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From Our Own Correspondent EDINBURGH Glasgow secular press rumours of an outbreak of sectarian strife as the result of the public decision of Lord Provost Dollan to attend Mass in St. Andrew's Cathedral, Edinburgh, on Sunday, were discountenanced by a prominent Corporation official to whom I spoke this week.

Patrick J. Dollan, a baptised Catholic, ex-miner son of an Irish Catholic had posted in the City Chambers an invitation to the magistrates to accompany him to the Cathedral.

An immediate protest was registered by the leader of the Progressive group, who, in a letter to the Provost, objected

to the Provost attending, in an official capacity, a Catholic service prior to the ceremonial "Kirkin o' the Council " in the Protestant Cathedral. The " Kirkin " is due to take place on Sunday.

The Lord Provost Dollan denied the right of anyone to interfere, that in his official capacity he had already that week attended services of two denominations, and that the Catholic service would in no way affect the official and ceremonial " kirkin."

When Provost Dalian, accompanied by his aged mother and his wife, arrived at St. Andrew's Cathedral on Sunday, they were seated in a special reservation. Nine of the ten Catholic representatives were present. The only non-Catholic to attend was the Labour member, Councillor .1. S.

Ratcliffe. Neither the Provost nor the Catholic magistrates present wore ceremonial dress. Their presence in the cathedral was not officially observed, and there was no official reception.

When the Provost left the cathedral he was mobbed by a crowd of nearly five thousand people.

" You should explain to your readers that statements made that the invitation to the magistrates came from the Church authorities is entirely false," said Bailie William T. Doherty, convener of the Education Committee.

Without Consultation

Referring to the Progressive Party's protest, Bailie Doherty, leading member of the Catholic community, said: " To be quite frank. I cannot understand their attitude. The Lord Provost this week

attended the consecration of an Episcopalian bishop, and an important meeting of the Y.W.C.A. When he signifies his intention of attending Mass it is the occasion for a storm of protest."

A life-long associate of Provost Dollana non-Catholic—told me that he deplored the attitude of certain councillors, who sought to censure the Provost on his decision. " Pat ' Dollan," he said, " has never failed to carry out the duties of his

office irrespective of denomination. He has been fair and impartial. Yet his first gesture towards his own people is met with anger."

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