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Biography

A REBEL AT HEART

H. R. L, Sheppard. Itle and Letters.

By R. Ellis Roberts. (John Murray, 15s.1 Reviewed by PETER F. ANSON ON September 2, 1880, two strangely opposite personalities (or whatever you like to call them) took possession of a baby boy who was christened Hugh Richard Lawrie Sheppard. For the next fiftyseven years nobody who met H. R. L. Sheppard was ever sure whether they would find " Dick " or " Lawrie " in charge. Life was one never-ending struggle between them. Sometimes " Dick '' was on top, then " Lawrie " would wait for his chance to hit back, and for a time would bc victorious.

Such is the theory put forward by Mr. Ellis Roberts' as the solution of the baffling contrasts in the complex personality of one of the most outstanding religious !cadets of this genetation; the broadcast preacher whose voice was known to neillions at listeners all over the world; possibly the most popular man in England; the friend of rich and poor without distinction

" Lawrie " was the shy, nervous boy who never quite grew up to manhood; the inartyl to chronic bad health, long sleepless nights, agonies of asthma, appalling doubts and miseries of soul. " Dick " was the famous preacher and broadcaster, the enthusiastic plomoter (if every cause that seemed likely to benefit humanity ; the confidant and helper and friend, with the ever-ready smile and overflowing sympathy. the Head of Oxford House, Vicar of St. Martin-inthe-Fields, Dean of Canterbury and

Canon of St. Paul's " Dick " was always afraid of " Lawrie,and in the end he found the fight too hard. We have the picture of a sad, lonely man, even in the midst of his legion of friends; a man haunted by, and terrified at. a domestic tragedy from which he saw no way of escape.

THIS remarkable book about a tea markable man was published more than six months ago. It is now in its fourth printing, has been recommended by the Book Society and given unqualified praise by almost every reviewer. Whether it will appeal to the aveiage Catholic readet as to the general public, 1 cannel say. But to any priest or layman who wishes to gain an insight into the workings of

twerrar th -cent I try Angl icanism. Mr. Ellis Roberts' hook will be invaluable. Ti deals with a phase of Church of Lngland life of which most of us are completely ignorant and which has perhaps the widest influence to-day.

Dick Sheppard was always a rebel at heat t. When he published his Impatience of a Parson he did not mince his words when giving vent to his " quick-pulsed indignation against the official, authoritative interpreters of Christianity' in the persons of most of the Anglican episcopate and higher dignitaries. He expected that he " would never get a tab in the Church of England alter it appeared," but he was wrong. let became Dean of Canterbury and ended up Canon of St. Paul's, but he never became a cornplacent, respectable Churchman. Dick didn't mind what he did or whom he shocked if he believed some evil had. to be fought. Ii was a bold thing fur a Canon of Si. Paul's to walk down the strand in a Peace Pledge Union parade with a sandwich-board advertising a mass protest against mi., hung over his shoulders.

WOULD this rebellious Anglican cleric have been happier with us? It is doubtful, no matter how greatly he was attracted to certain aspects of Catholicism, especially abroad, above all. the homeliness of worship.

What is interesting to the Catholic reader is the revelation that Dick used to make an almost annual pilgrimage to Chartres. arid had done so since his ordination. Vs'henevei life became mere than he could stand he went ott to find help and inspiration at Our

Lady's shrine In that cathedral he " found peace and a nine for meditation and a sense of heavenly proportion. There. as be knelt or sat in the great nave and wandered into the chapels, he was conscious only of the need to serve the Jesus for whose glory men had made such beauty. Serve Jesus as He willed, taking risks trustfully, Uncongenial tasks gladly, loots with a smile and foes with a welcome, ready to seize any on-4mile'. however unlikely. if the erro of the discoed were the old invocation. May Jesus Christ he' praised !" When his days were drawing to a close and the greatest tragedy of all had fallen upon him, his separation from his wife.. " Dick felt he must satisfy a treed in his heart which could be met. for hint. in one way, at one place . . the cathedral of Chartres,"

June, when early peas and beans and shallots can be eaten.

MY GRANDMOTHER SAYS...

In old wives' tales there is often

some underlying truth. It has been established ba scientists in recent years that many an old garden practice is as good as the latest custom, or better. The old practice of having rosemary, thyme, lavender and so on about the garden is being revived. Apart from the beauty apd charm of these homely plants, we want them now to assist us to keep down garden pests. The carrot and onion flies', for example, are attracted by the smell of the large stretches of their favourite hosts in the garden, particularly if they have been bruised at hoeine. or thinning. A great many specific pests can be kept away by growing thyme, rosemary, catmint and other pungent herbs. Lately it has been established also that growing the ordinary French marigold in the greenhouse is a very good way of keeping down the otherwise almost unmanageable pests of whitefly. Parsley, thyme and marjoram make good and useful edgings. Catmint makes a beautiful show in sum?nee and is a favourite with bees. All are very easy to grow,




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