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!!!:'"" • John EckhaH Those Dreadful Valois Kings By JOHN J. ECKHART TIlE LILY AND THE and the Lion" or any of the L I O N," by Maurice series, "The Accursed Kings," Druon, Charles Scrib- this particular royal family will ner's Sons. no longer consist of a lot of static names and dates. -- N school we studied DOROTHY E. SMITH history. We learned of • • • Phillip the Fair, Louis the "A TRIBUTE TO GOV- Simple, etc. and struggled to ERNOR SMITH," by them straight at least Robert Moses, Simon & Schuster, 63 pp., enough to pass e x a m s. They were titles and dates, $2,50. nothing more. ]'M not quite certain Nevertheless, don't let these ! what this is all about old memories keep you from but this is a short pan- reading "The L il y and the egyric to the late happy war- Lion." It is the last in a ser- ies of six dealing with the lives rior, Alfred E. Smith. The author is the redoutable the Valois kings of France. Robert Moses, freeway terror The books should be read of New York. Moses, like the :hronologieally, but e a c h subject of this essay, has be- stands very well alone, come a man of legend within Maurice Druon is most skill- his own political career. ful at weaving in background Smith of course, at least from the preceding books so to his political and constitu- act it is not a synopsis, but ent contemporaries, was like into the narrative in such buttermilk. He was well bo- a way that you never wonder loved or disliked with equal where a character came from, vigor, but he was not a man • nor why he acts the way he to be trifled with, or easily does. set aside. It took an expert The Valois were a dreadful like F.D.R. to do that. royal family! Supposedly under But whether you respected a curse from the massacre of the man or not, his career en- the Templars, they were beset compassed some exciting times y violence, intrigue, and sud- n death. Cursed or not, they ought most of this misfor- tune on themselves. The Countess Mahaut makes Lucrezia Borgia seem a rank amateur. She was not only a poisoner de luxe, but she really loved her work; She is easy to hate. e Not so easy is Robert of rtois. His morals were no whit better than the Countess' but he showed a certain quali- ty that makes the reader be- lieve he could have been a good man. Each character is vividly presented as an individual, so, that though there are many of them, the reader never at a loss to keep straight. This is historical reconstruc- tion in the grand style. Mr. Druon never clutters up his story with fictional characters or sub plots. Indeed, it would be most-difficult for an author to dream up anything more hair-raising than the exploits these terrible people. The book is well documented historical notes and a bib- liography. I would be willing to wager that after reading "The Lily in the history of this country, and the history of New York State. Any era that included the political infighting and manu- verings of names like LaGuar- dia and Roosevelt could never be dull. However even if such a milieu had not existed, Smith would have been a colorful figure. The book is written with the touch of familiarity that Moses must have acquired through first hand knowledge of Smith. However while a book is not necessarily desirable in proportion to its length, it would seem that if one were going to do anything about remembering the first ser- ious Catholic candidate for the Presidency of the United States, it would take some- thing more than 63 pages. Needless to say, only those highlights considered of top importance by Moses could be included. And if there is a lingering doubt as to the authorship, the book contains a wonderful, just wonderful picture of the Robert Moses Niagra Power Plant, -- J.J.E. Calendar SI UNDAY, MARCH 17, RD SUNDAY OF LENT, MASS: Oculi mei--My eyes (Violet). No. GI., Cr., Pref. of Lent. Mass for Parish. MONDAY, MARCH 18, MON- DAY OF THIRD WEEK OF LENT, MASS: In Dee--In God (Violet). No GI., 2nd Pr. of St. Cyril, Pref. of Lent, Pr. er People. Fast. ESDAY, MARCH 19, ST. SEPH, SPOUSE OF B.V.M. PATRON OF THE UNIVER- SAL CHURCH, MASS: Justus The just man (White). GI., 2nd of Feria, Tract, Cr., Prof. of St. Joseph. Mass for Parish. Fast. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, WEDNESDAY OF THIRD EK OF LENT, MASS: Ego tern--But I will hope (Vio- ). No GI., Prof. of Lent, Pr. over People. Fast. THURSDAY, M A R C H 21, THURSDAY OF THIRD WEEK OF LENT, MASS: Salus populi --I am the salvation (Violet). No. GI., 2nd Pr. of St. Bene- dict, Prof. of Lent, Pr, over People. Fast. FRIDAY, MARCH 22, FRI- Y OF THIRD WEEK OF LENT, MASS: Fac mecum-- Show me (Violet). No. GI., Pref. of Lent, Pr. over People. Fast and Abstinence. SATURDAY, M A R C H 23, SATURDAY OF THIRD WEEK OF LENT, MASS: Verba men --Give ear (Violet). No. GI., of Lent, Pr. over People. Second Sorrowful Mystery THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR Oat00t]00ather They bound Jesus and delivered him to Pilate./ And Pilate asked him, 'Art thou the king of the Jews?' Mark 15:1, 2 HailMatT Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world./ But thou sayest it; I am a king: John 18:36, 37 HailMary 'This is why I was born, and why I have come into the world,/ to bear witness to the truth.' John 18:37 Hail Matt Then Pilate said, 'I find no guilt in this IrlaIL/ I will therefore chastise him and re- lease him.' Luke 23:4,16 HailtMatt Pilate, then took Jesus/ and had him scourged. Half, Mary John 19:1 Why Not Amend Foreign" A00'd? ,,,o,, ,,. 