THE TABLET A W eek ly N ew sp a p e r a n d R e v ie w

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

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

V o l . 161. No. 4852.

L o n d o n , M a y 6 , 1933.

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News and No t e s ................. 553 Dail Eireann and the Oath 557 The Two Gateways . . . 557 The Royal Academy . . . 558 Go-ops and Communists . . . 560 From The Tablet of Ninety

Tears Ago

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R eview s :

Great Truths ................. 562 La Vendée 562 The Glacier Priest . . . 563 Unpedestrian Excursions 564

CONTENTS

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New Books and Music . . . 564 A Year’s C.T.S. Work . . . 565 The Abolition of Slavery . . . 566 Chess 567 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................ 569 The Catholic Theatre . . . 570 Catenians Dine and Dance 571

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Et Ce t e r a ............................ 572 Catholic Education Notes 573 The Conference of Catholic

Colleges ............................ 574 Coming Events ................. 574 Letters to the Ed it o r :

A Point of Exegesis . . . 575 “ Even ” 575 Flags for Flying . . . 575 “ R.O.P.” 576 Obituary ............................ 576 Pontifical Court Club . . . 576

ORBi s Te rrarum : Page

England ............................ 576 Ireland . . . . . . . . . 577 France ............................ 578 Malta ............................ 578 Oceania ............................ 578 Spain ............................ 578 The Gold Coa-st ................. 580 U.S.A....................................... 580 W il ls .............. Social and P ersonal 580 580

NOTANDA The Union o f Christians. Our H oly Father’ s prayers for England. And some strange arguments from the new Dean o f Durham (pp. 553, 554).

Herr Hitler’s programme. Some items worth pondering (p. 554).

Tristan da Cunha. A recent visitor’s account o f the Island’s Chief (p. 556).

Lessons from a tragic event. A Tablet leaderwriter on the Gateways o f L ife and Death (p. 557).

The Catholic Theatre. A good performance o f a sound play (p. 570).

A t Burlington House. A glance at the contributions by some Catholic artists and others to this year’s Royal Academ y; with an illustration from the sculpture gallery (p. 558).

H ow the Third Communist International seeks to control the Co-operative Movement (p. 560).

The Martyrdom o f St. Agnes. What the medium said and what the picture shows (p. 572).

Christian warfare against slavery. The Church’s part recalled at a centenary commemoration (p. 566).

NEWS AND NOTES ' I 'O a band o f four hundred English pilgrims,

-*• our H oly Father the Pope has addressed some noteworthy words. “ We would take you a little into Our confidence,” exclaimed the P on t i f f ; and he went on to say : “ Among our special intentions when proclaiming the Holy Year was one that your beloved England might have an exceptionally large share in the fruit o f Redemption.” His Holiness remembers that to the Blood and Death o f the Saviour, England has responded with the blood and death o f her Martyrs. But England has wandered and strayed from the Unity of Catholic Christendom. Therefore our Holy Father promises us that prayers for the return of

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England to Unity shall be among “ the most prominent and intense of the Holy Year.” So here is something for which to work and for which to pray.

Before a storm, we often see straws and little feathers and grains o f dust a-toss and a-whirl in the gusts. While we hope that no storm is brewing for Queen Wilhelmina’s realm we could not shut our eyes to the giddy dance of odd particles which filled the air before Holland’s General Election last week.

As in Great Britain, the Second Chamber of Parliament in Holland has, in the gross, approximately one Member to every 75,000 inhabitants. To be precise, the population of Holland equals about one-sixth the population o f Great Britain ; so, while Queen Wilhelmina’s subjects are represented by 100 Deputies at the Hague, King George’s send 615 to Westminster. For the small number of 100 seats which were to be filled at the Dutch General Election, no less than 53 Parties competed at the polls. It was as if more than 300 Parties were found fighting one another at a General Election in Great Britain. But, as we said just now, many of the Dutch political groups were only " odd particles.” Some o f them were little more than local clubs or bands o f ardent young men, eager to be Hitlers or even Mussolinis. The electorate did not take them seriously; indeed, three-fourths of the seats were won by the nominees of the four greater Parties— the Catholic State Party, the Social Democratic Labour Party, the Anti-Revolutionaries (otherwise known as Protestant Conservatives) and the curiously named " Christian Historical Union ” — the Party which brought about a political crisis in 1925 by voting for the abolition o f Queen Wilhelmina’s diplomatic representation at the Vatican. Six of the conflicting Parties obtained only one seat each ; and nearly forty Parties will not be represented at all in the new Chamber. But, although the straws have not sufficed to build a parliamentary nest for any Dutch Nazi or Fascist this time, there