All About People.
Madame Melba, bearing a letter of Intro- duction from the late Archbishop Corrigan, of New York, drove to St. Mary's Pres- bytery on Monday morning to call on his Eminence Cardinal Moran. On her next visit to Sydney the diva will sing at St. Mary's Cathedral, in which every great artist who has visited Australia has been heard.
Mr. J. A. Delany, the gifted composer, who is oonduotor of St. Mary's Cathedral oholr, and to whom Sydney is Indebted for eome of the fineat performances of the works of the great masterB whloh it has heard, Bpeaks enthusiastically about the approaoh Ing muBioal festival In the Cathedral In honour of his Eminence's return. He ex peotB the music on the oocaslon to be even more magnifioent than that rendered by Bbme of the great oholrs he organised for the Cathollo Congress and other big occasions. Lovers of music all over the State admit their Indebtedness to Mr. Delany for works whloh, under ordinary clroumBtanoes, they oould never hope to hear worthily per formed, and the greatest expectation pre vails in oonneotlon with his coming labours. u m a Miss Theodora Cowan, the first Australian woman sculptor, has received a commission for a bust in marble of Professor Flinders Petrie, the well-known Egyptologist. There is a certain fitness in the engagement of an Australian for this work, as the professor is a nephew of Flinders, the explorer, from whom he derives one of his names. The first part of the artist's work, the clay model, is being executed at the London University, where Professor Petrie is busy making preparations for another of his many visits to the land of the Pharaohs. His Exoellency Sir Harry Rawson and Lady Rawson recently visited St Ursula's Convent School, Armidale. In manifesting an in- terest In the educational establishments presided over by our Cathollo Sisterhoods he Is only following in the footsteps of the majority of the Governors who have been appointed to Australian States. Lord Beauohamp was very much interested in Catholic oduoational and char i table enter prise, but not more oo than his sister, Lady Mary Lygon, who was very open In her ex pressions of admiration at the labours of qur religious communities. Bat por haps one of tho best friends our nuns had among tho (.lovurnors was the Marquis of Llnllthgow (Lord Hopeton), who, whilst ho was Governor General, manifested bhe most anxious Interest In the welfare of some of thelrestabllshments, enthusiastically supported by Lady Hopetouu. It will be remembered that it was the Hopetouns who started a public appeal in Victoria on bohalf of the Bistort) of Charity who conduct St. Vlnoeut'B Hoapltwl, Melbourne, writing to the publio proas'- emphasising the olalms their labours had upon tho community, and assisting thorn in many private and personal ways. Lord Carrlugton was anobher Gover nor who was always glad to help ahng our Institutions. In fact it may be safely said that nearly all tho Governors who have come to this country have invariably dia played a warm and personal Interest In the great soolal and oduoablonal work Catholics are doing. ' a h o On Tuesday morning last week, at the Llawhadon Private Hospital, Yass, tho Rev. Father Crowe, who was recently assistant prloat to the Very Rov. Dean O'Koofo, and who Is now about to leave the district, was presented with a purse of 76 sovereigns on behalf of tho congregation. Some months ago, owing to serious illness, Fathor Orowo was oompollod to entor tho hospital, and It Is only within tho past fow days that ho has been strong enough to ovon take short drives. Tho presentation wau made by Mr. P. Hartlgan, who also road an addross. Ml Bl to Hla Emlnouoo the Cardinal had a, most agreoftblo aurprlao on his arrival at the Palaoe at Mianly on Saturday morning. The Btudouto and profounoru of St. Patrlok's College had aauomblod at tho Cardinal's pri vate wharf, and gavo hlu Emlmmoo u groat welcome. Ho accompanied thorn to tho Palaoo, and noarlng tho Palnoo stops his Eminence's attontlon waa attraotod by a rapid movement ovorhodd. Looking up, ho behold at tho window hla pot aookatoo dancing in high gloo. Aftior niuo months ? the bird recognised I tin inuutor, uud, to tho astonlahmont of tho anaomblod prnluton and tho obudontin, danced excitedly, Hupped its wings, sproad its gaudy eomb, and soroamed Its aollght-. It wan a happy Inoldont, and tho vonorablo Cardinal wau moved by tho display of affection shown by his old pot bird. It la doubtful if any Inoldont In
