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May 5, 1934

THE TABLET

A W e e k l y 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 MANEATIS

From the B rief o f H is Holiness Pius IX to The Tablet, June 4,1870.

Vol. 163. No. 4904.

London, May 5, 1934.

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News and No t e s ............. Page 553 The Newest Austria 557 “ Father Jerome ” .............. 558 u Ubi Caritas ” .............. 558 Mr. T r o t s k i ......................... 559 R eview s :

Terce, Vespers and Com­

pline ......................... 560 Anglicanism in French . . . 560 Pierleone ......................... 561 Advocacy in Excess 562 “ King Charles! ” 562 A Book o f Broadcasts . . . 562 The Eagle of Meaux 563

CONTENTS

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Books Received ................. 564 New Books and Music . . . 564 Notes for Musicians . . . 565 St. John Bosco ................. 566 Bearwood’s New Church... 567 Correspondence :

Rome (Our Own Corre­

spondent’s Weekly Letter from) ............................ 569 Catholic Education Notes 571 Episcopal Engagements . . . 572

Letters to the Editor : Page

Lourdes: A Call to

General P r a y e r .............. 572 Stonyhurst Church 572 The Confidence Trick 572 From The Tablet of Ninety

Years A g o ......................... 573 Et Ctetera......................... 574 Chess .................................... 575 Orbis Terrarum :

England ......................... 57 6 Wales ......................... 576 Ireland ......................... 577

Orbis Terbabum (Contd.) :

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Austria .............. . . . 578 British East Africa . . . 578 Czechoslovakia . . . 578 France .............. . . . 578 Natal .............. . . . 578 Portugal .............. . . . 578 Spain .............. . . . 578 U.S.A......................... . . . 580 Ob it u ary ................ . . . 580 Coming Events .............. 580 So c ia l and P ersonal . . . 580

N O T A N D A

May-Day in many lands. Last Tuesday’ s variegated assemblies (pp. 553-5).

The Newest Austria. A Tablet leader-writer examines three selected cases o f English hostility to the Bundesstaat’s Catholic rulers (p. 557).

St. John Bosco. The canonization celebrations in London (p. 566).

A new Anglican periodical. Its unlucky invocation o f de Maistre. What the author o f Du Pape said about the Church o f England (p. 560).

H ow not to write a charitable appeal. Sir George Wyatt Truscott’s lapse from good taste and sound judgment (p. 555).

A brief Note on some recent scoldings o f Japan (p. 554).

The late Sir Edward Elgar and the music o f Jewry. A Jewish writer’s tribute (p. 565).

Mgr. Kolbe’ s lively praise o f the Maundy Antiphon Ubi caritas et amor (p. 558).

A Cross on the Potomac, 1634; and another, 1934. The State o f Maryland remembers (p. 574).

Veil. Pierre Rogue, priest and martyr. An account o f his betrayal and death (p. 569).

NEWS AND NOTES A NOTHER May-Day has come and gone. Not very many years ago, the First o f May found Catholic writers ready with a stock remark. They drew attention to a sharp contrast. In some places, they said, May-Day ushered in the Month o f Mary, thus honouring the Mother o f God and the lifegiving Mystery o f the Incarnation. On the other hand, they added, were the May-Day celebrations c f those mostly atheistical and revolutionary movements which derided all save the secular solutions o f human problems.

New Series. Vol. CXXXI. No. 4303.

For the journalists of 1934, May-Day is not so simple as the May-Days o f old. No longer is there a neat division o f Sheep and Goats. The Day is observed in ways too many to mention. Of course, the Catholic observance stands where it did, and Mary’s Month begins with the traditional processions and tellings o f the rosary beads. But the nonCatholic celebrations teem with variations. In some urban centres, the First of May is still marked Red in the revolutionary calendar and is an occasion for gatherings of the political Left at which revolutionary harangues are delivered. In other places, however, the Dictators who now wield power have imitated the old wisdom o f the Church. They know how She did not suppress the popular pagan festivals but transformed them into Christian feasts. In like fashion, the new-style Totalitarian Governments have turned May-Days into Fêtes Nationales, adapted to the peculiar temperaments and customs o f their respective peoples.

Work was stopped all over the Reich last Tuesday in order that 66,000,000 Germans, with the exception of the infants, the sick and the infirm, might both “ down tools and ‘ up ’ the Führer.” The Day had been organized in that megalomaniac spirit which used to be known in Barnum’s days as “ licking creation.” The biggest audience on record was marshalled in an aerodrome screened b y the biggest flags ever seen. These flags, however, were not allowed to spread themselves upon the spanking breeze. Nothing was left to chance. Strictly speaking, they were not flags but were huge expanses of fabric adorned with the Swastika emblem and firmly stretched upon a strong framework o f steel. And there was no more spontaneity in the crowd than in the flags. As the Daily Telegraph’s Berlin Correspondent reminds us, attendance was made compulsory at this “ Greatest Mass Demonstration the World has Ever Seen.” Strong escorts of storm-troopers in uniform led the workers to their prescribed stations on the Tempelhof ground. There was a contingent o f railway porters and postmen

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