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Great Britain and the Saar While Lord Cecil was attempting

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unsuccessfully in the House of Lords on Wednesday to extract from the Government some explanation of Mr. Baldwin's rather unfortunate reference to the collective system, Mr....

Though the - result of Tuesday's meeting was never in serious

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dOubt so sweeping a majority could not be counted on. As it is a new situation is created. The Bill to be introduced after Christmas is secure of a smooth passage through the...


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T HE vote on the India report at the meeting of the Council of the Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations on Tuesday was an event of historic importance. If...

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M. Laval's Policy The line the new French Foreign Minister,

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M. Laval, is pursuing is interesting and hopeful. He is a member of a - Government whose policy it is to follow in all essentials in the footsteps of its predecessor, and the...

* * * Hidden Germany The smoke-screen behind which events

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in Germany are enacted has drifted aside once or twice this week, and Tuesday's Times has been confiscated for what it contained—which was an analysis of the conflicting...

Atlantic Competition The Government's intentions are not as clear as

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they should be in regard to the North Atlantic liner services. Its discouragement of the suggested purchase and development of the Red Star Line was severely criticized in the...

* * A Reichstag Fire Echo The document purporting to

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be a signed declaration by the former Nazi leader Herr Ernst, that he himself and two of the men under his command, together with the Dutchman van der Lubbe, fired the Reichstag...

* * * ._ The Tramp Shipping Subsidy The details of

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the Government's scheme for subsidizing tramp shipping and for assisting the scrapping and replacement of old tonnage have been fully set forth in a White Paper and further...

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On Tuesday the House presented a forlorn appearance when Mr.

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Runciman rose to open his case for the Shipping Subsidy. The Conservative Conference hod bereft it of all except the tiny Labour and Liberal oppositions and a handful of...

A 100-Miles-an-Hour Train - • - There was a severely

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practical object ,for the amazing e xperiment in speed record-breaking Made by the London and North Eastern Railway, whose veteran e ngine, the.. Flying Scotsman, drew a train...

I find that I was wrong in suggesting that the

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German Embassy had no representative present during last week's Rearmament debate. The Military Attaché and one of the Secretaries of the Embassy were, in fact, in the House.

Speculation in the House of Commons once again centres on

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the future of Mr. Lloyd George. The moderation of his speech in the Defence debate completely surprised supporters of the Government, who imagined that a man who could support...

The Week in Parliament Our Parliamentary correspondent writes : The

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result of the Putney by-election. where the Government majority slumped from 21,000 to under 8.000, a drop of nearly. 6,000 even on the 1929 figures. has had a more depressing...

Ribbon Development—Government Delays It is extremely disturbing that Mr. MacDonald

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should have given so hesitating and non-committal an answer to a question asking whether the Government would deal quickly with the control of ribbon development along the main...

The Health of Children In his annual report as Chief

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Medical Officer of the Board of Education, Sir George Newman says that the general health and nutrition of the people were well maintained in . 1933, in spite of the economic...

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EUROPE'S NERVES T HERE are signs that Europe's nerve-crisis Is passing.

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For - a nerve-crisis it undoubtedly has been. Foolish, windy and irresponsible talk of war has been prevalent everywhere, with no more real ground for apprehending war than has...

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Y ESTERDAY a mass meeting at the Albert Hall was addressed by the new head of the Salvation Army, General Evangeline Booth, who has come from America to take up her new duties...

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After the vote at the Conservative Council meeting on Tuesday

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the activities of the opponents of the Indian Reform proposals matter relatively little, and the article by Lord Rothermere in Monday's Daily Mail may in the circumstances be...

Lord Riddell found his way rather cwiously into journalism, and

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into rather curious regiors of it—for the proprietorship of the News of the World certainly merits that description. He began life as a solicitor and got to Fleet Street...

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. The deaths of. Lord Buckmaster and Lord Riddell on the same day rob the House of Lords of two very different personalities. Lord Buckmaster was in his day a brilliant Chancery...

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We know so little of the inward life of the people of Japan that any chance flashes of illumination have their value. Here is one—a letter from a Japanese correspondent...


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I N the necessary process of explaining the Report of the Select Committee on India to various sections of the people of this country Lord Halifax is most appropriately —and...

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By SIR NORMAN ANGELL T URNING over some accumulated rubbish the other day, I came upon a number of American newspaper cuttings dating from January, 1896 — the letters of an...

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By LORD SNELL A S an instalment of the substance of self-government, the Indian peoples should receive the proposals of the Joint Select Committee with respect, but not with...

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By "LESTOR " AT OT long ago an Englishman was flying himself back to England from East Africa, , and one evening he decided that he would spend the night in a certain large...

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By EDWARD SHILLITO E DWARD IRVING died in Glasgow on December 8th, 1834. He was only forty-two, but old before-his time, " hoary as . with extreme old age." There seemed little...

