patient and...

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A N OTHER Good Friday wears to its sunset. Another Easter morning dawns. It happens this year to fall in the first week of what the Rothans called Aprilis, the month of opening...

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And now the page that Janus has occupied for twenty

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years will know him no more. There are reasons for saying no more than simply Valedico. Parting, Juliet said, is such sweet sorrow. I deny the adjective and double-stress the...

Who's Who grows yearly in bulk, and in consequence obviously

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in value. That stands to reason, for there is greater bulk because' there are more entries, and the more entries there are the more useful the volume will be to those who haite...


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ET me not be misunderstood when I say I am very glad that Mr. Michael Blundell has gone back to Kenya. I am glad he has gone because he is so much needed there. No one who heard...

Boat Race predictions are notoriously `unreliable, but prophets have not

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often been quite as wide of the mark as they were last week. Cambridge won by eight lengths, and could no doubt have improved on that if there had been any reason to. The...

* * In the debate on the third reading of

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the Transport Bill in the House of Lords last week the Marquis of Salisbury, who was in charge of the Bill, suffered from (or benefited by) frequent interruptions from Lord...

The French Government's adoption of a special rate in. francs

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for tourists less than a week after Mr. Butler's announcement of the increase of the tourist allowance from £25 to £40 puts the British tourist in France in a relatively...

A week or two ago I commented with respect on

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the Dean of Canterbury's rather unexpected mechanical qualifications as an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. My authority was the entry under the Dean's...

" The public should never have been given the opportunity

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to know whether they wanted a Glasgow-Birmingham . luxury coach service, it was stated on behalf of British Railways at a Ministry of Transport appeal hearing in Glasgow...

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A Better Health Service

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By G. L: C. ELLISTON This is the winning entry in the third section—" A Better National Health Service "—of the " Spectator" competition for the best.articles on various health...

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Television Fame

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By MARGHANITA LASKI H ITHERTO, celebrity has been largely a matter of just deserts, and visual celebrity a matter of very great deserts gradually recognised. By the time a...

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Pilate's Prisoner

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By JOHN HILLS ( Headmaster of Bradfield ) S UNDAY by Sunday, year in and year out, English Church- goers are compelled to remember Pontius Pilate. " Under Pontius Pilate," we...

Boys in Coal-Mines

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By MICHAEL GEDGE* C OAL-MINING is a hard and dangerous trade, positively and negatively. Positively, because the conditions of ' darkness, dust heat, and lack of space put the...

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The Herb's Kitchen

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A seal of holiness descends Upon the kitchen floor,, Mrs. Bclaney and her friends Knit and discuss the war; Mrs. Belaney has a son— Had, I should say, perhaps— Who deeds of...

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The Hawk

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By N. M. ROBERTS " O.K. ? " came Dougie's voice from below. He looked down, and saw his face turned up so sharply that the pale oval seemed to be laid 'flat on his shoulders. "...


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After the beautiful and terrible climax, The cracks of rocks breaking in a frenzy Of protestation ; after the rending Of the temple's veil and dead saints walking ; After the...

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The Two Woods By R. J. EDEN (Christ Church, Oxford) T HE fir-wood which had stood by the house was felled and cleared away, leaving two bare ugly acres of tree- stumps and...

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THEATRE The Tragedy of King Richard III. By William Shakespeare. (Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.) The Tragedy of King Richard III. By William Shakespeare. (Memorial...

• L 'Enfant Prodigue. By Michel Carr& with music by

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Andre Wormser. (Arts.) THANKS the general level of-dramatic prose in the West End, this celebrated little play without words comes as a welcome relief as much as a pleasant...


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Les Belles, de Nuit. (Rialto.)7----The Young Chopin. (Berkeley.) M. 104 CLAIR 'S Les Belles de Null, which was shown at the French film festival a few weeks ago, has returned to...


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Jose lturbi. I FIRST heard Jose Iturbi almost a quarter of a century ago, in the winter of 1928 7 -29. He gave a concert ate ither the Grotrian or the Aeolian Hall on the day...

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And where you love, you cannot break away

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"Nothing can ever be the same again After this interchange of me and you," Lovers assert with all their might and main, Convinced that as their hearts are now fire-new Through...


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Alphonse Quizet ; William Gear ; Robert Adams. A CERTAIN romance attaches to the exhibition of paintings by Alphonse Quizet at the Redfern Gallery, for this sixty-eight-year-old...

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Sporting Aspects

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Grand National By J. P. W. IVIALLALlEU HE East Lancashire road is fairly straight, almost flat, yet full of surprise. I think of Lancashire mainly as a series of blackened,...

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Appropriate coats-of-arms and mottoes were demanded for• various imaginary bodies.

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The names of the imagined societies for which grants-of-arms were requested were chosen to give a wide degree of incongruity and improbability. Competitors were expected (vide...

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Set by Mervyn Horder Olympians at Wembley. Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Apollo and Mercury . are invited down to watch the Rugby League Cup Final as guests of the Govermnent. The...

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The Canadian Dilemma

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Sup, I am reluctant to impose once again on the hospitality of your columns. but the letter from Miss Edythe M. Smart (March 13th) contains a number of statements which can...

Freeing Trade

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Sta,r—Congratulations on your editorial entitled The Washington Opportunity, in your issue of Friday. March 6th. As one•whose busi- ness it is, to keep in touch with American...


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The Longbridge. Strike SIR,—it is very doubtful whether the issue at Austin's is the acceptance of the principle of privileged treatment for shop-stewards. The management...

Income Tax

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SIR,—The interesting letter about income tax, written in 1853 and re- printed in last week's Spectator, could ,hardly have appeared at a more opportune moment, The fantastic...

