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PAGE SIX THE GUARDIAN, SEPTEMBER 6, 1930 in that way." ] "On the contrary," he replied, "Ii wasn't thinking of that. But I sawI the ruby so distinctly that it recalledI one that a sister of mine has set in J ! * * * * * * * * * * ~ ]a ring and I compared with that-- * I my sister Wriz's." The Ruby *~went on his way to his big game, , */ '"Well, then," said I, "you had your * * * * * * * * prayerssister's jewel in your mind's eye and I have been saying my you presented it to Our Lady." before Our Lady's shrine in my "I suppose that was it," he said, little church in the jungle and Iwith a shrug of the shoulder. am thinking that it is about timeAnd that ended the episode. He that I wrote down the strange and I continued to bag my bigger story of the jewel that decoratesgame. I kept up a correspondence the center of her crown. It was with him. I had found him a most shining very brightly tonight as interesting companion and we had brightly as when my friend Angus parted like ola friends. first saw it; and it is the anniver- Like old friends we met when, sary of the death of the donor of my some two years later I came home little wayside sanctuary, so I will on furlough. Angus insisted that I set about my task now, as it wereshould spend a week with him at the "under orders." country house of his sister, Lady How proud I was of my little Mannering. She and her husband church when it was first builtl Iwere Catholics, and in any case had started with the usual thing-- Would welcome any of his friends mud walls and a thatch roof--and along with him. prayed steadily for something better, I found Ls, dy Mannering quite in- and after years of watiing the news teresting in her own way. She was a came along from headquarters thatmost vivacious person, ready to be the necessary fifty pounds, not ainterested in anything and anybody, large sum, but enough for the erec- up to a certain extent. I must say tion of the building, was forthcom- she gave a most patient hearing to ing. An anonymous donor had giventhe story of my mission which I pour- the sum for providing a church to be ed into her ear, in the innocence of dedicated to Our Lady of the Way-my heart. I told her about the brick side. It was just enough to coverchurch which had succeeded the mud the cost of the bare walls and an al- hut, and the real censer which we Ilk- tar, but I managed to get a picture ed to replace the preserved fruit tin; of Our Lady of Good Help, and theand I declare to you that it was not sisters of the mission garnished it she who asked if it had been pears with a crown, in the style of theor pineapple which the tin had con- traditional picture, studded withtained. beads. It was the best tkey could I was sitting in the garden with do. her brother after dinner one eve- We had a grand opening of the ning when my eye suddenly fell on new church, in spite of the fact one of the rings she was wearing. It that there were no dignitaries within was a large, very handsome ruby in a thousand miles, and no other priest an antique setting. In a moment it verts crowded in, and I had one dis- brought back to my mind the remark verts crowded in, and I ha done dis- that Angus had made when he was tinguished visitor in the shape of a speaking of the stone which he imag- fellow white man. He was on a tour ined he had seen among the blue shooting big game---not having a glass beads in Our Lady's crown in missionary vocation, poor fellow, he my little church on the day of its had to do with the lesser adventure opening. He had compared it to a of killing beasts instead of saving jewel possessed by his sister. I found souls. He proved to be a Catholic, myself staring hard at my hostess' and he turned up the day before our hand, and then looking at her broth- grand opening. He stopped the night er. He caught my glance, and I saw with me and was present at Mass, that he followed its meaning, although the first Mass in the church of Our we had made no further allusion to La~y of the Wayside. the incident since its happening. After Mass, when I had cleared Lady Mannering caught the glance, too. She looked enquiringly at me, out the less distinguished company and certainly I had need to explain to breakfast with the Sisters--it/did myself. One does not stare at the not take much doing, poor things---I rings on a lady's finger~ even though took my guest around the little bare one has lived for years among the church, mainly to examine the walls children of nature! for there was not much else to see! We-paused before the picture of Our "Your ring has reminded me of a Lady of Good Help. Mr. Angus Win- curious little incident that happened terton, that was his name, made his to me once," I