The Evening News, Tuesday 1st October 1946

2 R THE EVENING NEWS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1,1946 W ljt fltws end Evening Mail Carmelite House. E.C.4. Central 6000 To Serve the Light C t t I R WALDRON SMITHERS, M.P. for Orpington, is to demand a public inquiry into the administration of War Agricul­tural Executive Committees when Parliament resumes next week. His case. 1 am told, will be based on a formidable list of 500 examples of what is described to meas departmental ineptitude. The list has been prepared by tiie Farmers' Rights Association— formed last year to tight bureau­cratic misdirection in the forming industry. *•^•<Each case, says the F.R.A,, is a history of victimisation of an effi­cient farmer. “Weeds,” They Said T J Typical of them is the case of Sir Walter Blunt, who was threat­ened with eviction from his farm at Mamble, Worcs. because he re­fused to plougn up fields which the local W A.E.C. said were weed- grown. Before he could be dis­possessed the weeds ‘had be­come a valuable crop of timothy. Also on the list is the case,in i •j% i 1040, of 66-year-old George Wal- conspiracy against mankind, and j den. o*f Itche>n Stoke, Hants. Wal- IVILISATION ha-s given its verdict. Sentences of death and imprisonment have been passed on men vhose deeds have stunned mankind. The International Tribunal at Nuremberg has accomplished its I immediate taisk. Some of the| organisations within Hitler’s Reich which took Dart in the war :are condemned Some are ac-j quilted. The shrunken indivi­duals who, these long months past, have satin the dock, are now. in themselves, of small significance. Their crimes, however, stand coolly and accurately revealed for what they were: a criminal the murder, enslavement and torture on avast scale which were inevitable consequences of that conspiracy. For the first time inhuman history those who, in the name of liberty, have overthrown evil anu tyrannous usurr rs of power, have sought to make of their vic­tory something better and more durable. Mankind cannot finally judge mankind. It can only seek to serve the light and fight the dark­ness. When the darkness seems to triumph, it must be over­thrown. Full punishment is not for men to give. But to establish, for all humanity’s conscience for all time, fundamental standards of political and international conduct has been Nuremberg’s wider task. Rebuilders of the World THIS week there is to beheld at Hastings the first post-war conference of the International Federation on Housing and Town Planning Conferences, the dis­illusioned mind is apt to suspect, don’t settle very much, but the subject in front of this one is so vast as to daunt even the most blithely optimistic. More than a century of material progress had made of the civilised world before 1939 an interlocked, densely populated series of communities— urbanised and overcrowded perhaps, but at least housed. den refused lo leave his farm, barricaded himself within a shot­gun. In the ensuing battle with the police he was shot dead. B.B.C. Crilic “Baimed” THE B.B.C.’s outspoken film A critic, Miss E. Arnot Robertson, has been 1 4 banned 9 9 by the leading U.S. film concern in London— Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer M.G.M., who operate the Empire Theatre, Leicester-square. have told the B.B.C., 1 understand, that thev do not wish Miss Robertson to re­view their films, and will n^ longer invMj her to their shows. When I spoke to Miss Robertson about the bin to-day she laughed merrily and said:“ T think it is terribly funnv Anywav 1 shall not have so manv films to see. .But i»t docs seem shocking that a business that offers the public a commercial product cannot take criticism.” In private life Miss Robinson, pooular novelist as well as critic, is Mrs. Henry Ernest Turner. Miss Moore Will Sing ¦yyiTH 12 pieces of luggage and seven Paris hats, Miss Grace Moore arrived at the Savoy to-day to fulfil her promise— made in London last June— to sing at the Albert Hall on October 20. for the first time since before the war. For the last two months she has been touring Europe, and in­tends returning there carlv in November with possibly a visit later lo Russia, she tells me Her autobio-graphy, M You're for Ma Carter, who has been n foster-mother to 2,000.000 Servicemen from the world over, and has been with theY M.C.A. for 33 years. Twenty-four hours after war was declared a small table was placed between two lift shafts on the ground Moor: on it. a tea urn. From that the canteen grew— and never closed its doors, except for a month or two when it was bombed Noise From .Nuremberg rP H E B.B.C/s receiving sets A had just as bad reception as everyone else in the country for the Nuremberg sentences— at­mospherics, oscillation and three stations flashing the V-sign in Morse. The trouble was in the short­wave broadcast from Nuremberg, which was picked up at Tatsfield Listening Station aad relayed by land-line to London, where