Page 1


The Spectator

THE' closing words of an article by General Ternperley in Wednesday's Daily .Telegraph—" Can the Italian. army win, the war before sanctions. lose it ? Effective petrol...

Moves in Northern China The traditional leisureliness of Oriental diplomacy

The Spectator

is in some respects a set-off to the drastic methods preferred' by General Doihara and the Japanese soldiers in regard to the so-called autonomy movement in Northern China. For...

OFFICES : 99 Gower St., London, W.C. 1. 141usEum 1721.

The Spectator

Entered as second-class Mail Matter at the New York, N .Y . Post Office, Dec. 23rd, 15913. Postal subscription 308. per annum, to any part of the world. Postage on this issue :...

* * * * And if there is a dualism

The Spectator

that is right there is a trialism that is clearly wrong. A phrase, already used more than Once by Sir Samuel Hoare, made its appearance in the Ding's Speech on Tuesday, when...

Page 2

* * M. Laval's Fate

The Spectator

M. Laval has survived the opening stages of the dis- cussions in the Chamber on finance, securing 324 votes to 247. His fate in the division on the control . of the political...

The Naval ,Conference

The Spectator

'The Five-Power: Naval Conference opens in London on Monday. On its prospects no high hopes are set anywhere. Yet its failure may have the gravest consc- . quences, both...

The Preservation of England

The Spectator

The case for National Parks,' or any other f(win of preservation of open spaces, in this country is over- whelming, and it is 'difficult to contest the cOnclUsion, reached by a...

Wisdom in Greece

The Spectator

By a display of wisdom, courage and generosity too rare in the .rulers of .States,, King. George of Greece has laid what should be sound and enduring foundations- of stable...

Tariffs and Equality of Opportunity ..

The Spectator

An important application for a reduction in tariffs under the terms of the Ottawa Agreement is being heard at Ottawa by . the Canadian Tariff Commission. The Lancashire cotton...

The German Pastors' Struggle

The Spectator

The ultimate crisis in the German Evangelical Church in Germany has been impending so often that there is some excuse for doubting whether even now it has finally arrived. But...

Page 3

The debate on the second day in contrast was a

The Spectator

much more lively affair. It began with a maiden speech frorri Mr. A. P. Herbert, who took the unusual - course for new Member of intervening on a question of routine. business...

The Week in Parliament Our Parliamentary Corregpondent writes : 'What

The Spectator

sur- prises me most about' the new House of Commons is the lifelessness of the Labour Opposition. After all, the, little band in the last Parliament has been strengthened by...

The & China Clipper's' Voyage The voyage of the '

The Spectator

China Clipper ' across the Pacific is a portent of which we do well to take some note. Isolation always has been, and to a large extent still is, the keYnote of American foreign...

The Ministry of Women' Much the most stimulating section of

The Spectator

the important report of the Archbishops' Conmiission on the Ministry of Wonien is the note by the Dean of St. Paul's, in which br. Matthews states iii vigorous language his...

* * Altogether the opening day produced a drab debate:

The Spectator

Mr.' Wakefield: who had the very difficult task 'Of moving the Address, made some good points which' were 'beauti fully phrased and lit up with some excellent • flashes of...

Page 4


The Spectator

T HE King's Speech has only one paragraph which could not have been foretold from the Government's Election Manifesto. The Speech is, in fact, the Parliamentary expression of...

Page 5


The Spectator

P RESIDENT MASARYK is resigning the office • bestowed on him by the unanimous acclamation of his people seventeen years ago. In him there passes from • the forefront a. the...

Page 6

Interrelated as the palate and the stomach are, it is

The Spectator

conventional to draw a fundamental distinction between them. Sir John Squire and Mr. T. S. Eliot and all those other eminent people who are writing to The Ti»zes about cheeses...

So the page-boy Hezekiah Hitler is to continue to make

The Spectator

his brief appearance in Vicky at the Carrick, in spite of the Solemn protest lodged by the German Embassy. There have been historic examples (notably of course the case of The...