explained, rather fee- comment, bly. I did not know if Angus would care for me to go on. I hoped she "In the original one," he remark- would let me leave it at that. But ed, "Our Lady has the price of a Angus' sister had scented a story. cathedral in her crown. I saw it "Oh, do tell me about it," she cried. when I was in Italy. Seems a waste "Anything connected with this ring of money." fascinates me. It is an antique, and "The Church has always b~en ready I am sure it has got a history. I to spend money on advertising," I adore antiques. My husband bought answered. "She has understood the it for me from some woman who science of advertising all along. Ad- wanted to sell it, through our par- vertising her truths, I mean. The ish priest in town. Some member of world has only just discovered what his congregation who -had acciden- it calls 'the psychology of advertis- tally discovered that it was valuable. ing.' Every jewel in Our Lady's She was very poor and anxious to crown helps to rub in the doctrine raise the money and Harry gave her of the Incarnation. In Rome or Lon- fifty pounds for it. But ~ell me why don they need real jewels, costly it reminded you of something." ones, to drive in the lesson, but the She was an utter child, was Angus' beads do all right for my poor ha- sister Trix! tires. The symbol is enoughfor There was no help for it. Winter- them." ton came to my rescue. "It's a very lie seemed struck by the idea. Heshort story," he said. '"When I was was evidently a man who used his stopping at Father Bruno's mission mind. station he showed me l~is picture of "All the same," he .remarked, as Our Lady of Good Help and I cred- he took another look at the picture, ited~ her crown with possessing a "you have one rather fine stone jewel which was not there. So you there. It looks to me llke a realsee," he observed banteringly, "it one. That ruby in the center." isn't even a true story." "But there is no ruby in the cen-But my hogtess was notgoing to be ter," I said. What on earth did heput off with a synopsis and a moral. mean? She succeeded in extracting the de- "We]], that brilliant red stone with tails of the little incident from her the lights in it," he said. "It's not a brother, and she was duly thrilled. garnet, that I'll swear! It's magnifi- "Angus is very psychic," she said cent!" to me, "we all are. But I am sur- "But the~e is no red stone of anyprised that you did not see it too, kind there!" I repeated, and stared Father Bruno." at him in perplexity. Had he been "I sin not a bit psychic," said I touched by the sun? "You know, my theory is that Angus He returned my stare. "The good had your ring in his mind's eye. It Sisters have been embellishing your is certainly a very beautiful one." picture," he said, "and your sight She twirled it round and round on is not very good, perhaps." her finger. "It fascinates me," she I left it at that for the moment,said. "I would give anything to I could no~ think of what else to do. know its history." We moved away from the shrine of "But why not ask its former own- Our Lady and spoke of other things:l er?" I said. Before we left the church however, I "Lady Mannering laughed." She he walked over and took another look lCuldn't tell me anything. She was at the picture. He returned to me/Just one of those ordinary people with a very peculiar look on his face. twh work garments for the foreign "You were quite right," he said. ,missions. Oh, Father Bruno, how "There is no stone there. It must horrid of me!". She gave her left have been my fancy." He was quite hand a sound smack with the right white about the gills. "Yet I can one, and the lights flashed in the ruby swear I saw it," he said. in her ring. "You were thinking of the crown "Besides," she added, "she died the you saw in Rome," I suggested, other day, so Father Bernard told me. "One's imagination can play tricks I never met her myself. But I love her ring." At that point Sir Harr~ came and joined us, and we discussed the jun- gle from the big game aspect. Sir Harry was a jovial personage Wpical of his class. He walked about in a cloth cap decorated with bait for fly-fishing; mayflies tha~ were a work of art. He was a most devoted husband. His wife had but to lift a little finger to get what she want- ed, whether it were a new hunter or, for the same little finger, an antique ring with the atmosphere of the im- memorial East hanging about it. A few days later business at head- quarters ~called me to London. My host and hostess insisted on my not making it the end of my visit and I arranged to return to the Court when the business was settled. "By the way," Father Provincial said to me when we were through At last she spoke. "Then the jewel in Our Lady's crown was my ring, after