the memorable day gave him greater ploaaure. M ? . D It is a strange faot, in spite of all their efforts to pleaBe them, the Orange rabble would cut the throats of the Barton Minis try, Barton oould sell his goods, and oaorifice all his manliness and prlnolploa of honour to pleaBe them, and oould swear that Affleck Is the besbgrammarian on earth, and that Margaret Shepherd is a genuine lydie, and that the Mad Mullah parsons are not the enemies of religion In any shape and form ; yet they would not give him a chance to speak to a public meeting, and they would throw him politically to the dogs. Barton never did, and never will, get their votes. Neither will Lyne, who kow-towed to them when he waB Premier, and trampled In the dark on hiB Catholic friends. And neither Barton nor Lyne will get the votes of Catho lics if they do not keep on an honourable and straightforward oourse. Catholics have never had anything from them, and do not want any favours; but they are proud enough, and strong enough, to resent dis honourable taotios from whatever quarter those taoblos come. ma ? The other evening the Catholic Press met the Minister for Works in the lobby. He was in great heart. Of late Mr. O'Sulli van has been looking remarkably well. The oourse of exeroises which he lsgoingthrough has given him now life. The reoent rains, too, have removed from his shoulders a great burden of responsibility. U U U He has no doubt whatever that he will be equal to any demand made upon him by the genuine unemployed. ' To provide water at White Oliffa' he Bald, ' I have been paying £40 a day and £20 a day at Cobar,' Then he went on to explain the great plans which he has ready for relieving the people throughout the Sbate. He has £200,000 In hand for water conservation, which will en able him to give a great deal of employment. He haa another vote of £20,000 to provide work away from the railways where they have no water. He described the develop ment In tho railways system which he has undertaken, and whloh he thinks will re lieve distress. As far as employment goes
he has no fear, and in tho future of the State he has abundant hope. « ' « n The Rev. FatherjM'Inerey, S.J., who .has been qivlng a Berlee of suooossful missions In this State slnoo his return from South Africa, left Sydney for Adelaide on Monday evening, and will be engaged there for some time giving retreats. o b n The Rev. Father Mastersou's pan has been busy since he settled In Hawthorn, and the Atistra! Light la fortunate In securing the fruits of his labours. In tho Dacamber number he crltiolseB Mlohael M'Oarthy'a ' Priests and People In Ireland,' and shows that that miserable traduoer Is not a Catholic By contrasting some of his teaoh lngs with the Infallible definitions of the Catholic Church, he proves that Mr, M 'Car thy is simply trying to throw dust in the eyes of his Protestant readers ?when he presents himself before them as a Catholic witness. In the course of tho artiolo he quotes the opinions of prominent Pro tea cant news papers in Ireland and elsewhere discrediting the work, and ho says in conclusion : ' Tak ing these opinions of non-Catholic news, papers in oonjunotion with tho test which I have applied to Mr. M'Oarbhy'o religious views, may I nob aak, in conclusion, how he can reasonably bo deaorlbed as 'a good Catholic,' or a Catholic at all ? Such criti cismB as those of tho Daily Express ought to teach Mr. M'Oarthy that he has overshot the mark. They are eminently calculated to make him a sadder but a wiser man. Let us hope that the lesson may nob be lost on him. The Churoh is called, and is, our mother. At best, it 1b a rather undutlful task to expose our mother's weaknesses, even If thoy be real. Mr. M'Carbhy has not confined himself to exposing the defeots which he aces, or fanoies he aeeo, in the administration of the Irish Churoh. He has asealled and ridiculed and denied