SIR,--I should like to express my appreciation of Mr G. Neill's suggestion that literary and debating societies should be formed in our parishes so as to enable Catholics with an intellectual outlook to spend their leisure in a Catholic atmosphere. I and my friends are keen on music, books, tennis, dancing and walking, but where are our male contemporaries?— not in our parish. We go to see an opera or play, in the summer to York or Fountains Abbey, but our group consists of girls only. How much jollier and more conducive to Catholic marriages it would be if there were a group of boys to correspond. We're not a set of leluestockings we ehjoy Irving Berlin as well as Puccini—but we do complain about the lack of taste and ambition in Catholic working boys.
Just as I cannot see a mixed marriage being happy, neither can I see that a marriage to a person with whom you have nothing in common can be happy either. I am convinced that the formation of literary clubs and the mingling of Catholic youth of different districts would help a little in the solution of the mixed marriage problem.
A SPINSTER To BE.