Septem ber 15, 1934

THE TABLET ¿ 4 W e ek ly 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 MANE ATI®

From the Brief o f H is Holiness Pius I X to The Tablet, June 4,1870.

Vol. 164. No. 4923. London, September 1 5 , 1934.

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New s and No t e s ................... 321 Our American Brothers . . . 325 *' Simple Bible Teaching ” 326 Hidden Assets ................. 326 Mussolini and H itler: A

Parallel and a Contrast— I I ....................................... 327 Coming E vents ................... 328 R e v ie w s :

The Ras Shamra Tablets 329 Meat on S u n d a y ................. 329 The Bantu Problem . . . 330 Queen of Palmyra . . . 331 Books Received ................. 332 New Books and Music . . . 332 Catholic A r t ............................ 333

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L e tters to the E d i t o r :

The Siege of Malta . . . 334 St. Joseph Calasanctius

Page and Chars-fi-bancs . . . 334 Our Lady of Walsingham 334 The Modern Idolatry . . . 334 “ Modern” Churchmen... 335 Correspondence :

Rome ( Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ................. 337 Ecclesiastical A r t ................. 338 E t Cjetera ...................3 39 Catholic Education Notes . . . 340 Ob it u a r y ................. 340

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To Lourdes 1.....................341 Ordination at Heythrop . . . 341 Franciscan Capuchin Elec­

Pa£e tions ....................................... 341 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o .................. . ' .3 4 2 The Abbess of Stanbrook . . . 342 Or b is Terrarum :

England ............................342 Scotland ............................ 343 Wales ............................ 343 Ireland ............................ 343 Algeria ............................ 344 Austria ............................ 344 Canada ............................ 344

Orbis Terrarum (Oontd.) :

China

France

French Sudan

Germany

India

Italy

Japan

Liberia

Spain

The Transvaal

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So c ia l and P ersonal 348 Chess ............... 348

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Ignoble days at Geneva. Russia’s tortuous path towards the League’s front door (p. 321).

The afflictions o f the U .S .A . A Tablet leaderwriter begs sympathy fo r our American brothers (p. 325).

Pythagoras redivivas. “ A ll things are numbers ” to a President o f the British Association (p. 322).

W ho are the Bible-readers o f to-day? The dismal confessions o f some Protestant divines (p. 326).

Last Sunday’s “ great ” meetings in Hyde Park. The latent powers o f the British people (p. 326).

Sir George Shee’s instructive comparison o f Signor Mussolini with Herr Hitler. Some vital differences (p. 327).

Nudists in Congress. N o clothes and a roaring fire (p. 324).

Christian Iconography. Its adaptations to nonEuropean peoples (p. 333).

The new Beacon at Messina. A Times’ Correspondent’s beautiful account o f a memorable ceremony. The legend o f Our Lady’s Letter (p. 345).

NEWS AND NOTES

A l t h o u g h we are deeply disappointed by the failure of the Irish Free State’s Government to join Switzerland and certain of the Catholic Powers in definite opposition to Russia’s membership o f the League, we are glad that Mr. de Valera spoke out at Geneva against the secret moves, especially the intrigues in private rooms at hotels, by which Russia’s cause has been advanced. I f the champions of Catholic Austria had used such methods, what would Professor Gilbert Murray’s friends have said about it ? Enormous harm has been done to the moral prestige o f the League by the favouritism

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so ingeniously exercised on behalf of the world’s most unjust and cruel Government. But in this matter the League’s conscience seems to be in a state of atrophy. On Wednesday last— the very day when Russia’s admission to the League, and even her claim to a permanent seat on the Council were being desperately fought for by many delegates, including, alas, Great Britain’s— the Sixth Committee of the League Assembly was pondering a frightful document drawn up by the careful and responsible Nansen International Office for Refugees. About 800,000 Russian refugees have escaped destruction in their own fatherland by f l ig h t ; but the condition of hundreds o f thousands o f them is a living death. “ The Russian refugee women in China,” says the Report “ have been forced into the White Slave traffic.”

Information received at this office from Geneva on Tuesday last assured us that the proposed admission of Russia to the League of Nations is disliked to an extent o f which British newspapers give only a slight idea. Lobbying of the most persistent kind has been used to prevent a minority vote so large that not even Russia could decently ignore it. Our own Swiss correspondent, however, expects the admission to be very soon an accomplished fact.

While reserving our main comment until the vote of the League Assembly is known, we make haste to acknowledge the services rendered to the right side by Lord Phillimore and Lord Charnwood in letters to The Times which will have been widely read. Lord Phillimore recalls the fact that Germany, before her reception into the League, “ had to submit to a detailed examination before entry,” and he adds bluntly that “ no nation can now deceive itself ” as to the answer which Moscow would have to give on Article 23 o f the Covenant. Lord Charnwood is even more outspoken. He concludes a well-reasoned letter with the words :