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frtiE suggestion that Catholic women a should come forward as Parliamentary candidates has brought in at least five nominations. Dr. Genevieve Rewcastle, Barbara Ward, Mrs. Kernball, Miss Mary Cunnane, Miss W. E. Mallon.

Miss Mary Cunnane, S.R.N., has just taken up post of organiser of War Nurseries for the County of Warwick. She is an outstanding nurse and midwife, has held a research post in breast feeding, and has been a police patrol in Liverpool, where they thought her unequalled. She has worked with Mr. J. B. Priestley and his wife in their social experiment of the Priestley Nurseries for bombed-out mothers and babies and has done more than any Catholic of our generation on behaff of the Catholic and non-Catholic unmarried mottles and her child.

Miss W. E. Malloa works at the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, of which she has been lay secretary since its foundation. She has also been instrumental behind the scenes in drawing up the various health-of-women memoranda issued from official circles and notably the recent one dealing with the health and conditions of the Women's Services.

And My Nomination THE above paragraph was not

written by me at all, but by Miss Grace Conway whose name is known to our readers for her indefatigable industry in digging up interesting news and stories (many of them relating to women). I nominate her as Catholic woman M.P. candidate. She is practical, energetic, business-like, sympathetic, etc., etc., and has the widest knowledge both of things Catholic and things sociological. She is also writing her reminiscences and a tailend chapter, " At Westminster," would round thenr off nicely.

Ireland's.Feelings I MUST congratulate Picture Post on a very fine article on Eire in the current issue. We take its first-rate illustrations—some of the best ever printed—for granted, but the letterpress itself is a fair, courteous and even sympathetic account of Irish feelings during the war and of Irish views and way-oflife. I recommend the reading of it to John Gordon, Editor of the Sunday Express, as well as to some of our expert propagandists. I have noticed quite a number of sympathetic accounts of Ireland written by recent visitors, seeking a few days of " peace " across the water. I hope 1 am not boasting too much when I say that these accouhts echo what we have always said In this paper. I shall soon have to go to Ireland myself to find out the truth! It is more than three years since I was in Dublin.

My Friend QOME weeks ago I gave an account in

this column of some impressive Quaker remarks made at a private dinner party. I did not mention the name of the hostess, as I do not share the courage of some of my coritemporaries who report any names without permission. (I remember once writing to a well-known author to enquire whether could quote a story of his with his name—he answered : " Of course. Many thanks for asking. No one has ever asked before in my case.") Anyhow, what I dtd write has led the Editor

of the Friend to get in touch with my hostess through me, and as a result she has printed in the current issue of that Quaker journal a delightful account of the dinner and her views about the war. The name is Nora Wain, the American writer of two best-sellers. House of Exile and Reaching for the Stars. Perhaps the little article—which I should like to reprint were it not rather personal—and the paper will interest some of my readers. It comes from Breams Buildings, Chancery Lane, London, E.C.4 (like the Universe).

Odd Lot FROM our correspondence: "Will the a pro-Bolshie Editor of THE CATHOLIC HERALD expect us to take flowers and candles to Lenin's shrine in Hotford Street, Finsbury?—Pro-Fascist and Pro-Christus Rex, Plus Anti-Bolsh."

Review Delayed ON behalf of our staff I must apolo gise to readers for the delay in the review of Evelyn Waugh's last novel, Put Out More Flags. The trouble is that so many members of the staff have " pinched " the review copy to read it themselves before it finally goes to the reviewer. I hope the publishers will take this notice as a sufficient encourage. ment to the public not to delay in getting hold of the book and reading it.

The Powers of the State

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Three Magazines AMONG periodicals accumulating are two seminary magazines and another less easy to catalogue. The seminary magazines are the Reda Review (as ever outstanding for interest and merit and deserving circulation much wider than Bcda circles) and the Wonersh Chronicle (in lighter vein, mostly amusingly illustrated diary of Wonersh life). The third is The Wind and the Rain, a literary magazine formerly—as far as I remember—associated with Ampleforth, but now appearing from London with four editors. Contributors are not quite so wellknown as they used to be, though they include John Rothenstein, Charles Williams, G. Wilson Knight and Clifford Bax. A gallant enterprise, but purpose and policy are not very clear. Editorial ends: " We should not be deceived : reality must be faced. First let it be known what we are fighting for, then let us see how we stand. It would ' be unfortunate. if, having beaten the pagan Hun, we were to become him." Why not start the precautions by refraining from calling our German fellow-men (many of them Christians) the " pagan Hun "?

Contrasts that Jar!

I HAVE always found it hard to recon cile Lotus leaves, luxuriant reed plains, fresh rice ears, Madame Butterfly, and all the glamour of Japan of the pretty picture-books with tanks, bombers, unknown totall of secret warships, vast naval yards in unmapped bays of that Empire's islands, and .a11 those nasty things that have given us such an unpleasant shock in the last few weeks. My comment is prompted by the news that Wake Island, together with two other Pacific islets now in Japanese hands, are to be converted into a formidable base for military operations. But the re-christening of the three islands is what really puzzles me, for the Japs have given to Wake Island the name of " Ohtorischima," or the " Island of the Great Bird," while Poale Island is to be known in future as "Haneschima." or the " Isle of Wings," and Wilkeswildes Isle "Ashichime." that is. " Isle of Legs."

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