many of tho most cherished doobrlnos of tho Ohuroh Universal ; and lb is poor consolation to be told by the organs of tho party whom ho has laboured so hard, to captivate that hla volume Is but a ' clumay' and 'untidy' compilation, or that hla book proves him to bo not even a Christian, lob alone a Catholic ; or that * It la a monument of apeolal pleading' ; or that bhe author cannot be aooepted cas a writer of balanced judgment ; or, worst of all, that hla attack is not honest.' ' « b a The latest aooounbs from London are to the effect that Miss Kate Rooney Is emerg ing into tho front rank of singers. Since her arrival uhe has studied hard, and made great progress, and the leading musioal authorities Bay that) fame awaits her in a little time. Miss Rooney has not only a beautiful oontralto voice, she is also highly
lntelloobual and oulbured. And she is so genblo and unassuming In manner that she makes friends everywhere. ? » 9 The dally papers are orowlng over the result of the Balmaln eleotlon, as If It meant a slap in the face for the Labor Party and the Government. As a matter of faot, the eleotlon has no political significance what ever, and the papers know It. It waB not decided on any politioal question ; there was no lofty motive swaying bhe eleoborate ; It was purely a local aflulr In an electorate that is unlike any other electorate in Australia. In having Law as their repreoenbabive bhe characbor of the electorate is well Illustrated, and the workers there who voted for him have earned the contempt of their fellow workers throughout tho State. M V 0 The Star was the loudest of the daily papers in whooping for Law. What the Star shareholders and readers have In com mon with that gentleman, jor with the interests he championed, the Oatimmo Press would like to know. » n w The fallowing olerloal appointments havo boon made reoently in the Diocese of Lis more : Rev. Father John Durnoy, from Lls more to Oorakl ; Rev. Father j. L. Ahem to Soutih Graffcou, succeeding the Rov Father P. Corcoran, who has gone to Ireland on 12 months' leave of absence ; Rov. Father Casey to tho newly-formed parish of Bungalow ; Rnv. Fathor William Hnuley bo Kempsy, to suooeed the late Rov. Father M 'Cambridge, V.G. ; Rev. Father Gulllemln, S.M., to the reoently formed parish of Cow per ; Rev. Fathers J. J. Durkln and T. O' Regan, lately ordained, to be asatatanb priests at Llamore ; Rev. Father J. P. Pren dorgast to Port Macqnarle. The newly - formed parishes of Bolliagen and Ward ft )1 are still vaoaub. «a w ?» The Rev. Father Waloh, P.P., Maolean, was among the pi'loata who came bo Sydney from the diocese of Llsmore to weloome bhe Cardinal. Fabher Walsh Is popular ovory where, and Is heartily woloomod by hlu fellow-priests wherever he goes. He was appointed bo the Muolean in 1890, when there was a debt of £8000 on the ohuroh. Tho bank presaed, Fabher WalBh asked for three mouths' grace, and before tho end of that time he had not only oleared off tho debt but ho had £150 bo tho good. Since ho hue bullb a presbytery ab a oosb of £1000, and hla parish Is now praotloally free from debt. The dioooBO of Lismoro has almost escaped tho drought, and the people there are more prosperous than in any other clio oobq of the State, on whloh we heartily con grabulabo his Lordship Dr. Doyle. ft «ri 4|- \ UMisa Ida Flanagan wan reoently the reol. plent of a valedictory gift from the oholr of St. Brlgtd'a Ohuroh, Ditbbo, of which for some years sho had been the leader, [fho presentation took the form of a puree of sovereigns, and was handed to Misu Flana gan at a muBioal evening to which she had Boon Invited by tho members of tho oholr. Rev. Father Gall mado tho presentation In a complimentary and appreciative upeeoh. Miss Flanagan loft to bake up her residence In Babhuret, Tho Rev. Father Oloary, the editor of the ' New Zealand Tablet, who haa been visiting Europe, Ireland, and America, returned by the German steamer BarbarosBa. The Rov. Father Barlow, P.P., Penrlth, who wob his companion on the holiday, and the Rev. Father Furlong, of Sb. Peter's, Suri'y Hills, also returned by tho same boat. Tho Rov. Fathor O'Noill, of New Zealand, was also u pansongnr.