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CATHOLIC L E A D E R , S A T U R D A Y , 3 r d A U G U S T , 1935.

PENSIONNAT NOTRE D A M E ON CAMERON HIGHLANDS O P E N E D BY BRITISH R E S I D E N T OF P A H A N G EUROPEAN GUESTS ATTEND FUNCTION On Saturday last, 27th July, the "Pensionnat Notre-Dame," on the Cameron Highlands, w a s formally opened by the British Resident of Pahang, t h e Hon. M r . C. C . B r o w n . H i s Lordship B i s h o p D e v a l s w h o w a s expected to grace t h e occasion by his presence had t o be called a w a y by the m u c h regretted d e m i s e of Mgr. Barillon, the retired Bishop of Malacca. A m o n g t h e officials w h o h a d c o m e t o p a y a token of e s t e e m and admiration t o t h e splendid w o r k done b y the Sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus since their arr i v a l a t t h e H i g h l a n d s w e r e Mr. W . F . C h u r c h i l l , D . O . o f K u a l a Lapis, M r . C. W . A . Sennett, D.O. of Kinta, Mr. H e n n i n g t o n A.D.O. of L o w e r Perak, Mr. J. H . C r e e r A . D . O . o f K u a l a L i p i s , Mr. Fairchild, State E n g i n e e r of Pahang. I n sipte of the threatening weather on the uplands the programme w a s gone through without a hitch. B e f o r e declaring t h e school f o r m a l l y o p e n t h e H o n . M r . C. C. B r o w n a d d r e s s e d t h e audience as f o l l o w s : — Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a privilege and a pleasure for m e to preside a t this opening of the Pensionnat Notre-Dame, Cameron H i g h lands. It is a privilege because I happen t o be acting a s R e s i d e n t of t h e S t a t e in which this beautiful school has been b u i l t : a n d it i s a p l e a s u r e b e c a u s e I c a n ,

send their children to the Pensionnat N o t r e - D a m e , Cameron Highlands will not be disappointed. I a m not going to g i v e y o u t h e d e t a i l s about t h e school w h i c h will be found in its prospectus, and I a m not g o i n g to give a w a y stable s e c r e t s a n d t e l l y o u w h a t it a l l c o s t , t h o u g h I k n o w I a m r i g h t in s a y i n g t h a t i t i s a g o o d e x a m p l e of t h e F r e n c h g e n i u s for producing t h e best possible results on the lowest possible expenditure. Y o u will I am sure agree with me that this splendid building is a credit to its a r c h i t e c t a n d builder, Mr. N a t h a n , a n d t h a t i t s e q u i p m e n t defies t h e c r i t i c i s m s of e v e n t h e m o s t exacting of parents. Ladies and Gentlemen, let u s wish t h i s s c h o o l m a n y y e a r s of u s e f u l a n d h a p p y life. I have very great pleasure in declaring it open. Then the Hon. British Resident cut t h e w h i t e ribbon across the entrance to the portico, and parents and guests m a d e t h e i r w a y t o t h e hall w h e r e t h e y w e r e to be g i v e n a delightful entertainm e n t b y the pupils of the school. "Swinging in the Orchard" and " N u r s e r y R h y m e s " acted and s u n g by t h e ' t i n y t o t s ' p r o v e d t o be a t r e a t b o t h to t h e e y e s and ears. A s for the narrat i o n " U n e H a b i l e Couturiere," t o l d in French, the story of a clever little girl w h o proudly boasted having cut and s e w n a d r e s s f o r h e r dolly, w h e n s h e knew nothing about it,—ended in

