7 JUNE 1957

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T Lancaster House the talk is now of 'limited agreement' on disarmament. The much-heralded Stassen proposals seem to have hung fire so far, but the ideas of the various...

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HE disappointing gold and dollar figures for I May can only add to the growing uneasiness about the uncertain progress the sterling countries and especially Britain are making....


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The Liberals, who now hold sixty-eight out of Quebec's quota of seventy-five seats, are con- fident that the racial pride of his French-Canadian compatriots in the distinguished...

Elgar Intelligence .

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MISS HELEN WATTS, the contralto, seemed to stand rather outside the music allotted to her and to be unable to penetrate its inner being. On the other hand, Miss Heather Harper...

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Portrait of the Week

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DURING the last week, while France remains without a Government and M. Bourges- Maunoury has taken up the thankless task of trying to re- concile Right- and Left-wing...


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By RICHARD G EORGE MAGOFFIN HUMPHREY, Mr. Eisen- hower's Secretary of the Treasury, is leaving the administration, and there are many people here who rue this development even...

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Westminster Commentary

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HERE, without a word altered, is a series of connected ex- tracts from the proceedings on Tuesday, the Glorious 4th of June, 1957, of Her Majesty's Commons assembled: Mr....


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Stock Exchange Intelligence

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LOBITOS oilfields earn more.—The Times, May 29. LOBITOS earns - less.—Manchester Guardian, May 29.

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THE RECENT REPORT on the Relations between Anglican and Presbyterian

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Churches has pro- duced some sharp reaction in the press, but for un- informed criticism it would be hard to beat last week's editorial comment of the Daily Mail. It is strange...

REPORTS THAT Mr. Macmillan has followed up his appointment of

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two ex-Whips, Lord Hailes and Lord Dalhousie, to important Governor- Generalships by an equally safe appointment to the Chair of Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford are...

The Uncertain Ally, by John Biggs-Davison, MP (Christopher Johnson, 15s.),

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is an interpreta- tion of Anglo-American relations based on the thesis that American foreign policy from 1917 to 1957 has been devoted to undermining and generally bringing...

IT WAS A MISTAKE, I would have thought, to suggest

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that the present trouble in the Football League should be referred to a Royal Commis- sion : it should be sent to the Restrictive Practices Court. The managers of the League,...

THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION badge has been stolen from my car.

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I do not intend to replace it; not because I propose to give up my membership of the AA, but to save the patrolmen the com- .Pulsory salute given on the road to all members. It...

A FEW YEARS ago I met in Venice some American

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friends who were touring Europe with a large poodle. When I asked if the presence of the poodle was not sometimes rather inconvenient, they explained to me that he had suddenly...

A Spectator's Notebook

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THE HOUSE OF LORDS must be, with t h e possible exception of t h e Supreme Soviet, the most ineffective legislative body in the world. Al- j • though the Government's Shop Bill...

CONSIDERED AS A television programme, the inter- view with Khrushchey

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in the Kremlin was for most of its length suffocatingly boring. The ques- tioners appeared to have been hand-picked for their dullness; but even had they been expert at the game...

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Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

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By ANGUS MAUDE, MP TT is high time that the Government addressed 'themselves to the growing scandal of the com- pensation paid to holders of property compul- sorily acquired by...

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A Soldier's Soldier

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By J. A. TERRAINE F one could imagine oneself wandering down Isome long portrait gallery of Britain's military leaders, looking for the original model and inspiration of David...

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Faith Healing

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By BRIAN INGLIS AN old parlour trick of amateur hypnotists is to touch a subject with an unlighted cigarette, tell- ing him that the cigarette is lit; he may squeal with pain...

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City and Suburban

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By JOHN BETJEMAN O NE of the greatest evils in Britain today is the secrecy of local government. So far as `amenity' is concerned, local government is con- cerned with housing,...

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(2 The Tiber and the Avon By STRIX F this

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tragedy many particular passages de- kf serve regard,' wrote Dr. Johnson, 'but I have never been strongly agitated in perusing it, and think it somewhat cold and unaffecting.' I...

