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We have dealt elsewhere with the possibilities of Abdel Krim's

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sudden rise to political fame and fortune, but must notice here the week's news as to his successes. Raisuli; once invincible, has surrendered his stronghold to Abdel Krim....

The new German Chancellor, Dr. Luther, made haste to answer

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it. His chief point was that if Germany had indeed been guilty of infringements of the disarmament clauses of the Treaty, the Allies ought to point them out specifically. In...

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W E deal in our leading columns with the important events which have occurred in France and Germany. On Wednesday, January 28th, as we briefly recorded last week, M. Herriot...

Meanwhile the speech, although it delighted the Right and Centre

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parties of the French Chamber, seems to have seriously imperilled M. Herriot's position. His majority is dependent on the Socialists, and these are showing grave signs of...

Abdel Krim saw his opportunity not only to smash one

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who might be described as a traitor to the Moors, but a traitor who had a valuable fortress and a great deal of money. To quote the Times correspondent, the two biggest men in...

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The recent visit of three hundred and fifty of the

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leading citizens of the English-speaking Province of Ontario to the Roman Catholic and French-speaking Province of Quebec is a political event of the first importance. The...

At the end of last week the Liberal Party held

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a great convention at the Kingsway Hall. Some 2,000 delegates were present from all over the country. Mr. Asquith was in the chair supported by Mr. Lloyd George. The convention...

The . Manchester Guardian has been publishing inter- esting but distressing

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accounts of widespread distress in the West of Ireland. It amounts, we are told, to "a potential famine." The two essentials of life for the West of Ireland peasant are his...

But it was when the discussion turned on to the

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aims and objects of the party that a certain unreality seems to have crept into the proceedings. There was a signifi- cant little incident on the afternoon of Thursday, January...

It is not difficult indeed to show that there isa

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distinct, differentiated, Liberal attitude towards • the big ques- tions of to-day. It • is easy to see where the Liberal Party differs from the Labour Party and where it...

The "analogous measures " are exhibited in the White Paper.

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In the first place, industries will have to come with absolutely clean hands before they can get help. (1) The industry must be regarded as of substantial importance, either on...

We cannot, like some of our Free Trade contemporaries take

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the White Paper pubTished by the Board of Trade on Wednesday au tragique. The paper unfolds the scheme of the Government to safeguard industries which are subject to exceptional...

What augments this irony is that the foundation of Raisuli's

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great wealth was subsidies from Spain. Now they will be used against the Spaniards. It remains to be wen whether Abdel Krim can consolidate his position. If he does, he may, as...

The Manchester Guardian correspondent calculates that at least another half-million

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will be needed from private charity if disaster is to be averted between now and the, new potato crop in June. It seems that these famines will continue to be periodic while the...

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Luckily there is in existence an elaborate system of arbitration

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for railway disputes, and the present dispute will first be referred to the Central Wages Board and then, if necessary, to the National Wages Board. Thus we need fear no...

A sudden conflict has arisen between the railway companies and

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the N.U.R. and the Railway Clerks' Asso- ciation. These two Unions met the representatives of the companies and put forward claims not so much for flat rate increases in wages...

We have dealt elsewhere with aspects of the Budget problems

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connected with the fight against Socialism, and made special references to the Post Office and the National Debt. Both of these matters were the subjects of detailed. discussion...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent., changed from 3 per cent.

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July 5th, 1923. 5 per cent. War Loan was on Thursday, 101 1 , , ; Thursday week, 10111 ; a year ago, 1006,.. ai per cent. Conversion Loan was on Thursday, 78 Thursday week, 78...

We are glad to note that Mr. Neville Chamberlain in

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a speech at Manchester on Monday insisted, as he has often done before, upon the fact that "the salvation of the housing situation, caused by a lack of building labour, was to...

The National Trust has received a new and most important

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addition to its Gallery of Natural Pictures. On Tuesday, in a letter to the Times, Mr. John Bailey, the Chairman of the Trust, pointed out that Mr. George and Mr. Edward...

