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News of the Week

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China and Geneva T HE League of Nations Disarmament Conference, for which preparation has been made for years, Is sitting at Geneva. Close by, the Council of the League, the...

There was no hesitation in putting into force a plan

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of action. Naval guns quickly silenced the Chinese forts at Woosung on the other side of the harbour, and landing parties dismantled them. Troops marched into Chapel to seize,...

Shanghai We have tried to give in our first leading

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article reasons why even so we must not give way to despondency either generally or in China particularly : and we publish another article full of an intimate observer's...

On Sunday, while many thousands of Chinese refugees flocked into

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the Foreign Settlements area for protec- tion, a Conference was held and arrangements for the truce to continue with a neutral zone were discussed and referred by the Japanese...

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That is the miserable tale which rings in the ears

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of the workers for peace at Geneva. Happily there are some pleasanter facts to record. The active co-opera- tion of the British and United States Consuls-General at Shanghai has...

* * * * Lord Irwin in India

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The Indian Govenunent has steadily continued • to suppress Congress demonstrations, which are now illegal, and there is reason to suppose that its firmness in maintaining order...

The Prime Minister

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The Prime Minister was absent, for we regret to learn that he has had to have an operation on one eye. That he is in good health otherwise he showed in his constituency last...

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, who is barely

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recovered from influenza, was present to make a state- ment about Shanghai, on the lines of the story..that we have told above. Mr. Lansbury demanded a, debate in exactly the...

The Council of the League has had these troubles before

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it daily. A Committee drew up an earnest declaration on the duties of the two disputant members of the League. Such a document is of no use in itself, but the weight of world's...

The International Settlement The British subjects in Shanghai number several

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thousands, of whom by no means all live within the International Settlement. There are vessels of the Royal Navy in the harbour, and we cannot be too thank- ful that three...

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Latin Pronunciation We read with pleasure a letter from the

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Headmaster of Eton in The Times last week, condemning the prevailing "reformed " pronunciation of Latin, which has been adopted in order to approach uniformity with con-...

Bank Rate 0 per cent., changed front 41 per cent.

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03 September 21st, 1981. War Loan (3 per cent.) was on Wednesday 99k; on Wednesday week, 99,} ; ayear ago, MI. Funding Loan (4 per cent.) was on Wednesday 87; on Wednesday week,...

The Iraq Mandate Ends

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Whatever may be thought of the mandate system im- posed by the Peace Treaties, we welcome the ending of the mandate for Iraq. The Council of the League agreed, histweek, to...

Testitql the Smoke Fiend

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fo send 'a Man to Co - sentry would be a boon, according to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. For its committee on atmospheric pollution, after testing the...

The Lothian Library

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The Marquess of Lothian's library has gone the way of nearly all the historic private libraries in this country, under the relentless pressure of Death Duties. There is some...

Mr. McKenna and the Gold Standard

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Mr. McKenna has consistently regretted the Treasury's decision to return to the gold standard in 1925. It was natural, therefore, that, in his address to the Midland Bank...

New South Wales in Default

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. Extreme Socialism has outrun the constable in New South Wales. Mr. Lang, the Premier of that State, has reduced the finances to such a condition that he has had to instruct...

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Geneva and Shanghai

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R OUND the world from Chinese waters and the streets of Shanghai rolls the sound of bursting bombs, of great naval guns and rifles, bringing its violent discord into the session...

The Chil dren Bill

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A MID the tumult and the shouting over the bouieverse- ment of our fiscal system and habits, too little attention may be given to a much less controversial business, namely, the...

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Voices a t Geneva

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filWOnotable utterances have been broadcast to the world from Geneva in the past week, the address with which Mr. Henderson opened the Disarmament Conference on Tuesday, and the...

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BY SIR FREDERICK WHYT1C. ZHANG . HAl has long been one of the crucial points kJ where East and West meet. The foreigner in China has created in the International Settlement one...

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Studies in Sanctity

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[We propose to publish during the next few weeks a series of studies of saintly characters who have in different ages and different manners exercised a transforming influence on...

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Drinking Imperially

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BY P. MORTON SHAND. W INE-MERCHANTS divide the public into habitual and potential wine-drinkers. It is fairly wield say that those who now drink Empire wines were recruited...