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By H. E. , BATES A LMOST every winter, sometimes in November but more often in early December, after the fall of the last leaves ; there are brief spells of damp, windless...

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une information tout recemment publiee par un organ parisien de la presse du soirde domaine de Rarnbouillet, qui cOnstitue la residence sutomnale . du' President de la...

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Only the Word

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ONLY the word—a cache of coins Dug up from roots and mud, Once minted by the refluent blood That fed the brain and pliant loins. Organs that felt fatigue and thirst And...


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A Letter from Oxford [To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—The present term has so far produced nothing very new or strange. No fresh movements have sprung up and no novel...

The Singing Head and the Lady HE had famished in

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a wilderness, Braved lions for my sake, And all men lie that say that I Bade that swordsman take His head from off his body And set it on a stake. He swore to sing my beauty...

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" The Count of Monte Cristo." At the London Pavilion

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Tress is a picture for those who him their full money's worth of solid entertainment. " Solid " is the word, for the film is very long ; the earlier sequences are slow and...

"The Iron Duke." At the Tivoli

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FROM a hill-top at Waterloo the Iron Duke surveys the battle through his telescope. He catches sight of Napoleon, and one of his officers calls for a musket, anxious to have a....


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"Lady Precious Stream." By S. I. Hsiung. At the Little IT is curious how I n the face of a play may be altered in exportation. In China the original of this entertainment is a...

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Photographic Art Ix the sixteenth century, when critics argued about the relative dignity of the various arts, one of the opinions put forward was that painting was a finer art...

Music Mr. Walton's First Symphony

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Iv spite of what is called "a favourable reception," there was a note of disappointment in the comments upon the three movements of Mr. Walton's Symphony during the inter- val...

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Defeating Drought

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Now this Board of Green-keeping Research has just issued from Bingley Hall, Yorkshire, one of its rather rare and quite precious journals (price 2s. 6d.) ; and it has news for...

The Rock Bush A form of gardening that has many

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attractions grows in favour. It is the rock garden that consists rather of shrubs than of the tiny plants belonging to an Alpine scree or moraine; or of the grass and rock that...


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A Fruitful Winter It will be a rich winter for many birds (though let us not on that account omit to feed them). The crop of acorns is immense, though the supply will not...

The Greedy Pike

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A distinguished Minister of Agriculture once said in my hearing that of all the sports in which he had ever shared that which pleased him most was fishing for pike. Si fore: in...

Alien Swallows As the last of our summer visitors left

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and the swallows, the most visible of them, were no more seen, I received a letter from a ship in the China seas, some 200 miles off Borneo. It tells incidentally of the number...

Country Crafts in London

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Rural handicrafts, which continue to flourish in many • districts, begin to enjoy a vogue in the town. The Rural Industries Bureau, being a governmental, or semi-govern-...

The Importance of Grass

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We have many research workers whose subject is the grass of the field and common and lawn ; and recently no little fillip to this enquiry has been applied by an association of...

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[To the Editor of TilE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—YOur Medical Correspondent, with almost the whole of whose wise and stinmlating article on Maternal Mortality I naturally agree,...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR [Corre spondents are requested to keep their

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letters as brief as is reasonably possible length is that of one of our " News of .the Week" paragraphs. Signed letters a. re The most suitable over those bearing a...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.]

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Sns,—The article by your Medical Correspondent is typical of much that should never appear in the lay Press. It tends to shake the nerves of the medically ignorant lay person,...

[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Your Medical Correspondent makes

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the interesting suggestion that the high rate of maternal mortality, among young mothers of the prosperous classes may be " because the newly emancipated woman . has yet to...


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[To , the Editor of Tim SPECTATOR.] Srit, 7 -With regard to the question , of religious instruction in , schoolS,_ Your correspondent Col. R, E. Martin is evidently of • the...


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lamentable deaths- in an accident at a level- crossing. move you .to a strongly worded- paragraph. You mote that during this year no fewer than.twenty-one persons • have been...

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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR, Mr. Frank Morris' letter from the Constitutional Club may, I hope, be taken as evidence that anxiety as to the results of our electoral...


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[To the Editor of TILE SPECTATOR.] SIR.,—The news which has recently reached this country of large numbers of death sentences passed in Bulgaria on Communists calls for the...


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THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Your note in last week's issue on the economic boycott is rather bewildering. On the one hand you condemn Mr. Herbert Morrison for urging members of the...


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[To. the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The increasing number of educated women of the professional and middle classes who are now obliged to look for paid work has led many...


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[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Amongst the many activities described in the Memoir of my brother Harold Wright, which is reviewed in the November 30th issue of The...

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allow me to make a timid appeal to your good nature ? Ever since I read the review of my book Spanish Raggle-Taggle in The Spectator of November 30th, I have been greatly...

