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INDEX FOR JANUARY--JUNE, 1961 INDEX OF SUBJECTS AND TITLES A Absence of a Cello, The, Ira Wallach, 232 (R) Absent-Minded Professor, The, 878 (CA) Accused, The, Harold R....

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No. 6915 Established FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 1828 1961

—Portrait of the Week— FOR A NUMBER OF PEOPLE 1961

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came in with a headache, not always due to hangovers from New Year's Eve. There was chaos in Laos, tussles in Brussels, and disastro for Castro. THE UNITED STATES broke off...


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rr HE situation in Laos now looks a little less I threatening than it appeared two or three days ago, when it seemed as though a local civil war was about to develop into a...

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International Justice

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W HEN last summer the independent African States resolved to break the long deadlock in the United Nations over South West Africa by taking the case to the International Court...

An MP's Homework

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H OMEWORK, Charles Fletcher-Cooke insists in his article this week, is a morass of detail; but it is only by engulfing himself in it that an MP can serve his constituents and...

Steel in the 196os

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F OR obvious reasons it is impossible to make any valid comparisons between what is achieved by an industry run by private enter- prise, and what would have been achieved if the...

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Indeterminate Sentences

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AM sometimes tempted,' the Lord Chief 'Justice told a court recently, 'to think that if any members of the Council [he was referring to the Advisory Council on Corporal Punish-...


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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS T HE policy of President de Gaulle in Algeria is to offer a choice between integration, association and secession, but in the meanwhile to construct...

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The Prisoners of St. Helena: Part 3

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By BERNARD LEVIN AND I had better make it clear right away that there will shortly be a Part 4, a Part 5 and a Part 6, and indeed as many Parts as may be necessary to bring this...

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Westminster Commentary

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Homework By CHARLES FLETCHER-COOKE, MP N 0 one can quarrel, at any rate no one does quarrel, with Mr. Butler's management of our business. Come Thursday afternoon, and he is...

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The Northcliffe of the Nile

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By WILLIAM HARCOURT I T is very difficult to buy a round of drinks for an Arab, and Sayed Mekkawi was standing me a cup of whisky on the red-tiled terrace of the Cultural...

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New Gods in Ghana

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By CECIL NORTHCOTT O UTSIDE the Parliament House in Accra President Nkrumah stands on his plinth in an act of benediction, and beneath the statue is engraved an inversion of the...

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Stains on the Carpet Dr. A. M. Esfandiary The Wisdom

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of the East K. W. Rankin Opus Dei Bernard Bergonzl, John A. Henry, A. D. C. Peterson Libraries and Authors' Royalties 'Sir Alan Herbert Gunning for Gaitskell Kenneth Tynan...

SIR,—Secular Institutes are neither secret nor do they have any

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political connotation. In fact, with the emphasis they give to the dignity and freedom—both human and spiritual—of every human being in his individual work, thought and...

OPUS DEI SIR,—Mr. O'Leary says that he lived in an

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Opus Dei hostel for three years and was never pressed to join the movement. He seems to have been unusually left alone; I was speaking very recently to a young man who was...

LIBRARIES AND AUTHORS' ROYALTIES SIR,—Mr. Barry, Secretary to the Library

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Associa- tion, continues to growl, like a worn-out record. his 'What about motor-cars? Why not washing • machines?' I have asked him personally, in vain, to abandon an argument...

THE WISDOM OF THE EAST Sus,—In his report on the

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interchange between Professor Enright and members of the Singapore Government, Mr. Bernard Levin refers (Spectator, December 9, 1960) somewhat disparagingly to a 'curiously...

SIR,—If the letter from 'Tutor Oxoniensis' were to create the

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impression that the Opus Dei proposals were rejected because there is less difficulty in hous- ing Afro-Asian students, or indeed students of any kind, in Oxford than elsewhere,...

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SIR,—Mr. Leslie Adrian fairly says that not every good travel agent is a member of ABTA; he might well have added that ABTA only admits people %silo issue tickets, and that a...


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.Sin.—I wish Bernard Levin would step tantalising us. Whom, exactly, did he have in mind when he referred, in his piece about the defence debate, to 'those members of the...


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SIR.--Mrs. Furlong may say that my %ie%%; are 'jaundiced,' but it would be better if she met them with reasoned argument. I have belonged to the Lincoln diocese for more than...

