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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - February 10, 1928, Adelaide, South Australia
National Library of Australia books and men a things literary pedal to the Southern Crow by Matthew Paris where Catholic influence is needed. Or. Cunningham Graham that Hidalgo of English letters whose books on such places As Morocco and South Africa Are full of a Sharp metallic tropical atmosphere As is appropriate and whose powerful and singularly unsentimental literary manner has won him deserved not ability once wrote there is a foun Tain in Marrakesh with a Palm tree near it a Gem of moorish Art with tiles As iridescent As the Scales upon a Lizard s Back. Written in cubic characters there is this legend drink and Admire " in the world of the printed word there Are Many fountains with Palm Trees about them to give us the refreshment of her Waters and the Boon of their Cooling Shade. Unfortunately most of us poor travellers it would seem wan Der the Gobis and Sahara away from these rewarding oases which Are books that repay Reading and re Reading. If we do As we May address ourselves in an infrequent mood to the occupation of Reading a Little we Many of us find ourselves beside waterless Wells and Palms Haggard and drooping. We have got hold of the wrong Book. There is neither spiritual refreshment nor imaginative rest and Shade to be found in such Sand strewn Wilder Many indeed the bigger nuni. Ber of the books when fare being written to Day Are if not worthless not far removed from worthlessness. Empty biographies which do not re veal character but relate Idle and not infrequently scandalous Tittle tattle about no entities titled or otherwise curious novels a patterned pilotless and Blank save for erotic suggestive Ness and prurient Appeal poetry that is in some cases pardonable but in others imitative ugly or anarchic such As much of the sawn off chunks of meaningless prose which pass As free verse these come tumbling in Leafen abundance from the presses to clutter Library and shelf. Well May we say with Andrew Marvell ". Now since printing came into the world such is the mischief that a Man cannot write a Book but presently he is answered. Two or three Brawny Fellows in a Corner with Mere Ink and Elbow grease do More harm than an Hundred Schis magical divines with their sweaty preaching. O printing How Hast thou disturbed the peace of Mankind that Lead when moulded into bullets is not so mortal As founded into # it was possibly some such mood of of protest As moved Marvell to write those capitalised words that moved another to declare whenever i see a new Book i read an old now i am not so conservative As he who coined that sentence. For there Are Many new books which richly Reward Reading and conversely there Are Many old a oks which Don t. For example Hewlett s the Queen s Quair that remarkable novel based upon the unhappy life of Mary Stuart is a new. Book new of course in the comparative sense. On the other hand How Many old lives of that ill starred Queen of the scots Are there which we would not touch with a punt pole Louis Hemon s Marie Chapdelaine is an exquisite new Book for the read ing of which everyone is better who is privileged to a be acquaintance with it. But that old Book old in baseness and Foulness As in years Maria Monk who is there so poor not Only not to do it reverence but even to admit they have even touched it. " i Iii Sill m these latter considerations aside however there is running to Day. A . Hurtful and hideous literature besides which the reeking gutters of the unhygienic streets of old London were Rose Sweet and Crystal Clear. Yet Many of the volumes which Are tributary to this Stream Are unfortunately Able to attract their tens of thousands of readers. Gross salacious smirking with their enlarged sex Appeal and their unrelieved pre occupation with what is lowest in human character and morals is not a few of such books Are of High technical Quality. For not All the writers of such Are Given to expressing themselves in the baroque English of Michael Arlen or to practising the Crudi ties of plot and construction of Elinor Glynn. Thus such works have an Appeal for the purely literary and artistic Side to Many who would otherwise have no Commerce with them. The fact re Mains however that the suggestive and obnoxious Book has its vast army of readers. Their appetites Are sharpened upon what they feed on. Publishers Are not foolish. They Are cautious and intelligent business men. They produce bocks for the purpose of Selling them. And they publish Low class works because they shrewd physicians having their fingers upon the pulse of the Book Market know that such books will be readily bought. Anything that tends to decrease the Sale of these ugly works is quickly perceived by them. For in such matters they Are As sensitive As is a weather gauge in the meteorological connection. Any drop in sales any falling off in de Mand is noted As quickly As is a descent in the Price of shares of the it is unquestionable that Many who Purchase such books should be the last to buy them. Without in any Way being alarmist we must admit that not a few catholics buy such harmful trash. Indeed it May very Well be that Many catholics do. This is a serious state of affairs and should not continue. We should re member that we As catholics Are charged is it not our boast by the very fact that we Are catholics with giving a Lead to our fellow citizens in matters of morals and Allied matters. To say this is not to de complacent or Pharisaic al. Here then is a direction in which our corporate influence May very Well be exerted. Casserie. Imere Are Many signs Ofa Reviol in interest in Don Quixote the greatest Story that was Ever written As a great critic declared. Many articles on Cervantes and his master pieces Are appearing in the English press. Only recently John o Lon Don s weekly printed without any comment striking passages from the great Spanish Catholic writer s immortal tale. # # sneaking of Don Quixote Here is a Story that May not be familiar to my readers Louis Xiv. Once said to one of his courtiers whose simplicity he was Well aware of do you know Spanish no am very sorry for it replied the King. I will learn it replied the courtier whose imagination was immediately fired with the thought of the possibility that he might be appointed ambassador to the Spanish court. He accordingly applied himself with the utmost Assiduity to his task and in a Short time again presented himself to the King. Sire said he i now know Spanish Well and can talk and read it with indeed an swered Louis i am very glad of that. You can now read Dan Quixote in the it is not often that Abis nop quotes poetry in a pastoral but i note from a report in the Tablet London