29.7.39.

Foreign & General
1. French general election to be postponed by decree for 2 years (ie. until 1942). Daily Telegraph [a]
2. Evidently° that fairly severe struggle is going on in Spain between Axis supporters (Suñer) & Traditionalists (esp. the generals, Yague etc.) & that there is likelihood of Franco remaining neutral in case of war. Manchester Guardian Weekly [b]; Daily Telegraph [c]
Social
1. Editor of Humanité who was tried in test case for printing various allegations about German espionage in France, acquitted. Order of arrest issued against another journalist for writing anti-Semitic article.[1] Daily Telegraph [d]
[1] Sentence of imprisonment [Orwell’s note].
Party Politics
1. Labour held Colne Valley constituency with increased majority. (Labour vote rose about 1000, Liberals & Cons. Each dropped 2-3 thousand.) Daily Telegraph [e]
2. According to figures given in MG., 3-500 people a week (Republicans) have been shot in Catalonia from May onwards. Manchester Guardian Weekly [f]
Miscellaneous
1. Guards trooped the colours in 3’s for the first time yesterday. Daily Telegraph [g]

[a]Daily Telegraph 29-7-39 Page 11 [b]MG Weekly 28-7-39 Page 61MG Weekly 28-7-39 Page 76 [c]Daily Telegraph 29-7-39 Page 1Daily Telegraph 29-7-39 Page 11-2 [d]Daily Telegraph 29-7-39 Page 14 [e]Daily Telegraph 29-7-39 Page 10 [f]MG Weekly 28-7-39 Page 66 [g]Daily Telegraph 29-7-39 Page 8Daily Telegraph 29-7-39 Page 16

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