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Consuming Interest

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By LESLIE. ADRIAN rrtits week I was present at a small, informal ceremony when a French Routiers sign was handed over to Mr. Claude Pirkis, owner of the `Fiddlers Three'...

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SIR,—History teachers up and doWn the country will scarcely have known whether to: be most amused or appalled by a classical don's ignorance of • the point and scope of the...


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SIR,—At Taipeh the United States authorities have been guilty of ham - handedness in what would seem to have been a most unsavoury incident. But many of us would view it as...

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SIR.—Mr. Kennedy is correct in stating that my step- father, Sir Osmond Brock, supported Lord Jellicoe's actions at Jutland. And I have no reason to believe that he held any...

Letters to the Editor

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The Partition of Ireland W. Douglas Commander M. P. B. Francklin George Edinger Gordon S. Sower David Henschel Cyril Ray Hugh Ross Williamson T. 0. Lloyd, H. van Thal H....

SIR,-1 should like to calls on the column run

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by a gentleman who calls himself Strix in the May 17 issue of your most excellent journal. In his fourth paragraph this gentleman has some remarks to make regarding the 'fitting...

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SIR,—It is a frightening attitude of mind that allows no

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aesthetic vision (letter of the PRO, British Road Federation), but considers that the faster we go the greater our comforts. The world on wheels (and in the air) is a great...

RANI OF JHANSI am writing a life of the Rani

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of Jhansi, Lakshmibai, the most outstanding leafier on the Indian side in the great revolt of 1857. On hearing the news of her death—she was killed in action in June,...

THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS' SIR,—Isabel Quigly appears to believe

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that Lind- berg was the first person to fly the Atlantic. He was, in fact, the sixty-seventh. The first were, of course, the British Alcock and Brown years before in 1919....

CATHOLICISM Sia,—The Rector of Huntingfield is, of course, correct in

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saying that the sacrament of baptism can be administered by a layman and that therefore Anglican and Nonconformist baptisms, provided form and matter are correct, are indeed...

SIR,—I would suggest courteously to Mr. Bernard B. Sykes (after

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the somewhat jackboot tone of his letter) that he is a fathead. I cannot agree that modern traffic needs a new Albert Bridge, though it probably wants one. I picture Mr. Sykes...


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SIR,—Leslie Adrian does well to take up the con- sumer's cudgels in the matter of drinks, though he spends too much time and energy, I think, on 'tonic water.' Has he any idea...


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SIR,—Sir Robert Boothby's article brings to mind the story (no doubt known to him and to many of your readers) of the Scot who came to London for a few days for important...

STAINLESS STANLEY SIR,—Ci-devant Stanley needs a helping hand, Or you,

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Sir, should become the explorer. The Sheffield barony is held in Ireland Not Yorks : so thus can Evelyn Waugh err. —Yours faithfully, W. H. O. ARMYTAGR 3 The Green, Tolley,...

TOWARDS REUNION SIR,—Not everyone who studies the Report on 'Re-

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lations between Anglican and Presbyterian Churches' will agree with Dr. Warr that the introduction of 'Bishops-in-Presbytery' in the Church of Scotland would leave 'the historic...

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Contemporary Arts

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Prize Designs THE Council of Industrial Design's exhibition centre in Haymarket has recently entered upon the second year of its life and there are now on view the twelve...

Party Game

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A Dead Secret. By Rodney Ack- land. (Piccadilly.)—Richard HI. By William Shakespeare. (Old Vic.) — Three From Rome. (Palace.) LET me introduce to you that old- fashioned party...

Guest of Honour

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FOR a few weeks Markova is to be seen as a guest artist with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden; she has already danced Giselle and Les Sylphicles and will shortly add The...

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Noblesse Oblige

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The Aristocrats. (Curzon.)—The Young Stranger. (Leicester Square Theatre.)—The Teahouse of the August Moon. (Empire.) —The Red Inn. (Continentale.) jooet , Les Aristocrates is...