that ills lordship the Bishop of Southwark in his last Advent. Pas toral did so. His lordship was ask ing " How any Man accepting the Catholic doctrine of Christ s divinity can go Oil to deny the Catholic Doc Trine of the he cited these lines by the great author of the Hind and the Panther n could be his godhead veil with flesh " and blood and not veil these again to be our food his Grace in both is equal in extent the first affords us life the second nourishment. And if he can Why All this frantic pain to construe what his clearest words contain and make a Riddle what he so Plain to take up half on Trust and half to try name it not Faith but bungling in commenting on these couplets the distinguished prelate observed Dryden was a master of vigorous didactic verse and he uses his gift Here with Good effect where he is hitting at the novel eucharistic Doc Trine foisted on the English people in the year 1559, by the so called act of amongst its numerous readers i am sure the Southern Cross numbers some ardent Chesterton ians. I won Der have any. Of them seen As yet Chesterton s new comedy the judg ment of or. Johnson which messes. Sheed and Ward some time ago announced they were to publish. It will be Worth Reading for there is much of or. Johnson in the generously proportioned , who has More than once appeared As the grand Cham at fancy dress functions. It May not be generally known that mrs. G. K. Chesterton who is to be distinguished from mrs Cecil Chesterton is also an author and a very creditable one. H masque called Faith and fable is shortly to appear from her pen or typewriter. Commenting upon father Francis Boyle s somewhat Brief but very interesting and informative Canon Meehan a sketch of his life and works Gill and son Dublin to which i referred Here some time ago the month the splendid English Magazine edited with such distinction by father Keating s.j., said of done Raile s Well beloved departed pastor no one can read we fancy without longing to make1 the literary acquaintance of one who was Learned and so simple so experienced and so unworldly. We believe that mgr. Benson s works Are being produced in a cheap uniform edition. Has no publisher sufficient Faith in the future of Catholic letters to make a similar venture with the 18 inspired volumes which represent Canon Sheehan s output is not that the tip Reader for you to read the author of lure Deliege if you have not already done so publications received. The evolutionary problem. It is somewhat. 01 a coincidence that just As the Early publication of a new series of articles on evolution in the Southern Cross was announced sir Bertram Windle s new and useful Little Book the evolutionary problem As it is to Day should come to hand from w. P. Linehan the australian agent for the publishers Joseph f. Wagner inc. New Orkand b. Herder London Price 5/. The author who can append the letters m.d., sc.d., ph.d., ll.d., f.r.s., to his name is a scientists of International Fame who became a convert to the Faith in 1883. He studied Medicine and science at dub Lin University of which he is and held chairs in Birmingham University and Queen s University Cork he is now a professor in the univer sity of Toronto Canada. Therefore a precise statement of the evolution problem by him based on the latest scientific discoveries and pronouncements should be Welcome at this time when evolution receives such extraordinary attention and is the basis for violent attacks upon the Faith. Sir Bertram Windle s discussion of the subject in this Book furnish the facts and arguments to meet satisfactorily inquiries for in formation on this much mooted subject and the weapons to defeat the attacks of evolutionists upon the Catholic religion. The author deals with the subject exhaustively his Book is written in a popular style but with Complete accuracy and thoroughness. We shall Deal further with this valuable Little Book in an article which we propose to publish in our Issue of february 24, by Way of introduction to the series of articles on evolution of which the Southern Cross has acquired by serial rights in South Australia. J. P. Hansen Catholic repository 39 Arcade Rundle Street Adelaide. W the the Church-mother., m. Loyola 2 vols. 19/" posted. Of ence and morals. Sir berth Arr Wir Njie. 9/4 posted. The names of Christ pulse de Loon 7/4 posted. Life of s Ster m. Celeste of w la of god 1875-19226/8 posted Power s manual Gilmour a schuster s & Knecht s b ble histories Catholic Reader. Catechism notes Catholic school requisites. Sant Therese of list eur. Edit Taylor. 1 new edition 10/6 posted. Lourdes. Bertrin. " 13/ posted. Bernadette of Lourdes. From Hie French. By H. Gregory. 7/9 posted. Father we Doyle so. O Rahilly. 19/ posted. The Federal Mutual for fire insurance in Banning bad literature. Action in Spain and Ireland. Representatives from All local organisations of the league for Public morality and from Many of the local associations for Catholic action in All parts of Spain participated in the first National Assembly in Madrid recently and Many ecclesiastical and civil dignitaries attended in person. One of the princes of the Royal family the Infante Ferdinando pre sided at the last session and the Duke of vist Hermosa was elected presi Dent of the new National organisation the Duke of Terranova and the presidents of the local leagues of Madrid Barcelona and Valencia being vice presidents. As a result of the Assembly s action a Royal edict prohibiting the printing and spread 01 unclean literature has been issued. There is a remarkable article by father Devane s j., in the december number of studies the Irish quarterly in which he advocates an All round stiff Tariff on imported news papers As a Means of checking the very wide circulation in Ireland of objectionable publications says the Dublin correspondent of the uni verse. Father Devane s proposals Are very thorough and they Are sup ported in varying degrees by some of our Best known publicists and scholars in comments following his article. Indeed Only one of them expresses any doubt of the feasibility and advantages of his recommendation. Ii nevertheless opinion on. The subject is not unanimous and speaking at St. Flannan s College Ennis the most Rev. Or. Fogarty Bishop of kill Aloe indicated his dissent. There is he said at present a great agita Tion and very justly so As to How youth can be preserved from the evil literature peril. It had even been proposed that there should be a High Tariff on improper literature from abroad but he Tho Erht that was Alto Gether a mistaken idea. A bad thing could be produced at Home just As Well As abroad. The most effective Way of dealing with evil literature was through the Young men. If they could be enthusiastic on the
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