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The Flagellant Society

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M R. LEONARD HACKETT, chairman of Wokingham magistrates, told a fine' year-old boy last week that he needed 'suet th'rishing that he would be senseless for abt forty-eight...

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F EW people (we hope) will be able to read unmoved Ronald Segal's account, on another page, of those Africans who have been taken from their homes and families and banished to...

—Portrait of the Week— MR. BUTLER held out hope for

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gamblers, but none for Podola. A City Committee came to the con- clusion that take-over bids were admirable things but that a code of conduct should be laid down for them in...


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C o the Podola case reaches its predictably rej ul- 13 sive end, with the usual serial in a Sunday paper ('Was I chained in Hell?') and the usual gay gossip about the...

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Quiz custodiet ?

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H ow many people in Britain are now wonder- ing whether they did wrong, that time they were on a TV quiz programme; when they accepted the producer's friendly advice on, say,...

Any Sucking Dove

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M R. KIIRUSHCIIEV continues to be what Time Times correspondent has learned in Wash- ington to describe as 'interestingly conciliatory.' His speech on Saturday to the Supreme...


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Mill: publication in this country of Mr. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita has now taken place, and the fuss made about it for the past year seems very curious and faded indeed. Ready...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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Settled Out of Court ON the morning of December 17, 1958, Mr. Gerald Garratt, Deputy Keeper of Communications at the Science Museum, left his home at Esher to drive to his...

Master in his House

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By SARAH GAINHAM L AST week the evening party given each year to the Corps Diplomatique by the Federal Foreign Minister, Heinrich von Brentano, opened what passes for a Season...

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By JOHN COLEMAN olita rolls slowly down its London slipway L i this week and the author and ;his wife are here with us to preside over what practically everyone except John...

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South Africa Today

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i. A Place in the Sun By RONALD SEGAL O N Wednesday, October 28, a member of South Africa's political police served Mrs. Elizabeth Mafekeng with a notice, signed by the...

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2. The Lily-White Boys

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By KENNETH MACKENZIE N INETEEN-S1XTY is going to be a big year in South African sport. In the winter a New Zealand rugby team is coming to tour the country; we are sending a...

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The Ultimatum : A Dissenting View

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By ROBERT HENRIQUES TN `The Ultimatum' Mr. Erskine Childers has marshalled so massive an assortment of evidence, and so masterful an argument presented with such crisp...

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Indeterminate Sentences

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS ry HE Home Secretary's Advisory Council on the 1 Treatment of Young Offenders* advocate the abolition of short terms of imprisonment. Youths should only...

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Verdi in Wexford

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By DAVID CAIRNS WEXFORD, since the 1958 festi- val, has not only built a fine new bridge across the estuary; more seriously, it has taken down the notice which used to stand...

Two Festivals

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Apu in London By DEREK HILL THE London Film Festival scrapes along on a budget of £900—compared to the £60,000 Cannes frolic—and scarcely a nod of government recognition. The...

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Where Spades Are Trumps By ALAN BRIEN The Invention. (Royal Court, et Sunday.)—The Marriage-Co- Round. (Piccadilly.)—Rello. (Strand.) AFiticA is our only distressed area. Our...

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The Overworked Word y ISABEL QUIGLY The Lovers and We Die Alone. (Cameo-Poly.) — They Came to Cordaro. (Odeon, Marble Arch.)—Solomon and Sheba. (Astoria.) LOVE, it is a...

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SIR,--111 your leading article (October 30) you write: 'Sir Anthony

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emerges from the story as told in "The Ultimatum" with less discredit than he has from any previous account of what happened at Suez... . In trying to avoid soiling his own...

The Ultimatum John Connell Henry Adler South African Protest Patrick

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van Rensburg X Marks the Spot S. Knox Cunningham, MP Tice BBC's Yugoslav Service D. L. Clarke, 0. Pick Public Opinion Polls Henry Durant, Robert D. Acland The Off-White...


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SIR,--In his attack on the BBC's Yugoslav, Service your anonymous correspondent expresses approval of the commentaries which I broadcast to Yugoslavia for some years and asserts...

X MARKS THE SPOT Sta.—We are used to the Liberals

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speaking with different voices, but Sir Jeremy Mostyn must really not repudiate his leader at such an early date, nor indeed purport to speak for Mr. Grimond. This is what Mr....

SOUTH AFRICAN PROTEST SIR,—As a South African here on a

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visit for the first time, I have been struck by the feeling of helplessness that people in this country have about the situation there. One senses that British people feel there...

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Sta,---Mr. Brian Inglis has got so tied up concerning polls and Don't, Knows (issue of October 23) that it is hopeless to try to follow him in the labyrinth he haS created - for...

SIR,—It is impossible not to sympathise with your Yugoslav correspondent's

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criticism of the BBC. Bashing the BBC has always been popular and fre- quently justified. All the same, your correspondent's strictures and your editorial comment should have...

Sta.—The major Tory victory was also, it seems, a major

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victory for the Gallup Poll. But, however different the result, Dr. Durant would still have had ample material for claiming a spectacular triumph for his system. A small Tory...


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Sta,—Mr. T. R. M. Creighton began his article en- titled 'The Off-White Highlands' with the allegation that 'right-wing Europeans of Group Captain Briggs's United Party (and...


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SIR, —The Rev. Austin Lee is so full of pity for homosexuals that he misses the point 'of my com- ment on the case of the Consett boy. I was not concerned with the nature of...


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SIR.—Dr. Moore, who appears to have canvassed the entire medical profession on this point, suffers— as do the 90 per cent. of his colleagues who apparently ticked the...