it was re-broadcast. Anvone trying to tune indirect to the shortwave broadcast would cau?e local oscillation. I under­stand. and the Morse was thought to be Army wireless stations in Germany u<s v n ag- similar wave­length. cutting into the B.B.C.’s broadcast. Norma inn LiUiput "—the miniature dream-toxvn she helped to create. (Estsex). But anxious 6ngarians need not lose any sleepover their future for some lime to come: there is no concrete indication yet, Ia:n told* that Onga«r will follow Srtevenage. Cotton Railways Pointing (in my photograph) to the newly designed railway sta- tuon is Mass Norma Pope, of Hast­ings. 25-year-old ex-A.T.S. girl, who trained with a camouflage re-search unit during the war. She —with two model designers, two carpenters and another girl model­ ler— built this 17 feet by 14 feet “Lilliput.” The* earth surfaces, sthe tells me, are hessdan the trees, sawdust mixed with glue and painted the houses, wood or caTdboord the railway lines, cottooi thread. 37 Years a Little Bov ¥ \\7EE CEORGIE WOOD, T f small boy of variety for 37 years, has decided to grow up. He is now 48. still only 4ft. Din. tall: but he has a big idea His present tour— he is at the Golders Green Hippodrome this week— is his last herein his famous act. He flies to Australia later this year, will return in May to launch anew venture. This is to abe revival of the old-fashioned juvenile troupe— with a diflerence. Georgie’s Plan Georgie is enlisting about H O “teen-agers ”in a touring acad­emy his aim— to train themas competent variety artists, scenery Unlucky Ellen I W eat hero r N o This man will (locido vour hot and cold arguments r B 1 HIS has been the worst September for 35 years ,”declares the dogmatic neighbour over the garden fence. You agree. Yet you have no means of proving that he is right— yet. aBut tall, scholarly Londoner. sitting in a filing-cabinet and in- stifument-lined office eight floors up in the Air Ministry’s -Met M headquarters m Victory House. Kingsway is going to help you to check upon these wild statements by the man next door, or the man who will argue in a pub. Mr. W A.L Marshal is com­piling a book giving the official history of London’s weather, day by day, for the Inst 105 years, since Sir Robert Peel was Prime Minister It will bethe most fact-crammed book of recent years. Mr. Marshall has had to* get many of his 18th century weather facts from manu­scripts written in copperplate, now kept in safe storage at Kew Observatory. HEAR that the Minister of Education has been ordered by her doctors to take a complete forrest several days. Miss Ellen Wilkinson looked tired and Dale wthen she stepped from the plane which brought her back from Prague, where she had been treated for bronchitis by Dr. Bones* own doctor. He advised her togo home as soon as she was fit to travel. Miss Wilkinson has had an un­happy sequence of illnesses and accidents since 1940, when she was operated upon for appendi­citis. Thev include two "blitz- ings.” two car collisions (one re­sulted in a skull Yacture). a bumpy glider landing, in which she broke an ankle, several attacks of bron­chitis. and one of tonsilitis. B-a-a-a ! ^IP RING will bring aback once-familiar sound to Hyde Park and 1 do not mean the resolute step of a Guardsman trying to overtake a pretty nursemaid. The sheep, baini&hed for the last few yea-rs of the “duration," are to return as soon as the new grass is thick enough. Renovated Smile rP H E revealing smile of Mr. A Herbert Morrison has, I hear, undergone some structural alterations Part of his recent holiday in Eire was spent in the dentist’s chair in Glengarriff After four sittings and a certain amount of discomfort Mr. Morrison appeared at Government House. Hillsborough, as the guest of Vis­count Granville. A'* good patient, with an unas­suming manner,” is the dentist’s verdict. liallenjic ?F"T is from these facts, now being gathered together for the first time, that newspapers have been able to say accurately, Worst storm for 50 years. "The book, like Jacob’s ccat. will be of many colours A series of exceptionally easily-read graphs show at a glance the rainfall, sun. temperature wind and frosts that Londoners have been cursing for the past century Red denotes above-average temperatures’ green for below yellow for above- average sun, brown for below I have been oor’ng over proofs of the book with Mr Marshal who$e official title, incidentally, is Officer in Charge. Meteorological Section, London I have noted the weather on the day I was born (snow) which was the coldest day :the hottest day the worst September on record (No! tt was not this one.) September. 