OPINION

June 10, 1954

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S BIRTHDAY: Nicosia – Official celebrations here, marking the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, sparked a number of demonstrations. EOKA pamphlets were illegally distributed in Limassol yesterday, describing as traitors the Greek Cypriots who would attend the events, and declaring that the hour of liberation was near. Similar pamphlets were distributed in the street or posted on walls in Famagusta. A teenager in the mountain village of Lapithos, near Nicosia, was arrested with a pamphlet in his possession. THE OTHER BALZAC: (From a letter to the editor) «One of your readers was annoyed by the entry in a (criticized) dictionary that French poet Theophile Viau, who lived between 1590 and 1626, was ‘a friend of Balzac’ and wonders how ‘the amazing Viau managed to posthumously develop a friendly relationship with a man whose heyday was two full centuries later, meaning, of course, Honore de Balzac (1799-1859). Your reader would have been right had, in the history of French Letters, there not also been another Balzac, Guez de Balzac, a writer, orator and philologist, best known from his work ‘The Christian Socrates,’ who lived from 1957 to 1654.»