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T HE most hopeful passage in Herr Hitler's Reichstag speech, discussed more fully in a leading article on a later page, was the statement that .the Chancellor had no more...

America's Neutrality The debates in the United States Congress on

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neutrality are likely to be protracted, for the proposals are numerous. The crux of them all, of course, is whether the President will be allowed any discretion at all in the...

The Spanish Outlook An improvement in weather conditions in Spain

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fore- shadows an early resumption of military activity on several fronts, for Madrid is not likely to be the only scene of heavy fighting. New conflicts may be expected . at...

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a Japan's New Cabinet The failure of General Ugaki to

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form a Cabinet in Tokyo and the subsequent success of General Hayashi mark the end of the political crisis as a decisive victory for the Army. General Ugaki failed because the...

Canada's Constitution In Canada, as in the United States, modern

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conditions have forced the Federal Government into conflict with a Constitution designed to meet other needs and other circumstances, but in Canada all parties in the Dominion...

The Charges Against Czechoslovakia The decision of the British Government

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to refuse (after having first accepted) the invitation extended by the Czechoslovak Government to the British military attache at Prague to inspect the aerodromes throughout the...

Executions in Moscow The thirteen men condemned to death in

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the State trial at Moscow were duly executed on Monday, their appeals for mercy having been refused. Sokolnikoff and Radek escaped the death sentence, though, on the evidence...

The " Kultur Kampf " The conflict between National Socialism

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and the Roman Catholic Church in Germany is specially acute at the moment, and has led to the resignation from the Cabinet of Baron Eltz-Rilbenbach, Minister of Posts and...

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Renewal of subsidies has almost come to be regarded as

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part of Parliamentary routine, and it was a somewhat listless House which agreed on Monday to continue the shipping subsidy for a further 12 months. Dr. Burgin spoke with his...

That nutrition is a subject which never fails to interest

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the present Parliament was proved again on Wednesday when the House considered a Labour resolution in favour of supplying at least one free meal per day to each child attending...

The debate on the Regency Bill appeared to show that,

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in spite of recent events, it is impossible to revive Republicanism as a living issue. Mr. Clyne, whose interventions in debates seem nowadays to be confined to semi-formal...

The Week in Parliament Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes : Since

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January 19th, when Parliament reassembled after the Christmas adjournment, the House of Commons has been " counted out " on three occasions, all of them Private Members' days....

The Factory Bill and Overtime There will be a general

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welcome for- the main provisions of the new Factory Bill. It is a measure of 152 clauses, the first important . price of factory legislation since 1901. It abolishes obsolete...

Trunk Roads and Ribbon Builders The mothers of Westway, the

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eastern portion of Western Avenue, which forms one of the great' arterial exits from London, are to be congratulated on the success with which they have focussed attention on...

The Gresfoid Enquiry It is over two years since the

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world was horrified by the news of the appalling disaster at Gresford Colliery, in North Wales ; so far there is no authoritative explana- tion of how it happened, where...

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A DDRESSING the German nation on Saturday Herr Hitler proclaimed—as a discovery made for the first time in the history of mankind—that of all the tasks with which man is...

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No one who has followed the development of physical culture movements in the totalitarian States, with their thorough organisation and propa- ganda, or studied the much more...

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J UST as Mr. Runciman was leaving New York on his return to this country I received from Canada some reflections which seem to me on general grounds fully justified, whether...

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FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT [Ile omission of any reassurance to Czechoslovakia in Herr Hitler's was regarded in many quarters as ominous.] speech last Saturday S TRANGE though...

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By W. H. WEBBE [Alderman Webbe is leader of the Municipal Reform Party on the London County Council. An article on the same subject by Mr. Herbert Morrison, M.P., leader of the...

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By Dr. J. RENDEL HARRIS [Dr. Rendel Harris, whose speculations on the penetration of the early Egyptians, based on bold philological conjectures, are well known, suggests...

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By M. J. BONN T HE foreign policy of the United States has been a curious medley of fear and arrogance. The Monroe doctrine expressed this clearly ; in it fear of Europe was...

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By EDWARD SHILLITO D WIGHT L. MOODY, born on February 5th, 1837, was only a visitor to these islands ; he was American in every fibre of his being ; to America he gave his...

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By RANJEE SHAHANI W E had been at sea for almost a week, and practically every day between eleven and three the sun blazed like the eye of Cyclops. The blue sea and the blue...

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By DESMOND SHAWE-TAYLOR E VEREST, they say, is to be attempted again next year. How magnificent is the obstinacy of man- kind, we reflect, and lay the folded paper down in...