'Shouldn't Parents t#*UR GOVERNMENT has spent 97 national or Archdiocesan director, sending a t All Equ lly? ,Jbiliion dollars on foreign aid within check to help the poor: Thenwrite to your con- } ............ gressman oe oe ever re Trea a 1 years lr you nanoea out la a " , ceived a letter from a constituent who did an minute night and day for 1:000 years to act of charity for the poor before he asked for get rid of that sum, you d still have an act of justice! If you have the Lord on your By Rev. John L. Thomas, S.J. money on your hands t side, maybe your congressman will try to be Assocl,te Professor St kou|s University O Religious people believed in and practiced foreign aid long before governments did. And they do a much better job than governments. Why? 1) Because they give to the PEOPLE in foreign lands, not to the politicians. 2) Because there is less overhead in chari- table organizations. Some 200,000 of our work- ers throughout the world receive no salary! 3) Because the charitable groups live with the poor people, speak their language, share their miseries and love them, which govern- ment officials do not. O Why not, then, amend foreign aid in some such way as this? If Catholic, Protestant or Jew gives any amount to a recognized charitable or- ganization which specializes in aid to poor na- tions, the government should allow the whole of that deduction. Setting a limit on what is tax deductible is to penalize the hungry two-thirds of the earth who are helped by such charity. Consider The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, for example. Its aid goes everywhere-- the Near East, the poor parts of the United States, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Northern Europe and Oceania. It helps support 10,000 hos- pitals and dispensaries, 80,000 schools, 2,000 orphanages and 400 leper colonies. e On reading such a plan as this, the first thing the American people are told to do is, "Write your congressman." We want that to be second. This would only prove that you were more interested in getting a deduction than in being charitable. So first write to your Scriptural 00osar? Part 7 Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away,/ a man of suffering. I,a. 55:8, $ Though he was harshly treated, he sub. mitred,/ like a lamb led to the slaughter. I$a. 53:7 on the Lord's side too! @ GOD LOVE YOU to E.A.B. for $113. "'I am 79 years old and offer this in thanks. giving for not having to have an operation on my eyes. Please use this for your lepers." • . . to Anonymous for $25. "My motto is "Sacrifice now and trust to God's goodness: Please have the Holy Father use it as he sees fit." . . . to a Thankful Teenager for $6. "'I am a very lucky teenager who is blessed with a large wardrobe. Now I want to share my blessings and help buy clothes for the poor." . . . to E.A.M. for $5. "I saved these few dollars for one of many little things I need. After reading your column, I find I don't need a thing." . . . to R.P. and Father for $5.35. "The local Pepsi-Cola distributor gave half a cent to a worthy charity for every bottle :ap. We collected 1,070 Pepsi caps, so the missions are that much richer." e HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW ISSUE OF MISSION? It's a Special Message to the Catho- lics of the U.S. by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen! If you are on our mailing list, you know that Mission is our bi-monthly magazine containing articles, anecdotes, cartoons and pictures. If you're not, write in and be put on our list. A subscription is only $1! Cut out this column, pin your sacrifice to it and mail it to Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen, National Director of the Society for the Propa- gation of the Faith, 366 5th Avenue, New York 1, N.Y., or your Archdiocesan Director, Roy. Stephen Szeman, 907 Terry Avenue, Sattle 4. He was pierced for our offenses,/ crushed for our sins. Isa. 53:5 Half,Mary It was our infirmities that he bore,/ our sufferings that he endured. la. 53:€ Hail vi Mary Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,/ by his stripes we are healed. Isa. 53:$ Hail  Mary Glory be to the Yather, and tO the Son, and to the Holy Spirit./As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Editor's Note: This is the seventh