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HOW. TO FIGHT SOCIALISM II.—THE BUDGET AND THE POST OFFICE A WISELY framed Budget is one of the best ways of fighting Socialism. A discontented population is the best...

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A BDEL KRIM, the vanquisher of Spain, has now over thrown Raisuli—the chieftain who in turn defied France, Spain, and England, and at one time the Concert of Europe. Everyone...

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Just six months ago the German delegates were leaving the London Conference, having signed the Protocol which put the Dawes Scheme into effect. M. Herriot had agreed definitely...

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O NCE more we are in the midst of an epidemic

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of what is called influenza. True influenza is a disease of quite definite characteristics, but these are resembled fairly closely by the symptoms of certain other diseases, and...

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[Mr. Malcolm Maenaughtan, who has himself done so much for the released prisoner, has sent us this formidable indictment of the Prison System. His remedy lies in the principle...

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/THE new rural industry of sugar-beet growing and of • sugar-making will become thoroughly established in England this year. It has been talked about for a hundred years, and...

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F ORTY-ONE years ago skis were firSt introduced into Switzerland from Norway by the Monks of the St. Bernard Monastery. Little did the good Brethren think, - as they scoured...


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WAR MEMORIALS Mosr of the War Memorials have now been set up, and we can begin to adjust our ideas on the national impulse which forced them to take shape and on the general...

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The first of these "Architectural Notes" contained an iippreciation of

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a new office block opposite Victoria Station. This fine building, one of the best new commercial buildings in London, has now been completely disfigured by an advertise- ment on...

The subject of the House of Lords War Memorial has

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isuddenly come before the public in an acute form. The question is a domestic one for the Upper House and hardly affects the man in the street, but the general opinion will...


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ON Thursday, January 29th, the Royal Philharmonic Society gave the third concert of their present season, under the direction of Mr. Eugene Goossens. At least one of the works...


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EMERGENCY HOUSES [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—As a member of the Health Committee of the City Council of this city I shall be most obliged if you will kindly inform...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—TO realize the difficulties of this question, all sentiment must be eliminated, and it should be considered only in the light of...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Various friends in England have drawn my attention to a sort of "serial" onslaught upon the late Marcel Proust which has been appearing in...

[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Lord Leigh inquires in

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his letter of January 24th as to the cost of upkeep of a steel house. There can be little doubt that, as compared with a good type of concrete house, not only is the cost of...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—With the death of Friedrich von Hiigel there passes one of those truly catholic minds that the Church of Rome produces from time to time....


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—May I just clear up one or two misapprehensions under which " Laicus " seems to have written his letter in your last issue ? First he...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sm,—The solution of the

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difficulty of getting good brown' bread is to make it at home. Here is the receipt : Half lb. wholemeal, lb. common flour, 1 teaspoon salt, do. sugar, cream of tartar and...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sm,—Mrs. J. L. Kimball's objection to the Epilogue to St. Joan, of course, is not new, some of the dramatic critics on the play's production...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sm,—The career of the late Lord Grenfell was a rather con- spicuous instance of the power of Englishmen to adapt themselves to circumstances,...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sin, — Your article in the Spectator of January 17th under the above heading was most illuminating. But it will require more than a demand for...

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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SM,—Referring to your article in last week's Spectator, "The Cinema." When I was in Bruges in April, 1914, I saw a most wonderful film of...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sm,—There are several things I should like to say on Mr. Denis Mackairs article on Cross-Words Puzzles. I confine myself, however, to one...


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THE MESSENGER IT was that time of tender light When eastern slopes shine like the rose ; Before the lashes of the night Droop wanly, ere the eyelids close. A quietness,...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,-1 4 /Irs. Benjamin Guinness's beautiful house at 11 Carlton House Terrace, with its double set of drawing-rooms and won- derful Chinese...


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[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,—In your issue of January 24th, Mr. Denis Mackail, in his article on "The Cross-Words Mania," says, "Like the cocktail, the foxtrot and the...