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applause; while , "King I h o p e , c a l l m y s e l f a n old f r i e n d o f t h e I t h u n d e r i n g J Hilary and the Beggarman" roused c o m m u n i t y t h a t h a s b u i l t it. T h i s is the third school t h a t h a s been j peels of l a u g h t e r from the audience. The last and most important item "A o p e n e d a t a hill s t a t i o n i n P a h a n g . T h e Masque of the Sleeping Beauty" w a s first w a s t h a t s t a r t e d a t F r a s e r ' s H i l l finely r e n d e r e d b y t h e p u p i l s , b o y s a n d b y M r s . McCall w h i c h i s b e i n g c a r r i e d girls. on by Mrs. Davidson. T h e second w a s To crown the entertainment, Mrs. F. t h a t o p e n e d b y M i s s Griffith-Jones o n H. Grummit kept the audience under t h e s e Highlands l a s t year, and t h i s is t h e c h a r m of a M u s i c a l R e c i t a l " T h e t h e third. Selfish G i a n t " These three schools are helping, each Mrs. Chasseriau ably presided a t the admirably in its o w n w a y , to supply a p i a n o f o r all mucical items. A f t e r M i s s need t h a t h a s l o n g been felt in M a l a y a . M a r y Grummit had read a compliment to T h e c l i m a t e of t h i s c o u n t r y , i n the t h e H o n . t h e B r i t i s h R e s i d e n t , Mr. F . H . m a j o r i t y , of places where Europeans G r u m m i t , on b e h a l f of H i s L o r d s h i p have to earn t h e i r daily bread, is not Bishop Devals delivered t h e following good for children b y t h e t i m e t h e y a r e address:— old e n o u g h t o g o t o s c h o o l , a n d i t h a s Speech delivered by Mr. F. H. Grummit. been necessary hitherto for Europeans R e v . M o t h e r V i s i t o r , H o n . Mr. B r o w n , t o send their children home to b e eduLadies and Gentlemen, cated and so to lose touch w i t h them while they are still v e r y y o u n g : which According to the programme, this is i s n o t g o o d e i t h e r f o r t h e c h i l d r e n or the time when His Excellency Bishop f o r the parents. D e v a l s g r e e t s the audience, but, as y o u all k n o w , h e w a s c a l l e d a w a y t o S i n g a The opening of these schools has p o r e y e s t e r d a y t o p a y his l a s t r e s p e c t s c o m p l e t e l y a l t e r e d t h e p o s i t i o n , affordt o t h e retired Bishop Mgr. Barillon who i n g E u r o p e a n s a s t h e y do t h e c h a n c e of passed a w a y yesterday morning. Great getting their children well educated at a s i s t h e disappointment of the Mother a reasonable cost in a favourable climate V i s i t o r a n d o f all of u s , I k n o w t h a t a n d a l the s a m e t i m e of seeing t h e m renobody is m o r e disappointed than Bigularly in their holidays, thus preservshop Devals himself. i n g w h a t I am old-fashioned e n o u g h to H i s Lordship however has left m e his c a l l t h e i n e s t i m a b l e benefit o f h o m e i n n o t e s o f w h a t h e intended t o s a y t h i s fluence. afternoon. T o c o m e n o w t o this school, I need H e first w i s h e s t o c o m p l i m e n t t h e o n l y s a v t h a t g o o d w a r e s n e e d n o puffc h i l d r e n o n t h e i r p l a y . I t h i n k he m u s t i n g , and t h e r e c o r d o f e d u c a t i o n a l w o r k t h a t t h e C o n v e n t o f t h i s Order c a n s h o w j h a v e h a d a p e e p a t t h e r e h e r s a l s . T h e r e i s n o t h i n g m o r e c h a r m i n g t h a n to w a t c h f o r many years throughout Malaya is a n a d e q u a t e g u a r a n t e e t h a t p a r e n t s w h o I t h e efforts of t h e s e little o n e s — a n d I

a s s u r e y o u it i s a v e r y b i g m a t t e r f o r t h e m — a n d I h a v e seldom seen an entertainment more charmingly carried out than has been done t h i s afternoon. W e must thank the British Resident of P a h a n g , t h e H o n . Mr. C. C. B r o w n , v e r y sincerely f o r h a v i n g c o m e here t o o p e n t h e School. T h e S t a t e h e a d m i n i s t e r s i s i n d e e d f o r t u n a t e i n h a v i n g such a w o n d e r f u l h i l l - s t a t i o n a s t h i s , and i t is no wonder there are so m a n y plots to take it away. As long a s w e have a R e s i d e n t of P a h a n g w i t h t h e v i s i o n a n d e n e r g y o f Mr. B r o w n , t h e r e i s n o n e e d t o t a k e C a m e r o n H i g h l a n d s o u t of P a h a n g and p u t i t u n d e r F e d e r a l Cont r o l . B u t I m u s t confine m y s e l f to t h e Bishop's notes and not s t r a y along the p a t h of local p o l i t i c s . T h e B i s h o p w i s h e s m e t o t h a n k on h i s b e h a l f all t h o s e w h o h a v e contributed in w h a t e v e r w a y to t h e f o u n d a t i o n of t h i s S c h o o l . H e r e c a l l s t h e first v i s i t t o t h e H i g h l a n d s in April 1 9 3 0 w h e n R e v . Father Perrissoud and Rev. Father F o u r g s c a m e u p to s p y o u t t h e land. T h e road w a s o n l y e o m p l e t e d a s f a r a s R i n g l e t , and t h e R e v . F a t h e r s had t o w a l k t h e r e s t o f the w a y . T h e j o u r n e y e n d e d c l o s e t o t h e hill o n w h i c h t h i s S c h o o l s t a n d s , for F a t h e r F o u r g s f e l l i n t o t h e s t r e a m j u s t b e l o w h e r e and broke his collarbone. T h e n e x t t i m e — a month later—Fr. Devals came himself with Fr. Perrissoud and these three sites w e r e selected definitely i n 1931. I t i s one t h i n g t o s e l e c t a s i t e and quite another t o get i t approved. Everyo n e , h o w e v e r , Official a n d Unofficial s e e m s to h a v e c o m b i n e d t o a s s i s t . T h e r e w a s t h e H o n . Mr. L e o n a r d , t h e B r i t i s h R e s i d e n t , w h o c a m e o u t h e r e to p e r s o n a l l y i n s p e c t t h e s i t e . Mr. H. T. Cockm a n w h o w a s then D.O. a t Kuala Lipis and Mr. J. H e n n i n g t o n , t h e A . D . O . a t Cameron Highlands. T h e p r e s e n t Officials h a v e been e q u a l l y h^Tvful. p a r t i c u l a r l y t h e A . D . O . and t h e S t s t e E n g i n e e r w h o h a v e rendered s e r v i c e d u r i n g t h e c o n s t r u c t i o n of t h e School. W e are p a r t i c u l a r l y g r a t e f u l to Mr. Nathan, the architect, w h o is responsible f o r all d e s i g n and f o r s u p e r v i s e e t h e c o n s t r u c t i o n o f t h e buildinsr, Mr. N a t h a n , I see. is with us to-day and he must, indeed, be a proud m a n w h e n he s e e s w h a t h e has a c c o m p l i s h e d .

