THE TABLET A Weekly N ew sp a p e r R eview

DUM VOBIS GRATULAMUR ANIMOS ET I AM ADDIMUS UT IN INCCEFTIS V E S T R IS CONSTANTER MANEATIS

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

Vol. 156. No. 4,728. London, December 20, 1930.

S i x p e n c e .

R eg is tered a t the General P ost Of f ic e as a New s pape r

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New s and No t e s ................. 825 Merry Christmas 1 ................. 829 Christmas in Dolcedorme . . . 831 Prom The Tablet of Eighty

Years A g o ............................ 831 Catholic Artists and Craftsmen ....................................... 832 Ut Hoy 1 834 R e v i e w s :

Two Centuries of Scottish

Life .

Russian Icons and

Frescoes ............................ 834 Lord Birkenhead’s Essays 835

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CONTENTS

R e v ie w s ( contd.) :

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“ A Changed Apologetic ” 836 More Pseudo-Plato . . . 836 Books Received ................. 836 New Books and Music . . . 837 Ch e s s ...........................................8 38 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................ 841 Et C.e t e r a .............................. 843 A dvent P a s t o r a l s :

Liverpool ............................ 844 Middlesbrough ................. 844

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The Wood P i g e o n ................. 844 Catholic Education Notes . . . 845 L etters to the Ed i t o r :

Father Davis, S.J., on

Birth Control ................. 846 The Carthusian Order in

E n g l a n d ............................847 Wanted, an Office-Boy . .. 847 Miss Jane Nicolson— c.

1828 847 Obitu ary .............................. 848 Coming E vents ...................8 48

Or b is T errarum :

England, Scotland Wales ............. Ireland ............. Austria ............. China ............. France ............. India ............. I t a l y ........................ Poland ............ Spain ............. Venezuela ............. Y u g o s la v ia ............

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. . . 848 . . . 849 . . . 849 . . . 849 . . . 849 . . . 850 . . . 850 . . . 850 . . . 852 . . . 852 . . . 852

Social and P ersonal . . . 852

NOTANDA “ Merry Christmas.” A Tablet leader-writer defends the old-fashioned greeting and applies it to the existing state o f things in our country (p. 829).

A prose-sketch o f a Christmas Night in Southern Italy; and an engraving o f another Christmas Night in old Germany (pp. 831, 833).

“ So mych jo y . ” A fifteenth-century Christmas poem (p. 834).

Spain. The Tablet authoritatively summarizes the true news and formally contradicts the statements o f two London newspapers concerning their Spanish Majesties (p. 828).

Alton again. The long-dragging affair o f Dom Lambert Beauduin’s gaffe. Strange French.

(p. 827).

Russian camp-horrors. W ill Wesleyans rise to their moral opportunity and duty? (p. 826).

Some impressions, from Janies the Least, o f the exhibition o f work by the Guild o f Catholic Artists and Craftsmen (p. 832).

NEWS AND NOTES A LTHOUGH this must not be called a Christmas

Number, it is the number of The Tablet which will be current during Christmas Week. Therefore we proffer to all our readers, both friends and enemies, the old-fashioned greeting. The reasons why we prefer old fashions to new are set forth in our article called “ Merry Christmas,” a few pages further on.

To the Established and “ Free ” Churches of England, their titular Heads have appealed for prayers against Unemployment. Next Sunday has been chosen for collective intercession. We Catholics will find in the Sunday’s Proper many things appro

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priate to our national straits. The Prayer beseeches Almighty God to “ arise in strength and come to our help in great might ” ; and the Gradual encourages us with the promise that “ the Lord is near to all that call upon him.” As for the Offertory, it is one that all save the smallest children can recite as a timely prayer : because it is the “ Hail, Mary.” Our Lad}' herself knew poverty ; and, in days when the simple furniture of the peasantry was built to last for a lifetime, there must often have been unemployment in the carpenter’s shop at Nazareth. Holy Mary will pray for us now, as well as at the hour of our death. Britain’s need is great. Nor should we forget the people of other lands in our prayers. Australia, Germany and the U.S.A. have all been in the public eye this week by reason of their unemployment problems : and they are not the only sufferers.

A fervent admirer of the stand which The Tablet has made for religion and freedom in Russia offers a suggestion. He writes :—

Moscow has told Mr. Henderson that it finds no harm in the Broadcasts from Russia, in the English language, which call upon British workers to fight for Bolshevik ideals. Why not test M. Stalin’s sincerity by sending out a counter Broadcast from England in the Russian tongue ? The Broadcast shoidd state the plain truth about food supplies and prices in England, and should give typical dole-figures ; the whole Broadcast to conclude with some such words as : “ Unemployment in Britain is serious and there is much hardship ; but compare our daily lot with your own ! Workers o f Russia, fight for a Constitutional Monarchy like ours ! ” As practical men, we know that the 6o kilowatts at Brookman’s Park will not be used for putting any such message on the air. Our correspondent, however, has not wasted his time. Merely to imagine the sequel to such a Broadcast will help us to understand more clearly the ridiculous one-sidedness of Anglo-Russian relations.

Reiteration is necessary in public affairs. Therefore we say once more that an enormous moral