o/15 dec- ades of the Scriptural Rosary; a modern ver- sion o the way the Rosary was once prayed f in the Middle Ages. IVe are presenting the complete Scriptural Rosary in 15 install- ments as a service to our readers. You are invited to save these meditations [or future use. Or you may o.btain the complete set in illustrated prayer-boo k /orm by sending $1 to the nonprofit Scriptural Rosary Center, 6 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago 2, Illinois. Shouldn't parents treat .all their married children equally? My husband's folks have never really accepted me and seem to go out of their way to show it. They'll do everything for their married daughters and their fam- ilies, but our family is often left out of family receptions, our children receive the cheapest presents, and there is never an offer to help in sickness or need. My husband pretends not to see this and always has some excuse for their actions. Don't you think a husband should stand up for his wife and children? Vou asked several questions, and none of them have ! simple answers, working out successful in-law relationships often requires more prudence, patience, and understanding than many people possess. Sometimes the conditions making for trouble exists weU be- fore the marriage. If the partners have had difficulty in getting along with their own parents, they will probably experience difficulty with their in-laws. Parents may regard the marriage as the loss of a family member or the acquisition of a new one, and their attitudes will differ accord- ingly. If either partner or parents fail to realize that marriage necessarily involves the transfer of long established loyalties to the new family unit, there is bound to be trouble. Although it should be obvious that marriage requires the redefinition of existing family re- lationships, a surprising number of people fail to understand what this implies in practice. Some parents feel hurt because their married FATHER children no longer consult them or follow their THOMAS advice; others are upset if the new marital unit fails to swing smoothly into orbit around the parental home, dutifully follow- ing its accustomed schedule of family gatherings, celebrations and vacations. Overlooking the fact that the new unit is related to two sets of parents, they blame the new in-law if the young couple fail to conform to their plans for the family. It is not easy to be objective in such matters. Because the satisfactory parent-child relationships developed in individual families easily come to be taken for granted, unthinking parents --and children-- frequently resent the necessary changes in the pattern required by marriage. According to their narrow view the new in-law should simply be "absorbed" into the established pattern. In some cases this pattern is well formed even before marri- age during the courtship period, and when this happens, newly- weds may find it difficult to exert their independence or show adequate concern for both branches of their family tree. There M¢f Be Hidden Reasons I think everyone accepts your general principle that parents should treat all their married children equally, but as I have pointed out, there may 'be many conscious or unconscious reasons why this principle is not easily applied in practice. You state that his folks have never accepted you. This may or may not be true--we can easily be mistaken in our jndgments concerning what others think of us-and the cause may be found in you or in them. They may not have wanted their son to marry you--or to marry at all! You may fred it difficult to relate satisfactorily to older people--your parents or his. All of Us Wants To Be Liked e all wapt to be liked--indeed, we-experience a profound need to be liked by somebody--and though we may feel that others ought to like us because of what we are or what we have done for them, we cannot demand it. Much resentment over unequal treatment in families would never arise if the individuals who feel they have been treated unequally would carefully examine what real claims they have to different treatment. We are bound to feel hurt when we are not "accepted," and at times serious failures of charity and justice may be in- volved, but often we demand from others as a right what is essentially a gift. Finally, you ask whether a husband shouldn't stand up for his wife and children. What is he to do? Denounce his relatives because they don't like you? If there is real injustice or lack or charity, he should vindicate your rights, but he can't order them to like you and should not be asked to break off all re- lations with them because they don't. Your happiness will be found primarily in your own family circle. Form new friendships as a unit, and you will have less time and need to be disturbed about the treatment of your in-laws. March 22.24 St. Bernadette, Seattle Our Lady of Mount Virgin, Seattle St. Thomas, Riverton