all." She was twisting the ring round on her finger. She took it off and handed it Lo me. "You must take it and put it in Our Lady's crown." Then she demurred. "But you might want to sell it again and build another church?" Then Angus stepped in. He had finished reading the letter. Some- how comments on it seemed impos- sible. "I will give you fifty pounds for the ring," he said, "on the con- dition that it remains in the crown along with the nuns' beads." They compelled me to close With with the main business, "I meant to the offer. Trix Mannering was re- tell you, your benefactress, the lady lprachful at my suggestion that it who gave us the money for your was expecting too much of. her to church, died a short time a~o. She give up her ring, and I reahzed her stApulated that she should remain point. anonymous, but now that she has l "The ring has indeed a hmtory, hear that a little church can be built for the small sum of fifty pounds," it ran, "so I am sending the enclosed in the hope that one more tiny jewel may be added to the crown of Otlr Lady of the Wayside." I read and re-read the last phrase. Strange! Then I read the name of the writer. "Bertha Greenways." Who was Berth Gareenways? I glanced at the address at the head of the sheet. It was common note- paper and the address was not print- ed. I noted however, that i~ was in the immediate neighborhood of the fashionable church attended by my hostess when she was in town. I had promised to look in there with a message to the rector Father Ber- nard, and I bethought myself it might be an opportunity for finding out more about Miss Greenways who would in all probability be a member of the congregation. That phrase of hers about adding a jeyel to Ouz Lady's crown haunted me. I was disappointed, however, as far as Father Bernard went. He was out when I called. I wandered into the church and noticed an elderly man who evidently was the sacristan. I soon got into conversation with him. Had he known a lady named Miss Greenways ? "Greenways," he repeated. "Oh, you mean the little lady who had a room over the newsvender's at the cornei of the news. She took in typewriting, but she died a fortnight ago. She would have been glad of a bit of work, poor soul. She was terribly hard up at times, and not young." "I don't think that can be the lady I mean," I said. "The Miss Green- ways I mean was:--" I was going to say, well,well off," but I change it to ----"interested in the foreign mis- sions." "That's her!" he said. "Wasn't she interested just! Every penny she had to spare she gave to the mis- sions, and often she went without her dinner in order to have something to give. Poor little lady. She would have been glad of an extra bit of typewriting." He stuck to it in his mind that I had wanted her for that. I said no more. Perhaps another day I would come along and tell him more. The saints in Heaven are not shy about things connected with themselves which make for edifica- tion. I was anxious now to get back to my friend. I would have another story to tell my hostess tonight. I got her and Angus alone after dinner. Sir Han'y was in his den affixing a fly's plumage to an effi- cacious hook. I lost no time in ask- ing her could she tell me the name of the lady from whom she had bought her ring? "Why, yes," she said. "It was a regular old-maidish, Quality Corner sore of name--Miss Bertha Green- ways." "I guessed as much," I said. "I have been making enquiries about her." Then I told her what the sac- ristan had told me. "Poor little darling!" Lady Man- nering cried. "How glad she mu~ have been to get fifty pounds." "She was glad," I answered. "Now, read this letter which my Chief gave me today. It is from the donor of the money that built my little church of Our Lady of the Wayside." She took the letter--she had learn- ed to be patient with missionaries and their hobby. She read it, and gave a little cry. "How curious l A jewel in Our Lady's crown!" "Have you noticed the signature?" I asked her. She had not. This time she turn- ed dumb eyes on me. I handed the letter on to Angus, who was watching us in bewilder- ment. although, I believe it was I, not you, who had the scruples about the price of a church in a diadem. Harry had that ring examined before he bought it or rather he took it to an expert on behalf of Father Bernard who had promised to get it valued when the poor little woman was given the idea by some quasi-expert t~at the ring was of value. Fifty pounds she hop- ed to get for it, and rather than dis- appoint her, Harry gave her fifty pounds for it. It had some value as a curio. Those Indian craftsmen hav..e the devil's own skill in making a colored substance put behind a crystal give out lights of a precious stone. But all the deviltry, I'll war- rant, had been sanctified by its more recent histoi~y. Of course, Trix will never know. Harry told me the truth about the ring in the strictest confidence a few days ago. Good old HvJrry!