A Broadcasting Calendar

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7th 10.45 Launch of new Orient liner ' Orion ' at Barrow-in-Furness by the Duke of Gloucester in Australia, by means of wireless impulse. Speeches and...

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A Purge for Self-Conceit *

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By BONAMY DOBREE MANDEVILLE belongs to the honourable and glorious race of sceptics, of cynics if you prefer the word, a useful race but unpopular, as all must be who...

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The Planned Age of Leisure

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The Economic Consequences of Progress. By Roy Glenday. (Routledge. 12s. 6d.) • IF contemporary literature is any guide, the outstanding qUestion today is no longer whether...

The Briefer Bell& WHAT an excellent writer Mr. Belloc is,

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and also what an industrious one In the four •volumes of his History of England, which run to 1612, and in his continuation of Lingard, running from 1688, together with his...

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A Great Public Servant .

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Sir Robert Morant. By Bernard M. Allen. (Macmillan. 12s. 6d.) Tins biography of a great civil servant-helps to fill a gap in English political literature. On the parliamentary...

Men and Mistresses

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Francis I. - By Francis -Hackett. ' (1eirremanri: . 12s. 6(1.) Mn. HACKETT'S new - book is - so good . Of its kind,.and seems so surely destined for success, that it provokes...

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The Task of Egeria

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The Man Liszt. By Ern est :Newman._ (Cassell. 12s. 6d.) . Ix the preface to this book the author points out with some care that it has teen fiti'lrom his'intention to " debunk...

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East and South

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MR. SACHEVERELL SITWELL and his brother are two of the very few living Endishmen who can describe architecture ; it is a very gracious gift, requiring a keen visual memory,...

From The Devil's Side

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" HE was his own worst enemy " : the little trite memorial phrase which in the case of so many English exiles disposes discreetly and with a tasteful agnosticism of the long...

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The Pleasures of Life

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The Major Pleasures of Life. Selected and arranged by Martin Armstrong. The Minor Pleasures of Life. Selected and arranged by Rose Macaulay. (Gollanez. 7s. 6d. each.) TftEsE two...

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Fic Lion

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By WILLIAM PLOMER The Seven Pillars is a Spanish novel, an unusually diverting fable, based on a profound philosophical truth, and executed with such irony that one is prompted...

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Books for Children

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Knowledge Without Tears The Romance of Engineering. By Dr. A. D. Merriman. (Harrap. 7s. 6d.) How the Airman Finds His Way and How an Aeroplane Flies. By F. V. Monk and H. T....

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Mainly for Uncles

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Coot Club. By Arthur Ransome. (Cape. 7e. Od.) The Flying Classroom. By Erich Hastner. Translated by Cyrus Brooks. Illustrated by Walter Trier. (Cape. 7s. 6c1.) Happy Families....

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Magical All-Sorts

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Robins. (Nicholson and Watson. Ss.) (Lane. 2s.) Patagonian Holiday. By M. I. Ross. (Routledge. 3s. 6d.) MANY and strange are the ways in which the fairy tale heroes and...

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Current Literature

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CHEAP EDITIONS • ONE of the most encoura g in g features of the contemporary book-market is the widespread success of the cheap edition. There are about a dozen well-known...

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FROM the clamour that has resounded since the first of

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the Belisha beacons reared its head on a London street one plain fact emerges. The walker must be taught from the beginning how to get about without endangering himself and...

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Railway Securities and Earnings Tins week's decision of the four main Railway Companies to make permanent the Id. a mile fare for the . double journey for return tickets...

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WITH the opening - of the last complete account of the current year, the Stock Exchange has taken On - a - definitely quieter . appearance. Preparations for Christmas . ' haVe...


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British banking institutionswith considerable foreign connexions have been met by the same difficulties as those prevailing in this country to the extent that interest rates...

* * * * - -DEMAND FOR NEW-- ISSUES. Meanwhile, fresh

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Channels for investment are _continually being provided - through new capital issues. Most of the offers of stocks Of the - gilt-edged type haVe been taken up eagerly on their...


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That Scottish industry is participating in British internal trade expansion was indicated by the accounts of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which revealed an- :increase of some...

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"The Spectator" Crossword No. 115

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BY ZENO [A prize of one guinea will be given to the snake of the first corred solution of this week's Crossword puzzle to be opened. Envelopes should be marked " Crossword...

A Hundred Years Ago

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" THE SrEcteroa," DECEMBER 6TH, 1834. The attempt to get up a Church and King cry, to revive the days of Anti-Catholic bigotry and Birmingham mobs, has utterly failed. People...


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Pride of place is given in this month's Empire Review to a vigorous article by Colonel Moore-Brabazon on the Air Ministry. Colonel Moore-Brabazon feels that the Air Ministry...