T AM sorry to have to confess that the CATHOLIC HERALD was badly had the other day. The letter from the Duchess of Atholl repudiating any connection with the ship of the same name " hoisting the Papal Flag " was sent to us by a certain young Catholic writer who shall be nameless, impersonating the signature of the Duchess and with a real address, marked " as from." I am glad to say that the Duchess's sense of humour was as keen in laughing with us at the whole affair as the writer's was poor. He thought the Duchess could not have been bright enough to write such a letter to us, and therefore that we should spot it; we, more charitably, thought that she could. The way she has taken the impersonation confirms us in our view.
The Arundell Library
MANY wasted hours are recalled by reading an article in the Stonyburst Magazine on the Arundell Library which was received by the College a hundred years ago through the bequest of the 10th Lord Arundell of Wardour.
" Twice on his death-bed during the last hours of his saintly life," wrote his widow, " interrupting only his incessant prayers with a few words of expressed wishes to me, he said, Remember, Mary, all my books are for Stonyhurst, promise me that you will manage this,'—and twice I called heaven to witness the solemn promise I gave." And there they are today, eternally presided over by the bust of the donor.
The books are rarely taken out, but one dreams for hours in a past world fingering them and occasionally unearthing a treasure. I remember once coming across a
copy of the Contrat Social, annotated in manuscript before the French Revolution— but the annotations were not very interesting.
To leave a good library to a school is an easy way of acquiring immortality, though the good lord probably never thought of this.
The Fielding Treasures
LESS happy is the fate of the Fielding Library which together with the Fielding pictures have just been sold in London auction rooms. The pictures of the Fielding ancestors recall the curious fact that the first Lord Denbigh fought for the Royalists at Edgehill where his son, later the 2nd Earl, was fighting as a Parliamentarian. This would seem to allow great liberty of political faith to their descendants,
The present Earl will be 80 next year, but despite this age he maintains great activity, working regularly in the City and driving backwards and forwards from his Sunningdale home. He was educated at Oscott, whose centenary is being celebrated this week, in the days when it was one of England's best Catholic schools. The present peer is the first Lord Denbigh to have been born a Catholic.
The " Hall" Class
IT'S extraordinary the things one misses. A life-long student of railway engines and at the same time intimately interested in Campion Hall, I never knew until the other evening that the Great Western Railway has an engine called " Campion Hall " and another "St. Benet's Hall." The first is numbered 5941; the second 5947. Were
they ever unveiled by the respective Jesuit and Benedictine Masters?
Encyclicals without Tears
TN the week when Baroness von
Drakestein, Head of The Grail in England, contributes to the " Sanctification of the Home" Series I am glad to draw attention to " This Is Marriage," a résumé in the free verse style adopted by Peter Maurin of the Encyclical Casti Connubii. It is published by the Grail and rather sumptuously produted for sixpence. How often have we been crying for Encyclicals Without Tears. Here is the first. At the same time I must reproach those lady sellers of the pamphlet outside the Oratory who in their zeal nearly pushed the sellers of the CATHOLIC HERALD off the church steps. Men are defenceless in such circumstances and the ladies should not presume on our chivalry even in so good a cause.
Another Encyclical now generally available is Firmissimam Constantiam, better known as Nos es Muy, the Pope's letter on Catholicism in Mexico. It has, I know, been very carefully translated from the Latin and the Spanish by a distinguished scholar. The most important parts of it were published a few weeks ago in the CATHOLIC HERALD. including the sections dealing with the right of insurrection (as important for Spain as for Mexico). But the Encyclical should be read and studied as a whole to get the full balance. It is obtainable from the C.S.G., Oxford, or the C.T.S., 38 Eccleston Square, London, S.W.1, for twopence.