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Organized Leisure in Italy

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BY THE REV. H. W. Fox. " W HAT was wrong with our working people before the War," said an Italian friend to time some months ago, " was that they used to think and talk too...

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Passant Regardant

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Desert BY PETER FLEMING. S OMEBODY pulled on a string, and the red and white flags controlling wheeled traffic at the bridge-head changed places. We bumped forward gently...

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A Hundred Years Ago

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THE "SPECTATOR," FEBRUARY 4TIr, 1832. • SINGULAR DEATH OF A FOR-HUNTING CLERGYMAN. The Reverend Mr. Price, Rector of Lower Wee on, Northampton- shire, while hunting on Tuesday...


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IS NOW READY .0= Shilling (or 25 cents) far each copy 'should be enclosed with instructions, and addressed to :— Itinux Deer., Tea " Sracraxon," LTD., 99 GOWER STREET LONDON,...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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THERE are certain public servants for whom there is no statutory office, but whose service is none the less indispensable. One is the Public Orator—the man who can put into...

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The Theatre

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"Helen!" : Produced by C. B. Cochran. At the Adelphi. Hden ! Not Oh, Helen ! or Say, Helen ! or anything crude like that. Just Helen ! A short title. It might have been...


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A Letter from Bombay (To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sta, We left London at the close of the Round Table Conference full Of hope. The Conference had laid the broad...

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The Reign of Charles II THE delightful loan exhibition illustrating the reign • of Charles II., which has been arranged at 22 and 28 Grosvenor Place for the benefit of H. e...

" Say When ! " A Farcical Comedy by C. Bagot

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Gray. (From an After Dinner Story by Rupert Grayson.) At the Duke of York's Theatre. Junemi by its rather clouded effects, the dinner must have been a successful affair, though...

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Country- Life

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THE COST OF WHEAT. In the latest of the admirable little leaflets, produced as pleasantly and seasonably as if the Research Institute were a tree, the Oxford economists make...

What is the position at present ? The loveliest village

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may be defaced by the most hideous building. If the local Connell, more highly enlightened thanothers, consults the voluntary panel of architects (Sir Guy Dawber's priceless...


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All this means that no county can do without a regional plan ; and one of the privileges of a County Society will be to enforce its adoption by the weight of public opinion. One...


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The County of Hertfordshire—Lamb's "happy, homely Hertfordshire "—has just formed a "County Society" which is likely perhaps to find many imitators. County pride is very strong...


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A cock robin, in a house on the outskirts of Oxford, has been practising this winter a new form of tameness. Ile is devoted to the housekeeper, and seeks out the room where she...


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The Director of the Research Institute himself lays more emphasis than even Sir Horace Plunkett's Institute on the utter dependence of the farmer, especially the dairy farmer,...

An amusing side issue of this Oxford robin's friendship is

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its effect on the dog of the house, an Irish setter of singular beauty even in his race, which is always beautiful. He is obviously and unashamedly jealous of the robin, does...


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I do not think Oxfordshire has a County Society, but its inhabitants work hard in their owe defence, constructively as well as preservatively. A very practical and suggestive...

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[To the Editor of the Srsersron.1 Sin, --It is absurd to quibble at Mr. Guedalla's excellent article on Anglo-Argentine relations, yet one notices in it that tendency...


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[To the Editor of the Srac-rs.ron.] circular recently issued by the Minister of Health enjoins upon Local Authorities the policy of reducing the cost of building until the...


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[To the Editor of the SrEc-raron.] - -A letter signed by C. IT. I/. 'Howard and published in . ..your issue of January 16th, contrasts,. unfavourably -to Australia, the trading...

Letters to the Editor

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[In view of the length of many of the letters which we receive, we would remind correspondents that we often cannot give space for long letters and that short ones are generally...

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[To the Editor of the Sisseraroa.] Sni„—Pending the issue of

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Mr. Du Parcq's report, wise men will reserve judgement concerning the causes and meaning of' the Dartmoor outbreak and it is good to read your warning against a hasty conclusion...

[To the Editor of the Seam/iron.]