Immaculate Heart, Sedro Woolley March 29 - 31 St. Benedict, Seattle St. Francis, Cowiitz Sacred Heart, LaCormer The Palisades ¥isitation Retreat (Men's Retreat House) (Women's Retreat House) (Continued from Page 1) given permission to leave by the Cuban government. This would seem to indicate that Castro wants all Soviet combat troops to remain in Cuba, although the total num- ber is anybody's guess. Secretary of State Rusk has indicated that a complete re- i Paul, Seattle dtation, Tacoma St. Anthony, Renton Our Lady of Sorrows, Snoqual- mie Lay Retreat Schedule tioned become less and less convincing. Some of them have shown aB air of audacity and defiance toward the representatives of the people who are performing their constitutional duties, and they have openly resented as paritisan bias and unwarranted interference any criticism of their acts. the middle of March, but as yet no official comment has been made on the Moscow news item. If it is merely Soviet propa- ganda and has no basis in fact, our officials should say so. This confusion in news re- porting is as frustrating as conflicting reports emanating from Congress where investi- gating committees have been holding secret sessions• The groundswell of popular dissatisfaction over the handl- ing of the Cuban situation has shaken the halls of the Capitol building, as the reported re- sponses of officials being ques- port of the troop withdrawal Vice President Johnson this would be made available after week opined that attacks aimed at frustrating the President and destroying public confidence in him should cease. We couldn't agree more! But a distinction should be made between attacks merely for the purpose of frustrating and for destroying confidence and, on the other hand, legi- timate faet-finding by the people's representatives to safeguard the nation's secu- rity and welfare• We the people want the facts, ma'am, just the facts. Loss of Faith It is no longer a question of managing the news. There sim- ply is very little open, forth- right official news concerning the most important issues fac- ing the nation today. Some of the civilian admin- istration not elected by the people are giving the definite impression that what they do is nobody's business; that they are above questioning by mem- bers of Congress, much less being censured. More than that, they have used pressures to silence members of Congress and even to imply they are war- mongering when matters of military strategy or the Com- munist threat in Cuba are discussed. Incidentally, how long has it been since we saw a quoted statement in the press made by a military strategist now in active service? From all one is able to glean from the news, even the real military experts, the chiefs of staff, have been overruled by civilian planners. All this is leading not merely to a loss of confidence in our government, but to downright distrust. This is bad. It should not occur. Once faith in our public officialdom is destrbyed, a suc- cession of harmful reactions is bound to follow. Syrian Coup One month to the day after the Kassem regime was over- thrown in Iraq, army rebels in neighboring Syria seized con- trol of the government Friday "without a drop of bloodshed." Reportedly, behind the ac- tion were Syrian army offi- cers with leanings toward the nationalism and socialism of President Gamal Abdel Nas- see of Egypt. This was the principal similarity between this and the uprising in Iraq. Whether this is another step toward the renewal of Nasser's ambition to unite the Arab world under his leadership re- mains to be seen, but the pro- Nasser sentiment among the Syrian leaders points in that direction. It was significant that Iraq and Egypt both threatened war against any country attempting to interfere in the Syrian rebel- lion. This was presumably a warning directed against Jor- dan which has always been a declared opponent of Nasser. The new Syrian leader has been identified as Col. Louai Atassi, a moderate Nasserite, who led an abortive revolt last March 28. He was released from a Damascus prison, pro- moted to field marshal and named Chief of the General Staff. Immediately after the take- over, the revolutionary com- mand issued the following radio statement: "The national command of the revolution hopes that the public will stop demonstrat- ing and abstain from chant- ing slogans and raising pic- tures and placards. Be confi- dent that the council of the revolutionary command pledges itself to fulfill the genuine Arab Union based on equality and government by the people. "We are marching on the right path of Arab national- ism. We shall never deviate from this course. We want to fulfill for this country a re- spectable Arab regime with the three principles of union, freedom and socialism." This was the same slogan used in the Iraq coup that overthrew pro-Communist Kas- sem. Tuesday, Britain and the U.S. became the first of the