The death of one more of the Tutankhamen excavators, Professor

The Spectator

J. H. Breasted, " of an undefinable malady," is duly recorded in relation to the legendary curse on all who violated • a Pharaoh's tomb.. It is true that the mortality among the...

The sensation certain anti-sanction newspapers have tried to work up

The Spectator

over the Canadian Government's state- ment about the coal-and-oil resolution.. at _Geneva is as devoid of content as a pricked bubble.. Whether the Canadian delegate proposed...


The Spectator

TNTERNATIONAL cricket has for some reason sent 1. more men to the House of Commons than interna- tional football (Alfred Lyttelton and F. S. Jackson come at once to mind), but...

I have seen the opening of two naval conferences, one

The Spectator

in Washington in 1921, one in London in 1930. At the first, incidentally, I was sitting next to William Jennings Bryan, who had descended or ascended from polities to...

From an Oxford University elector :

The Spectator

Praestat Caeeilius ; dum Stizpes pignora perdit, Ae tremit a tergo Cruttila punetuS .1pe.-11. C. * * * *

Page 7


The Spectator

By WALTER DURANTY I S the U.S.S.R. reverting to bourgeois habits and methods, and, if so, what is the social and political significance of this change ? • In last week's article...

Page 8


The Spectator

By PROFESSOR C. D. BROAD * I HAVE been asked to write the introductory article of a series dealing with Psychical Research. In each subsequent article of the series one...

Page 9


The Spectator

By DR. RUDOLF KIRCHER, Editor of the " Frankfiirter Zeitung " W HEN I was staying in London, in November, every one of the many conversations I took part in ended, or even...

Page 10


The Spectator

By J. R. GLORNEY BOLTON W ITHIN a few weeks of each other there have recently appeared lives of Charles Gore and. Randall Davidson. The era during which these two old Har-...

Page 11


The Spectator

By EDWARD SHILLI TO T HE Christian Year begins with Advent. . It begins • ..with a remembrance of the End. Before we see the, acts one by one we look: swiftly ,at the end of the...

Page 12


The Spectator

By GRAHAM GREENE T HE Liberian launch, lying beyond the bar off Grand Bassa, was making its maiden voyage down the coast from Cape' Palmas to Monrovia. It cannot have been more...

Page 13


The Spectator

By MONICA ,REDLICH A LADY in a recent divorce case complained that her husband did not respect her. " He called me a kitten." It was very sad. There was (we may be certain) a...

Page 14


The Spectator

• The Theatre .. '5` Storm Song." - By Denis Johnston. At the A. D. C. Theatre, Cambridge FOR the last thirty-five years; Ireland has maintained a scarcely challenged...

The Cinema

The Spectator

"La Bandera." At the Curzon.—" Woman Tamer." At the . Leicester Square.—" Come Out of the Pantry." At the London Pavilion THE camera swin g s down from the night sky above the...

Page 15

A Saint-Lazare ! • • •

The Spectator

[D'un correspondant parisien] " A SAINT-LAZARE . . . " Qui n'a entendu, sur un ton lugubre, fredonner ce triste refrain d'une complainte realiste, laquelle fut jadis celebre...


The Spectator

Rococo Os Wednesday Sotheby's were privileged to sell one of those collections which one regrets to see scattered, bedause it was clearly forMed by taste and insight, and not by...

Page 16

A Sheltering Gold-Crest

The Spectator

Another little incident of the week in natural history may be worth recording. An ardent student of birds was walking aciess a Lilt of rough, rather marshy ground not so far...

The Value of Ashes It is one of the wonders

The Spectator

of the English garden that it can induce plants from the mountains even of Asia and Europe to flourish on the plain. Our rock, or scree gardens, to use a phrase growing into...

Winter Babies

The Spectator

Is it general, or is it a peculiarity of one place, that the hedge- hogs, those queer nocturnal hibernating animals, have bred families in the late autumn ? Two...

A Winter Albino

The Spectator

' This is the true story of a bird that willingly exchanged freedom for captivity. A doctor in a Home County keeps a few birds in cages that are large enough to be called...