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Sm,—Many will, I am sure, sympathize with "Old Render" in his protest against your apparent undue partiality to the teachers in the matter of the cuts in their salaries. It is...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Your correspondent, " Old Reader," who protests against your " undue partiality to the teachers," fulls into a N•ery common error when he...

• DARTMOOR [To the Editor of the Sracrsrmi..]

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Szit,—The recent outbreak at Dartmoor (together with your thoughtful comments thereon) moves one to inquire if the time is not near when the whole problem of the treatment of...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In regard to - the recent tragedy of the Submarine "M 2 ! it scents aniazing that with all the inventions for the provision of apparatus...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In answer to my question : Who would "deprive lawfully married citizens from having a child to succeed them ? " Bishop Welldon...


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[To the Editor of the SpneTaroa.] Sin,—" One of the Commissioners" in your issue of January 23rd, makes such a curious statement that I cannot let it pass unchallenged. '...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Ssa,—Mr. G. M. Boumphrey's articles on the modern home are always of interest. With regard to the one on floors, I have something to say. I...


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(To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.) SIR,—The Monastery on Mount Sinai was dedicated to St. Catherine, the Patron Saint who was broken on the wheel during the Roman occupation of...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—It was a pretty thought to celebrate, as the Government have done, the centenary of the birth of the 'author Of Alice in Wonderland. Let...

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LITERARY CRITICISM [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—In your

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issue of January 23rd there appears a most interesting paragraph in "A Spectator's Notebook," in refer- ence to literary criticisni, and to what "Auspex" describes RS "The...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin,—As I see that one of your competitions is for an epitaph on an undertaker I thought it might amuse some of your readers to see the...

I would like to call the attention of your readers

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to tiv• "New Homes for Old" Housing Exhibition, which will be held at . the Foresters' Hall, 259 High Road, Kilburn, MI February 25th and 26th. - The exhibition promises to be...


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Non Omms Mona' r* NOT all of me will die, not all of me Pass hence to unrelieved oblivion; Some quintessential spark must needs break free And soar and seek and touch at last...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SI IL —IL is really laughable to us Irish people when we learn from a Clergyman's letter in last week's Spectator that Misi K (E. Somerville...


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SIB,—The mention in your "Country Life" columns of these exceedingly efficient weed exterminators (sodium chlorate may be used as well as the chlorate of potash) makes it...

• . 5 . SAINT'S CATTLE .,[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

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SIR,—The prominence given to the lives of the Saints in your colturms, and the reference by Auspek " to the "merriment of the saints" and St. Peter's approval of the Fiddler of...

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"Spectator". Competitions

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RULES AND CONDITIONS " Entries must be typed or very clearly written on one side of the paper only. The name and address, or pseudonym, of the competitor must be on each entry...

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Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Jean Jacques Rousseau. By Matthew Josephson. (Gollanez. 18a.) Tnouou the time has been when the name of Rousseau was, so to say, sky-written in letters of fire, suggestive of...

Monetary Prophets

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Essays in Persuasion. By John Maynard Keynes. (Macmillan. 10s. ed.) America Weighs Her Gold. By Jaine - s Harvey Rogers. (Milford. Its. lid.) The Gold Tangle and the Way Out....

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The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet

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The Georgiad. By Roy Campbell. (Boriswood. as.) Ma. Roy CA.W.PBELL'S Muse is a lady of undoubted talents but uncertain temper. Generally she has a grievance ; and When she has,...

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A Great Queen

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Isabella of Spain. By W. T. Walsh. (Sheed and Ward. 15s.) ISABELLA, Queen of Castile and wife of Ferdinand, King of Aragon, who was born in 1451, and died in 1504, was a...

France and Her Colonies

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IT is in a way refreshing to meet a man of one idea, for his position is so easy to understand. The position of Dr. Southworth (apparently an American writer) is clarity itself:...

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The King of the Beggars

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The King of the Beggars : Bampfylde-Moore Carew. Edited by C. 11. Wilkinson. (Oxford University Press. 15e.) Two saintly men, St. Augustine and Marcus Aurelius, thought....

A Contrast in Autobiographies

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Tuasn two books gain in interest by being read, as I read thorn, within a few days of each other. Apart from the fact that they are both by women and are concerned (the first...

