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Decline of the House of Rothschild
A CANADIAN reader asks me for enlightenment about the following Catholic account of the " crisis." I leave it to readers expert in banking and currency reforms to enlighten myself and my correspondent about Sofina. The balderdash about the " crisis" which precedes it is not a very good introduction. However, here is the extract: "Dr. George H. Derry, director of the Knights of St. Columbus department of social education, said the four signatories of the Munich pact—Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy— would unite to crush Russia. He said completion of Great Britain's naval program would mark start of activities against Russia.
"Dr. Derry, professor of neo-schoisatin philosophy at Marygrove College, Michigan, said there never was any idea of war between Britain. France and Germany during the recent international crisis over Czechoslovakia. The crisis was a melodrama' devised to make the world think Prime Minister Chamberlain of Great Britain averted war.
"By thus making a hero of Mr Chamberlain, the group behind him clinched his power for another four years.
"Most decisive event in contemporary history, he said, was that the banking
house of Rothschild had gone into eclipse and an international finance combine, known as Soflna, was in the ascendancy. He said this group planned the Munich 'display:"
One Boy About Another
TELLA MARIS, the sodalist magazine edited at Osterley by Fr. Tiger, in succession to the late Fr. Lester, has started a new feature inspired by Fr. Martindale's account published In the C.H. of the appeal which the story of St. Stanislaus made to public school boys.
He is getting boys to write about boy saints and later, perhaps, girls to write about girl saints.
The first article is by a Stonyhurst boy, Linnhe Reid, aged 13. Biography, I suppose, never appealed more than in this age of hero-worship, and it provides an opportunity for us to " get over " the true character of the saints. This is another example , of how Fr. Martindale's pioneer work in this field is spreading.
I PASS on to parents a piece of sound advice from the magazine Doctor, now also called The Health Magazine:
" Temper is the one thing in a child that calls for the sternest measures. Provided the outbursts are sheer temper, and due to nothing else, the best way to curb it is to train the child to know that the certain result of every outburst will be physical discomfort or pain—but never to the degree of cruelty. For that there can be no excuse whatever. The The child will soon learn that temper does not pay.
" But before `going for a bad tempered child, remember that temper is invariably hereditary. It comes front you, or your husband, or one or both of the respective families.
"Therefore it is a safe plan to treat this devastating annoyance with something approaching the same tolerance which you apply to yourself."
An Authority on " Munich"
I HAVE been reading with the greatest interests Mr John Eppstein's introduction to the Report of the Catholic International Peace Conference at the Hague in August, now published by the C.S.G.
Mr Eppstein, who recently resigned from the post of assistant secretary of the League of Nations Union (not, I understand, for reasons of policy), is one of our foremost authorities on international relations in the light of the Church's moral teaching. So well-read In the subject is he that his articles are generally a string of quotations from Fathers and theologians—a method of
writing which I personally find infuriating, because it leaves me helpless. I am aufficiently cynical and versed in the art of writing to a Brief to know how easy it is to bolster up any argument with a selected string of quotations from authorities. Not that I am suggesting that Mr Eppstein is doing the same! Only I feel sure that it is possible to cap most of his quotations with others.
Brigandage on the Grand Scale
He strongly argues that the German annexation of Sudeten districts in Czecho Slovakia was what St. Augustine called grande Zatrocinium, brigandage on the grand scale. Maybe—but I was more interested in his statement that " there can be few men of middle age in central Europe to-day who would not admit in their heart of hearts that life was both happier and safer under the Imperial Crown (of Austria) than it is to-day in what remains of the Succession States." He also attacks the principle of " self-determination " as laid down by President Wilson. What I now want to know is whether Mr Eppstein, the League of Nations, and the rest have been pressing since 1918 for the maintenance of the old Austrian Empire (which was so hard on Czech national aspirations), and pointing out the "false simplicity" of self-determination? Had they done so there would certainly have been no Hitler to risk war for the racial completeness of the Reich. THE number of Christmas cards des I patched increases annually, so we learn, but I have not noticed any consequent deterioration in quality. I heard of a card received from America by a friend depicting a Father Christmas whose tongue, when pulled out, greeted you by some ingenious mechanism with a raucous " Merry Christmas."
Of my batch I shall retain special memory of two among others, both concerning dogs. The cleverly drawn picture on one I reproduce. The sender and artist has bred the pug which was judged the best toy dog of the year at Cruft's, but a better reason for mentioning her in this paper is, I suppose, the fact that she is a daughter of Alger Thorold, for so many years the Editor of the Dublin Review.
In a very different key is the card sent me by the famous comedian, Mr Glliie Potter, who took the trouble to write out with his own hand a verse to a Lakeland Terrier, Shills. who died this year. I don't think he will mind me publishing it
" You came to me from out. that North Where my fore-elders dwelt of old And brought the love and selflessness Sore needed by a heart grown cold.
Only last Christmas side by side Alt! how could I, so old, foretell That you, so young, this year would lie Within those woods we loved so well?
But what of that bright soul which shone With sense and sensibility Through eyes so proud, yet wondrous kind, Doth it not know eternity?
Since Holy Fathers disagree And Mother Church seems not to say, Let me believe Our Lady smiles On little ones with you at play."
As regards "Mother Church seems not to say," he is, I think, strictly correct, though common opinion would be definitely against. On the other hand, few people know that scholastic philosophy teaches that animals have souls—though not rational ones. The late Mgr. Hugh Benson, I believe, held that dogs might have some kind of immortality.