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SIR,—In his apprehension lest the compositor, being human, should err, Bernard Levin publicly urges him to distinguish between the Christian names of Mr. Morgan Phillips and...

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She Was a Child and I Was a Child B y KINGSLEY AMIS EW books published in this country since the if King James Bible can have set up more eager expectation, than Lolita,* nor,...

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Dash and Doubt

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THE large eyes, perceptive and melancholy, the sensitive and passionate mouth half-hidden by the beard—it is the typical face of the Victorian Sage that greets us from the...

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Up Against the Moralists

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Three Traditions of Moral Thought. By Dorothea Krook. (C.U.P., 30s.) ( AsiiiitioGi: produces some surprising things— though Miss Krook looks at first deceptively orthodox. She...


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The Magic-Maker : E.. E. Cummings. By Charles Norman. (Macmillan, New York, 41s.6d.) E.. E CUMMINGS is . an important poet and the author of The Enbrmous Room, one of the best...

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Overlord or Not

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Triumph in the West 1943-1946. Based on the Diaries of Field-Marshal Lord Alanbrooke. By Arthur Bryant. (Collins, 30s.) LIKE the first, this second volume of the Alan- brooke...

Life With Freud

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ON the eve of a critical meeting in Munich of the International Psycho-Analytical Association, Jung, as President, sent a notification of the. date of meeting to Ernest Jones, a...

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The Dean Drank Coffee

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MR. JOIINSTON, dissatisfied with the reception given to his eighteen.Lyear-old article 'The Mysterious Origin of Dean Swift,' now publishes the results of a mature examination...

Scholarly Values

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The Fourteenth Century, 1.307-13 . 99. (The Oxford History - of England. Vol. 5.) By 11 ay McKisack. (0.U. P.. 35s.) A CENTURY which includes Bannockburn and Crecy, the wars of...

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Virility of Florence

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By Mary McCarthy , t The Stones of Florence. (Heinemann, 84s.) Two sets of people will be irritated by the pros- pect of Mary McCarthy's new book : those who feel that she...

Love Knocked Out

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The Right People. By Peter Forster. (Hutchinson, 16s.) The Autumn Equinox. By John Hearne. (Faber, 15s.) The Ruling Passion. By William Camp: (MacCi ibbon and Kee, 16s.) The...

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The Tumbled House. By Winston Graham. (Hodder and Stoughton, 16s.)

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Son vindicates father's memory by libelling his libeller, in the same way that the younger Gladstones dealt with Captain Peter Wright of the Bath Club. Excellent court scenes...

It's a Crime

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Cat Among the Pigeons. By Agatha Christie. (Collins, I 2s. 6d.) 'Owing to the influential con- nections at Meadowbank the murder of Miss Springer had been played down very...

Hare Sitting Up. By Michael Innes. (Gollancz, 12s. 6d.) Identical

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donnish twins, one of whom is up to his neck in secret bacteriological-warfare stuff; the donnish detective, Appleby, falsely bearded and bespectacled; and a donnishly dotty...

Stop at Nothing. By John Welcome. (Faber, 15s.) Breakneck thriller

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in which the best people chase each other in'Bentleys and Ferraris and the like from green days in County Kildare to blue nights on the Cote d'Azur, quoting Cory and Chesterton;...

Man in the Dark. By Wilfred Cook. (Cresset Press, I6s.)

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Commercial traveller strangles mis- tress's husband in drab Midland town and then, by forgery and good luck, steps not only into victim's bed but also into his bank account....

The Jury is Still Out. By Irwin D. Davidson and

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Richard Gehman. (Peter Davies, 21s.) In 1957, in New York, a gang of eighteen lads be- tween the ages of fourteen and eighteen killed a fifteen-year-old cripple, member of a...

The Man Who Chose Death. By Eric Allen. (Hammond, 12s.

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6d.) Rather a lot of sudden deaths in Florence, where a Titian is pinched from the Uflizi. Better than average writing and atmo- sphere, and quite a pace to the...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Good behaviour on the part of City 'squares' is not, of course, sufficient to protect the small investor. The law needs changing. The first obvious...


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By CUSTOS A the moment of writing the profit-take outweighed the new buyers and the TU share markets have come back. This is wha been expecting for some time and a 10 per ce...

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S TRAND ELECTRIC. Presenting the accounts to April 30, 1959, this company shows a net profit after tax of £34,771 which is a record in the Group's history. The chairman, Mr. J....

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Press v. Buyers By KATHARINE WHITEHORN Big wholesale houses have characters .almost as distinct as the maisons de couture in Paris, and usually an age-group as well. Polly...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1060 ACROSS.---1 Counterpoint. 9 Laurelled. 10 Items.

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11 Payees. 12 Anisette. 13 Oberon. 15 Greylags. 18 Academic. 19 Ordeal. 21 Auditors. 23 Doting. 26 Otter. 27 Thotnasina. 28 Threadneedle. DOWN.-1 Calypso. 2 Usury. 3 Therefore....


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Solution on Nov. 20 ACROSS 1 How different the play might have been if Cleopatra's baby had received this order! (7) 5 Forbid passion among the bal- loons (7) Artilleryman, one,...

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Consuming Interest

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The Rough and the Smooth By LESLIE ADRIAN Pressing the experts to tell me how to get the best value for money in towels produced a for- mula reminiscent of what a soap...

A Doctor's Journal

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Normalcy By MILES HOWARD OF the crowd of terms being daily misapplied in medical writings, some may be picked out for special mention—in the Top Ten there will be a certain...

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Wine of the Week

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SOME very respectable wines grown in South Africa, and been grown there for the pasi, years or so. Nowadays, South Af sherry is especially good—the' where it is grown...