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OBITUARY

THE VERY REV. CANON A. H. POWNALL.

With much regret we record the death, in his seventyeighth year, of the Very Rev. Canon Arthur Hyde Pownall, which occurred on September 24 at Twyford Abbey, Park Royal. Canon Pownall was the eldest son of Frederick Hyde Pownall, the architect of several London churches—Maiden Lane and Holloway among the number. Mr. Gilbert Pownall, author of the designs for much of the mosaic work in Westminster Cathedral, is his younger brother. The late Canon received his early education at Beaumont, passing later to St. Edmund's College, the English College in Rome, and finally St. Thomas's Seminary, where he was ordained in 1883 by Cardinal Manning. After a short stay at St. Charles's, Ogle Street, he founded the now flourishing mission at Shepherd's Bush, when that locality was separated from Brook Green parish. The first Mass was offered in a private house in Askew Crescent, prior to the erection of a small iron chapel. From Shepherd's Bush, Father Pownall entered the Congregation of the Oratory, but later found that the secular priesthood was his real vocation, and he was again on the mission, at SS. Peter and Paul's, Clerkenwell. A short and busy period at that old mission was followed by his long and fruitful connection with an older one, Warwick Street, where he remained until 1916. He used later to tell, delightedly, how, after the private visits of the late Duke of Norfolk, he would clear the offertory boxes and find a gold coin or two in each.

In 1916, on the elevation of the late Mgr. Dunn to the See of Nottingham, Father Pownall was appointed as his successor at Staines; there he remained for about ten years. In 1924 he was appointed a Canon of the Metropolitan Chapter. Shortly afterwards a breakdown in health caused his resignation from Staines, and he later became chaplain to the Canossian Daughters of Charity, an Italian community then settling at Welwyn Garden City. Realizing the need for parochial development, the retired Canon, though within sight of his seventieth year, volunteered again for mission work, and personally laid the foundation-stone of the present beautiful church of St. Bonaventure, opened by Cardinal Bourne in September, 1926. At the Garden City he remained for about four years, until a second failure in health compelled his final retirement. For some time he resided in Brook Green, W., prior to entering the Alexian Brothers' house at Park Royal. A requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday in the chapel at Twyford Abbey, and the interment followed at Mortlake. Among the family mourners were Mrs. O'Gorman (sister), Mr. G. A. Pownall (brother), Mrs. G. A. Pownall (sister-in-law), and the Misses Pownall (nieces). The Archbishop of Westminster was represented, at the requiem, by the Bishop of Cambysopolis. There were also present, among many others, Monsignor Canon Jackman, Canon Tynan, Canon O'Doherty, and Canon Daniell. The Mass was celebrated by Father Arthur E. Barrett, chaplain to the Alexian Brothers at Twyford Abbey. Canon Daniell officiated at the graveside at Mortlake.—R./.P.

THE REV. J. McDONNELL.

While taking part in a retreat at Liverpool, on Tuesday of last week, the Rev James McDonnell, rector of the church of the English Martyrs, Urmston, Manchester, had a seizure and died shortly afterwards. The news came as a great shock to his parishioners, among whom he had laboured zealously since 1924. So large was the attendance at the requiem, on the following Friday, that many could not find room in the church. The interment took place at Wardley cemetery. Father McDonnell was a native of Co. Clare. After education at St. Bede's College, Manchester, and at the English College in Lisbon, he was ordained, for the Diocese of Salford, in 1905. He served curacies, successively, in a number of, parishes : St. Bridget's, Manchester; St. John's Cathedral, Salford; St. Aloysius', Ardwick; St. Joseph's, Bury; St. Mary's, Burnley; and St. Patrick's, Manchester. In 1921 he was appointed to take charge at Whalley, near Blackburn; there he remained until his final appointment to Urmston, changing with Father Joseph Bannon, who took his place at Whalley. At the requiem Mass, celebrated by a nephew of the deceased priest, a panegyric was preached by Canon Rowntree, rector of St. Cuthbert's, Withington.—R.I.P.

THE REV. D. MATHIEU.

Artistry, inventive genius, above all, the exercise, during many years, of zeal as a church builder—these qualities will be long remembered as part of the religious and intellectual equipment of Father Denys Mathieu, who died last Sunday at the age of seventy-six, after fifty years' priestly labour chiefly in Herefordshire. It was only a year or two ago that he retired from active duty, but he continued to make his home at Bromyard, where for so many years he had ministered.

