THE TABLET s i W eek ly N ew s p a p e r a n d R e v ie 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 . 156. N o . 4,727. L o n d o n , D e c e m b e r 13, 1930.

S i x p e n c e .

R eg is tered at th e General P ost Of f ic e a s a New spaper

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New s and No t e s ...................7 93 Simon Bolivar ................. 797 Old Russia’ s Faith in the

Immaculate Conception 798 The Adoption Case . . . 799 R e v i e w s :

Shakespeare’s Method . . . 800 Lord Wrenbur y ’ s

“ Thoughts ”

800

Simon Zelotes ................. 800 “ Life-Attitudes ” . . . 802 Books Received ................. 802 New Books and Music . . . 803

CONTENTS

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A dvent P astorals :

Clifton ............................ 804 Nottingham 805 Southwark 806 Missionary Demonstration at Stratford ................. 806 The Little O ra to ry ................. 807 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................ 809 Besford Court ................. 810 Et Ca s t e r a ............................811

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Catholic Education Notes 812 The “ Universe,” 1860

1930 ................ 812 Obitu ary ................ 813 Chess ........................... 814 Ore i s Tebrarum :

England, Scotland and Wales .............. 814 Ireland • .............. 815 China .............. 816 Czechoslovakia 816 France .............. 817 Germany .............. 818 Haiti .............. 818

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Orbis Terbabum (Oontd.) :

Hungary

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India

Japan

Mexico

Palestine

Spain

U.S.A.

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From The Tablet of Eighty

Years A g o ............................ 820 School Sports ................ 820 E p is c o p a l Engagements 820 Coming E vents .................. 820 j So c ia l and P ersonal . . . 820

N O T A N D A

Japan and the H o ly See. H ow the Japanese are adopting the Roman alphabet (p. 793).

A unique Centenary Mass. H ow five Spanishspeaking States will use an English Cathedral to pray fo r one man’ s soul (p. 797).

Eastern Orthodoxy. More Tablet Notes (p. 796); and an article on the Eastern apostasy from faith in the Immaculate Conception (p. 798).

Father Craven’s fight fo r Baby Joan. A Jesuit writer points out the larger implications o f the recent Judgment (p. 799).

“ From false to true history.” The latest High Anglican catchphrase (p. 794).

The Catholic Missionary demonstration at Stratford. A Hindu’s tribute to the Church (p. 806).

Concerning a contemporary. Last Monday’s notable gathering at Stationers’ Hall (p. 812).

Further Catholic progress in the Cotswolds. A fte r Bisley, Eastington; with Painswick to follow (p. 814).

A libeller o f the French war-time clergy brought to book. Episcopal names in France’s Roll o f Honour : eleven bishops who were decorated on the battlefield (p. 817).

A Catholic priest on Charity sweepstakes (p. 795).

NEWS AND NOTES W HEN the Japanese Prince Nohubito Takamatsu paid his expected visit to the Vatican last Sunday, he was received with military honours. His conversation with the Sovereign Pontiff lasted for a quarter o f an hour. We have abundant reasons for saying that any anti-Papal feeling which exists in Japan is practically confined to the bonzes, and that there is none of it in the Imperial Family. In accordance with the protocol,

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the Cardinal Secretary of State, in the name of the Holy Father, repaired to the Prince’s hotel later in the day to return the princely visit ceremoniously. The distinguished visitor did not conceal the pleasure which his reception by the Pontiff had given him.

Japan will soon become more easily penetrable by Christian ideas. During fourteen centuries the written language has grown on ideographic lines, with an inadequate use of phonetic principles. As a result, it is expressed in about ten thousand ideograms, more or less originating in a sort of picture-writing. For instance, an upright stroke, with three lighter strokes forking off at the top and three more at the bottom , means a tree, summarily represented by trunk, root, and branches. To describe even briefly the elaborations of the primitive ideograms would require many columns of our space. Probably there will long be laudatores temporis acti in Nippon to keep alive the beautiful brush-ways of the traditional characters, as well as to translate MSS. ; and therefore we do not need to shed tears over the superseding of the old writing and printing. The cultural treasure can be preserved.

Meanwhile, the rising generation in Japan is being taught the Roman alphabet, while experts in phonetics are deciding how they can best fix Japanese sounds in Western letters. Many business firms, as well as some Government Departments in Japan, already use the romadji, or Japanese language expressed by means of the Roman alphabet. This means that it will soon be much easier and less expensive than of old to print Christian books for Japanese readers, and the terribly long time spent by missionaries in acquiring a knowledge of the ideograms will in future be saved.

In an earlier Note on the Moscow trial, we said that there is a limit beyond which the Bolsheviks will not go in defiance of world-opinion. Knowing