Page 5, 19th May 1944

19th May 1944
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Page 5, 19th May 1944 — MR. W. J. BLYTON

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Author and journalist, Mr. William Joseph Blyton, who was born in 1887, died at Wallington on Tuesday. He was received irtto the Church in 1923, and was London editor of a group of English dailies, having also written a number of C.T.S. booklets.

Says the Times: "His interest in farming grew from his association with the campaign for land settlement advocated some ten years ago by 0. K. Chesterton and by a number of Catholic societies. His view was that he was not justified in urging a return to the land if he. was not willing to return himsetf.

" Accordingly he resigned his post in Fleet Street and bought a farm, which he gave up two years ago to resume his journalistic work. The influence of his experience as a farmer was marked in the books that appeared during 'the years of his rural adventure."

His most recent hook, published this year, was Cakes, Ale and Virtue, a study of the problems of the farmer 'in relation to the life of the nation.



Sixteen thousand persons crowded into St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, mid overflowed to the street during a Pontifical Requiem Mass offered ott May 8 for Mrs. Catherine Dunn Smith, wife of former Governor of New York, Alfred E. Smith.

Mrs. Smith, who was known to thousands foi her work in Catholic charities, died on May 4 of pneumonia after it five-weeks' illness. She was 65 years old Messages of sympathy from President Roosevelt and Governor Thomas E. Dewey, of New York State, were among the countless telegrams that poured into Mn, Smith's office when the news of his wife's death became known.

Mgr. Francis J. Spellman, Archbishop of New York, celebrated the Mass. Four Bishops, sixty Monsignori and priests sat in the cathedral

chancel. Many of Owen were close friends of Mrs. Smith.

MT. and Mrs. Smith were married 44 years ago. A quiet maternal woman, whose chief interest was her family, Mrs. Smith remained mostly in the background of her husband's political career, in which he became four times Governor of New York and Democratic candidate for Preeident in 1928; yet she was in the audience during almost every important speech he ever made.

Mrs. Smith was received by the late Pope Pius XI in 1925 and by Pope Pius XIT in 1937. In 1942 she received the Ecclesia Cross from Pius XII for her Work on behalf of Catholic charities. She also received in 1936 the Viet Verhas medal :presented annually by the College of Our Lady of the Elms. Chicopee. Massachusetts, to an outstanding Catholic woman,

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