SIR,—You have an article in the current number of your paper, on the Reports of the Banking Commission, by your Dublin Correspondent. I gave evidence before this Commission. Your paper carries weight in this country. It is, therefore, the more unfortunate that your Irish Correspondent should have produced a hasty and inaccurate representation of grave documents which he admittedly has not read. He has not even observed that the First and Third Minority Reports differ from the Majority Report on fundamental Catholic principle.
Professor Busteed opposed the Majority Report in the Second Minority Report; yet your correspondent quotes Professor Busteed's summary of part of the Majority Report which he opposes as though he agreed with it.
The recommendations of the Majority Report are admittedly likely to increase emigration, and to bring down the small agricultural peasant owner.
Your correspondent does not appear to have observed that Professor O'Rahilly, the well known Catholic Sociologist, clearly shows that Appendix 15, on the Encyclicals, by Dr. McNealy and Professor George O'Brien, requires to be read with caution. There is also an Appendix on some Economic Aspects of the Papal Encyclicals attached to the Third Minority Report (by Mr. Peter J. O'Loghlen) which contains very grave matter for Catholic consideration. This Report deals with the economic steps necessary to save the rural population of Ireland.
The Unionist paper, the Irish Times, states in its leader of August 8 that the Banking Commission was, to use its own word, " packed " against the principles of those who drafted the new Irish Constitution. The course of this Commission has been regarded with grave apprehension by those who have studied Catholic Reconstruction.
B. BERTHON WATERS.
83, Wellington Road, Dublin. Non -Douglas
SIR,—" Douglas " Credit Schemes are confounded by your Dublin Correspondent with the proposals put forward by the League for Social Justice whose proposals are avowedly " non-Douglas," and were understood by the Banking Commission to be " non-Douglas." EOIN P. O'Caoism.
7 Trees Road, Mount Isrlerrion,