major nations to recognize the revo- lutionary government in Syria. Bidault Appears Georges Bidault, arch-enemy of President De Gaulle, was taken into custody by Bavarian police Sunday. He immediately appealed for asylum in West Germany. On the surface this seemed like an embarrassing predica- ment for the Bonn govern- meat, should De Gaulle re- quest that Bidanlt be turned over to French authorities, even though no extradition agreement exists between France and West Germany. Bonn officials, however, an- nounced that it was up to the authorities in Bavaria to decide what to do with the French fugitive. They, in turn, told Bidault that he would be given asylum there provided he cease political activities and agita- tion to have De Gaulle over- thrown. At deadline, Bidault is still "thinking about it." Mean- while, he will be given three months' freedom of movement in Bavaria unless he decides to leave voluntarily or abides by the conditions under which he might remain indefinitely. Former French premier for a brief time and later leader of the National Resistance Council that seeks the over- throw of President De Gaulle, Bidanlt has been constantly on the move, a fugitive with the charge of treason hang- ing over his head. Only last week he appeared on a London taped television interview wherein he denounced the French President and pre- dicted his early downfall. There is a probability that he will again vanish and go into hiding as he has been doing for several years. De Gaulle, however, appears to be unperturbed as he has made no statement nor requested that West Germany return the fugi- tive to France. Brazil Knocks To give, or not to give. That is the big question the Adminis- tration will have to decide, now that Brazil has come knocking at its door. After weeks of indecision awaiting some prior indication of a favorable .response, Bra- zil's finance minister, Francisco Santiago Dantas, ventured to Washington where he held a lengthy conference with Presi- dent Kennedy Monday. At the end of an hour and a half of discussion, no decision was reached and it was agreed anted government from mum- that the two would meet again bership in the O.A.S. March 21. Brazil needs some two bil- lion dollars between now and 15, and it expects the U.S. to underwrite most of that amount. Brazilian officials expressed optimism that their requests for cooperation--and the necessary funds--to solve Brazil's insolvency and infla- tionary problems will be forthcoming. Back of this hope is the ill- disguised warning that unless the debt payments due the U.S. and European creditors within the next three years are deferred and new loans made, Brazil may be forced to de- clare a moratorium and launch an austerity program that would halt its economic devel- opment. This, say the Brazilians, could possibly push their coun- try into a situation of isolation and antagonism toward the U.S. It was Dantas, too, who re- plied that leftists cannot be eliminated from Brazil's func- tioning democracy. In the light of all the fac- tors -- and risks  involved, President Kennedy. who is act- ing as chief negotiator, will indeed have a difficult decision to make. The chance of Dantas geting what he wants is nevertheless exceptionally promising. Costa Rica Parley The President will have other ponderous decisions to make when he flies to San Jose, Costa Rica, Monday to attend a presidential conference of Central American states. There is every prospoet of a split and acrimonious de- bate, and any rupture of unity in the deliberations will only work in favor of the Castro regime. Strong leadership " must be demonstrated, and President Big Question Kennedy is the only one who can provide that leadership. The question is not'so much Last week, he said that Latin whether extending credit to American countries individually Brazil would help her as should curb the flow of people whether extending such assist, to and from Cuba if they are ante to the present regime of suspected of training for or President Goulart would be a good risk. Although posing as a "mod- erate" government, it is by no means conservative or only slightly to the left of center. The really delicate point re- lates to concern over the ex- treme leftists and anti-U.S. officials presently in the Gou- lart regime. Dantas, it will be remem- bered, was the delegate who refused to vote against Castro and to oust his Soviet-domi- engaging in guerrilla and sub- versive activities. Already Guatemala is com- plaining that Soviet subma- rines are landing guerrillas on her shores, and Costa Rica is willing to stage an invasion of Cuba. On the other band, Mexico is not about to obstruct Castro's ac- tivities in any manner. Much will depend on the outcome of this conference for future cooperative and even united action against the spread of Communism in the Carib- bean. 'We, The People, Want Facts; Just The Facts' From Our Own Government