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4--THE PROGRESS Friday, Nov. 6, 1964 Veteran's Day 1964 A day to honor all those who have died in defense of our country. Monument at right in Arlington National Cemetery honors Civil War dead, while the tablet at far right in grave- yard of the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Alexandria, Va., honors the Unknown Sob dier of the Revolutionary War. Represents Nation at Veterans Rites WASHINGTON (NC) -- John S. Gleason, Jr., administrator of the U.S. Veterans Bureau, has been designated by President Johnson as his personal repre- sentative at Veterans Day No- vember 11 ceremonies in nearby Arlington National Cemetery, burial ground of the nation's heroes. Gleason will make the prin- cipal address at the ceremonies and will lay a wreath off behalf of the President on the Tomb of the Unknowns. A parishioner of Our Lady of L o u r d e s parish in suburban Bethesda, Mr., Gleason has been VA adminstrator since 1961. He was graduated from the Univer- sity of Notre Dame in 1936 and was named Notre Dame "man of the year" in 1958. J Reach Plan to-Buy Medical School TRENTON, ,N.J. ONC)- Gov. Richard J. Hughes and state legislative I e a d e r s have tentatively arrived at a compromise plan for the purchase and administration by the state of Seton Hall Univer- sity's medical and dental school in Jersey City. The plan is scheduled to be submitted to the Legislature when it convenes Nov. 16. It provides that the state pay Soton Hall, an institution of the Newark arch- diocese, $4 million for the medi- cal and dental school. The school's name will be changed to the New Jersey Medical and Dental Col- lege. The Jersey City school is pres- ently the state's only medical school. Seton Hall, however, has indicated that it can no longer afford to operate the school, which has been running a $1 mill- ion annual deficit. Rutgers University, the state university, is scheduled to open a two-year medical school of its own in 1966. The exact nature of the relationship between Rutgers and the Jersey City school up to now has been a snag to plans for state purchase of the Jersey City facility. Rutgers has stated its will- ingness to operate the institu- tion. But a governor's eommlt- tee which originally recom- mended that the state buy the school from Seton Hall opposed this. Under the compromise plan, a separate state board will run the Jersey City School for five years while an approach to joint ad- ministration of the Rutgers and Jersey City institutions is worked out. Acceptance of the plan, it is believed, hinges on arriving at language that will satisfy all fac- tions of the question of the rela- tionship between Rutgers and the Jersey City school. 'History Will Remember * NEW YORK (NC)--An exiled priest predicted here that those who took part in the Hungarian revolution of 1956 "will be re- membered long after history has swept Communism aside." Msgr. Bela Varga, a former president of the Hungarian parlia- ment, made the prediction in a sermon preached November 1 at a Mass in St. Patrick's cathedral marking the revolution's eighth anniversary. He called the Hun- garian uprising "a turning point in the history of Communism," which has since seen the Commu- nist empire broken into "frag- ments." He said Communism remains hostile to the Church in Hungary and the Communists "only mean to leave so much of the Church as their deceptive propaganda need, p Flying Doctors Help Missioner's Cavemen CHICAGO (NC) -- A mission- ary's description of poverty among his cave-dwelling Indians prompted a doctor to organize the flying doctors of osteopathy. The American Osteopathic As- sociation disclosed here that in 1961 Dr. Ernest E. Allaby of Denver heard about the Tara- humara Indians who live in caves and mud huts in the 9,000- foot Sierra Madre of Mexico, 300 miles southwest of El Paso, Tex. Father Luis Verplancken, S.J. who has been a missioner for 12 years among the Tarahum- aras, told the doctor that four out of five of the tribe's children die before reaching their fifth birth- day. Now once a month, a Hght plane touches down on a cow- pasture landing strip in the de- solate Sisoguichi region of Mexico. The pilot is an osteo- pathic physician, a member of DOCARE (Doctors of Osteo- pathic Care), founded by Dr. Allaby. The hospital and mission clinic are housed in an old adobe build- ing.. so cold and damp at times that patients often leave their beds to huddle around a small pot-bellied stove. Surgery is per- formed by kerosene lantornlight. Doctors often share the same bar of soap and towel, and sterlize instruments in a pressure cooker. The clinic's operating table, a dilapidated relic some hospital donated, serves more patients now than when it was new. Maluntrition borders on starva- tion. S m a 11 p o x, dysentery, typhoid fever and witchdoctor medicine are the enemies of a doctor's 12-hour day. IX)CARE provides the sole medical aid to the 56,000 Tarahumara Indians whose ancestors were driven from the lowlands by the Span- ish Conquistadors. Father Vcrplancken has found an amazing vitality and stamina in some of his people who have managed to survive ehildhoed. He said it's common for tribesmen to stage non-stop foot races ever a 70-mile course. Dr. Robert A. Klobnak of Chicago