To His Holiness
TDaily Sketch has published the foll owing tribute in verse to the Holy Father. It is signed with the initials A. C. T. Abused, bewildered, from your shores we wait The daily stream of artificial Bikat
it you, , serene, Truth's message still defend,
Of peace and Justice arbiter and friend.
A Great Jesuit
I HAVE referred to the losses recently
sustained by the Society of Jesus in this country, but the Jesuits of Hungary will perhaps feel the death of Fr. Bela Bangha even more, for he has claims to be considered the most remarkable Jesuit of our day. I met him in Budapest some three or four years ago when I was present at an international Catholic Press conference. Like most terrific workers he gave the impression that all his time was at our disposal, and was most charming as a host. But I recall that he was present at very few meetings, no doubt being much too occupied elsewhere. It was characteristic of him to have heard of this newspaper and to speak to me eagerly about it. There was indeed little about the Catholic Press throughout the world that he did not know.
New G.K.C. Portrait
APOSTHUMOUS portrait of G. K. Chesterton Is exhibited in the Royal Academy. The painter is Edwin Swan, and he has painted from memory and the well-known photograph by Howard Coster in which Chesterton sits with a rather fearsome T-shaped stick. The stick, by the way, was obtained by G.K.C., as he once told me, in Zakopane, Poland Had he lived he would with difficulty have been restrained from wielding it as a battle emblem against the partitioners of the land he admired so greatly.
Away from the War
Tfirst May week-end of the war took me a million miles away from the war in the shape of a lightning visit to Oxford to see the Hertford College Dramatic Society playing Ben Jonson's " Volpone "—and very successfully they acted it to crowded houses. But the start of an Oxford summer term in May at its best is more perfect than any play. I did not fail to make a pilgrimage to the meadow by Addison's Walk, where the fritillaries, so wonderfully photographed in The Times, are blooming. A day later I found myself in the midst of a truly pastoral scene: children, apparently by the score, sheep with their lambs, and dogs all gambolling and sunning themselves on the lawn at Pigott.% the home of the Gills, where the master, alas! was lying ill, but happily only with German measles. I should like to think of all Londoners hiking in the Chilterns now that the young beech leaves are shimmering in the sun.
A Fifth Ally
PROPERLY speaking, the B.B.C. on Sunday night should play yet another national anthem before the news, for the Principality of Liechtenstein is at war with Prussia. Whether there is moral continuity between the old Kingdom of Prussia and the Third Reich is for the lawyers to fight out. But Liechtenstein fought with its thirty odd soldiers on the side of Austria in the PruneAustrian war of 1868. But at the peace conference that followed the war, the Principality was so small that it got overlooked and has never yet made peace with Prussia. A similar thing happened with the Republic of San Marino, that little hill republic eet right in the middle of Italy. San Marino joined Italy in formally declaring war on Turkey in 1915, making a separate declaration of war as befitted its dignity as a sovereign State. But at Versailles, alas, it got overlooked owing to its small size, and so never made peace with Turkey. The error was only discovered, I think, in 1922, when a Turk presented himself at the gates of the city and was relapsed admission owing to the fact that he was an enemy subject. The matter was rectified shortly afterwards.
The Czar's Ambassador in Yugoslavia AREADER in Yugoslavia reminds me of the fact that the Russian Ambassador in that country represents the Czar and not Stalin. He writes: " The news of the projected trade discussions between Russia and Yugoslavia will raise an interesting diplomatic question at Belgrade, and may cause not a little heart-burning at Paris and Moscow. It is not generally well known that Yugoslavia has so far resisted all temptations to recognise the Soviet Government, even going so far as to allow an Ambassador of Czarist Russia to remain at the Court of Belgrade. Since the death of Kyril, Czar of Russia, last year, the Russian Ambassador at Belgrade represents not M. Stalin but His Imperial Majesty, Vladimir, Czar of all the Russlas. Will Russia take the opportunity of the trade talks to insist on the removal of the Ambassador and his replacement by a Soviet representative? And if so, what will be the attitude of Belgrade and of the Czar Vladimir, who is at present living either in Paris or in his Breton home?'
O'Dwyer Memorial Fund
wE have received the following letter from Field-Marshal Sir Claud Jacob and others giving the news that
memorials to the late Sir Michael O'Dwyer are to be erected in churches with which that famous proconsul was Connected.
"Having," they write, " had the privilege of friendship with the late Sir Michael O'Dwyer we propose to place memorials to him in churches with which he was associated, and to contribute to charities in which he was interested, and have formed a small committee to collect funds for the purpose. As we have reason to believe that many, whom we are not in a position to discover except by a public appeal, will wish to join us, we ask the favour of insertion of this letter. It is emphasised that the memorials are to him in a purely personal capacity. Contributions, which are limited to a maximum of one guinea, should be sent to Sir Louis Stuart, C.I.E., 57, Bassett Road, London, W.10, and cheques should be crossed O'Dwyer Memorial Fund.'"
Catholic News Letters
NONE has been so hard hit by the new postal rates as the myriad News Letters, whose chief expense is postage. It means a hundred per cent. rise in costs for them. I see that William Teeling, who edits the British News Letter, is now sending supplements written by prominent politicians. The first is by L. S. Amery (whom many tip for office in any real Cabinet changes). and he writes very well about Family Allowances in War-time. He holds that they should begin with the third m fourth child, thereby checking the inflation that would grow with any increase in standard wages that could cover the real needs of the larger familied. Another Catholic-edited News Letter is British Survey, by John Eppetein, highly recommended by Fr. O'Hea, but I have not seen a copy.