The Modern Newspaper
The Star last Monday achieved what it called " another record in evening paper journalism."
The advertised " high-spots" of this record were a 16-page Mickey Mouse supplement, a " delightful article on 'Silk Stockings,' an article on fashions, the first instalment of a new play soon to be filmed, an article an beauty for the housewife and ' some exclusive pictures of the elusive Greta Garbo.' " I was not surprised to find the whole performance called a " Wonder Show." What would Mr. Gladstone have said in 1872?
The suicide of a young woman who threw herself under an approaching tube train has raised the question of whether the noise and swift movement of the heavy mass induces in some persons a kind of vertigo or giddiness. In this particular case no conceivable reason, mental or physical, for suicide could be found.
People certainly seem to differ a lot in regard to vertigo. I, for example, can stand most things, but two seconds of the contemplation from above of the bows of a large ship cutting through the water induces in me a terrifying desire to throw myself over.
Some psychologists tell us that vertigo is caused by some remembrance of the
dread, as a baby, of being dropped by one's mother or nurse. In my case the nurse must have been a hundred-yards sprinter and very large and tall.
Two Tablets in Kent
The bronze tablet which the Dean and Chapter of Rochester are to set up in memory of St. John Fisher—not without
protest from militant Protestants here and there—will give Kent the second memorial, in modern times, to be erected by Anglican permission to a bishop of the Catholic Church. But Canterbury, in this matter, has done better than Rochester proposes to do; for whereas the latter city is to content itself with a tablet on the Southgate wall, Canterbury found place in the Cathedral itself for Cardinal Vaughan's beautiful mural tribute to a predecessor in the Sacred College, Reginald Pole.
In previous issues of the Catholic Herald I have reproduced a number of stories about Popes and Ecclesiastics culled from that excellent periodical L'Illustrazione takeout: (By the way I very strongly recommend anyone who reads Italian and cares to have a first-rate illustrated magazine dealing very broadly with Catholic affairs, missions, etc., etc., to take out a subscription for 150 lire post free to England.) Here are three more anecdotes. I am told that efforts are being made to bring out an 'English edition of this periodical.
The King's Fast
Pere Feuitlet, a well-known preacher in the time of Louis XIV, was present one day in Lent when the king was having a meal. Rising from the table, his majesty pointed out to the preacher his simple dish of pasta. " You see I am not breaking the fast," he remarked. " You may cat a large plate of meat, sire," answered the priest, " but live a good Christian life."
His Holiness's Nose
Leo XIII, when he was having his portrait painted by a celebrated painter, remarked to the artist: " Don't make me look too old and don't give me too many wrinkles." When the painting was finished the Pope examined it carefully and instructed his secretary, Mgr. Angeli, to return it to the painter with the following message: " His Holiness requires a little less nose and a little more hair."
Pius VII's Prescience
When the news of the return of Napoleon from Elba was announced to Pius VII, the experienced and suffering pontiff exclaimed: " It is a storm that will last three months." He was exactly ten days out.