HE new President of the Commonwealth Society for the Deaf is the Earl of lnchcape. a convert to the Church, who has numerous business interests, mainly in Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire.
Lord Inchcape has also interested himself in exploring, and in the Far East. He is President of the Royal India, Pakistan and Ceylon Society, and honorary treasurer of the British Schools Exploring Society.
The Commonwealth Society for the .Deaf is, at present, sponsoring projects in India, Nigeria, British Guiana, Ghana. Uganda and the Bahamas. The value of its work can be judged from the requests for teachers and trainees which the Society receives.
The Catholic representative on the Council of the Society is Anthony Bartlett, brother of Canon Bartlett. of Westminster Cathedral, and a director of Bows and Bartlett. who run the Ashley Gallery and the Art and Bookshop, opposite Westminster Cathedral.
Dom Peter retires DOM PETER DAMIEN, who has been reviewing "New Reading" for the CATHOLIC HERAIn since November, 1960, writes his last column for the paper this week.
The reason for this is quite simple—Dorn Peter (a pseudonym, Of course) is a housemaster at Belmont Abbey School. Hereford. and finds that boys and books together are something of a strain.
During the three years that he has been with the CATHOLIC HERALD, DOM Peter must have reviewed close on a thousand hooks, which would be a formidable undertaking even for someone with no other duties to perform.
For a busy housemaster, it is an achievement for which all of us at the CATHOLIC HERALD Mist be grateful. as well as being astonished at the mental energy involved.
Dom Peter is a standing challenge to Dr. Bceching. for he never travels by public transport when he can hitch-hike. He is. I am told by a contemporary of his at the school where he now teaches. one of the most accomplished and professional hitch-hikers that there IS.
Tic has travelled all through Europe and the United States. as well as England. and finds hitchhiking. apparently. a very reliable means of transport. He can estimate to the quarter-hour the time of his arrival at a particular point in a particular city.
To judge by some of the motorists who have sailed past when have been hitch-hiking. the sight of a clerical collar must work wonders.
On one occasion, when he was thumbing his way across America. he even got his fare paid. by the bishop of the diocese he was in. The bishop thought it was distinctly infra dignitatern for a priest to be hitching. and so he gave Dom Peter enough money to pay his fare across the border of the diocese.
Belmont is renowned for the number of initiative awards which its pupils have carried off under the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme. It is quite obvious that he has been passing on his own sense of initiative to the boys he teaches.
Readers of the Ceerstot
Hi RAt O. who must he sorry to see him relinquish his column, will he pleased to know that Dom Peter will still be doing occasional re views for the paper. As for the column itself, it is enough, for the moment,to say that the Dominicans are coming.
mR. H. S. MAGNAY, the retiring Director of Education for Liverpool, himself a nonCatholic. recalled recently an amusing incident which occurred soon after he took up his post in the city. He told the story at a dinner given in his honour by the Liverpool Catholic Teachers.
There was art acute educational problem in the vast housing estate of Norris Green on the outskirts of Liverpool. With some trepidation he went out to see the famous Father Michael O'Ryan the Oblate of Mary Immaculate Superior, and parish priest.
On arrival at the presbytery Father O'Ryan said "have a glass of sherry". Mr. Magnay declined, explaining that since he had to meet the teachers and speak to the children he thought it better that he should not accept.
Whereupon Father O'Ryan said "Well, I will give you the winner of the Grand National".
WE have become more or less accustomed to the mass hysteria provoked -with considerable commercial success — by the Beatles but it appears that some intelligent teenagers are themselves becoming highly critical of the whole set-up and its implications.
At least that is the impression I gained from an article in "Crank", a fourth-form magazine at St. Gregory's Grammar School. Huddersfield.
"Fashion-wise", the article said. "the Beatles are trend setters boys rush to copy that famous hair-style, and then strut around the town looking like retarded five-year-olds. "The lapel-less jackets and poloneck sweaters are notching up astronomicat sales — but please be warned you are not a tailor's dummy and consequently you can't be expected to look like one, so don't waste your money on something you can only wear at the risk of looking like an idiot. "But hush. I detect a note of uncertainty in the abuse beloved reader is pouring liberally upon my unprotected brow — that will never do if you want to dress like a moron and enrich your conver. sation with dulcet-toned Liverpudlian grunts, go right ahead and don't let this put you off it's your privilege and whatever other faults I may have, I never abuse privilege — I just laugh at it."
Hiding place ACORRESPONDENT who enquired, recently, in the columns of the CATHOLIC HERALD for information about hiding places, writes to say that he has received an interesting letter from America. The writer was working, in 1949, at a nursing home in Essex. and although it is believed that the house belonged, at one time, to the Duke of Wellington, she is unable to recall its name.
Sitting in for the night sister on one occasion, the writer had just noted midnight striking when she heard "the sound of horses hooves pounding down the drive towards the entrance. This was followed by the noise of scuffling feet, and a terrific struggle in the room above'.
"Then." continued the letter from America, "there was the sound of clashing steel and of a great commotion, and the sound of heavily booted men."
Suddenly all noise stopped and going upstairs in the expectation of finding the place in an uproar the writer of the letter found the four maids sound asleep and undisturbed.
Later, when relating her experience to a night sister, she was told of a legend of a secret hiding place in a chimney, in which a priest had once taken refuge. We know that Fr. John Gerard was once given shelter in a place called Broadoaks. Perhaps some reader can name the house that was once a nursing home in 1949.
THOSE concerned with Church Music will find that broad tastes are catered for in the current catalogue elf Messrs L. I. Cary, the Catholic Music publishers.
Amid the impressive array of masses, motets, carols and other congregational music my eye was struck by an item under the heading "Text-books", on page 20 of the catalogue, where I find a work called "Sight-seeing made easy."
I had thought that the holiday season was really over, with the mists of winter creeping in on us, but some sturdy souls it seemed, were still plodding round the monuments of the metropolis.
Perhaps their tours were restricted to churches where they could hear motets and polyphonic masses being sung. but it still seemed a little bizarre.
The explanation, I subsequently gathered from Cary's director Kevin Mayhew, who also edits Raman Missile, is a simple one. For "Sight-seeing" we should read "Sight-singing"
MICHAEL!, the celebrated concert pianist, is giving a recital tomorrow, November 16. at the Challoner Club, Pont Street, S.W.I. on behalf of the Catholic Prisoners' Aid Society. a very worthy cause. especially with Christmas coming nearer every shopping day.
Last year Michaeli, who lives in Leytonstnne. gave a priceless reliquary. containing a relic of the True Cross, to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead. He later followed up this gift in truly practical fashion by giving two recitals in aid of the parish school building fund,
"Michaeli" is, I gather. a professional name, and Michaeli is, in fact, a direct descendant of John Constable, the English landscape painter.
The recital on Saturday, which begins at 9 p.m.. will include works by Bach, Liszt, Chopin. and Michaeli himself. Admission is by ticket, which can be bought at the door for the very moderate sum of 5s., and refreshments will be available during the interval.
I can't think if a better way to spend Saturday evening.