Sus,—Madame Montessori has thought it well to bring serious charges against the Spanish clergy. May I ask, in the interests of truth, what evidence she has of these alleged actions? Was she herself an eye-witness? If not, what is the source of her information? It may well bc that some priests have taken up arms, it would be almost excusable under the circumstances, but has any large number of them given way to the temptation? She asserts that churches have been used to
store munitions. Will she tell us the names .of the churches, and of the places in which they are situated? Also, if they were so used by the priests, or commandeered by the army?
Allegations such as are made by Madame Montessori should be substantiated or Withdrawn.
EDWARD M. DANIELL.
S.S, Anselm & Cecilia, 70, Lincolns Inn Fields, W.C.2.
Dr. Montessori: An Apology
Su,—There appears in your current issue a letter in which I state that Dr. Maria Montessori alleges that churches in Spain have been used by anti-government troops as arsenals. This statement was made by me ,on the strength of the report of an interview with Dr. Montessori that appeared in the Daily Telegraph some three weeks ago or more.
On the day after your current issue was published the same newspaper stated that Dr. Montessori has written in reply to a private correspondent that, "I have not stated to anyone that the Barcelona churches have been used for the storage of munitions."
It is therefore my duty to apologise to Dr. Montessori for misrepresenting her and to your readers for misleading them, which I gladly do.
It would be interesting to know how the categorical original statement which misled me came to be printed in the Daily Telegraph.
Murders of Priests
SIR.--At a meeting of this Society yesterday the following resolutions were passed unanimously and I was instructed to forward them to you for publication in your paper : " We most emphatically protest against the cruel murders of priests and nuns in Spain, many of whom have undergone insufferable indignities from the anti-Catholic and Godless mobs of Spain.
" We also place on record our strong condemnation, of the burning of Catholic churches and the several sacrileges that have taken place during the last three weeks.
" And while refusing to take any side in the present internal struggle of the Spanish people, we deplore the granting of financial aid by people of this country to the antiChristian mob of Spain, whose churchburning and brutal murders may be encouraged, and accordingly we urge upon our members to refuse to subscribe to such appeals and to protest against their money being used in such a manner.
JAS. BRYAN, Secretary. Swinton and District Society of Catholic Action.