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Commonwealth and Foreign By WILBUR BURTON IT is usually the lot of a wandering journalist, even one with a pessimistic turn of mind, to find conditions in any country he...

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The Cinema

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murder in a country village and the mob of crime reporters from Fleet Street who settle down at the local pub. and unscrupulously manufacture good copy. Nothing, a novice might...


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"Home and Beauty." By A. P. Herbert. At the Ade1phi IF fault could be found with Mr. Cochran's Coronation Revue it would be because it had too much stately Home and not enough...

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Early Tudor Du. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS ' S " Five Tudor Portraits," given for the first time in London at last week's B.B.C. Symphony Concert, is a setting of five poems by John...

Hamburg siegt

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[Von einem deutschen Korrespondenten] Es WAREN einmal—fast klingt es wie ein Miirchen—drei stolze Hansastiidte : Hamburg, Liibeek, Bremen, die im 14, Jahr- hundert nicht...

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Country Life By S. L. BENSUSAN FOR due ecienration of the forthcoming Coronation the Ministry of Health, while emphasising the value of voluntary effort, will permit Local...

A Hundred Years Ago

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" THE SPECTATOR," FEBRUARY 4TH, 1837. A story, headed " Romance in Real Life," has been going the rounds of the newspapers. As the facts of the case have come to my knowledge...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR [Correspondents are requested to keep their letters as brief as is reasonably possible. The most suitable length is that of one of our " News of the Week...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR, May I correct

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a reference made by your correspondent, Mr. Alfred Fellows, to my speech in Convocation ? I did not say that " no parson had troubled " me " with an application as to Communion...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—Your excellent article under

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the above heading expresses what most good men would agree with. There are, however, one or two points suggested by a misuse of words which is only too common when the question...

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[To the Editor of TI1E Specrevron.] SIR,—It is useless for your correspondents to cast doubts upon the possibility of producing milk at a cost of 6d. a gallon. That figure is...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The fact that the population of this country is now failing to reproduce itself—as has been demonstrated in your recent series of...


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[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Although our anomalous law of libel often prevents the disclosure of scandals that may imply—justly or not — criminal action, it surely...

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[To the Editor of THE SescrArou.] Snt,—The regrettable resignation of the Dean of St. Paul's from the Presidency of the Modern Churchmen's Union occurred over the Rumanian...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—It is clearly impossible for any Englishman, however well informed concerning German affairs, to give an answer, from his own knowledge,...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Is Mr. George Bernard Shaw a British subject ? I put this question in view of Professor Berriedale Keith's letter in your issue of January...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—If Mr. Herbert Morrison would be kind enough to come to my district, within a mile of County Hall, on the east side of the Borough High...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sat,—In many respects the German outlook upon life is different from ours. The Englishman thinks criticism of the Government part of his...


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[To the Editor of THE SPEcTATOR.] Sra,—Lady Simon's letter raises great issues, and begs many questions ; but the present state of Europe seems to supply the answer to her...

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[To the Editor of TuE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I agree with Mr. John Sparrow that the couplet quoted in his review of Mr. Laurence Housman's The Unexpected Years is magnificent, when...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sra,—Mr. Gedge's letter in your issue of January 22nd on the danger of corrupting innocent children by mixing them with guilty children on...

[To the Editor of THE SrECTATOR.1 ' SIR,—Arising out of

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Dr. Matthews'. very interesting article, may I be permitted to offer a suggestion ? I assume " reason " to be the intellectual faculty by which conclusions are drawn from...


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[To the Editor of TuE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—A review in your issue of January 22nd, for the views in which, I presume, the editor is not responsible, prompts me to enquire how far...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sra,—On April 14th the University of Athens will celebrate the centenary of its foundation, and invitations have been sent to universities and...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Lady Richmond's protest against my " presenting vice in an attractive light " calls for protest in its turn. To condemn conduct of any...

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Air Raids of the Future BOOKS OF THE DAY

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By Dr. A. L. RAWLINGS Fon many months everyone has been talking of air raids. The retail shop of His Majesty's Stationery Office in Kingsway is doing a thriving trade in the...

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The Samurai Sword

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The Far East Comes Nearer. By H. liaison Tiltman. (Jar- rolds. 18s.) Japan at the Cross-roads. By Walter Smith. (Lawrence and Wishart. 3s. 6c1.) When Japan Goes to War. By 0....

