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F. A. VOIGT: Two German Parties JENNY NICHOLSON: The Flight

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From America JAMES POPE-HENNESSY: Another London Sketch N EVILLE CARDUS: Cricket's Coronation Year HENRY GREEN On the. Oxford Book of English Talk

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No. 6 5 3 2. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1953 PRICE 7d.


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W ITH the wires hanging idly from a million pounds' worth-of electrical equipment in Earl's Court, the Electrical Trades Union was able to enjoy itself expensively. So that the...

Voting and Noting

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Four days before the polling booths are closed in Western Germany, the Western reply to Russia on Germany and Austria has been sent to Moscow. This must surely be the last note...

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Invitation to a Conference

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The Western Powers shocked themselves as much as anyone else by the sharpness of their quarrel about representation at the Korean peace conference. The causes of that quarrel...

Warning from Nyasaland

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The trouble in the Cholo district of Nyasaland flared up again this week. Extra police have been brought in from Southern Rhodesia, and there are reports of bands of Africans...

First Steps in Persia

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"I recognise," Mr. Eisenhower has written to General Zahedi, " that your needs are pressing." Therefore, it seems, Persia is likely to receive financial aid quickly, though the...

Kashmir—Noises Off

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The goodwill built up at the recent meetings of the Indian and Pakistan Prime Ministers to discuss Kashmir seems already in a fair way to being undermined. The agreement, which...

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T WO major truths about American foreign relations have become plain in the course of this year. The first is that there is a gap between the foreign policies of the present...

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Pistols Weaken "Have you," said the note from a friend,

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" a spare revolver I could take with me to Kenya ? " Obscurely gratified by the assumption underlying this request, which was that I am the sort of chap who (a) owns several...

The Tented Field Taking it all round, the Territorial camp

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from which I have just retuned was the best in the battalion's experience. The weather was almost flawless, the accommodation was good and the training area was extensive and...

Rough on the Bats One would have thought that in

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these troubled times the more resistant to atomic radiation one was, the better. It hasn't worked out like that for the bats of America. Because their resistahce is (they tell...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK I T is the habit of the British

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to count their losses before they count their gains. They are always losing things: battles (but not wars), liberties (but not freedom), colonies (but not their Empire). One of...

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The Flight from America

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By JENNY NICHOLSON Rome. E was unmistakably American. His clothes, his whole aspect, distinguished him from the Roman citizens who were milling around the piazza delighting in...

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Two German Parties

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By F. A. VOIGT* T HE Government of the German Federal Republic could, if it wished, boast of great achievement—of economic recovery so rapid and so substantial that even...


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"SPECTATOR" Please write :— THE CIRCULATION MANAGER, "Spectator," 99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1.

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Chrisp Street—And Miss Coutts

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By JAMES POPE-HENNESSY A HAPPY contrast to the decadence of the Hoxton Street Market and of the sad bombed houses in Hoxton Square and Charles Square, may be found by a Saturday...

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Serve Screaming

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By WOLF MANKOWITZ I HAVE this dying friend who has devoted his 'life to experimenting on his stomach with what is nowadays known as good food. Often I've tried to explain to him...

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Giving A Hand By ANTHONY THWAITE (Christ Church, Oxford) ND we'd appreciate it very much if you gave the regular man a hand with the scouts." And that was the end of the...

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EDINBURGH FESTIVAL The Confidential Clerk. By T. S. Eliot. (Lyceum, Edinburgh.) SIR CLAUDE MULHAMMER, financier, is sitting in the spacious private office of his London house....

IT is a remarkable testimony to the impact of the

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music of The Rake's Progress that even at its first appearance on the stage in this country, criticism has already taken the libretto for granted and concentrated on...

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The Sword and the Rose. (Gaumont.)—Shane. (Plaza.)—La Minute de Write. (Academy.) Wax so many history books on the market it is strange that no film company has been able to...

Renoir Exhibition. (Royal Scottish Academy.) ALTHOUGH the Edinburgh Festival is

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officially one of music and drama, each year of its existence has seen spirited attempts to match the splendours of these arts with something worthy in painting. A phenomenal...

Festival Fringe THE main ploy of the amateur critics and

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wiseacres at the Edinburgh International Festival in each successive year is to visit the fringe shows and tell us which of the stones that the builder rejected should have been...

THE SPECTATOR thin paper edition can be forwarded by air

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to any address in the world. SUBSCRIPTION RATES :— U.S.A. and Canada (Air Mail) £4 15s. Od. per annum. S. Africa (Air Express) £4 Os. Od. per annum. Rates to other parts of...

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tIje• cPpertator, gPeptenther 30, 1853

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A RAILWAY scheme of some interest to London comes fairly before the, public this week for the first time. The North Metropolitan Railway Company obtained a bill last session for...


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Enrico Quarto. By Luigi Pirandello. (Arts.)—The School for Scandal. By Richard Brinsley Sheridan. (King's, Hammer- smith.) PIRANDELLO'S intellectual integrity was often...

The Mediterranean

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In this country of grapes Where the architecture Plays musical interludes, flays The emotions with the barest statement Or, confusing the issue and the beholder, Bewilders with...

