THE reception at Archbishop's House last week when some seven hundred people, I believe, kissed the Papal Envoy's ring made a brilliant show. But the most remarkable thing about it was the extraordinary freshness of the Envoy himself and the other members of the delegation. They had been at work—and such tiring kind of work—from morning until late at night for three or four days. Not least fatiguing must have been standing to greet stranger after stranger. Yet neither Mgr. Pizzardo, nor Mgr. Hinsley (who has shared in much of the heavy work) showed any signs of weariness, and each guest felt personally welcomed. One of the guests who was naturally most noticed was the Duke of Norfolk who also looked perfectly fresh after his fatigues and responsibilities.
Cardinal Bourne's Life
It was interesting in those surroundings to come across Mr. Oldmeadow, for thirteen years Editor of the Tablet, decorated as a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory. He was not pleased at my question: " How are you getting on with the life of the Cardinal who for so many years was the central figure at receptions such as these? " The question was a little too obvious, for apparently everyone asked him the same one. However, I did succeed in extracting from him the information that he hoped to have the book completed in about a year's time.
The Church In Japan
Another guest who found himself very popular was Father Leo Ward, a cousin of the Duke of Norfolk. Fr. Ward has only recently come back from his mission in Japan for a holiday. He is most enthusiastic about the prospects of the Church in that Empire and holds views about the prospect of Japan officially becoming Catholic within comparatively few years. He was not unnaturally delighted by the fact that the Papal Envoy was to have tea at the Japanese Embassy during his stay in London.
0 NE of the points made recently by
Anglican clergymen visiting Red Spain was the absence of blasphemous cartoons and therefore the essential distinction between Red Spain and Red Russia. It does appear that the Spanish mentality does not run easily to such cartoons, but that they are not unknown is proved by the one I reproduce here. Revolting as it may be to a Christian, one can at least say for it that it is strong and has no little artistic merit. The Russian ones are crude to a degree by comparison.
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Wise and Otherwise
" Is it possible for the working classes to limit their demands to a rhythm of reforms which society of today can support without breaking up?"—M. Blum.
" Why do Hausfraus, built on Briinnhilde lines, imagine they can wear pale blue georgette?"—Mr. James Agate.
" I wonder if it was imagination let loose that sensed on Wednesday the beginning of a new greatness for this troubled and dearly toyed island in which we live?"—Atticus, of Sunday Times.
" If my neighbour prefers to wave flags and end up by getting gloriously tight, I don't condemn him."—The Rev. E. Rogers, Dean of Bocking, Essex.