3 JULY 1953

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A Abercrombie, P. B., A Lease of Life, 90 (R) Abergavenny, 3 (N) Abse, Dannie, TValking Under Water, 136 R Aitor ) 's Ways and Means, The, Michael Redgrave, 546 (R) Actress,...

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Germany on the Agenda

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It is arguable that West Germany too should send repre- sentatives to Washington. At all events, Mr. Dulles has now admitted that the possibility of a diplomatic move on German...


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W ASHINGTON is as relieved that the Bermuda meeting is postponed as it is distressed at Sir Winston Churchill's illness. It was convinced that the Vanguard was carrying the...


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No. 6523 FRIDAY, JULY 3, 1953 PRICE 7d.

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Waiting for Mr. Rhee

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Mr. Walter Robertson and President Syngman Rhee are, at the time of writing, still talking. Mr. Rhee threatened to withdraw his forces from the United Nations command. Then,...

Perpetual Crisis

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The . coal industry is like a weak man on a slippery slope who takes one step up and slides down two. Any hint of improvement is only too quickly followed by news of...

TV and the Archbishops

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When the Anglican archbishops raise their influential voices in praise of the B.B.C.' and in condemnation of sponsored television, and argue as though the co-existence of public...

Eminence Grise

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At first sight, M. Laniel's success looks like one more proof that France does not like being governed. By 84 surplus votes, the Assembly embraced the ex-Minister of Posts as...

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The Town That Would Not Have a Pageant

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When dignity takes it into its head that dignity has been offended, and remonstrates, the laugh is far more likely to be on dignity than on the offehder. If a small boy with a...


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p ARLIAMENT has already adjusted itself superficially to the fact of Sir Winston Churchill's absence. The announcement from Downing Street last week-end 'that he had been...

The Scrag End

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Mr. Lloyd-George would not seem to have been particularly resourceful—or, for that matter, faithful to his Party's profes- sions—in his remedy for the temporary glut of...

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T HE gap left by the departure of the Prime Minister for several weeks' rest in the country is, for the most part, obvious to all. The nation has temporarily lost the full...

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The Latest in Bottlenecks About nine months ago the War

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Office initiated a splendid economy measure in the shape of an order, applying to the Territorial as well as the Regular Army, and decreeing that nobody in a unit was to make a...

Immortal Nuances " From now on we shall be able

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to stand on each other's shoulders," said the distinguished actor. He had been to see a demonstration of the latest type of panoramic film projected on to a curved screen, and...

Tranche de Vie They had every appearance of respectability, and

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they walked into the place with a firm, confident tread. But each, when he reached the counter, fished out of his pocket a small, flat package, and as he did so a touch of...


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I WAS glad to see that Mr. Philpot, a young radiator welder, won the action /in which he sought reinstatement . in the Birmingham and Midland Sheet Metal Workers' Society. Sir...

A New Artery for Asia Plans for a direct rail

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link between Moscow and Peking are, according to the Russian authorities, nearing com- pletion." I find it astonishing that this project should be no further advanced. The...

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Three Travel Pieces 1—Liguria

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By JENNY NICHOLSON 66AND without trees, sea without fish, women without hearts, men without honour." Liguria—that moun- tainous sliver of Italy which lies along the Mediter-...

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II—By the Dordogne

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By FREDA WHITE OVERS of France must be river-lovers. Rivers are her chief beauty and her very life. Each of them has nourished, upon its water, soil, and sun, a different...

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III—The Pilots of Alltancorran

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By LAIN HAMILTON O N the quay at Alltancorran, in Donegal, there was a mountain of sea-tangle, dark-brown and dry, and its steadily mounting presence was the cause of some...

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Foreign Policy Without Labels

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By R. BROOMAN-WHITE, M.P. Mr. Brooman-White writes in reply to an article entitled Can There Be a Socialist Foreign Policy ? " by Denis Healey, which was published in last...

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The Commissar and the Aristocrat

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By JACQUETTA HAWKES I N the passage from caves and windbreaks to skyscrapers and prefabs, and from splitting flint to splitting atoms, many products of human culture have been...

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A Bloomsbury Fantasia By R. S. GRIFFITHS (UnNersity College, London) . . . and walking alone among the Russell Square citadels, I saw myself as a child, a precocious child,...

