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o the waving of old republican flags and the singing of the Old Hundredth and Het Vrye Volk, Johannes Gerhardus Strydom succeeded on Tuesday to the leadership of South Africa's...

Sober Fare

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The Queen's Speech was an unexciting but nourishing menu. There is also every reason for supposing that it gives the customer what he is most likely to be prepared to accept...

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Alger Hiss and Congress

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As the man who many Americans believe knows most, and who has so far told least, about Communist espionage in the United States, Alger Hiss is an obvious target for further...

Political Commentary

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THE celebration of Sir Winston Churchill's birthday has had its political importance. The pack which is always yelping at his heels is going to have a much harder task during...

What is Titoism?

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The 25-nation conference' which started out as Moscow's rocket against ratification has ended as a family gathering of the Soviet bloc. It is being used to cement Communist...

No Flags in Germany , r If last Sunday's elections in

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Hesse and Bavaria had told heavily against the Christian Democrat Party, Dr. Adenauer would still have been free to press in the Bundestag for ratification of the Paris...

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HETHER or not there is a religious revival going on in this country is a question which is very diffi- cult to answer, if only because it is impossible to, know exactly what it...

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Ruminations in the Fog

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The human race, though increasing almost hourly in wisdoal• culture and the ability to read and write, has ceased to crystallise its nous in proverbs. Gags and slogans,...

Post-Mortems on Bye-Elections

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Impious though this may sound, I would always—if I had to choose between listening to a gamekeeper and listening to a politician—choose the former. It is only recently that I...

`The Glorious Uncertainties of the Chase'

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The stove-heated crow's nest at the top of the control towel' was almost overpoweringly snug. From it you could see Oaf much of the bombing range was under water. You'll need !I...


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SECOND jury having disagreed on their verdict, a charge of obsceue libel against the publisher and the author of a novel is to be dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions....

had no cavalry and made few prisoners. The Americans called,

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the retreat " The Bladensburg Races." Captain McLean Company took possession of the President's house; h evidently expected a victory, he had at least 10,000 men the field and...

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More Skilled Management By GRAHAM HUTTON G OVERNMENT'S duty is to govern, and management's to manage. Unlike their comrades on the Continent, British and American trade...

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A School For Spastics

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By KINGSLEY AMIS E VERY so often, hurrying down to the tobacconist's or the paper-shop. I catch sight of an ambulance drawn up outside a building in our street. Somebody is...

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The Human Situation

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By KATHLEEN NOTT 'It is, obviously, becoming less and less possible to accept the human situation, which is so full of misery and tragedy.' Last week Stephen Toulmin looked at...

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City and Suburban

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I FEEL saddened today with the news of the death of George Robey. I saw him for the last time at the Hackney Empire more than a year ago. That vast palace of terracotta, with...

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ART Eighteenth-century European Masters. (Burlington House.) WHEN the eighteenth century began Velasquez had been dead for 40 years, Rembrandt for 31, Claude for 18. In...


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Simon and Laura. By Alan Melville. (Strand.) —An Evening with Beatrice Lillie. (Globe.) THERE is a type of joke, much in use in contemporary farce, which might be called the...

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The Sea Shall Not Have Them. (Gaumont.) —Women Without Hope. (Continentale.) The Cruel Sea sets a very high standard for those embarked on naval films, and if The Sea Shall Not...


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THE week has been instructive on the subject of comedians seen and heard. In particular, Bob Monkhouse, emerging firmly as a television star, occasioned excitement. His material...

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THE CENSORSHIP OF BOOKS Sia,--Sir Compton Mackenzie seems to have

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made the best reply possible to the comments on obscene literature which appeared in the Sunday School Chronicle recently, but un- fortunately he has done it by selective...


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SIR,--The article on 'Clean Air' by Dr. Somer- ville Hastings, MP, in your issue of November 19 is a welcome indication that our legislators arc alert to this very urgent...

Letters to the Editor

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THE HUMAN SITUATION SIR, —Mr. Coleman assumes that the lesson of the city-destroying Ijydrogen bomb is that there will be eventually a world-destroying bomb. This is irrational...


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Snt,—If Ex-Squadron-Leader will read my letter again, together with the passage in Mr. Anderson's article to which it referred, he will, I think, realise that I expressed no...


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STR,—A report entitled Pakistan's Problem' in your esteemed paper dated October 29 remarks: ' now the Constituent Assembly has been suspended. . . .' The correct position,...

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Country Life

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NOT long ago one of the locals fishing in the estuary for flounders found something weighty on his line. He began to haul in and discovered that he had hooked a salmon. Rumour...

Damning Self-Praise

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Nothing is more damning than self-praise which goes wrong: 'Yes, we're going to be married. He's been so patient, I feel he deserves his reward,' or ' In my household everyone...

A Flight of Doves The rock-dove is not exactly common

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or well-known, for it is selective in its haunts and breeding places. Certain coasts and cliffs have colonies of the birds, but in other places the rock-dove is unknown. Whether...