1019. was the w'fttest on r^c^rH Then 11" milli- metres flooded down on London iSeptember average is 45 mm.).? rpH E hottest Seolember u-ns in *1805, when it was frequently over BO decrees, reaching de­grees *v then Qth The second hot­test vSeptember, shown as the second tamest red online the tem­perature graph fwhich looks alike scarlet skyscraper skyline), was in 1029 Then Londoners perspired under more than 80 degrees for six days, at a stretch, with 89 degrees on two days That September was I also the driest rain fell only Ion tho last two days (You may re­member you had your holidays in I August (wet) that year 7) Coldest September was in 1S77 StmmVst in 1011 w!th nmirs I of sunshine (average is 145). I Twelve days at a stretch had ten sunshine twe had only one Specially drawn for The Evening News" by DEANS London Design I THIS woman, 1 changing her book at The Times book club, wears a dress­maker suit of very dark plum- coloured crepe. The while blouse is printed with flights of swal­lows, and the skirt is elabor­ately draped. Penalising the men who fought T^ROM the report of a strike of A -100 transport workers to en­force the dismissal of two ex-Ser- vice men who were not member? of the Transport and General Workers Union, and the subse­quent sacking of these two men arises a question ot the first im­portance to all ex-Serv.ce men and women, and to those the Forces Are trade unions going to tell their mem­bers to refuse to work with men and women from the Forces who to be members READERS WR2TE TO THE EDBTOR do not happen when they uptake civilian em­ployment ?Both men in question had agreed to join the union, but their fellow employees still insisted on their dismissal. There are countless thousands of cx-Service men and women taking up employment in civilian trade to­day. Many of them were too young to have been in trade unions before the war. many felt no need for union membership while in the Forces Because of lhai an milk has gone, and is still going, into homes that not so long ago never saw fresh milk. The wages of many of the 4 ‘working class *'did not permit fresh milk to be bought.— G. Russell Tunbridoe Wells. Stepping It Out rP O add to your News in Brief A story about Mr. Couzens. who is attempting to walk 1,000 miles in t.OOo hours. 1 thought vour readers might like to know that since Captain Barclay walked 1.000 miles in 1.000 hours in 1300 Richard Manks walked 1.000 miles between June 17 and July 2 M .1950 Bella St. Clair walked 1,000 miles in 950 hours in 1876 E, P. Weston walked 2.000 miles n 1.022$ hours in 1879 William Gale walked 2.405} miles in 1,000 hours in 1880. and William Buck- icr, of Newport (Mon.) walked 2.028 miles 720 yards in l.CKK) consecutive hours at Ardwick, Manchester, in 1905. He covered two miles 50 yards every hour. --J. H Roberts, Lime Tree-avehue, Peterborough. "Unhappy Days?" V\7TTH regard to Mr J W. Plant’s** 'letter Happv Days?” I speak for thousands of fellow workers in shops and public houses who should those days return >erled tow Cbe Con done r Assuming a Mantle CHIS heading, at first sight, looks odd introspec­tive, to say the least. But the Editor has asked tome assume a mantle which was laid down seven years ago and I cannot but begin with a tribute to my pre- decessoi 'ivl o'd friend For a generation before Hitler's war broke out an essay headed TheM Londoner **appeared in these columns daily or almost daily. With the paper situation what it is. it will be sometime before essay­ists are likely to be let loose upon the public to that extent But after such convulsions as have recently gone through we must Pickup the old threadis as and when we can. Oswald Barron, the original M Londoner.” died within a month of the war’s outbreak He had dreaded it, as a threat to all that he had loved, old ways and old buildings, here and in France and the Low Countries, anew' and more devilish descent of the barbarians with their bombs upon historic Christian Europe Had he survived his distress, 1 think, might have been partly com­pensated by the inspirit which disaster was r et. for he loved his living countrymen as well as their worthy dead ?fiE was an unusual combination, for heP H H l H i led. were, two lives. Under his own name he was known as one of the most learned antiquaries of his day, a man with an encyclopaedia curi<«ity and knowledge, a specialist in more than one field He had edited a genealogical journal of the highest repute, at the time of the Corona­tion. because of his mastery of the traditional rituai he received the rare honour of being made an extra Herald with the res» unding title (pleasing to his ears) of Maltravers Herald Extraordinary In these pages, under his pseu­donym he was th* eas\ friendly man with the common touch who could chat about cats, sparrows and pillar-boxes. ? UT into each of hie worlds he brought a breath of the other. Among the pale and studious, with his sturdy frame, healthy colour, lively eyes, pugnacious impatience with nonsense, blunt language, and unshakable patriot­ism there seemed something rustic and John Bullish about him. Here,in the cunningest way. he would wear his scholarship lightly but effectively and 1 4 educate ”us ii our knowing, it. In_his B
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