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IN A FEW WORDS

Good Neighbours I WAS sorry to read in the Tittles and in the Jewish Chronicle of the resignation of the Editor. Mr. Ivan Greenberg, owing to a difference over present events with his Directors. The Jewish Chronicle is one of the papers printed at the same works as ourselves, and though I have no doubt that it has no high opinion of much that appears in our paper—on occasion we have had differences in public—we have always personally been good neighbours. 1 feel that these days it is terribly important to maintain personal relations even with those with whom we may not agree, and, above all, never to fall for thinking of people in the mass. We may oppose a view and we may condemn Mr. X or Mrs. Y (even if there are many of them), but never that abstraction the Jews or the Communists or the Germans or even (saving the J.C.'s presence) the Fascists.

The Threepenny Peace Stamp I HAVE received a number of corn." plaints from correspondents who maintain that the threepenny victory stamp has on it the Masonic sign of the square, compass and trowel. Having examined the stamp and found these emblems on it, I rang up the Post Office, to be given the following information. The set square and coinpass represent planning. the trowel and bricks represent reconstruction and the olive branch and dove represent peace. The designer, Reynold Stone, studied for some time under Eric Gill.

The Views of Churchmouse AMONG the many pamphlets and booklets that reach me I have found an exceptionally interesting and wickedly amusing one in The Church of England: A Study in Industrial Depression. by Christopher Churchmouse (Watts, 15.). The tub-title is mieleading, as it is simply an indict.

mon of much in the Established Church these days. 1 showed it to a very knowledgeable Anglican friend, who commented: " A real full-arm swipe, devastating and with much truth

in it." But it gives me no pleasure to see Anglicanism pilloried even by so Intelligent a writer as Churchmouse, because I hold that in these days the weakening of Anglicanism only means the increase of secularism and paganism. Further, I would in honesty say that there are at least aspects of the indictment which can profitably be studied by ourselves. Here is a quotation which should be of interest: " The second fault of English religion is Pharisaism. . . . It is hard for the Englishman to grasp that religion and ethics have no essential connection and that they arc at best in a state of tension. The Englishman has difficulty in understanding the hishmati who is blindly drunk 011 Saturday night but will attend Mass next morning. A consequence of this identification of good conduct with religion is that when a man feels he can be good without religion he thinks he need not hesitate to drop the religion. . . . The discarding of dog= has kd to the importance of correct faith being ignored, and the test of salvation becomes respectability."

A.D.C.Y.C.S. Again MR van den Brande, of Hugo Verrieststratt, 11. 's-Gravenhage. The Hague, Holland, is still complaining of a lack of sufficient number of male

correspondents for Dutch girls. It will be recalled that he is running what I called the A.D.0 Y.C.S. (AngloDutch Catholic Youth Corresponding Society). He writes also: " Would you kindly point out to applicants that they niust write their male and address as clearly as possible, that they must mention their age and profession and their hobbies, and that they must be 15 years old or over and with a general education." I answered that perhaps we are short of males with a general education! So I hope that more will be interested and write direct to Mr, van den Brande to propose them

selves. 1 understand that he has hopes of developing the Catholic Corresponding Society to cover a whole heap of countries.

Sin in the Nursery A PROBLEM in casuistry arises in the case of a boy aged nearly seven. He is being instructed in his convent about the difference between mortal and venial sin. Coming home he asked his mother whether his recent monstrous offence in deliberately cutting his eiderdown, teaching his baby brother to do the same. and having a grand game with the feathers all over the nursery, was a mortal or venial sin. His mother, who felt in duty bound to say that it was only a venial sin, is now awaiting developments.

A Priest on Picasso S0 remote from the public's mind is the link between the Church and the Arts that when the Anglo-French Art centre in London advertised that a French priest, Abbe Morel, would speak on Picasso, the members buzzed with curiosity to see such a strange sight as a priest in sympathy with modern art. Abbe Morel, in brown tweeds (so English), is white. soft collar and a black tie, surprised the audiunto yet more, as they expected someone in a soutane. No doubt the Abbe thought that a soutane was unsuitable in England and that tweeds were the thing. His Jecture, lasting two hours, was delivered in flowing and eloquent French. He is an historian of art and a personal friend as well as an admirer of Picasso, and Picasso was well served

by the weight and authority of such a speaker, who took pains (and lantern slides) to show those who complain so bitterly that the moderns have broken with all tradition, that Picasso's art forms have developed directly from the medieval.

Further to Bee News THE bursts of flue weather are mak ing up for stings and other discomforts. They also put the bees in an excellent temper. Still armed de pied en cap, I ventured to examine the " super." With delight I saw the cells of glistening honey, and the bees themselves were so pleased with themselves that none attacked me. I might as well have been wholly unarmed. I pity those who miss the delights of seeing their honey manufactured on the neighbours' clover.

It is also with sonic satisfaction that we have started a mild form of market gardening. Instead of distributing vegetables to coleagers, we now take them at their word (and wages) and sell them the vegetables.

The New Justice EARLY last week I was sent by the Yugoslav Embassy Information Office a handsome volume with illustrations entitled The Treason of Mihailoviteh. That being the Yugoslav Government's verdict, why bother to stage the trial?

JOTTER




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