The Printers' Guild of St. John
May I appeal through your columns to all Catholic printers to join the Printing and Allied Trades Guild of St. John the Evangelist, which has been approved by the Hierarchy as the national organisation for Catholic primers ? The object of the Guild is to promote the spiritual and temporal welfare of its members, and to provide them with a point of contact. Membership is open to Catholic master-printers, journeymen, and apprentices, and to all Catholic men and women, tradeunionists or non-trade-unionists, who are engaged in any capacity in the Printing and allied trades. It is hoped that branches will presently be established in all the principal cities of Great Britain. The Guild does not exercise the functions of a trade union, but seeks by prayer and example to make the working lives of its members an expression of the Catholic faith. Mass is offered four times a year for all members, living and deceased. Catholic printers who may read this letter are urged to write for further particulars, and to pass on this message to their friends in the trade. Old members who have lost contact during the war are invited to send their subscriptions (5s. per annum) and their new addresses to the Clerk.-L. J. RILEY, Clerk to the Guild, 28, Cambridge Drive, Lee, London, S.E.12.
Midnight Mass .
am one of the many who are for reasons of heal.h unable to attend Midnight Mass. I wrote to the U.S.C. about it but received a negative reply. It was a delight to get through a sung midnight Mass in the warshall we be the poorer for it now, while we are trying hard to " win the peace " ?-S. E. Goocp, Upway Corner, Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks.
John L. Lewis At the foot of to-day's CATHOLIC HERALD on page 8, it is stated that John L. Lewis heads the American Federation of Labour. As recently as June, 1947, Mr. William Green, also a Catholic I believe, was president of the Federation and Mr. John Lewis head of the United Mineworkers. Can Mr. Lewis really have deserted the coal getters to oust Mr Green from the craft unions' leadership ? Or is your report incorrect 7 -C. S.
[Our reporter was incorrect. Sorry! —EDITOR. C.11.1
May I, by means of your vigorous journal, appeal for any vigorous society to call a conference to study the causes of leakage and to frame policies to stern its devastating effects ?-E. BILLING, 1, The Hill, Northfleet, Kent.
The University Vote
The University M.P.s eettainTv do improve the quality of Parliament, but is that due to the superior education of their electors? The Members elected by Oxford and Cambridge before 1918 were not on the whole, superior to those from the ordinary constituencies, so why are they now ? Simply because, since 1918, nine of the twelve University Members have been elected by proportional representation-that is. the graduate has what no other voter in this country has, a real and effective choice be twee n persons as well as between parties.-ENID LAKEMAN, 82, Victoria Street, London, S.W.1.
Bruckner's Te Deum
Having read your article entitled "Listen to this" and seen the note on Bruckner's symphony No. 4 in E flat, I hasten to tell London readers that Bruckner's "Te Deum " is being performed by the London Philharmonic Choir at the Albert Hall on November 13. This is a magnificent workby a great Catholic composer, performed by the choir whieh became famous overnight in the early part of this year. and anyone who is able to go will have had more than a good evening of entertainment.-Mewmarr, WesTLEY, Dalhano