Pigeons and Peregrines It is a far cry from the

The Spectator

wren to the hawk (though there is a legend that the wren won the kingship of birds by settling on the eagle's back). A more or less new threat against the biggest and finest of...


The Spectator

Hired Cows A much advertised change in farming finance is likely to stir a new and national effort towards the provision of cheap credit to farmers ; and the reasons for the...

Page 17


The Spectator

[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 " paragraphs. Signed...

[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Probably most of your

The Spectator

readers are feeling the shame that is expressed by the Rev. A. Herbert Gray in his letter relating to the injustice of the underpayment of the miners. The history of the coal...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,— Four leading article

The Spectator

of last week on the coal situation is timely and challenging. You get right down to the root of the matter when you say : " The application of a long term policy of...

Page 18


The Spectator

[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—The Bath Corporation Bill dealing with this matter has now appeared. It is an elaborate measure running to 75 pages and is concerned...


The Spectator

[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] Your Oxford Correspondent " should be told that his remarks on Mr. Herbert's election to Parliament are offensive, not only to Mr. Herbert...


The Spectator

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—In the dedication of his great gifts to Ireland and to humanity A.E. left in his lifetime memorials more enduring than any monument which...

refrain from her a g gression if the. League makes it perfectly

The Spectator

plain that neither Mussolini not any other nation can hope to succeed in warlike action. If anythin g can be calculated to strengthen the determination of nations pandering war,...


The Spectator

[To the Editor of THE Smc.r.vroal Snt,—I have recently undertaken to write the. story . of Winifred I-Ioltby's life and work, and I should be grateful if I• might ask your...


The Spectator

[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] SIII,--Your Parliamentary Correspondent refers to the fact that private Members get so few, chances of taking any effective part in the...

Page 19

Samuel Butler and Miss Savage

The Spectator

By CATHERINE CARSWELL BUTLER began to annotate this correspondence immediately after Miss Savage's death, and he finished the pious work Some fifteen years later under the...

Page 20

The. Search for. Wisdom .

The Spectator

Greek Ideals . and Modern Life. By Sir R. W. Livingstone. ' (Oxford University' Press. as.) ' ' IF the President of Corpus, true humanist that he is, did not despise the uses...

St. Ambrose

The Spectator

The Life and Times of St. Ambrose. By F. Homes Dudden, D.D. (Clarondon Press. 35s.) Visnrons to the great basilica of S. Ambrogio in Milan may enjoy, for a small fee, a...

Page 21

The Incorruptible

The Spectator

Mit, THOMPSON opens his history with history of the histories of Robespierre ; and it is curious to watch how mankind, like every single man, throws the shadows of later...

Page 22

Modernism Without Tears

The Spectator

The House : A Machine for Living In. By Anthony Bertram. (Black. 5s.) " PROBABLY no saying of our day has been nliore generally misunderstood than Le Corbusier's definition of a...

Pepys as a Public Servant

The Spectator

Samuel Pepys The Years of Peril, By Arthur Bryant. .(Cam- bridge Uzdvorsity Press, • 12s. 6d.) ; . 'rim is an excellent book : quietly written, yet exciting ; learned, but. not...

Page 24

The Sentimental Traveller and Some Others

The Spectator

Motor Tramp. By Jolm Hoygate. (Cape. 88. 6d,) Secrets of Tibet. By H. E. Giuseppe Tucci and Captain Gliersi. (Blackie. 15s.) Life Among the Lapps. By Sven Haglund. (Archer....

The King-Halls

The Spectator

yea Saga : The Naval Diaries of the King-Ball Family. Edited by L. King-Hall. (Gollancz. I8s.) Ir is not alone the four consecutive naval generations that make the King-Halls a...

Page 26

Polyglot Autobiography Fifty Years a Surgeon. By Robert T. Morris,

The Spectator

M.D. (Geoffrey A Romany Life. By Gipsy Potulengro. (Methuen. 10s. Bd.). THE flood of autobiographies is inexhaustible. From the four corners of the world they come. In the...

