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How long is this sort of thing to be allowed to go on?
Gibson, of Chelsea, has been suspended for a month. Mitchell, of the same club, is undergoing suspension. Bambrick, within a few weeks of his readmission to the game, is, with Barraciough, cautioned by the Football Association. That is a disgraceful record for any club, especially since Chelsea was the club concerned, at Sunderland, in the incident that led to the death of Thorpe. What does Chelsea propose to do about it? Or, alternatively, what does the Football Association propose to do about Chelsea? A fine on the club equivalent to the transfer fees paid for the players concerned (that is, presumably, the value which Chelsea place upon them) might have a salutary effect and might check further incidents like the following, all of which happened on one Saturday afternoon. A Grimsby forward grabbed hold of a Middlesbrough defender (Glover and Stuart were the players concerned) the while Smailes went through and scored. The referee, presumably, did not see the incident. He was better placed later when Coleman and Betmead indulged in a little all-in stuff. and both players were sent off. McMahon, of Wrexham, also was sent off in the third division match with Barrow.
At Wigan (Cheshire League) the visitors. Altrincham, were leading by one goal. In the last minutes it looked like being two when they were awarded a penalty. The crowd, disagreeing with the referee's decision, invaded the playing pitch and the match had to be abandoned.
At Lea Bridge, where Clanton Orient were entertaining Torquay (Third Division), a spectator, resenting the robust play of the visitors (two Orient players had to retire for attention) went on to the pitch to tell them about it; others joined him, and the game was held up until the police were able to remove them.
The Football Association will have to do something and do it soon. The clubs would seem the right people to do it to. They ought to be responsible for the behaviour of their players. Some are beginning to think they are. FRUSTRATION " Human nature," declared Mgr. Dupanloup, "strives to develop all of its faculties, to be enlightened, lifted up. I have never met with anything more dangerous than suffocated talent, unfilled needs, hunger and thirst not satisfied. I have experienced terrible proofs which demonstrated what may happen to some suppressed talents, what may result from a gifted mind which had not been pernlitted to unfold."
Governments do not, of course, trouble to prepare statistics granting information on victims of circumstances such as those referred to by Bishop Dupanloup. But while their number was jin U.S.A.] comparatively small during the greater part of the 19th century, due to the unusually fortunate circumstances prevailing, there were never ducklings who did not succeed In developing into swans.
And these were always made to feel, by a generation nourished with the moral pap supplied by Samuel Smiles tot the bourgeois mind, that they alone were to blame for their unfortunate condition.
The nation to-day harbours a far greater number of under-privileged young men and women, many of them in possession of that most dangerous thing called Halbbildang in German, and they are far less amenable than were the members of a former generation to the influence of the soothsayers who may use the old incantation: " How unfortunate you should have neglected to grasp the opportunity to promote yourself, which is in our country within everybody's reach! "
WHO IS THEIR ENEMY?
Boys from the Abruzzi, Lombary, etc., will feel the deadly heat and know the shadeless land; they will have the diseases that never cure, that make the bones .ache and a young man old and turn the bowels to water, and when there is a battle, finally, they will hear the whish of wings when the birds come down and I hope when they are hit someone will have told them to roll over on their faces so they can say, Mamma mial " with their mouths against the earth they came from.
Mussolini's sons are in Ale air where there are no enemy planes to shoot them down.
But poor men's sons all over Italy are foot soldiers, as poor men's sons all over the world are always foot soldiers.
And me, I wish the foot soldiers luck, hut I wish they could learn who is their enemy—and why.
—Ernest Hemingway in Esquire (U.S.A.) THE HOMINTERN
The boisheviks fervently believe tha, the national rivalries provoked by Ili', innate contradictions of capitalism must inevitably lead to wars. No one to-day, whether bolshevik or not, can deny that the danger of war has rarely been greatei or more imminent, or that, should war come, it might readily be followed by a collapse of the existing systems of government in many European countr'as,
It is not unreasonable to think that they would take steps, or are already taking steps, to prepare for this anticipated collapse by training and organising foreign communist parties that the latter may be able to emulato the bolshevist example of seizing powele at the appropriate moment.
It is here, I believe, that the true impoi lance of the Komintern resides to-day —New York Times Magazine A TRIPLE ALLIANCE
Can you not see the cruel injustice which thrusts you blindly, in your righ t aversion from war, into denouncing a s war-mongers the Italian and Gerrnar refugees who are living witnesses to thot havoc wrought by savage fascist or naz dictatorships, crying "Fire" when the flames are already licking about us? Can you not see that we, whom you condemn. are vowing ourselves to the overwhelming task of preventing a war which would ruin all civilisation? . .
We do not want war. We want an end of war. Desiring that, we want the only means which can yet make war to cease—the joint effort. of the three powerful nations which, for divers reasons, have an imperative need of enduring peace: France, the British
Empire and the U.S.S.R. I cannot swear that the compact wall of those three allied nations would avail to stem war, for nothing can hinder the delirious madness of crazy Fiihrer and Duci from hurling themselves against that wall. But it would, at least, break them.
—Romain Rolland in Vendredi.
FOG IN LONDON
Despite the change at the Foreign Office there is little change in the tendency of British foreign affairs. There is in Mr. Eden's policy the same lack of decisiveness. the same absence of definite direction as with Sir John Simon and Sir Samuel Hoare.
Oil uncertainty m Geneva is due to the fact that Mr. Ecteri did not make his position quite clear before he left for Geneva. He is ready to support more sanctions but he did not say which; he mentioned his willingness to discuss peace terms, which seemed to indicate the same tendency inaugurated by Sir Samuel Hoare.
—Das Neue Tagebuch (Paris)