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OPERA Glyndebourne : Cenerentola and Ariadne Ad Naxos. THE enlarged theatre at Glyndebourne gives a quite noticeably increased sense of space and although the sense of...


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Rowlandson. (Whitechapel Art Gallery. THE licentious soldiery clump around on their peg-legs mid elope with the young ladies at the Boarding School ;buxom wenches are hauled up...


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The Bad Samaritan. By William Douglas Home. (Criterion)— Arms and the Man. By Bernard Shaw. The Bespoke Overcoat. By Wolf Mankowitz. (Arts.) DOUGLAS HOME'S new play is about...

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Moss Remedy

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Dealing with methods of improving the lawn, I omitted to give the dilution of permanganate of potash for use against moss. This should be used at half an ounce to a gallon of...

A Drowning Fly

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My first day at my favourite lake began in a mist' of rain, but after an hour the mist was carried away by the wind and a watery sun broke through. The air was warm and on the...

Cat and Bird

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Canon Tapper of Lingfield, Surrey, writes: '' It would interest me to know whether any of your readers have experience of special courage (the more appropriate word, perhaps,...


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The Square Ring. (Gaumont.)—Beautiful but Dangerous. (Odeon, Tottenham Court Road and Metropole, Victoria.) Tearing myself with difficulty from the attractions of Wimbledon, I...


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EVERY hedge-bottom is thick and almosi choked with grass and the flowers of summer. Spikes of foxglove push upwards, " sticky Willie " hangs on the stems and stalks of docks and...

Scones and Cakes

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I sat down to tea at which we had little Welsh cakes, something like the oven scones of my youth. They were sweet and delicious when spread with butter. Every part of the...

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Set by Richard Usborne Hilaire Belloc will be eighty-three on July 27th. In his " Dedicatory Ode " he wrote : And One (Myself I mean—no less) Ah Posterity believe it—...


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Report by Allan M. Laing In his book, The English Language, recently re-issued, Professor Ernest Weekley remarks that " it is quite possible, with a little in- genuity, to give...

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Sporting Aspects

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Gl orious Uncertainty By J. P. W. MALLALIEU T HE exasperating, tremendous Second Test at Lord's has swung this way and that into history. Except for the first day, I could only...

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Mr. Bevan's Conscience

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SIR, —Strix does less than justice to Nye Bevan—in the references to the lounge suit at Buckingham Palace. Though the technique of government in this fallen world involves...

The Way of Michael Scott

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SIR,—I have only just seen the prolonged denunciation of the Reverend Michael Scott by Mr. Alport in your issue of June 19th. I assume that you wilt not have space in the...

India's Chance

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SIR, —It was pleasing to read the article by an Indian correspondent on the impact of his country's policy in the South-East Asian area, even if, perhaps inevitably, the...


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Can there be a Socialist Foreign Policy? sit,—Mr. Denis Healey's interesting explanation of Socialist Foreign Policy must be unsatisfactory to many, as it is to me. He says:...

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Commonwealth and Empire

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SIR,—I have read with much interest Mr. Easten's courteous and erudite letter; but I still feel that the term " Empire " is anachronistic, and the term " Commonwealth "...

Double Thinking

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SIR,—Your note on the Government's attitude towards the raising of the heavy goods speed limit says precisely those things which my Committee has been saying to the Minister...

Royal Equestrienne

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SIR,—Though he admits that the British have developed " a seemingly pathological distrust of statuary," Strix would be glad to see a " likeness " of Her Majesty seated on the...

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The Lone Prairee

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SIR,— Perhaps Mr. David Mitchell (who writes in your issue of June 5th) would be willing to listen to a few words from a Canadian university student who has remained at home....

"The Serpents of the Abruzzi"

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SIR,—I would like to apologise to you and to the readers of the Spectator for two mistakes which appeared in my article about the Serpents of the Abruzzi. The site of the...

SIR,—II is a great pity that so far the only

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Canadian reactions to Desmond Hcnn's articles on Canada have been such narrowly negative ones. As a Canadian, and a very devoted one, 1 had hoped for something a little less...

gvectator, 310 2nb, 1853

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MR. BARON ALDERSON has been summoned by a cabman for 8d. A cab was called to the Judge's house, but it was not needed; on a subsequent day, two cabmen called and one was paid...