---and good old Trix, She loved that ring and she parted with it without a moment's hestitation." "And good old you," I supplement- ed. "There certainly will be no ob- jection to a sham jewel in a place where it does no~ pretend to be real. And," I added, "the most precious of rubies would be worthless in com- parison with what you had the priv- ilege of seeing on the day when n~y little church was added to the gems in the crown of Our Lady of the Wayside." So I carried the ring back with me to the jungle and set it in the center of Our Lady's crown to assist the symbolism of the blue sto~e beads and bits of glass, and advertise the queenhood of Our Blessed Lady and so following, the Kir~gship of Cl~rist. Yet sometimes as I look at it I wonder if the second expert was right after all? OurLady is actually wear- ing a mission church in her crown? The lights seem like living fire. And then I ask if although I am not "psychic" it may be that I am allow- ed at times a glimpse of what my friend Angus saw; and I fall to think- ing about what constitutes Reality, and I am thankful to be a li~-tle child kneeling at the feet of his Mother.--- Enid Dinnis, in "The Far East." SOVIET WARFARE ON ALL RELIGION SHOWN BY LAWS Texts, Officially Compiled, Prescribe Seizure of Church Property, Prohi- bition of Religious Teaching, De- nial of Right of Clergy to Vote, Removal of Juridical Status From Churches. (By N. C. W. C. News Service.) London; Aug. 25.--The official British government "White Paper," entitled "Certain Legislation Respect- ing Religion in Force in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics," now available, gives textual evidence of the official war on religion being waged by the Soviet government in Russia. Groups of these laws are present- ed herewith from the "White Paper." Others will be presented in subse- quent articles. There are presented herwith the first two documents in the booklet. Among their provisions are: abolition of religious oaths; prohibition of re- ligious teachingS; denying o juridical personality to churche~ and religious societies; prohibition of churches ~'om owning property; denying of right to vote or hold office on the ~art of ministers of religion; and con- fiscation of all church property. Text of Documents. Following are hte documents: (Translation.) Decree of the Council of People's Commissars concerning the Separa- tion of the State and the Schools from the Church, Feb. 5, 1928. (Collection of Laws of the Workers' and Peasants Government, No. 18 (Feb. 8, 1918): Section 263.) / 1. The ~hurch is separated from the state. 2. No local laws which would im- pose restraint upon, or limit, freedom of conscience or establish any advant- ages or privileges on the ground of religious belief may be promulgated within the borders of the republic. 3. Each citizen is free to profess any or no religion. Forfeiture of civil rights as the result of professing any or no religion is revoked. Note---The mention in official pa- pers of the profession by cititzens of any or no religion is abolished. 4. The actions of government or other public bodies shall not be ac- companied by any religious services or ceremonies. 5. Freedom to fulfill religious du- ties of any kind shall be allowed so long as they do not interfere with public order and do not involve an encroachment upon the rights of citi- to this rule, in that they may assign one form of duty instead of another. 7. Religious oaths are abolished. In cases where it is ~ecessary, a solemn promise only shall be given. 8. Documents of civil status ~hall be drawn up by the civil authorities, by the Department of Registration of Marriages and Births. Religious Teaching Prohibited. 9. The schools are separated from the church. Religious teaching is prohibited in all state, public and private educa- tional establishments where a general education is given. Citizens may teach and be taught religion privately. 10. All churches and religious so- cieties are subject to the general rules respecting private societies and unions and shall not enjoy any ad- vantages or receive any subsidies either from the state or from local autonomous and self-governing insti- tutions. 111. Compulsory collections and levies in favor of churches or relig- ious societies, the use of measures of compulsion and the infliction of pun- ishment by these societies upon their members is prohibited. 12. Churches and religious societies may not own property. They do not possess the rights of a judicial person. 