Sut.-I beg space to discuss a nonCatholic matter. Your Music Critic says of lbert's Divertissement that it was "none too pleasing to the very high-brows." Who are the "very highbrows" that they should be displeased by wit and humour? Must we assume that Ibert is a low-brow for having raised a laugh? And what are we to think of Haydn and the "Toy Symphony" and the eminent people, from Sir Kenneth Clark to Elena Gerhardt. who have (when not paralysed by low-brow giggles) performed Iheir parts in it with astonishing virtuosity? What of the Dohnanyi Variations on a Nursery Rhyme, dedicated, I believe, "to the amusement of some and the annoyance of all others."
you have the caption, "Humour has a Place in Reverence."
suggest, therefore, that the truly intellectual approach music with reverence but are not frigid-faced killjoys and your criic, delight tina musical frolic as eh delight tina musical frolic as eh
"High-brow" applies, surely, only to a small number of pseudo-intellectuals who dare not laugh for fear of laughing out of place and making an example of their unhappy ignorance.
10 Pitt Street, Kensington, W.g.
German Girls in England
sm,-Is it possible to bring to the notice of whatever authority is responsible the difficulties experienced in practising their Faith by many of the young German Catholic girls who are engaged in domestic work in order to learn English.
. In Cornwall. many of these young girls are working in farmhouses at long distances from the church, and it is my experience that every difficulty is placed in the way of their getting to Mass-despite promises made to the contrary.
"Cornish Catholic" Wadebridge, Cornwall.