Page 28

DIRECT subscribers who arc changing their addresses are asked to

The Spectator

notify THE SPECTATOR o f fice BEFORE MIDDAY On MONDAY OF EACH WEEK. The previous address to which the paper has been scat and receipt reference number should be quoted.

A Spoiled Priest

The Spectator

Hubert's Arthur. By Frederick Rolfe, Baron Corvo. (Cassell. 10s. 6d.) THE latest work of Frederick Rolfe to be brought into print by Mr. A. J. A. Symons is a laborious...

Page 32


The Spectator

By WILLIAM PLOMER Holy Ireland. : By Norali Hoult. (Heinemann. 7s. 6d.) Holy Ireland I take to be the ^most remarkable , novel . Miss Norah HOult has yet 'written: The title is...

Page 34

SOREN KIERKEGAARD By John A. Bain Dr. Rain's book on

The Spectator

Kierkegaard's life and religious teaching (Student Christian Movement Press, 4s. Bd.) follows on the heels of the hook 'on the same subject by Mr. E. • L. Allen reviewed in...

Current Literature

The Spectator

PREHISTORIC MAN IN IRELAND by Cecil P. Martin . . Professor Martin has carried out a • study (Macmillan, 210.) which is a good deal more fascinating than the title might...

THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS . By Thomas Wright Mr. Thomas

The Spectator

Wright's biography of Dickens (Herbert Jenkins, 18s.) may be described without serious inaccuracy as the labour of a lifetime. He started to write it, he. tells us, after...

Page 35

The December Periodicals

The Spectator

Tim consequences of the League's action against Italy form the dominant theme in this month's reviews. The Round Table emphasises the uncertain effect of such economic sanc-...

Page 36

Motoring Traffic-Consciousness Tim Minister of Transport's broadcast of last week,

The Spectator

in - which he deplored the continued high accident-rate but gave it as his responsible opinion that the public has now grown traffic-conscious, was preceded by stories in the...

Page 38

Financial Notes

The Spectator

MARKET S IRREGULAR, Ting Stock Markets as it whole have; during the past • week, been somewhat under the influence of what is generally described as the " Sanctions " crisis....


The Spectator

The 'L30b,00p,000 Loan UNDOUBTEDLY, the outstanding feature of the past week has been the announcement of a Government Loan for £300,000,000. I am aware that before this article...

Page 40

* *

The Spectator

• TRADE IN SCOTLAND. I commented recently in these columns upon the excellent character of the annual Report of the Royal Bank of Scotland, and at the annual meeting, presided...


The Spectator

Quite an outstanding feature in the Industrial Market has been the good result announced by Crompton, Par- kinson, Ltd., the electrical manufacturers. The report showed a rise...


The Spectator

The profits of the Aerated Bread Company for the past finanCial year were excellent, establishing, in fact, a new record for the Company. The amalgamation of the business of...

* *

The Spectator

Tim NEW GOVERNOR. Needless -. to, ,say, Mr. Maitland, before proceeding to the business of the day, referred to the great loss the Bank had sustained in the death of the Duke...


The Spectator

It was generally anticipated that Tobacco Securities Trust would show a diminution in earnings and, as a matter of fact, the net profit was only 2527,103, against .2758,409: A...

A Hundred Years Ago " THE SBECTATOR," DECEMBER 5rit, 1535.

The Spectator

• MONEY MARKET. Is the Foreign Market; 'Spanish Stock has fluctuated materially. Iii the early part .of the week, the favourite intelligence received from Madrid, and .firm...


The Spectator

There was a point in Mr. Andrew Williamson's address to shareholders of the English, Scottish and Australian Bank, Ltd.--a report of which appeared in the last issue of The...

Page 42


The Spectator

1 ill I L MIUIN IHI A UI ' EINUIN PI I I A NIIIS ITILIEIWIEl EITIU INIK E Y117101 PI E RI El S 1 El 13 M DIU11.11 I I T 7SiTYFF.Irr i k RI I1 T1 T R I 1 1 NrITIHI L mui utui...

"The Spectator" Crossword No. 167

The Spectator

BY ZENO [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...