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To James Bone (and W.P. C[rozier]) from H. B[oardman], Manchester Guardian journalist, marked confidential. Written on House of Commons stamped paper. He describes a two hour meeting with 'The Beaver', who invited him to join the [Evening Standard], but he refused. He no longer wonders at the Express or Evening Standard's scoops, giving examples, one of which was that Italy would seize Yugoslav ports this weekend, with a preponderant school of thought that it did not matter, as our war was with Germany, an opinion which, when related, gave Duff Cooper 'an epileptic fit at the thought of such a thing'. He ['The Beaver'] thinks that the English are the most tenacious people in the world; he swears quite a lot. His final impression is that he is too detached and, therefore, dangerous.