Father Mathieu had his early education near Paris. Nearly fifty years ago he was a member of the Benedictine community at Buck fast Abbey; there he remained for a number of years, with a short intervening period of residence at St. Scholastica's Abbey, Teignmouth. From Buckfast he went to St. Augustine's, Ramsgate, and from there, about 1909, to Bromyard. In that Herefordshire centre he passed the long remainder of his days. He built the present church of St. Joseph, opened in 1908, putting his own personal labour into the work of building and decorating. From there, five years ago, he built the church of the Sacred Heart at Bishop Frome, a district now served from Ledbury. The Bromyard presbytery, and more than one bungalow erected for church purposes, testify further to his energies as a builder. In several churches he used his skill as an artist, painting frescoes and other decorations. Science, also, appealed to him. His inventive turn of mind devised an automatic signalling apparatus which was adopted in France; and it is being recalled that while at Buckfast Abbey he arranged telephones and electric plant in various parts of the building. At Bromyard, where he put in half of his working life as a priest, Father Mathieu's death is mourned by all sections of the people.

The funeral took place on Tuesday last at Belmont Abbey.—R.I.P.

THE REV. J. P. MURPHY (ALTON).

His lordship the Bishop of Portsmouth sang a Pontifical Mass of requiem, on Friday of last week, in the church of Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne, for the soul of the Rev. James P. Murphy, rector of St. Mary's, Alton, Hants. Father Murphy died on the previous Tuesday at the Esperance Nursing Home, under the care of the Sisters of Hope. He had gone there to seek recovery from pronounced ill-health, but God willed it otherwise.

Father Murphy was ordained in 1908. For a short time he was stationed at Basingstoke, and he subsequently served curacies at Ventnor and at Ryde. In 1918 he was appointed to Alton, there to labour until his final breakdown in health.

The interment took place in Ocklynge cemetery.—R.I.P.

SIR DANIEL TWOMEY.

Sir Daniel Harold Ryan Twomey, formerly Chief Judge of the High Court at Rangoon, died on Saturday last in hospital at Haslemere, and was buried on Wednesday from the Catholic church in that town. A native of Ireland, Sir Daniel Twomey had his education at St. Stanislaus' College, Tullamore, continued, in England, at University College, London. In 1882, as a youth of eighteen, he joined the Indian Civil Service. He was appointed later to Burma, where he became in turn Deputy Commissioner, officiating Chief Secretary to the Government, Commissioner, Judge of the Chief Court of Lower Burma, and Chief Judge. In 1895 he was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. The honour of knighthood was conferred upon him in 1917, three years before his retirement. Sir Daniel made his home in recent years in Devon, where in 1925 he was appointed a magistrate for the county.—R.I.P.

MRS. WALTER.

Mrs. Arthur Fraser Walter, who died on September 24 at her house in Courtfield Gardens, S.W., was in her eighty-ninth year. With such a length of days it is no exaggeration to describe her as a wonderful old lady in the matter of physical endurance, for she was eightyseven when she made the third and last of her visits to Rome as a Catholic pilgrim. She was received into the Church a few years ago by the late Cardinal Bourne. Mrs. Walter was the eldest daughter of an Anglican clergyman, the Rev. T. A. Anson, and grand-daughter of General Sir George Anson, G.C.B. She married, in 1872, Mr. Arthur Fraser Walter, the eldest surviving son of Mr. John Walter, of Bear Wood, Wokingham, chief proprietor of The Times. At Bear Wood she had her home from 1894 until her husband's death in 1910; a few years later, during the Great War, she returned to that house, then a temporary convalescent hospital for Canadian troops, in order to devote herself to work for these vic tims of the conflict. Mrs. Walter's later years were largely given to travel. One who evidently knew her well recalls, in The Times, that " alone, or with her maid, she visited all the British Dominions, South and East Africa, North and South America, the Far East, India and Ceylon, Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, and Syria. Knowing no fear, and making light of discomfort, she avoided the beaten track wherever possible. She made friends in every quarter of the world."

The funeral took place on Friday of last week at Bear Wood.—R.I.P.