Father Henry Gabana has just returned from his lecture tour of the North for a brief rest in London before he departs once again for Scotland on Saturday to continue his work of speaking the truth of the war in Spain, under the title of "For God and Spain."
At Birkenhead, where he spoke on three consecutive days before large crowds, he had a very successful stay. At the first meeting a member of the audience stood up, declaring that he had spent 30 years in Spain, and, although he was a Protestant, he fully endorsed every word the lecturer had uttered about Spain.
Rowdyism in Carlisle It had been reported that the meeting in Carlisle had been broken up by Communists, but this, Fr. Gahana averred, was not true. He had been warned that Cornmunists were coining to the meeting. and he was prepared for their heckling. At the close of the lecture he thanked them for showing to the audience by their outrageous behaviour that they were a menace to society.
His words were greeted by boos and catcalls but by far the larger part of the audience was in his favour and loud applause drowned the Communists' rowdying.
At Lancaster, on March 15, the Bishop, Mgr. T. W. Pearson, 0.S.B., took the chair at a very successful meeting held in the Ashton Hall.
The Communists Are Coming . . .
The next day Fr. Gabana spoke at Inverness, and his diary bears the curt entry: But that did not mean that they also saw, and conquered too, for a very satisfactory meeting was concluded despite their interruptions.
A very different sort of gathering was held on the next day at Fort Augustus Abbey when the Abbot presided and the audience consisted of monks and students.
At Btsauly the lecture was given in the school and people came to it from 25 miles around.
On March 18. at Aberdeen, the Bishop, Mgr. George Bennett, was present and the lecture was very well received.
Glasgow University on the following day was the scene of quite a stormy meeting. The audience was composed mainly of students and although there was no active heckling the questioning grew a little violent.
On his return to Scotland, Fr. Gabana will lecture at the following places: Sunday, April 4, Cowdenbeath (Fife); April 5, Kircaldy; April 6, Falkirk; April 7, Edinburgh (Archbishop in the chair); April 8, Denbigh; April 9, Paisley,