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 183 Report by Eric Swainson "She fell

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for a translated weaver." This remarkable line is quoted not from a popular ballad, but from the "down" clues of a crossword puzzle. Competitors were asked to write an...


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Set by L. Airey It is proposed that the Labour Party anthem, "The Red Flag," with its references to "martyred dead” and "gallows grim" should be brought up to date. The...

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Moths and Butterflies.

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Conditions this summer have suited moths and butterflies alike, for I have never seen so many about the garden or round the windows at bedtime. Each summer we are invaded by...

A Change of Scene.

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We recently spent a couple of weeks away from home—on holiday in the next county—but still in sight of the same range of mountains. The air was different and the scene was frAh,...


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THE shorn hayfield is still recovering from the passage of the rake and the reaper. The rain has soaked through into the ground and the clover leaves are helping to keep the...

A Garden Plan.

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My favourite bulb catalogue has arrived and I am tempted again at the sight of wonderful blooms of daffodil and narcissus, but the exact location of earlier plantings being...

A Playful Stoat.

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My grandfather would never allow anyone to molest a stoat that showed itself close to the farm buildings. He believed they did more good than harm and made it law that they were...

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Sporting Aspects

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Cricket's Coronation Year By NEVILLE CARDUS F VERYBODY interested in cricket has been glad to see Leicestershire running for the County Championship as 4 never before, and I...

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SIR,—Glaux's comment in the Spectator of August 28th on the Britisher's insistence on freedom to commit suicide on our public highways is interesting; but whatever may be...

Americans in Paris SIR, —The article "Americans in Paris," printed in

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your -August 21st issue would have been insupportably irritating had it not been un- consciously humorous as well. • The writer, whose point of view when she wrote about the...


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In Search of Civil Defence Sta,—When I renewed my driving licence this year, I received from the L.C.C. an appeal to volunteer for Civil Defence. Seeing that I am only...

French Canadian SIR,—In his article on " Stampede Tine "

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in the Spectator dated August 7th, Mr. Desmond Henn allows to pass unchecked a seriously misleading contradiction. When he says, in reference to the somewhat indeterminate state...

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By the Dordogne

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SIR, --Having just returned from an all-too-brief visit to the Dordogne district, I feel I must write a line to say how very grateful the members of our family party are for...

Dusty Answer

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SIR, —Mr. Theobald accuses me of mistaken diagnosis: his complaints do not represent the married, but the " average " undergraduate horfible abstraction "). Without abandoning...

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Books of the Week

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The Spoken Word as Written By HENRY GREEN T HE Oxford Book of English Talk,* edited by James Sutherland, is an anthology of conversa- tions, that is to say, of oral...

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The Marseilles Experiment

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The Marseilles Block. By Le Corbusier. (Harvill Press. 21s.) WHEN two years ago I visited the Marseilles block, I went on next day to see the.Roman Pont du Gard. Since then the...

Kenya Nostra

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This is partly an admirably written life of Hugh Cholmondeley, Lord Delamere : " small, slight and rather ugly, with ginger hair, a large nose and a small mouth, keen and...

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Some Principles of Some Fiction

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Some Principles of Fiction. By Robert Liddell. (Cape. 12s. 6d.) THESE two books, each of them thoughtful, perceptive, and based on wide reading, raise points that puzzle a...

Indian Voyage

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The Vermilion Boat. By Sudhin N. Ghose. (Michael Joseph. 18s.) "Nom of your French India nonsense," says an angry girl student to the author, who had suggested, for various...

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Missing in Guiana

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Journey Without Return. By Raymond Maufrais. (William Kimber. 15s.) IN September, 1949, on the eve of his twenty-third birthday, Ray- mond Maufrais left 'Cayenne, the capital of...

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New Novels

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The Time of Indifference. By Alberto Moravia. Translated by Angus Davidson. (Seeker and Warburg. 12s. 6d.) The Bride of Llew. By Juliette de Bairacli Levy. (Faber. 20s.) THOUGH...

The Sense of the Past

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His Eminence of England. The Canterbury Festival Play, 1953. By Hugh Ross Williamson. (Heinemann. 7s. 6d.) To take a historical character and make him a vehicle for one's own...

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Exeter. By Bryan Little. (Batsford. 15s.)

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BATSFORD'S have a corps of geniuses to design their book covers for them, and the picture of Exeter Cathedral which adorns this book is even more than usually attrac- tive. In...

The Shakespearian Tempest. By G. Wilson Knight. (Methuen. 21s.)

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THE reprint of this, the fourth of Wilson Knight's Shakespearian volumes, is most welcome. It is prefaced by an introductory note, which deals with certain points of scholarship...


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ONLY France, surely, could have produced such a figure as Vidocq. Tough, wily, vain, irresponsible, romantic—the epithets could pile up indefinitely and still do less than...

" His style is very clumsy," wrote Dean Inge, in

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the foreword to an earlier selection from Plotinus, published in America. " His book, which reads like notes of discursive debates at a seminar, is very ill arranged." In the...

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By CUSTOS Tim professional gentlemen in the City were wearing faces of great anxiety this week. Dealings for a new account opened on Wednesday. Could the rise in London go on...

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IA Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution opened after n0011 on Tuesday week, September 151h, addressed Crossword, 99 Gower...

Solution to Crossword No. 744

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