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Illuminating Criticism

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Men, Myths and Movements in German Literature. By William Rose. (Allen & Unwht. 10s. fid.) Tins hook is valuable alike to - students of German literature 'and to all who are...


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Good Measure MR. PRITCHETT'S new novel will greatly increase his reputation. It has little plot. Two girls, who for a moment overhear one another's conversation in a Spanish...

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lt E-ENTER ARNHOLT. By Gordon Latta. (I3enn. 6d.)— An exciting

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story in the Sapper manner. Arnholt, most versatile and elusive of master criminals, has turned =from burglary to the white slave traffic. ' Two amateur sleuths, relying chiefly...


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Here is a biographical dictionary and a bibliography (The, English Writing-Masters and their Copy-Books, 1570-1800, by Ambrose Heal. Cambridge University Press. 1:5 5s. net) to...

SANGOREE By Hugh Edwards. (Cape. 7s. 6d.)—William de Loret traded

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in the West Indies and Surinam, got rich, and came home to Ireland. A pleasant, mildly adventurous story, indifferently told.

3111ICKS AND MORTAR. By Helen Ashton. (Gollancz. 7s. 6d.)—Perhaps architecture

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does not make a good subject, since Miss Ashton's novel, though solid, eco- nomical, and well-built; is a little dull.


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Edward Parry is an engaging and vigorous writer, and he has.found in The Persecution of Mary Stewart (Cassell, 21s.) a congenial subject. He tells the ever-fascinating story...

THE BRIGHT NEMESIS. By John Gunther. (Seeker. 7s. 6d.)—Murder in

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the Balkans, described as if the crime report, the gossip paragraphs, and the foreign news of a go-ahead paper had got badly mixed in proof.

Current Literature

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NATIONHOOD FOR INDIA By Lord Meston, K.C.S.I. Ors a subject on which almost everyone nowadays has something to say, and few have anything worth saying, or know how to say it if...

New Novels

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ON THE MAKE. By Robert Neumann. (Davies. Os.)— The Anita Loos technique, adapted with . Teutonic thoroughness to the needs of Central Europe. Vulgar and not very funny.

FOUR DAYS By Gerald Spencer Pryee

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What invasion means to a peaceful country in producing general confusion as well as much individual hardship is well shown in Mr. Gerald Spencer Pryse's Four Bays (John Lane,...


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Mr. Kenneth Ingram's Has the ,Church Failed-R s , Was a stimulating and provocative piece of work ; and even its hardest slaps, like the health-giving blows of a masseur, aimed...

THE UNEQUAL CONFLICT. - Godfrey Winn. (Duck, worth. 7s. 6d.)—Mr . . Win

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sees Married life as n very unequal conflict into which thinning and heartless women manoeuvre helpless males. A simple-minded attitude which provides a lot of Unconscious humour.

THE FORLORN YEARS. By John Morrison. (Collins. 7s. 6d.)—The forlorn

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years are those when a man is most alone—when he is out of work, when death leaves an abyss, when an idol discloses feet of clay. This is rather a fine book, touching deeper and...

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The Modern Home (We shall be pleased to reply to

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any inquiries arising from the articles we publish on the Modern Home page. Iruptiries should be addressed to the Editor, The SPECTATOR, 99 Cower Street, W.C. 1, with "Modern...

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Italian Shipping Combine -Tim 'Italie (united fleets of the Casulich,

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Lloyd Sabando and Navigazione Generale) has now been -constituted. The Presi- dent is H.R.H. The Duke of the Abruzzi, the Vice-Presidents are Senators Rolandi Ricci and Salvago...


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We publish on this page articles and notes whtch may help our i readers n making their plans for travel. They are written by COI , respondents who have visited the places...

Finance—Public & Private

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Our Greatest Problem AFTER the meeting of Lloyds Bank at - the end of this week, I shall hope briefly to summarize the general views of the bankers with regard to the fmancial...

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Financial Note

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REACTIONARY MARKETS, A WEEK ago, although business in the stock markets was quiet, the tone was steady with an upward tendency in some direc- tions. In view, however, of the...