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How Not to Study Literature

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The Muse in Chains. By Stephen Potter. (Cape. 7s. 6d.) WHEN in pre-War Oxford one had done "Greats," one started to read for the " Civil." This entailed. staying " up " after...

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Two Greek Plays

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The Alcestis of Euripides. Translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald. (Faber. 68.) THE ghosts of Swinburne, Morris and Lang seem at long last to have been laid. For years...

A Practical Man

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MR. BURNETT has written what will probably remain the standard life of Paul Gauguin. No one else is likely to add to the facts he has collected, and probably there are no...

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Firmer than Facts

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War with the Newts. By Karel Capek. (Allen and-Unwin. 7s. 6d.) This book is so distinct from current fiction that it is worth special consideration. It belongs to the same kind...

We, Uncle James

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I ASKED one 'of the authors whose work is discussed in this book whether she " wrote as a woman." " Certainly nnt," she answered indignantly ; " I write al a human being." It...

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Detection and Shock

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Black Land White Land. By H. C. Bailey: (Gollanez. 78. 6d.) Death in the Flopfields. By John Rhode. (The Crime Club. 7s. 6d.) The Brothers Sackville. By G. D. H. and M. Cole....

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By PETER BURRA There Ain't No Justice. By James Curtis. (Cape. 7s. eid.) The Great and The Goods. By Ivor Brown. (Hamish Hamilton. 75. 6d.) The Flowering Aloe. By Sylvia...

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PUPPETS THROUGH LANCASHIRE By Walter . Wilkinson Mr. Wilkinson has been

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on the road again with his well-known puppet-show, this' time in Lancashire, and written the usual entertaining account (ales, . 5s.) of his adventures. Pushing his camping...


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Archdeacon Ozanne has written a full account of life and conditions in the Seychelles—that group of islands in the Indian Ocean nearly a thousand miles • east of Mombasa, which...


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Current Literature By Rodney Gallop In no . European country is the folk heritage sq little spoiled and soabundant as it is in Portugal, _and,years of rest; deuce in this...


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By F. Funck-Brentano However little one may have been inclined to like the personality of Luther, one's appreciation of it goes up in read- ing this book (Cape, 12s. 6d.) ,...

I LEAP BEFORE I LOOK By David Haig-Thomas Undergraduates are

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commonly divided into intellectuals and toughs. The latter are supposed to be inarticulate. But though Mr.. Haig-Thomas no doubt handles an oar or a gun with more assurance than...

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JAPANESE TRADE AND INDUSTRY The Mitsubishi Economic Research Bureau, which

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has compiled this ency- clopaedic volume (Macmillan, 21s.) is well known to students of Japan as a reliable source of information. Besides being the research auxiliary of the...


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By R. S. Lambert It is difficult to believe wholeheartedly in progress—at least in progress all along the line—but in matters of crime and punishment we seem in this country to...

The FebruaryMagazines

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Sir Herbert Samuel's discussion of the threatened " Weis of Ideas" in the Nineteenth Ceatufy : is in the best Liberal tradition, .temperate and not unhopeful in ifs - belief...

" I am an ingenuous creature ; as I feel

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I speak, or I write," said Miss Seward. This was how she wrote after seeing hyaenas in a booth : " My consciousness of safety luxuriates be- neath the secure view of these...

The Hon. John Byng continues his tours : these volumes

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(Eyre and Spot- tiswoode, 18s. each) cover the years 1789 to 1791 and 1792-3 ; the tours extend over the Midlands, the North, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire and North "%Vales. Mr....

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NOT having believed in either the much-proclaimed perman- ence or the desirability of abnormally low money rates, I cannot join wholeheartedly in the City's Lament on the Gilt-...

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The End - of the Bank Meetings

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Finance OPTIMISM TEMPERED WITH CAUTION. WITH the addresses delivered during the past week to their shareholders by the Chairmen of the National Provincial, Williams Deacon's...

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Bankers' Views as a Whole

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IN commenting a fortnight ago upon the speeches at the earlier meetings of bank shareholders, I suggested that while much value attached to the views of banker's concerning the...

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Financial Notes

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- MARKETS RALLYING. ALTHOUGH during the last few days the Stock Markets, in- cluding • the section for gilt-edged securities, have shown some recovery from the depression of...

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SOLUTION. NEXT WEEK The winner of Crossword No. 227 is A. L. Wild, Women's University Settlement, 44 Nelson Square, S.E.1.

"The Spectator" Crossword No. 228 BY Zrzro.

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[A. prize of one guinea will be given to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword puzzle to be opened. Envelopes should be marked " Crossword Puzzle,"...