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Summer Books Mr. Waugh Replies

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Mr. Evelyn Waugh has been invited by the Spectator to review the reviews of his latest book " Love Among the Ruins." The Spectator intends to publish from time to time other...

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On Being an Irish Writer

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By SEAN 0 'FAOLA1N I SUSPECT that being a writer in Ireland is very much like being a writer in any tight community. We do not . remember often enough that whether we live in...

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The Intellectual at the Breakfast Table

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Holmes-Laski Letters : The Correspondence of Mr. Justice Holmes and Harold Laski, 1916-1935. (O.U.P. Two volumes. £4 4s.) EVEN at such a price and such a length-1,500...

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Sex Life in Hexapodia

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Ants. By Derek Wragge Morley. (Collins. 18s.) The Social Insects. By 0. W. Richards. (Macdonald. 15s.) INSECT literature is becoming sternly mechanistic. The day may not be far...

The Practice of Excellence

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Return Passage. The Autobiography of Violet Markham, C.H. (Oxford University Press. 21s.) Return Passage. The Autobiography of Violet Markham, C.H. (Oxford University Press....

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The Rise of Malenkov

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THE first four.months of 1953 will probably rank in Russian history as equivalent in importance to the period which followed the murder of the Tsar Paul 150 years ago, and any...

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An Architectural History

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Historical Architecture. By Hugh Braun, F.R.I.B.A., F.S.A. (Faber and Faber. £3 3s.) THE scope of Mr. Hugh; Braun's Historical Architecture compels one to take it seriously as...

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Divided World

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Survey of International Affairs, 1949-1950. By Peter Calvocoressi. THANKS to Mr. Calvocoressi's unwearied labours the Chatham House Surveys seem to be catching up in their race...

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Wise Old Eucalypt

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H. M. Tomlinson. A Selection from his writings made by Kenneth Hopkins. (Hutchinson. 12s. 6d.) A Mingled Yarn. Autobiographical Sketches. By H. M. Tomlinson. (Duckworth. 12s....

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Intimacy with Genius

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Notes on Andr4 Gide. By Roger Martin du Gard. Translated by John Russell. (Andre Deutsch. 9s. 6d.) FOR much of his life Gide was preoccupied with posterity. His voluminous...

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Diptych IT is fortunate that a reviewer of two books

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on parallel themes is not required to place them in order of merit, and I only list Mr. Vesey- Fitzgerald's book first because I happen to have the honour—and it really is an...

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ALTHOUGH its declared intention is to tell the story of a submarine, the first of these books does much more than relate the Unbroken's exciting and perilous adventures: it is...

The Green 0

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Talking of Cricket. By Ian Peebles. (Museum Press. 12s. 6d.) IAN PEEBLES has developed from one of the best googly bowlers of his time—his leg-break did not last so long as...

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New Novels

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The Wonderful Country. By Tom Lea. (Heinemann. 15s.) The Devil that Failed. By Maurice Samuel. (Gollancz. 12s. 6d.) MR. LEA is fascinated by the problem of courage. His earlier....

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Shorter Notices

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MECHTILD OF MAGDEBURG, a German nun who wrote in the vernacular before Eckhart and before Dante, was frequently quoted by Evelyn Underhill in her books on mysticism. Now for the...

ONE could probably sail the seven seas before finding anyone

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better qualified to write about the Cutty Sark than Mr. Alan Villiers. He combines an old-fashioned worship of sail with a style that is strong, forthright and fresh. Certainly,...

A Word in Edgeways. By Ivor Brown. -(Cape. 7s. 6d.)

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MANY things can be learned—would' that one could remember them all—from the latest (is it indeed to be the last ?) of Mr. Brown's word-books, but the chief pleasure lies in...

IT is now distinctly unfashionable to regard Lucrezia Borgia as

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the " Messalina of the Middle Ages," which was the official way of describing her a hundred years ago. Yet at the same time English biographers, probably daunted by the dark...

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Solution to Crossword No. 735

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IA Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution opened after noon on Tuesday week, July 14th, addressed Crossword, 99 Cower Street....

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By CUSTOS As I expected, industrial equities have advanced steadily, if unspectacularly, during the past week. Gilt-edged came to life again with the end of the half-year, and...