SIR,-11 Miss Quigly wants to go on fighting battles of

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long ago, it is not for me to stop her. But it's really no use her pretending that when she said that those who fought for Hitler were responsibje for what he did and weren't...


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SIR,—While in Italy last week, I had a cutting of Miss Quigly's review of Under Ten Flags. I have since read Ludovic Kennedy's very sound letter on the same subject. When she...


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SIR,—May I send an addendum to my piece. Nec et- sary Distinctions, Which you printed last week? 'Free gift' should certainly have . been included.—Yours faithfully, MARGHAN1TA...

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Off- C entre By ALAN BRIEN The Lion in Love. (Royal Court.)—Toad of Toad Hall. (Westminster.)— The Coral King. (Ru- doff Steiner Hall.) MISS SHELAGH DELANEY is a...


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Third Danger Man FORSTER By PETER Third Danger Man Evening in Hong Kong; elderly man carrying attache case gets out of cab in front of hotel. Fast car sweeps round corner;...

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What Counted By ISABEL QUIGLY I 'D like to see a book reviewer's face if you gave him several dozen books as oddly assorted as you could find them—fiction rang- ing from...


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Inviting Criticism By CLIVE BARNES You would need to be stone-blind not to see the basic importance of The, Invitation, and it may even mark a certain belatedly new departure...

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New Adam By BERNARD WILLIAMS gr HE present age will hereafter merit to be I called the Age of Reason and the present generation will appear to the future as the Adam of a new...

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Looking For The Actual

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Selected Poems. By John Peale Bishop. (Chatto and WinduS, 12s. 6d.) Selected Poems 19234958. By E. E. Cummings. Country Matters. By Oliver 8s. 6d.) The Only Need. By Brian...

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Critics and Specialists

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THESE two volumes promise, from the table :•f contents, to be more coherently planned than most collections of literary essays; and, up to a point, closer study bears this out....

War and Candour • •

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Crimean War Reader. By Kellow Chesriey. (Muller, 25s.) No war before the Crimea—not even the great Peninsular and Waterloo campaigns—so engaged the day-to-day attention of the...

Choosing Hiroshima

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Command Decisions. Edited by Kent Greenfield. (Methuen, 42s.) PRESIDENT TRUMAN has never publicly doubted that he was right to order the aerial obliteration of Hiroshima. As he...

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The Last Master

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TFIEsE are carefully-argued books, but neither author escapes the dead tone of the thesis, and neither is critically independent of the author he discusses; despite occasional...

• Through the Looking-Glass

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FICTION is rather like two opposite mirrors re- flecting each other in an apparently infinite series of diminutions. Somewhere about fourth or fifth reflection from the real...

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New Year Resolutions for Mr. Lloyd,

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By NICHOLAS .DAVENPORT THANK heaven the new year is not starting with the false econo- mic promise of 1960. Readers of financial columns other , than this will be prepared for...

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Rocking the Ark

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By JOHN COLE A. I l ER reciting their usual jeremiad about the . sorry state of the order book, the shipbuild- !og employers will shortly concede a wage Increase to their...

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Company Notes

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A NSELLS BREWERY of Birmingham has a most progressive profit record; figures for the year ended October 2, 1960, reflect an in- crease of 224 per cent, in the trading profit at...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS ARTINS BANK started the 1961 dividend season with a fine statement-net profits up by 22 per cent. and a 15 per cent. dividend against 13 per cent. forecast. LLOYDS...

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MacTavish, Go Home By K ATHARINE WHITEHORN For a start, it is far too soon after Christmas. Either you are already exhausted by Christmas, and New Year's Eve throws you...

Mind and Body

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The Stumblers B y JOHN LYDG ATE all fall down. Not very often, but the startling unpleasantness of a heavy fall is a sharp reminder of the self 1) effacing miracle of the...

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Cons um ing Interest

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On the Never By LESLIE ADRIAN READING that the end-of- year bad debt total in- curred by the hire-pur- chase companies is likely to be nearer £10 million than £7 million, I...

Postscript . • •

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'painted . . . in memory of their trips to Norway to fish, shoot and paint.' A terrible painting, but the summing-up of whole shelves of high-minded aM horribly healthy...