A Tragic Adventure
rIATHOLIC HERALD readers will learn kai with special sorrow of the tragic outcome of an adventurous journey to Finland. Two or three weeks ago Peter angdale-Jo.nes and James Gilbert, both old Oratory bays and both connected with this paper, set out on a canoe journey to Finland. They originally, intended to risk the channel crossing in their frail craft, but were dissuaded. News has now reached us from Finland that the canoe capsized in a lake and that Peter Langdale-Jones, who was not a swimmer, was drowned. James Gilbert was able to swim ashore. Langdale-Jones was a young free-lance journalist whose articles on Red Spain, signed by " Peter Langdale," in this paper created much interest last year. James Gilbert was on this staff and his was the second article in the " Under Twenty-five" series.
AS an amateur of mottoes I was interested in E. V. Lucas's Sunday article on the various Public School mottoes. Few seem very appropriate, but " Labor ornnia vincit" (Cheltenham) and, still better, "Non recuso laborem " (Dover) were fairly obvious. The Public School Code is well expressed in " Virtute, Studio, Ludo " of Marlborough and the " Deus Dat Incrementum " (various schools) must prove a consolation to the slower pupils.
Some of the Catholic ones are " Dieu i.e Ward " (Arnpleforth: a pun on the place in Lorraine where the monks settled after the Reformation); " Aeterna Non Caduca " (Beaumont : motto of St. Stanislaps Noatka); " Dominus Mihi Adjutor " (Douai); " Quant Je Puis " (Stonyhurst).
" The Tempest"
T WAS lucky enough, through having a near relation at the school, to see the Harrow Dramatic Society's presentation of The Tempest last Saturday night. The play was given k an ideal setting, the garden of Deynecourt House, which, 1 understand,
was scarcely adapted at all for the performance. The garden has a natural grass stage at one end, and a hill rising from the stage on one side gives every opportunity for Arid, Spirits, Nymphs and what-not to appear and disappear in uncanny fashion. A small daughter of under seven sat enthralled by Shakespeare's wonderful fairy tale which only ended after eleven o'clock at night—and that is a test indeed!
To pass from one school to another, may I congratulate Beaumont and the Oratory on the press publicity which their annual cricket match at Lord's achieved. in this country a social cricket match at Lord's is as good an avenue as any for Catholic Action. My own interests, I fear, were centred at the time on Nottingham, and few thoughts have given me, as a life-time follower of Middlesex cricket, more consolation than the realisation that for the rest of my natural life I shall be able to follow the heroic deeds of young Denis Compton. The trouble about cricket is that, as one grows older and busier, one never has time to sec it. Perhaps one of my privileged readers, if any, will send me One of those nice comfortable tickets somewhere near the pavilion which would enable me to watch Saturday's cricket during the Lord's Test—but I doubt it. I couldn't hint more clearly!
RUMOLIR has it that Downside are determined to make a great London school of Ealing Priory School, the name of which is to be changed to St. Benet's School. The new headmaster, Dom Adrian Morey, is a very distinguished Cambridge scholar whose doctorate thesis for the Ph.D. of Munich University has recently been published by the Cambridge University Press under the title of " Barthelemew of Exeter." At the same time Dom Adrian has proved himself both a suocessfial teacher and administrator as a housemaster at Downside. The housemaster for the boarders and C.O. of the O.T.C. at St. Benet's is to be Dom Rudesind Brookes, ex-officer in the Irish Guards and A.D.C. to Lord Plumer in Malta; son of Warwick Brookes, Dom Rudesind figured largely in Viscount Castlerose's page in last week's Sunday Express. It is expected that St. Bermes, Ealing, will attract many more day boys from all over London, and also more boarders from all over the country.
TAM sure we all welcome the return to the microphone of our friend, Guile Potter. On Monday evening he took listeners round the local exhibition at Hog's Norton recently opened by Lady Marshmallow, I hope their battle with the B.B.C. is aver, They evidently emerged the victors, The county always wins in this country.
T REMARKED last week on the lack of 'interest in the trade depression in com
parison with foreign war news. How severe it is was brought home to me in a conversation with a Catholic publisher. He tells me that he has been forced to hold back the publication of a number of spring books. " It would be madness to send them out just now." He thought things would be better by the autumn. I hope so, but 1 doubt it.
Dinner and Dance
-FR. MARTINDALE writes again to tell
me that a really brilliant scene is promised at Grosvenor House next Wednesday night. The dinner and dance have a double purpose equally interesting to Catholics: to give a public welcome to the Cardinal and to raise funds for Fr. C. C. Martindale's pet charity (if I may so call it), the Apostleship of the Sea.
A couple of guineas will see you through the evening, and a guinea alone will let you dance until the early hours. There is room for all and every guinea will mean a lot to some sailor some day. Write to Fr. Martindale at 114, Mount Street, and don't forget to enclose your cheque.
THOSE who have followed Mr. C. G. " Mortimer's articles on " Latin for the Laity " and indeed all who have been stimulated by this paper to interest themselves in the Liturgy should welcome a twopenny Irish Catholic Truth Society pamphlet called " Song Prayers of the Church." In it Mr. Mortimer has given Latin and English versions of the more popular hymns of the Church together with a brief historical introduction to each. The Church's hymnody is explained in an admirable Introduction. If the pamphlet proves popular the author hopes to supplement it by further anthologies.