T h a n k s a r e a l s o d u e t o M e s s r s . Drew i t t a n d I r v i n g f o r h a v i n g t a k e n care o f t h e r o a d s a n d e x c a v a t i o n work, to M e s s r s . R. Y o u n g w h o h a v e t a k e n charge o f t h e s a n i t a r y i n s t a l l a t i o n and t o Mr. K e n n i e s o n f o r a l l t h e s u p p l y of cement b l o c k s and t i l e s . B u t t h e r e is o n e p e r s o n w h o m the B i s h o p h a s f o r g o t t e n to m e n t i o n in his n o t e s , and t h a t i s H i s E x c e l l e n c y Bishop D e v a l s . I a m s u r e t h a t t h e R e v . Mother o f P e n a n g w i l l a g r e e w i t h m e t h a t her t a s k h a s b e e n m a d e e a s i e r f o r her by t h e h i g h e s t e e m a n d u n i v e r s a l favour i n w h i c h o u r B i s h o p i s held b y everyone. T h e g o o d w i l l o f e v e r y b o d y i s so import a n t in a n u n d e r t a k i n g o f t h i s nature! A n d w e a r e f o r t u n a t e in t h a t w i t h a B i s h o p l i k e o u r s w e are a s s u r e d of the g o o d w i l l a n d s u p p o r t of t h e h i g h e s t a s w e l l a s t h e h u m b l e s t in t h e land. T h e School w i l l b e a l a s t i n g monument t o t h e g r e a t w o r k i n this c o u n t r y of t h e R e v . M o t h e r S t . T a r c i s i u s , a n d I think s h e h a s j u s t l y e a r n e d t h e t i t l e of Mother V i s i t o r of t h e O r d e r . T h e s u c c e s s of the School, w h i c h i s a l r e a d y a s s u r e d , will be t h e b e s t r e w a r d t o her f o r t h e m a n y y e a r s of l o v i n g l a b o u r and c e a s e l e s s selfsacrifice s h e h a s d e v o t e d t o M a l a y a . I shall like, t h e r e f o r e , o n b e h a l f of t h e E u r o p e a n p a r e n t s of M a l a y a to exp r e s s our t h a n k s t o t h e R e v . Mother S u p e r i o r and, t h r o u g h h e r , t o t h e Mot h e r General a n d t o all t h e o t h e r memb e r s of t h e O r d e r o f t h e S i s t e r s of Holy I n f a n t J e s u s f o r t h e c r o w n i n g achievem e n t of t h e i r m a n y y e a r s o f noble work, i n t h e c a u s e o f e d u c a t i o n i n t h i s country. One of t h e c h i e f d r a w b a c k s o f Europ e a n life in M a l a y a w a s t h e f a c t that w e h a v e t o be p a r t e d f r o m our children w h i l e t h e y a r e still quite y o u n g ; and m o t h e r s h a v e t o spend t h e i r t i m e bet w e e n t h e i r h u s b a n d s out h e r e and their children a t h o m e — n o t a v e r y s a t i s f a c t o r y a r r a n g e m e n t f o r e i t h e r of t h e m , T h e School t h a t is f o r m a l l y opened t o - d a y , t h e r e f o r e , s u p p l i e s a v e r y long f e l t need, and, a s a p a r e n t m y s e l f I know t h e difference i t w i l l m a k e t o our lives h e r e , a n d - t h a t w e will b e able t o keep our l i t t l e o n e s f o r s o m e y e a r s longer t h a n h a s h i t h e r t o been p o s s i b l e . I t is a v e r y b g u n d e r t a k i n g , but w e k n o w t h a t (Continued on page 19 Cols. 1 # 2 ) ;

AUGUST 03, 1935, VOL 01, N0 31  

CATHOLIC MALAYA BEREAVED. DEMISE OF H.E. DR. EMILE BARILLON D. D. RETIRED BISHOP OF MALACCA

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