The German training ship was welcomed at Cobh harbour by a salute of guns.
The crew is largely, if not mainly, Catholic. About 100 men from the ship marched to Mass in St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh—that lovely Gothic fabric on the water's edge which is considered one of the finest sights in Irish architecture. They were welcomed by the Very Rev. Fr. Sheedy, Administrator.
Meanwhile the Bishop of Cork endorsed the action of the Lord Mayor In refusing a welcome to our German tisitors. " Alderman Hickey acted on his own initiative," Dr. Cohalan said, addressing the Catholic Young Men's Society. " He did not ask me. He is a Labour man, a great Christian and a great Catholic man, and there is no man that I know that I would entrust with public business more than Jim Hickey."
His Lordship supported the Lord Mayor's action purely because of the treatment of the Pope and the persecution of the Church.
"I am sorry," said 1 he Bishop, " at the absence of the Lord Mayor because I would like to say in his presence that I congratulate him and thank him for the stand he has taken up in this German business."
The Dean of Cork, Mgr. Sexton, said that the Lord Mayor, in refusing in the name of the citizens to welcome the ship, was perfectly right.