Vie Opectator

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JUNE 9, 1832 THE Reform Act is now the law of England. The Bill was read a third time by the Lords on Monday; the amendments were agreed to by the Commons on Tuesday; on...

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`The Colour of His Hair' By PETER QUENNELL wo more remarkable and strangely divergent 1 characters than the Kennedy Professor of Latin and the author of A Shropshire Lad and...

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Reaping the Whirlwind

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The Indian Mutiny. By Richard Hilton. (Hollis and Carter, 18s.) DESPITE his names, William Howard Russell was half Irish. Perhaps this was why, when The Times s ent him to...

Child in the. Dark

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Leftover Life to Kill. By Caitlin Thomas. (Put- nam, 18s.) THE wife of a genius of the classic kind—childish, irresponsible, 'impossible' as provider, father, social being—has...

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Tuns biography, so its author frequently states, was written as an act of piety, but the best way of serving Sainte-Beuve's memory was certainly not to recount his life. Like...

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White House Kaiser

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IT is not so long ago that it was possible to argue that the United States neither had nor needed a foreigrk policy. And since those days are gone, it is easy tor argue that but...

Eight Wickets Down ,

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Report from South Africa: With P. B. H. May's M.C.C. Team 1956/57. By E. W. Swanton. (Hale, 16s.) Hampshire County Cricket. By H. S. Altham, John Arlott, E. D. R. Eager, Roy...

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Regency England

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Henry Brougham. By Frances Hawes. (Cape, 25s.) From Waterloo to Peterloo describes the raw, brash, troubled world of Regency England and its fantastic mixture of squalor and...

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New Novels

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I FOUND The Hunters a rather impressive book, as expertly photographed and as well cut as a very good American documentary, and as cleverly made as the microfilm which modern...

Turbulent Priest

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Cardinal von Galen. By Heinrich Portmann. (Jarrolds, 21s.) THE title of a Prince-bishop has an odd sound in our ears. We may not have read Ra'nke, we may have forgotten...

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A reader sends a photograph of a blue:4U which, for nearly three weeks, played Peeping Tom through the windows of his house, and remarks, 'For the first week it was outside the...

Shorter Notices

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The Scriptures of the Dead Sea Sect in English Translation, by T. H. Gaster (Seeker and War- burg, 30s.; unabridged paper-bound edition, 10s. 6d.), should have the same kind of...

Country Life

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By IAN NIALL WITH things in season all men should be content, although at times this is far from the case. On the other side of the picture there is no denying the delight we...


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The place for a bird is in a tree and the place for a cat is on the ground, although neither seems to regard this as a law except when the cat finds a bird on the ground or a...

The Shaw-Barker Letters, edited by C. B. Purdom (Phoenix House,

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25s.), is a series of detailed tech- nical letters between two great men of the theatre strangled after a mere seventeen years because Helen Huntington, Barker's second wife,...


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The June drop is an inevitable happening, perhaps; but it can be anticipated by thinning the clusters on trees that are heavy cropping. Well-set fruit is firmly fixed, but not...

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By CUSTOS THE debacle in the gilt-edged market has brought the bull market in • • equities for the time being to a stop. s may be the intention of the authorities, but...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT PRESSURE will no doubt be put on Lord Radcliffe to confine the work of his committee to a short inquiry :AU •:,11. into a narrowly defined financial...

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By PHILIDOR No. 105. P. BISCAY (`La Probleme,' 1955) BLACK (6 men) WEifTE (7 men) wnrrE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to last week's problem by...

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Our Not-So-Dumb Friends

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For the usual prizes competitors were invited to submit either a poem on humans (one or several) or an extract from a book entitled The Training and Care of Human Beings written...

Competitors are invited to translate into English verse the following

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extract from La Chevelure, a poem from Les Fleurs du Mal, first published a hialdred years ago this month. Prize money : six guineas. O toison moutonnant jusque stir...


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ACROSS 1 One seemingly in favour of afternoon snack is inconstant (7). 5 Rejected actors for the open-air theatre? (7) 9 'That my keen — see not the wound it makes'...