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March 31, 1934

THE TABLET

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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.

Vol. 163. No. 4899. London, March 31, 1934.

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News and Notes . . . Page . . . 393 Vidi A qu am .............. . . . 397 The Lonely Island ... . . . 398 Couleur De Rose . . . 398 Episcopal Engagements . . . 399 A Letter from Tristan da

Cunha .............. 400-401 The Letters of Hilarion—

III ......................... . . . 402 Reviews :

The Harrow Trilogy . . . 403 The New Psychology . . . 404 A Country Gentleman . . . 404

CONTENTS

R e v ie w s ( Oontd.).*

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After Mallock .................405 More Light from Blairs... 406 Books Received ................. 406 New B ooks and Music ... 406 Letters to the Editor :

England and the Vatican 407 Church Music at Richmond ............................407 Ch e s s ...........................................407 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................ 409 A Club in Soho ................. 411

Rage j

Obituary .............................. 411 A Burning and a Shining

Light ......................... 43 2 I From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o .................... 412 ' Lenten P astorals :

Clifton ............................ 413 E t Ce t e r a ...................... 415 Catholic Education Notes . . . 416 A Catholic Hall for Oxford 416 W il l s 416 1 Coming Events .................416 •

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England .............. . . . 417 Scotland .............. . . . 417 Ireland .............. . . . 417 Argentina .............. . . . 418 France .............. . . . 418 Germany .............. . . . 418 India .............. . . . 418 Indo-China . . . 420 Spain .............. . . . 420 Social and Personal ... 420

NOTANDA Paschaltide. A meditation on the antiphon Vidi aquam and a plea for a great Pentecost this year (P-397).

The Canonizations on St. Joseph’s Day. A brief glance at the life and work o f three servants o f God now added to the Church’s Calendar o f Saints (pp. 409-10).

“ St. John Bosco.” His wonderful and spiritual life (p. 393).

Who was St. Conrad o f Parzham? A brief answer to many questioners (p. 393).

Tristan da Cunha’s latest post-bag. The Tablet takes note o f an article in The Times, and publishes, in facsimile, a letter from Mrs. Ann Rogers, the island’s Valiant Woman (pp. 398, 400-1).

Austria’s still great and urgent need o f help. Further Notes on Cardinal Bourne’s appeal (p. 394).

St. Francis o f Sales in his Letters. The Harrow nuns complete their Trilogy (p. 403).

NEWS AND NOTES E ASTER Monday is to be marked by a canonization in St. Peter's which will ratify a belief long held throughout the whole Catholic world. Some of the heroic and virtuous men and women lately raised to her altars by the Church have been little known outside their own countries; but everybody has heard of Don Bosco. Bom in 1815— Waterloo year— this peasant of Piedmont laboured at his vast works o f charity until 18S8, which means that many persons now living (including H.H. Pius X I and H.E. Cardinal Bourne) knew Don Bosco in the flesh. Supernatural indeed was this wonderful life. The Order of Salesians, founded by Don Bosco only threescore years ago, is already about 11,000 strong. Its offshoot, " The

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Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians,” counts over 8,000 members. Thus there are nearly 20,000 priests and sisters actively pursuing educational and philanthropic work all over the world on Don Bosco’s lines. Yet he himself had begun life as a poor little fatherless peasant-child, doing farmwork as soon as he could toddle. When he grew up, he had none of the self-taught man’s hardness. He believed in play ; and he said, as did St. Philip Neri, “ Do what you like so long as you don’t sin.” To the present Pope, then a young priest, Don Bosco showed his up-to-date institutions and said : “ In everything that is for the good of souls, I believe in being with the advance-guard of progress.” To say nothing of the spiritual marvels associated with his name, it is admitted in nearly all the countries of the world that the millions of children taught through Don Bosco have become invaluable assets to society. Yet one searches the Encyclopedia Britannica in vain for even a line about him. In that voluminous work one can read of Joseph Smith the Mormon, of Mary Baker Eddy, of Joanna Southcott, of Horatio Bottomley, of Phineas T. Barnum ; but not of Don Bosco. So let us spare a few moments next Monday to join ourselves in spirit with the great concourse in the Vatican Basilica.

Who was the Saint of Parzham, whom The Tablet mentioned in its leading article of March 3 this year ? Several readers press the question ; and we find no difficulty in believing them when they add that they cannot find a Parzham celebrity in any book of reference. St. Conrad, beatified in 1930 and canonized in 1934, was alive in this world of ours as lately as the year 1894 and therefore his Process in Rome has been almost as rapid as was the “ Little Flower’s.” Parzham is Bavarian ; and St. Conrad was the humble door-keeper, or Brother Porter, of a Capuchin monastery in that Catholic land. Those of our friends who have drawn blank from their reference-books may turn to the entries under Altotting, or Oettingen, or Oetinga. There they

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