Chemical Wonders The young farmer spoke of the price of

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feeding hens and remarked that he had 500 birds on deep litter, a method he considered superior to others. His one trouble, he informed me, JAW been when the rat popula- tion...


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This week's prize is offered for a charm against the pains of indigestion after Christ- mas dinner, in not more than eight lines of English verse. The charm is to be pronounced...

Care of Potatoes

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Potatoes stored indoors sometimes go wrong, for one or two watery tubers quickly congeal by their weight into a foul pulp that takes in a good part of 'h barrel or a box. Damage...

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Compton Mackenzie

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0 N February 11, 1947, I drove forty miles south from Moulmein to the graveyard of Thanbyuzayat where about 4,000 British and Australian soldiers are buried. Here lie also about...

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Jouets, Cadeaux . . . By HONOR CROOME Paris L ESS than twenty shopping days to Christmas. . .. Here in Paris, one would never know it. .True, the toy depart- ments of the big...

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Piazza San Marco

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Here if you seek philosophies you find Your usual clearcut notions have been dulled. Your thoughts will bask among reflections and Cerebral-definitions will be filled. With...

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Recent Books on Religion: A Special Feature

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RELIGION AS PROBLEM By D. M. MACKINNON T first sight it may seem strange to group these three books* together. Miss Ward's is an earnest study of our present discontents;...

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ATew Theological Studies By J. N. D. KELLY Ir HOUGH different

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in theme and manner, these three studies* have a certain community of outlook which makes it instructive to review them together. All three tackle issues central to Christian...

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Church and State Through the Centuries

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By NORMAN SYKES L IB ‘ ERA Chiesa in Libero Stato. Such is the aphorism in which the maker of Italian unity summed up the ideal of statesmanship for the solution of the...

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The Confessions of St. Augustine

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l ite Young Augustine. By John J. O'Meara. (Longmans. 21s.) 'NNE are three remarkable works of introspection and self-revelation which go together in the reviewer's mind—the...

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Church History

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The Reformation in England. Vol. III: True Religion Now Establ By Philip Hughes. (Hollis & Carter. 42s.) Masters of the English Reformation. By Marcus L. Loane. (C Book Room...

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Thomist Studies

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THIRTY years ago, when the present reviewer first fell into casual acquaintance with Thomas Aquinas, what struck him was the saint's Manners. They were so free from religion. It...

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Dishonourable Pleasure By ANGUS WILSON T HE novels of Mrs. Amanda McKittrick Ros have probably given more dishonourable pleasure than any works in the English language. From the...

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Discipline and Self-Discipline

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Language as Gesture: Essays in the Craffand Elucidation of Modern Poetry. By R. P. Blackmur. (George Allen and Unwin. 25s.) MR. R. P. BLACKMUR is one of the most influential of...

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The Passport. By Steinberg. (Hamish Hamilton. 25s.) Now and then, in the history of graphic art, there springs from nowhere a new vision, a clear eye, a quirk-of-the-pen which...

London As It Was

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Original Views of London As It Is: Vol. I. By Thomas Shotter Boys. (Charles W. Traylen, Guildford. Two volumes 12 guineas, or 7 guineas each.) Tins modern re-issue emphasises...

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Collected Poems. By Frances Cornford. (Cresset Press. 10s. 6d.)

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FRANCES CORNEORH, whose poems are collected now for the first time, holds a small, but individual area of poetic territory somewhere half-way between Emily Dickin- son and the...

The Fundamentals of Singing. By Charles Kennedy Scott. (Cassell. 42s.)

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WITH the present position of singing in this country where practically every teacher has his own 'method' it would be too much to' hope that any single person would agree with...

Tills book is dedicated, in honour of his eight- 'v,,th

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birthday, to Dr. Leo Baeck the Rabbi P Berlin who, in the Hitler period, refused .,' leave Germany and voluntarily went with t he remnants of his flock to a concentration 1 1)....

Proverbs for Pleasure. By H. Pullar-Strecker, (Christopher Johnson. 21s.)

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AN odd and agreeable book, in which un- common proverbs are arranged under headings, each heading expressing a leading idea. It may thus be used as a work of reference, but will...


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A History of the London Missionary Society, 1895-1945. By Norman Goodall. (OUP. 42s.) Tins survey of the third half-century of the LMS continues Richard Lovett's earlier...

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Company Notes

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By CUSTOS DEALINGS for the fortnightly account on the Stock Exchange closed on Tuesday in an atmosphere of gloom engendered by the weakness in the gilt-edged market. There was...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT HAVING declared on November 5 that the Stock Exchange boom would flatten out 'from now on' I cannot pretend to have been astonished at the weakness of...

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ACROSS: 1 Calvin. 4. Glimpses. 9 Victim. 10 Warriors. 12. Roulette. 13 Angell. 15 Shorn. 16 Palindrome. 19 Past-master. 20 Bent. 23 Yellow. 25 Assailed, 27 Outlines. 28 Borrow....