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well as of some letters. the most interesting of which give a remarkable eye-witness description of a visit to the Trentino to see Maria Domenica Lazzan, a stigmatisise of the time, as well as to an ecstatic called Maria Marl. I have never read anything more vivid in its line than the account of the " addolorata."

Testing Saints IN parenthesis, ma! I relate the story of how a French priest tested the genuinefleas of a woman Aith a reputation to high sanctity? He was thken to her room where she lay in a trance or something like it. Looking at her, he exclaimed aloud, " Goodness, how ugly she is I" lie then left the room satisfied that the case was not genuine. " I .saw her eyeblows quiver when I said that." he pointed out Bette' perhaps was the late Abbot Chateman's test of the soil of mysticism attributed to the clergy of fashion: " Three square meals a day and tea with your lady friends I" he said. " It can't be done I" A Corrupt Age TO return to Allies' journar Allies was

travelling as an Anglican clergyman, deeply interested in the Church but worried about the form o: Catholic devotion to Our Lady and the Pctrine claims. Later, of course, he became one of our most distinguished converts The journal — extracts from which I hope to give from time to lime—bears out very well the lesson of history that most thoughtful men in all times believe they arc living in an era of particular corruption and dceas and that the future contains practically no hope. " France is in complete paralysis. The source of all this misery is a widespread infidelity. united with a rage for material enjoyments, and a refined taste in pursuing them " is a typical observation that, alas seems to be eternally true. Allies had interviews with Lacordaire. Ravignan, Montalembert Ratisbonne, the distinguished convert from Judaism, and many others. Also he gives fascinating accounts of contemporary Catholic clerical and educational life, and throughout expresses his utmost admiration for Catholic life, contrasting its fervour. fullness and humanity with Anglicanism in England

Abbe Migne vile week record a little snapshot of the A famous Abbe Migne's work of editing

the endless volumes of the Fathers. " M. D'Alzon," Allies writes, " took us over M. l'Abbe Migne's great printing establishment. It contains 175 workmen and everything is done therein : binding, stereotyping, as well as printing and selling besides He produces a very large octavo volume in double columns. Latin for five francs, and Greek and Latin for eight francs, the fofmer he is about to raise to six francs. His petrology is to contain 200 such volumes of Latin authors, and 100 of Greek ; 46 are come out. The cheapness is wonderful, and necessary for the small incomes of those who would chiefly want such books, and the execution fair. M. Migne is a priest, and acts not from a desire to gain, but to assist the clergy. However, the Archbishop has forbidden him to say Mass at present."

Surely It's News TlIERE are branches of chain stores that find it worth their while to lose £100 a week. I learnt why from a friend of mine who is passionately interested in juvenile deliquents. She told me that there is a London district where the children have only one interest in life—seeing how much can be bagged in how short a time from the local chain store. Each child keeps records and the list is quite staggering. So is the children's open boasting of the progress they make.

At last my friend went round to the manager of the store to enlist his help. She was dead against the law arresting these young hooligans, but hoped that by getting the manager to increase his staff to watch the stock more carefully, the children wouldn't fmd their game quite so easy. The manager's reaction was far more amazing than the children's escapades. It was no news to him, he said, that the kids pinched right and left. He'd known it for years and it didn't matter to him. " I lose £100 a week this way," he said, " but it's nothing to what I'd lose if I kept watching all my customers. Why, they'd be so put off they'd pack up and go to another branch and never come back again "

Fare for French Youth LOOKILOOKING through a November issue of NG Francai,se, 1 came across an interesting article about the Catholic review Esprit, which has ceased to appear. The writer deplores the fact a scout organ called La Route quotes passages fr'om Esprit. especially passages arguing that Communism " is the witness of Christianity's failure to realise its own truth in social life." This is not the way scouts ought to be brought up. And the writer goes on to deplore the list of authors recommended in the magazine to the " Young Christian Students." They are Mauriac. Bergson, Gide, Rernanos, Giono. Malraux. Maurois. Duhamel. DanielBops. Montherlant and Proust. I confess that it contains some surprising names, and if I cannot share the writer's regret that Maurras is not included. I have a little sympathy with his complaint that " there is still much to do and in every quarter if the French mind is going to improve." At any rate there are still broadminded papers appearing under Vichy A Common Language ?

ITAKE the following'paragraphe from an American magazine under the head " The Sub-Deb " with the sub-head " Beware Fake Spray." Perhaps someone will oblige with an English translation?

" Across your chest you've painted fake spray. To make you look faster than natural. With your own loud mouth you put it there. Exaggerating late nights. Hirtbauing sugar reports. Screaming mutterings In the fahncy hope lads will flock to your line Don't worry, the pleasure boys are with you. And without you when you're not what you're painted. It's the steady Eddies. the gents who count, that steer an opposite course.

" Ninety-nine and forty-four one hundredths per cent of the reps in town are

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wage for everybody, ought not our Catholic schools (professing as they' do to have Christian principles as their first aim) to give the lead in this respect? They lag behind in some cases not because of a just plea of poverty (many of those which plead loudest have failed to apply for a Go,ernment grant through a fear of having to admit " working-class " free place boys and girls), but because they know not what they do. In proof of their frequent inability' to size up the requirements of the modern situation I might mention that even where the salaries are paid in full to the younger teachers joining the staff, there is very seldom any satisfactory contract drawn up which assures the teachet permanence in his post provided he proves himself satisfactory. Without this guarantee; what post can be considereo better than a stopgap?

It is no surprise therefore to learn that in England there are Catholic secondary schools which, when their lay staff have reached a certain figure in the Burnham scale, face these layfolk with a Hobson's choice, they invite them (for the good of the school) either to continue at an " agreed " salary much lower than the scale salary or seek employment elsewhere And this to teachers who have given the best of their services, and until such a time as makes it virtually impossible (in view of their age) to be re-employed elsewhere. In one particto lar convent where this happens there are at least six of the nuns receiving from the local council the substantial salaries of elementary headmistresses, not to mention the salaries of the religious assistants !

Even supposing (as in elementary schools) the local council steps in and ensures just terms of employment, is there the Slightest assurance that the lucky candidate is chosen by anything more responsible than the whimsy of whoever may be chairman of the school governors? And as for headships, there are hundreds of elementary schools where no lay man or woman can ever be head. We shall certainly have to set our house in order one of these days, and we had better start right away I We must first employ the best persons in our schools ; we must give better conditions than elsewhere for as good); and we must give such an education as will build up lay champions of Christ in good positions.

The lay teacher is hungry for this work of Christ. Catholic children are hungry for knowledge of the world and of the kingdom of God or earth.

IlVe think that the write, fails to allow for many counterbalancing factors in religious teachers whom most Catholic parents very much prefer. Bus the difficult problems which he raises should certainly be ellscussed.—Eorton C.H.1

made or lost through tale-wagging. If you leave yourself open to attack. count on a rush shorter than sweet. If boys take you everywhere but home, plan a hobby for lonely nights to come. Wake up. lady. it's only you you're foolin'. That fake spray's nothing but backwash. And you're the one who gets briny."


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