THE TABLET W e e k l y N e w s p a p e r a n d R e v i e w

DUM VOBIS GRATULAMUR ANIMOS ETIAM ADDIMUS UT IN INCCEPTIS V E S TR IS CONSTANTER MANEATIS

From the Brief of His Holiness Pius IX to The Tablet, June 4,1870.

V o l . 159. No. 4,799.

L o n d o n , A p r i l 30, 1932.

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New s and No t e s ................557 Some Words for Geneva . . . 561 Catholic Figures in English

Fiction ............................5 62 Rosmini and the Text

Books ............................ 564 Episcopal Engagements . . . 566 R e v ie w s :

The Church and Peace 566 Francis Thompson Ser­

monized ............................ 567 The Voltaire of Legend 567 The Budeflia’ s Brother . . . 568 A Victorian Statesman . . . 570

CONTENTS

Books Received

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570

New Books and Music 570 Ch e s s ......................... 571 Correspondence :

Rome (Om* Own Correspondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............. 573 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o ............. 574 Coming E vents 574 Et C /E TERA.............. 575 Catholic Education N otes... 576 Ob it u ary .............. 576

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Christian Motherhood . . . 577 The Catholic Evidence Cam­

paign ....................................... 578 L etters to the E d it o r :

A Call to P r a y e r ................. 578 “ Sidec ” 578 The Measurement of Time 578 The Bishop of Northamp­

ton ....................................... 579 Marriages ......................... 57 9 Orb i s Terrarum :

England, Scotland, and

Wales ............................ 580 Ireland ............................ 580

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Austria

Orb i s Terrarum (Ocmtd.) :

Belgian Congo

Canada

China

France

Hong Kong...

Hungary

Indo-China

Japan

Nigeria

South Africa

Spain

U.S.A.

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So c ia l and P ersonal . . . 584

N O T A N D A Many Elections. Notes on the contests in Bavaria, Prussia and Württemberg. To-m orrow ’s poll in France (pp. 557-8, 582).

A blunder at Geneva. The League o f Nations approves a scheme fo r Birth-Prevention lectures by peripatetic instructors (p. 561).

A batch o f Notes on Russia. Her huge armies and reserves. A Bolton citizen on “ undisturbed religious services.” The facts (p. 558).

Dr. Honan, o f Domodossola, reverts to the charge o f Ontologism against Rosmini (p. 564).

A Novena begins to-day. The Bishop o f Brentw o od ’s invitation to clients o f Our Lady o f Lourdes (p. 578).

Buckfast Abbey. H ow a dead hand cramps the natural expansion o f the monastic domain (p. 560).

Mr. Edward Hutton continues his examination o f some Catholic characters in English fiction. A glance at Scott, Dickens, and Thackeray (p. 562).

Another “ convert from Rome to the Truth.” An Irishwoman’ s account o f her deliverance from Popish Error (p. 559).

NEWS AND NOTES T HE nations are so busy choosing their governors that government itself is being carried on with difficulty. A t Geneva, for example, the Disarmament Conference has entered upon a phase which demands the presence o f Chancellors and Prime Ministers. Mr. Ramsay MacDonald is there in person, despite the re-kindling o f a painful eyetrouble which would put a less plucky man out o f action. Dr. Briining is also at G eneva; but, although all his body is there, more than half his mind is in Prussia where the General Election has caused an anxious situation. Washington’s men on the banks o f Lake Leman have to walk warily, with

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the shadow o f an imminent Presidential Election upon them. As for M. Tardieu, the French Premier, his movements and decisions are dominated by the fact that to-morrow, Sunday, is General Election Day in France and that, even in the most favourable event, the present Tardieu Ministry must either disappear or be reconstructed before it is many weeks older.

At last Sunday’s General Elections in Anhalt, Bavaria, Prussia and Württemberg, the expected happened. Herr Hitler’s followers have won sweeping triumphs in Prussia and will be by far the largest Party in the Prussian Diet. There are 422 seats and the Nazis will fill 162 of them. A serious factor in to-m orrow ’s Prussian politics will be the presence of fifty-seven Muscovite Communists in the new Parliament. Although it has long been customary to speak o f the Catholics as the Centre, holding the balance of parliamentary power, it is easy to imagine circumstances in which the Communists may soon become Prussia’s political masters. Relatively to the 422 seats in the Diet, these Communists are a much bigger body than were those few Liberals (59 in a House o f 615 members) who kept Mr. MacDonald’s 1929 Ministry in office for more than two years in the teeth o f a Conservative Opposition over 260 strong. Indeed, the danger o f Communist dominance is so grave that a combination o f Nazis and Catholics is being seriously discussed. Having mentioned such a possibility, we must, however, rebut some erroneous notions. In the event of Prussian Catholic Deputies co-operating with the Hitlerite majority, there would be no more than a working arrangement to avoid the worse evils of anarchy or political deadlock. Catholicism and Nazism cannot amalgamate. Herr Hitler’s Prussian lieutenants would have to promise their temporary Catholic colleagues to abstain from revolutionary strokes and to obey the Weimar Constitution. In default o f such undertakings, the sixty-seven Catholic votes could be so disposed o f as to defeat any other Hitlerite combination.