Central African Federation

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Sut,—I would like to congratulate your paper on a masterly piece of understatement in the article on the Federation vote in last week's issue. You say that the thesis (of the...

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Se Faire Casser

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SIR,—While grateful to Mr. Christopher Sykes for his able and sym- pathetic notice of my translation of Vigny's Servitude et Grandeur Militaires. I cannot agree' that in...

Dean Farrar

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Sta.—The article by Canon Charles Smyth revives memories of an eminent preacher who had a very large following at the end of the last century, but in the article mentioned there...

Book Clubs

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SIR,—Perhaps Daniel fortified himself by picking a bone with the lions. May I counter Mr, Faber ? You can do a lot with money; you can do a lot with figures—to support your...

The Polygon

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Sia,--Your correspondent enquiring as to the existence of the .Polygon will easily find it if he walks from St. Pancras Church towards Camden Town. Though much altered from...

1 he Bounds of Criticism

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Sia,-1 cannot help thinking that a great many people will have been shocked by the virulence of the review by C. Vulliamy of G. B. Stern's new book, A Name to Conjure With, in...

Queen Mary's Grand-daughters

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SIR,—In your excellent leading article, A Very Gallant Lady, reference is made to Queen Mary's two grand-daughters. In fairness to Princess Alexandra of Kent, may I be permitted...

Justice for Judges

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Snt,—Though much has been written about increasing the salaries of High Court judges, not a few points have been overlooked. Will you grant me the space to mention two May the...

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Alcoholics Anonymous

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SIR,—I refer to the Spectator Competition No. 161 appearing on page 309 in your issue of the Spectator, dated March 13th, 1953. In this competition the following words are...


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It is likely that soon farmers will be able to deal with straying dogs as they should fiave been dealt with a long time ago. People who genuinely care for their dogs are at...

4 A Matter of Taste An old man 1 met once

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told me how he used to have sparrow-pie regularly. He lived in a cottage much frequented by birds, and he would stop up the eaves after dark and go into the loft to catch his...

Cloche Cultivation

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With the price of a heartless lettuce as much as nincpcnce at the moment, I am surprised that the average gardener doesn't go in for cloche cultivation much more than he does,...


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Ir used to be the custom of the boys and girls of the little village on the other side of the hill to go out at Easter and spend a day burning gorse, drinking lemonade- from...

The Bantam

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The little man who came so light-footedly on to the bus was a horseman. He had a flower in his buttonhole. His leggings were polished to reflect the sun. He was old-fashioned in...

Sir William Nicholson

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SIR,—I am now trying to complete the catalogue raisonne of the paintings of the late Sir William Nicholson, upon which I have been working for some time. If any of your readers...

" tr.:be spectator, April 2itb, 1853

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Tiir great Cab question is again before the public, much I in the old form. On one side the charges of extortion and insolence are predicted of'the whole race of " drivers," and...

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Captor and Captive

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AT first sight this book looks like just another story of escape in war- time. The dust-cover seems designed to suggest as much, and very effective it is. So do the end-papers,...


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Blake and Yeats THE new volume published for the Blake Trust contains a facsimile of the "Rinder" copy, which was etched in black ink, and also a frontispiece in colour (black...

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Post-war and Pre-war

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MR. BUTLER'S massive volume of nearly 1,300 pages, together with seven excellent maps, deals first with the tortuous negotiations concerning the settlement in the Adriatic, the...

Shelley. at Lerici

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Shelley : The Last Phase. By Ivan Roe. Illustrated. (Hutchinson. 18s.) THE last sixty-nine days in the life of Shelley, which form the central area in Mr. Roe's book although he...

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Hollywood Victims

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Picture. By Lillian Ross. (Gollancz. 16s.) THE average American cinema trades in pictures made by the big film factories for the average patron, the adolescent. It seems quite...

Lord Salisbury

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Salisbury-1830-1903. By A. L. Kennedy. (John Murray. 25s.) A YOUNG man once consulted Lord Salisbury about a career. He said that he wanted to choose a pfofession in which he...

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Unacknowledged Legislators

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IN politics, as in other things, the typical Romantic attitude is Rousseau's : anarchism when young, itatisme, stern though soulful, when not so young. The political views of...

In next week's ."Spectator” V. Sackvillc-West will review " The Echoing

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Grove " by Rosamund Lehmann ; J. M. Cohen " Carlyle : An Anthology '•' by G. M. Trevelyan ; and H. S. Anima' "The Book al Cricket Verse," edited by Gerald Brodribb.

A Bumper of Detective Books

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SUCH a bumper month for detection and thrillers we haven't known in years. Some are, of course, better than others, but every single book mentioned here is, in its own way,...

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Power and the State

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Power. By Bertrand de Jouvenel. Translated by J. F. Huntington. (Batchworth Press. 25s.) POLITICAL theorists have often been justly criticised for their pre- occupation...


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The Present and the Past. By L Compton-Burnett, (Gollancz. 12s. 6d.) The Groves of Academe. By Mary McCarthy. (Heinemann. 12s. 6d.) THESE three novels are all in various ways...

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By CUSTOS I HAVE long thought it possible that the Iron Curtain countries would launch a genuine peace offensive just when America was reaching the peak of expenditure on...

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IA Rook Token for one guinea will be awarded to the semkr of the first correct Mallon opened after noon on Tuesday week, April 14th, addressed Crossword, 99 Gorier Street,...

Solution to Crossword No. 722 Solution on April 17 The

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winner of Crossword No. 722 is: B. T. SOU HOY, Esq., 56, Brad- bourne Road, Sevenoaks, Kent.