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LABOUR'S MONEY [COPYRIGIIT IN TIIE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY TIIE New York Times.] HERE is a book which is, indeed, of the moment. It is a book of reconciliation—of...

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The Editor of the SPECTATOR offers a prize of £5 for an original four-line epigram on " The Modern World." MR. J. ST. LOE STRACHEY writes : "From every point of view the...

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THIS WEEK'S BOOKS HORACE WALPOLE when he was an old man, "turned of seventy-one," was persuaded by Miss Mary and Miss Agnes Berry to put down in writing the stories of his...

Mr. R. L. Hobson has written a treatise on The

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Later Ceramic Wares of China (Benn), and has illustrated it with seventy-six excellent illustrations. He reminds us that during the whole of his period (The Manchu dynasty, 1644...

The history of the past six or seven years in

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Hungary should have much light thrown upon it by the publication of Fighting the World : the Struggle for Peace, by Count Michael Karolyi, ex-premier of Hungary (Kegan Paul)....

An extremely important book in the quantity of "case. histories"

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it gives is Dr. John T. MacCurdy's The Psychology of Emotion : Morbid and Normal (Kegan Paul). It is Dr. MacCurdy's aim to show how closely the psychology of the insane follows...

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Pie and Letters of George Wyndham. By J. W. Mack.ail I and Guy 'Wyndham. 2 vols. (Hutchinson and Co. 42s.) lkIH. MACKAIL has presented his readers with a mass of ap- parently...


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The Sisters' Tragedy and Three Other Plays. By Richard Hughes. (Heinemann. 6s. net.) ALTHOUGH Mr. Hughes has not chosen A Comedy of Good and Evil as the title-piece of his...

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HERE are two volumes out of seven that tell the story of the American colonies down to 1763; the first three only were published in Professor Osgood's lifetime, and two are...


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Callinicus : a Defence of Chemical Warfare. By J. B. S. Haldane. (Kogan Paul. 2s. 6d. net.) Mn. HALDANE'S is a gruesome book. He takes for his patron saint a Syrian of the...

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FEBRUARY brings us a particularly interesting batch of maga- zines, the political articles being specially worthy of notice. The Nineteenth Century contains three papers on...

NOTTING HILL IN BYGONE DAYS. By Florence Gladstone. (Fisher Unwin.

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218.) MISS GLADSTONE begins with the sons of Cyncsige who dis- covered a favourable spot above the marshland of Fulham about A.D. 700 and carries the history of Kensington...

THE SHINGLING OF JUPITER. By Ewan Agnew. (Palmer. 35. 6d.)

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BENEATH this provocative title Mr. Ewan Agnew has written an attractive little play. The moral is : when one's dreams come true they are no longer one's dreams. The play is...

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JOSEPH CONRAD'S TALES The Black Mate was the first story that Conrad wrote ; and it shows many of the faults which he fought to overcome with a pertinacity that brought its...


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Legs Parsons. By Ferdinand Berthoud. (Harrap. 7s. Od. net.) IN the heart of Africa, remote from the tracks of missionaries, and with few enough neighbours of any sort, good or...

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THE OLD MEN OF THE SEA. By Compton Mackenzie. (Cassell.

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7s. 6d. net.) Mr. Compton Mackenzie, having hoisted the Jolly Roger, has cast himself free from psychological and other restrictions and settled down to tell his readers a good...


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BANKERS ON THE SITUATION BY ARTHUR W. KIDDY. IN another column I refer to the uncertain tendency at the moment of Public Securities, and suggest that, given an early and...

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On the other hand, in the event of a return to the Gold Standard, it might be a case of the commencement of influences making for an improvement in the industrial and kindred...


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In considering the outlook for some of the speculative markets it may be well, perhaps, to take note of the directions in which activity at the present time seems to be...


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To take these two elements of uncertainty alone, namely, Labour and the Gold Standard, it will be seen what a great difference might be produced upon the course of securities...


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UNCERTAIN MARKETS. Caution and uncertainty constitute the outstanding char- acteristics of the Stock Exchange at the moment. On the one hand intrinsic conditions in most...