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IN A FEW WORDS

Edward Eyre

T AM glad that Fr. James Brodrick, -Idefeated the humility of the late Mr. Eyre, which lasted even beyond his death. No notices of his death nor appreciations of his career appeared in the secular Press, and I have little doubt that this was in accordance with his own wishes and by his own request. But Mr. Eyre could not be angry with Fr. Brodrick's beautiful words, if only because they were such close friends and collaborators in life. Some. at lease of the hard work involved in European Civilisation was done by the Jesuit historian.

The Right Author

attributed the verses " If only the good were clever ... " the other day to the late Miss Moberly. A correspondent kindly writes to say that I am wrong. This is what happened: Dr. Jowett, the famous Master of Balliol, meeting Miss Elizabeth Wordsworth, Head of Lady Margaret Hall, said one day to her: " Ala! Miss Wordsworth, we always tell.our young people that it is better to be good than clever, but we don't really think so do we?"

The Right Verse

Miss Wordsworth, by way of reply. then sent the Master the verse, the correct version of which is as follows: If all the good people were clever And all the clever were good, This world would be better than ever We thought it possibly could; But, alas it is seldom or never The two hit it off as they should: The good are so harsh to the clever, And the clever so rude to the good.

So, friends. let it be our endeavour To make each by each understood, For none can he good like the clever, Or clever, so well as the good.

Adler

THE death in Scotland of Alfred Adler, 1the inventor of the phrase " inferiority complex," reminds one of the enormous popularity of modern psychology. Is there anyone alive today who has not used his phrase or Freud's repression," if not " libido "? And then there is the third Central European psychological musketeer. Jung, with his " introvert " and " extravert." I wonder if there is any parallel in the history of science and philosophy? I think " inferiority complex " comes first by a short head, which goes to show that Adler's theory of power instinct comes nearest to the truth, for the popularity of a psycho

logical phrase must be due to some extent to the rapidity with which the ordinary man sees its application to himself, in the first instance, and then, probably erroneously, to his friends. Of course, Freud's sexy theory. the parent of them all, comes very close, but the reason may not be purely a psychological one.

Red Posters

T HAVE been sent photographs of two -1Red posters which I am printing. They are interesting as affording evidence of the Red glory in human failings which other men, even though they may indulge in them, at least recognise to be wrong. One shows the words " Free Women" under the letters C.N.T., National Confederation of Workers, the AnarchistCommunist body. On the same poster, though probably not visible in the reproduced picture, are the words " Libertarios de Prostitucion." literally " Anarchists of Prostitution." The other poster vaunts the Anarchist cry of the " Orgartisation of

The Clown of Clowns

DOOR Joey Grimaldi, whose laughter'. making proclivities on the stage were so ill-supported off it — for in private life the famous clown is said to have been the most melancholy of men—has not been forgotten on his centenary. Wreaths of homage. I note. have been laid on his grave in the Pentonville churchyard; and it is a safe remark that if many pilgrims have found their way to that somewhat drab spot, as a result of the reminder in the newspapers, they will have found them

selves on what was previously terra incognita.

Until its welcome renovation some little time ago, the parish church on Pentonville'.; slope was a desolate spot enough. while such mouldering headstones as stand in its vicinity are hard put to it, nowadays, to reveal the identity of those whom they were set up to honour--except one, that' of Joseph Grimaldi. He. at any rate, has been legibly preserved in memory.

A Point of Religion

That Grimaldi has his last resting-place in a Protestant burial ground would not in itself be evidence of relish for that destiny: farther back in history I could find instances, in a number of places, of Catholics being buried in non-Catholic ground. But can one claim Grimaldi as a Catholic

" ought-to-have-been "? His name bespeaks, more or less. a faithful stock; hut what is definitely known about himself is doubtful on this score.

His father had come to England, and the mantle of Catholic observance is not discernible. Yet there are those who will like to give rein to the pious imagination that under sunny Southern skies, at some time or other, an older Grimaldi may have essayed the role of Our Lady's Tumbler, clowning it for Heaven rather than for Sadlcr's Wells.

THE JOTTER.




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