13. All property belonging to churches and religious societies ex- isting in Russia is declared to be the property of the people. Buildings and objects which are in- tended specially for religious worship shall be handed over by special decis- ions of local or central authorities for the free use of the religious societies concerned. (Signed) President of the Council of People's Commissars: ULYANOV (LENIN). People's Commissars:Podvoi'ski, Algasov, Trutovski, Shlikhter, Proshian, Menzhinski, Shliapni- kov, Petrovski. Secretary of the Council of People's Commissars: Bonch-Bruevich- (First published in the "Journal of the Workers' and Peasants' Govern- ment," No. 15, of the 5th of Feb- ruary, 1918.) (Translation) : The Constitution of the Russian So- cialist Federal Soviet Republic. (Collection of Laws of the Russian Socialist Federal Soviet Republic, No. 30 (June 1, 1925) : Section 218, with amendments issued up to May 18, 1929.) (Extracts) : ~le 4. In olxler to assure to the workers true liberty of con- science, the church is ~eparated from the state and the st~hools from the church, and liberty of religious be- lief and of anti-religious propaganda is recognized as the right of all citi- zens. Right to Vote Denied. Article 68. The right of voting and of being elected .... to the Soviets be- longs, without distinction to sex, re- ligion, race, nationalit y, domicile, etc., to citizens of the R. S. F. S. R. who have reached the age of 18 on the day of the elect~ions and be]ong to one of the following categories: (a) Persons gaining their liveli- hood by work which is productive and useful to society, or persons em- ployed in domestic work which makes productive work possible for the for- mer. (b) Soldiers and sailors of the Workers' and Peasants' Red army and navy. (c) Citizens belonging to categor- ies (a) and (b) of the present article who have lost to some extent their capaciety for work. Note.--In addition to citizens of the R. S. F. S. R., the individuals (e. i., citizens of other Soviet republics of the Union and certain eigners) designated in the present constitution and passive electoral rightS. Article 69i The followingl vote nor be elected even if~ i long to one of the categories rated above: (a) Persons who of other persons in prOfit thereby. (b) Persons enjoying not produced by their on capital, income from rents from property, etc. (c) Private traders, and commercial (d)2 Ministers of liefs and doctrines ing heir profession, and BERLIN LETTI~R (By N. C. W. C. Berlin.--Six precious belonging to the famoUS schatz, or Guelph purchased by the land. One of these is uary with the ,,Marriage Cana" 'in relief. It is a deep regret to Germans property of the Duke of will be permitted to try, but there are no to save them for the At the same time, Frankfort that an of that city, Joseph announced that the library yon LoewensteiJ sale. The prince entered i ican Order, becoming age of 70. Last year, the house of stein-Freudenberg was up its residence in order to save its estates ties there. That is whY oring to place 'its anti~ in good hands. This famous first set of the logia-deutsch, discovered the Cistercian Abbey onthe Tauber in Bavaria. The catalogue lists cions books and served for centuries in asteries and castles. The so-called the only copy of that by Martin Luther in 1516. later he published a er edition. The copied in 1496 for the author, who lived at enhausen, had written it name of the author is innumerable translations tions of his work have be~ ed. The book is valued bY and non-Catholics alike Frankfort philosopher, "enhauer, who lived in 1'. the house where the lind lived. Martin Luther tion declared that besides and works of St. no book of more Father Robert Streit ers of the Immaculate Mary, who died a few St. Mary's hospital at a famous missioner. Father Streit was bet, in the province of tober 27, 1875, and w/is 1901 at Huenfeld in From then on he to t~he cause of Catholic When Prince Aloys stein del~ivered an sionary congress at the young priest became pion of the missionary founded the" for Missionary Scientiflc tion. He compiled a raphy, the Bibliothaca The first volume was 1916, the second in 1929. Five more were to : In 1924 the Pro entrusted Father Streit aration of the Vatican hibit for the Holy Year. that he was appointed Vatican Mission LibrarY. order of His Holiness, the compilation of the missionary exhibition. The tion was published in 1929' languages of the Germany it is popularly "Th~ Mission Book of er," as it was written upOl t'ive of Plus XI and approbation and The Protestant sor, Dr. Schlunk of Tuebingen, declared t[ olics are to be envied for The Protestants have no Death at the age of an end to the p'ious works of Dr. have been spread His work will go on missions will be all of it,