J a n u a r y 2 6 , 1936

THE A Weekly Newspaper and Review

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

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

Vol. 165. No. 4942.

London, January 26, 1935.

Sixpence.

R e g is tered a t the Generai, P o s t Of f ic e a s a New s pape r .

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New s and No t e s ................ 97 A Spade’ s a S p ad e ................. 101 Gentlemen of the Road . . . 101 The National Catholic Con­

gress ....................................... 103 Septies in Die ................. 103 Prom The Tablet o f Long

A g o ....................................... 104 R e v i e w s :

The Catholic L i f e ................. 104 “ The Dublin ” ................. 105 Silence is G o ld en ................. 105 Back to the Bible................. 106 Imagination and Fancy . . . 106 A Jesuit P io n e e r ................. 107

C O N T E N T S

R e v i e w s (C on ti .).

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Egypt and Old Nile . . . 107 New Books and Music . . . 107 “ Walling-up” in Spain . . . 108 The Birmingham Catholic

R eunion ...............................1 08 L etters to the E d i t o r :

A Cardinal for Scotland,

too . . .

109

Dr. Longford’ s Story . . . 109 The Peace B a l lo t ................. 110 Handel S o c ie t ie s ................. 110 Anglican Saints 1 110 Com in o E v e n t s ...................1 10 Books Received ................. H I

Correspondence:

Rome (Our Own Corre­

Page spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................ 113 Cardinal Bourne ................. 114 The Letters of Hilarion—

V I I ....................................... 114 BB. John Fisher and

Thomas More ................. 115 Et C f f i T E H A ............................ 116 The Walters Window at

Buckfast A b b e y ................. 118 Ob it u a r y ............................... 118 W i l l s ...........................................1 18 Orb i s T errarum :

England ............................ 119

Or b i s T errarum ( C on ti.) :

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Scotland ............................ 120 Ireland ............................ 120 Australia ............................ 120 Belgium ............................ 121 Canada ............................ 121 China ............................ 121 France ............................ 122 I t a l y ....................................... 122 Malaya ............................ 122 New Zealand ................. 122 Nippon ............................ 122 The S a a r ............................ 122 Spain ............................ 124 So c ia l and P ersonal . . . 124 Ch e s s ....................................... 124

NOTANDA

A F ifth Gospel? Fragments o f papyri at the British Museum raise great hopes (p. 97).

BB. John Fisher and Thomas More. Next week’ s deliberations in the Eternal City (p. 115).

The Cardinal Secretary o f State, in a gracious letter, transmits to The Tablet priceless words o f encouragement from the Sovereign Pontiff (p. 115).

Mr. L loyd George comes back. Some words o f welcome to a land-worker “ with clay on his boots ” (p. 1 0 1 ).

Death on the K ing’ s Highway. A demand fo r “ Gentlemen o f the Road ” (p. 101).

Lord Gorell’s latest. W h o is the “ Famous Roman Catholic W r i t e r ” who has given his lordship aid and com fo r t? (p. 108).

“ Six months o f Civil W a r ” and a riot on April 22, 1935. A case fo r attention in Edinburgh (p. 100) .

The Laity and the Divine Office. What could and should be done (p. 103).

NEWS AND NOTES F OR years it had been predicted that any discovery o f a Gospel codex written within a hundred years o f the deaths of SS. Peter and Paul would show us a text resembling, in contents, though not perhaps in style, the Gospel according to St. Mark. Those who wrote in this strain spoke o f the Fourth Gospel as so hopelessly late as to be worse than useless as a faithful record o f our Master’s deeds and words. But some leaves of papyrus have just come t o light which seem to have been written before a .d . 150; and the fragments o f a Gospel so far deciphered from their brown old surfaces are said b y Mr. Idris Bell, o f the British Museum, to resemble St. John's

N ew S e r ie s . Vol. CXXXIII. No. 4341.

narrative. This find, o f which it is too early to say much, revives the daring old hope that a cache o f first-century MSS., perhaps including a holograph, may yet be found. Meanwhile, the spades of excavators and the sharp eyes o f papyrologists are accrediting the orthodox more than the iconoclasts in matters Biblical.

Writing from Vienna a few days ago, a helper o f ours tells us that the rumours o f a Habsburg return are entitled to attention. Taken alone, the besprinkling o f Vienna, last Saturday night, with what looked like a Fall o f Manna in the shape of little pieces o f paper stamped “ Heil Otto ” would mean little. In the darkness o f winter, an equal number o f anti-Habsburg leaflets could easily have been strewn about. There are, however, two considerable facts to put on the record. First, the powerful Prince Starhemberg, who has more influence in Austria than his modest position as ViceChancellor might suggest, has told a large gathering o f Viennese that the Return o f the Habsburgs is essential to Austria’s independence and recovery, as well as t o Europe’s peace. Second, the Habsburg Archduke Eugene (cousin o f the Archduke Otto) is being mentioned in Vienna as a fit successor to President Miklas when that worthy man gives up the seals o f office about ten months h en c e ; and, simultaneously, the Archduke Albrecht, another Habsburg, is talked o f in Hungary as a possible Deputy-Regent. In Archduke Albrecht’s case there are difficulties o f a matrimonial nature, and we do not set a high value upon the rumour concerning his public future ; but it is not to be expected that the Apostolic Kingdom will for ever do without a King. W e must, however, take note o f Prince Starhemberg’s hint that the hour for a Habsburg Restoration may not strike just yet.

Our own strong interest in Austria does not ebb or flow according to the waning or waxing o f Habsburg fortunes. Oh the contrary, we want to see the experiment o f a Catholic Corporative State fairly