We are well past the halfway mark in what is to be two months in Europe and have already had almost a month on a conducted tour of the continent—the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy (10 days), and France, with brief stops in “nations” called Liechtenstein, Vatican City, and Monaco. Now we are centered in Cambridge from which point we are using a rental car for forays around the British Isles. One is tempted to reach very sage conclusions concerning life in these places, conclusions based on very superficial observations; a longer stay would make us more hesitant and could eventually give us greater wisdom and more understanding, maybe even some compassion. I am reminded of a cartoon which appeared one time in The Pittsburgh Press. In a crowd of Hopkinson-type club women the chairman was introducing the speaker: “Mrs. Bronson who has just finished a three-day auto trip to Washington will now review the political situation in the country.” If you will allow for our superficial observations to be superficial, we should like to make one or two.
On the right good ship “R.M.S. Queen Mary” there were announcements for Romish masses for three days before the announcement appeared for “Divine services” for all the others. A Roman priest conducted the masses with a proper altar and, I am sure, with some blessed and holy item there to make it all significantly Roman. Our “Divine” service was held in the lounge of First Class, and the ship’s captain read the service assisted by another officer who read the Scripture. Out of about 2,500 passengers and about an equal number of crew, there were a few more than 200 in attendance seated somewhat informally in the loungiest of first-class lounge chairs. The little ...1
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