Cardinal Hinsley, opening the Catholic Book Fair at Westminster on Thursday, November 24, explained that the fair was not intended to be a charitable concern or a commercial enterprise. It was organised to make known the treasure and store of Catholic literature, and also to provide an antidote against the flood of pernicious literature by which we were overwhelmed today.
The printing press could do more good than Parliament and armies, but it could also do mare evil because people were misled by the deluge of wicked, untruthful and dangerous propaganda, and they read without sufficient discretion and self-restraint and have no conception of how to make a choice of good literature.
Catholic Literature Not Confined
It was not true, the Cardinal added, that Catholic books and literature were restrained, cabinned and confined by cast iron rules and regulations. There was more real freedom and thought in the Church than in any other section of the world.
The fair was organised by the Westminster Catholic Inquiry Bureau. A representative collection of books, new and o:d, by Catholic authors was brought together. The exhibits also included a portrait in oils of G. K. Chesterton by Edward Swan, and a series of new photographs from Spain lent by the CATHOLIC HERALD.
Closing Date Extended
The closing date for competitions announced in the programme has been extended from December .2 until December 12 in response to numerous requests for entry forms. These can be obtained from the Press Department. All applications must be accompanied by a sixpenny postal order or by stamps to that amount.
500 tickets for a performance of the Circus Krone, Agricultural Hall, December 20, were offered as prizes in an essay competition open to pupils of Catholic schools. Many essays were received, but the general standard was disappointing.
Popular choices were David Copperfield, Little Women, Fabiola, Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Ballad of the White Horse, Adventures of the Amethyst. One notes the joint influence of parents and teachers and .of the films.
The 500 tickets are being offered for distribution to the rectors of parishes in Hampstead, Deptford, Westminster, Cornmercial Road, Wapping, Poplar, Ealing and Worcester Park.