May 12, 1934

THE TABLET A 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 VESTRIS CONSTANTER MANEATIS

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

V o l . 163. No. 4905.

L ondon, May 12, 1934.

Six p e n c e .

Registered at tub General Post Office as a Newspaper.

News and No t e s ............. 585 A c t i o n ................................... 589 For Antagonists of “ Anti

God ”

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“ The Present Exhibition ” 590 Rome Revisited ................. 591 Reviews : —

Protohistory ................. 592 “ Mrs. Morley ” and

“ Mrs. Freeman” . . . 592 A Russian Wife’ s Tale . . . 593 In the “ Bible B e lt ” . . . 594 Outstanding Novels . . . 594 New Books and Music . . . 595

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Sermons for the Times . . . 596 The National Pilgrimage to

Lourdes ............................ 597 The Letters of Hilarion— IV 598 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o ............................ 598 Catholic Education Notes . . . 598 St. Chad ............................ 599 Dr. Herbert Vaughan . . . 599 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’ s Weekly letter from) ............................ 601 Liverpool Cathedral . . . 603 The Jubilee Extraordinary 603

NTS

Et C/ETERA......................604 Ch e s s .................................605 Letters to the Editor :

A Note from the Federa­

tion

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Catholic Immigrants . . . 606 “ Ubi Caritas et Amor ” 606 Coming Events ................. 606 Obituary ............................ 607 Abbot Egan’s Silver Jubilee 607 Orbis Terrarum :

England ............................ 60S Wales ............................ 608

Orbis Terrarum

Ireland

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Belgian Congo .............. 610 China .............. 610 France .............. 610 India .............. 610 Japan .............. 610 South Africa .............. 612 Spain .............. 612 Switzerland .............. 612 Tanganyika... .............. 612 U.S.A. .............. 612 West Africa .............. 612 Social and P ersonal . . . 612

NOTANDA

Catholic Action. A forthcom ing Joint Pastoral by the Episcopate o f England and Wales (p. 589).

A Message from Rome epitomizes the Concordat with Austria (p. 601).

St. John Bosco. A Sermon fo r the Times by the Archbishop o f Liverpool (p. 596).

The fire at Hare Street House. Facts to correct some fancies (p. 587).

A t Burlington House. Some remarks on the Royal Academy’s present Exhibition; especially on Mr. Spencer’s work (p. 590).

“ Father Jerome’s ” little book. A Tablet Notewriter examines a review in Blackfriars (p. 587).

Russia’ s cruelties. Her release o f a dying Bishop. An Exhibition in London (pp. 585 and 588).

A pilgrim’s impressions o f the Eternal City on revisiting it after many years (p. 591).

Liverpool Cathedral. Granite from Ireland’ s mountains, bricks from Lancashire’s own clav (p. 603).

Catholic immigrants in North America. An authoritative statement (p. 606).

The Silver Jubilee o f Abbot Egan. Rejoicings at Ramsgate (p. 607).

NEWS AND NOTES

TV/fOST Westerners know that " Japan ” , or Ji-pan,

the name coined long ago b y the Chinese from their island neighbours, is not to the taste o f the Japanese themselves. They prefer “ Nippon ” . A decree supported by the Parliament, has gone forth from the Emperor, making “ Nippon ” the official name o f old Yamato. As supporters o f Nippon through good and evil report— especially evil— we shall try to accustom British readers to the change. Nippon’s enemies are so many that she has need of staunch though candid friends.

N ew S e r ie s . Vol. CXXXI. No. 4304.

In tardily moving the second reading o f his Parliament (Reform) Bill, the Marquess o f Salisbury was not at his best. The brief to which he spoke had been carelessly prepared. For instance, he said, according to The Times report,that he “ knew “ of no other country, excepting the Kingdom of “ Greece, where the Constitution provided only for “ a single Chamber.” It is true that Greece has a unicameral Legislature; but she ceased to be a kingdom ten years ago. Nor is she the only State with a single-chamber Parliament. The Republic of Spain knows no second or upper House.

Debates on the reform of the House of Lords ring false just now ; because all serious citizens feel that any considerable changes of our Constitution in the near future will have to include a good deal besides an overhaul of the hereditary Chamber. It has long been an open secret that politicians who used to pose as champions o f Democracy no longer want even a Lower and elective chamber to control the administration. As for Upper Houses, or Senates, as safeguards against too hasty changes, Mr. de Valera is not alone in his resolve to be rid of such brakes upon the wheel. With all its defects, which are more defects o f theory than of practice, the House of Lords has served the people w e l l ; and it seems to us that it will best support the Commonwealth by continuing quietly to exercise its traditional functions.

This paper’s friendship for Belgium is old and staunch. It was proved as long ago as the days of the Morel calumnies against Belgium— calumnies which were afterwards found to be part of a deep political design. Therefore some of our readers are telling us that they expect plain words from us concerning the story which figured on a London newspaper’s poster last Sunday as “ Was King Albert Murdered ? ”

Instead of casting about for adequate words of our own in this matter, we will transcribe the words o f others. First, the words of the chief offender.