SIR,—May I be allowed to thank you very much for publishing my letter concerning Professor Sencourt's article, and also express my thanks to the latter for having taken the trouble to honour me with an answer in your issue of March 8.
May I, however, say at the outset that I am neither a German nor a Jewish refugee, as Professor Sencourt seems to suggest by insisting on calling me Herr Neurohr, as little as the Riesling, the Sylvaner or other wines which grow on our Alsatian hills are German in spite of their names and the long-necked bottles in which they are sold.
Furthermore, as an infantry officer and a gunner, I would have preferred Professor Sencourt to stick to the points raised in my letter, which were not sentiments but facts.
I can assure Professor Sencourt that I not only am a regular reader of the CATHOLIC HERALD but also of all the other Catholic papers in this country, so that the Papal Pronouncements on peace and war are quite familiar to me. Only I do not put the same defeatist interpretation on them as Professor Sencourt does. And may I add that in most matters, looking at the present issues, I have nothing in common with German Jewish Leftist views. but do agree on the Russian-German issue with such "fellowBolsheviks" as Mr Hilaire Renee, Mr Christopher Hollis and other Catholics. I refuse to be afraid of the Bolshevik bogey.
The fundamental issue is not " War or Peace, which will pay?" as the heading unfairly suggests, but peace on a just basis, or a return to the undeclared war in which we have been living for years, and which does pay indeed, but only the aggressor.
It is often forgotten that in the last war, also, Poland and Bohemia were Inside the blockaded area (as I was myself in Aimee), and the effect on rural and peasant populations is very slight indeed.
JEAN-FREDERIC NEURONE, MA. Agrege de l'Universit6. 18, Causton Road,