accompanied a recent D(ARE mission. As director of public relations for the American Osteopthic Association, he want- ed to see the work beirig done and report on this medical aid organization that now numbers some 50 doctors, who fly their own planes on their own time and expense in this volunteer program. Dr. Klobnak expressed con- fidence DOCARE would f i n d more volunteers and supporters of the work of Father Ver- plancken and the flying doctors among the stone-age Indians of Mexico. A 200-bed hospital is planned in Sisaguichi, while the immediate need is for food, drugs a n d clothing, he said. IX)CARE has its headquarters at 1040 East Colfax Ave. in Denver, Colo. Lives in Togo CHARLES lives in Togos a small new state in West Africa you will probably never see. But Catholic Re- lief Services-N.C.W.C. distributes clothing, sheets and blankets there, as it does in 70 countries around the world. Won't you help children like Charles by contributing unused, un- needed but whole and useful clothing this November? All Catholic parishes are collection points in the annual Catholic Thanksgiving Clothing Col- lection. Rune Sfones Fascinating Relics By R. P. Thuriacjer STOCKHOLM (NC)-- The ancient rune stones which dot parts of the Swedish countryside are among the nation's most fascinating relics, and no- body is a better guide in find- ing them than the German-bern pastor of Stockholm's oldest post-reformation parish. Sweden abounds in these me- dieval stones inscribed with runes -- the mysterious letters which are believed to be de- rived from the alphabet of the northern Etruscans. The Rev. Richard Wehner, S.J., pastor of the 127-year-old St. Eugenia's parish, is an ex- pert on the history of and meaning of the rune stones. While he is a native of Ger- many, his intimate knowledge of Swedish history and culture give the lie to the frequent charge that the Catholic Church and its people are something alien in this Lutheran country. There are more than 2,000 rune stones in Sweden, most of them in central provinces of Soderrnanland and Uppland, fairly near Stockholm. While some Scandinavian monuments with runes carved on them date back as eady at 250 A.D., those extant today date mostly from around the llth century. This was Sweden's missionary period, and erection of runic monuments was having a great revival. According to Father Welm- er, only five of the rune stones on the Swedish main- land are obviously pagan. Most of the rest bear witness to the Catholic Faith, t h e n struggling against the rem- nants of the old northern heathenism. The best way to get a good picture of the rune stones was a field trip with the Jesuit ex- pert. We set out from Stock- holm early in the morning after Mass, our Volkswagen full of gasoline and our lunches packed. D r i v i n g southwesterly, through St. Ragnhild's Ilth- century town of Sodertalje, we were in the middle of one of the country's richest rune stone areas in an hour. This is the little parish of Spelvik, north of We tsopped at a beautifully shaped rune stone. The runes are hewed in an arc extend- ing around the edge of the front surface of the stone. lated the inscription around this stone:. It says simply: "He was in Greece. Christ, help his soul. Christ he loved." This rune stone was erect- ed by a relative of one of the many Northmen who went east- ward. (Not all Vikings, or Var- angians, went out ravaging. Most of them who went east- ward were occupied with com- merce. Some of the Vikings from eastern Uppland, called Rus, now Roslagen. founded the kingdom which came to be called Russia.) The stone bears witness of the Christian faith of the de- ceased and his family. Such stones are usually decorated with a beautifully shaped cross. Sometimes, however, they have another adornment. Not far from this stone, also in-Spel- vik, is another one. Here it isn't the text, but the picture that is interesting. The artist has changed the cross for a face -- the first picture of Christ in the Scandinavian art. Father Wehner recalled that there were two different mis- sions working in Sweden at that time: German and Eng- lish. He holds that the crosses of the rune stones come from Father Wehuer easily  German tradition, while the face of Christ is of Anglo- Saxon inspiration. After a visit to say a prayer in Spelvik's medieval church we sat down on the grass out- side and ate our picnic lunch. Then we set out towards the northwest, to Stenkvista par- ish, near Eskilstuna. The stone we were looking for stands neat' a farmer's house. It is well kept, with the letters filled with red coloring as it was origin- ally. Here the artist chose a middle way -- even Father Wehner can't explain why -- chiseling both a face of Christ and a cross on the same stone. Maybe he wanted to give his inscription extra strength by this. It might have been needed, for less titan a mile from this spot there is aw other stone, provided w i t h hammer of Thor, the fore- most pagan god of the north Germanic tribes. It is an en- tirely pagan stone. And it symbolized the hard struggle between the believers of Thor and Christ in Scandi- navia. With this, our runic expedi- tion had to end. Father Wehner had to return to his parish: the struggle between Christ and heathenism still goes on, ev.en if Thor is no more.