By a Staff Reporter Catholic policemen from the City and Metropolitan Forces are determined that their Guild, founded on the Feast of Corpus Christi, 1914, shall once again grow to the imposing strength of 1,500 members it once boasted. This was the main and heartening impression I got from the official speeches and from chatting with past and present officials of the Guild, and present members, at the nineteenth Annual Dinner of the Guild.
This first post-war annual event took place on at the Clarendon Restaurant, Hammersmith. The guests of honour were Cardinal Griffin, patron of the Guild, and the Commissioner of the City Police, Sir Hugh Turnbull, and the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Force, Mr. J. R. H. Nott-Bower, without whose active backing the Guild could not prosper.
The second somewhat sadder impression I carried away from an otherwise pleasant evening, was the great devotion of the members of the guild to their founder and president, Mgr. Howlett, and their disappointment that for the first time since the inception of the Guild, he was absent owing to ill health.
The Cardinal, recalling that the Guild was founded on the model of the ancient city guilds and stressing the religious and Christian ideals it pursued, said the Guild was primarily intended to preserve the honour and respect in which the craft was held. In lighter vein as befitted a dinner and dance, the Cardinal told some amusing stories and revealed that he was a member of the "Chicago Force." Canon W. J. Wood, Chaplain of the Guild, recalled the vicissitudes the Guild had suffered. The first world war overtook it within months of its foundation, and the recent world war which had dealt such a serious. blow to the strength of the forces and had made its social and religious functions impossible to hold.