Number 3, January 1939
One day, some
time ago, a man thought of flying like the birds. After many experiments,
he made a kind of elongated cage, with a pair of wings, a rudder,
and two other smaller wings at the back, a propeller and wheels.
That was the first aeroplane.
Then came the year 1914, the year of sorrow. This was the first
war in which aeroplanes were used, and wherever those metallic
birds went, they sowed pain and misery with their machine-guns,
their bombs and their gases.
The war came to an end. The planes were perfected. Lighter and
more modern engines were used. Until a little while ago, they
were an aid to civilisation, as they were used for transports,
But alas! Now another war is being prepared, and the engines are
roaring, ready to devour human flesh, - the flesh of innocent
children, women, and old people.
Now it will not be the harmless aeroplane that brought us food
from distant places. Now they will bring us death.
AN ESSAY IN ENGLISH
If you come
one day to visit Cambria House, you will see us very happy.
If you come in the morning, you will see Mrs. Sancho holding a
bell and making it ring; then we get up and we make our beds,
and after we get ready to eat our breakfast and clean the house;
after, Mrs. Sancho rings the bell again and we go to school; after,
Mrs. Sancho rings the bell again and we go out of school; after
we enter school again and after school we have our dinner ready
and we eat it.
We spend the afternoon in the same way, and we are really happy.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO
HELP CAMBRIA HOUSE?
are not rich. You would not be able to "adopt" a child by
paying us 10/- (50p) a week towards his maintenance. But your
club, your trade union, your church or chapel might do so. If
your friends can arrange this, we shall see that they are kept
in touch with their adopted son or daughter.
Is there a Basque Children's Committee in your district? If
not, can you help form one?
Has our football team visited your district? Has our concert party
done so? If not, perhaps you can make a start by organising a
match or concert. The boys in our football team, (who have been
adopted en bloc by the South Wales Miners' Federation) have
often been able to hold their own against teams which had a great
advantage over them in weight. Everybody likes to see them play,
and everybody likes the Spanish and Basque folk songs and dances
interpreted by our young artists. If you can help us in any of
these ways, please communicate with our secretary, Mr. Jack Williams.
WHAT CAMBRIA HOUSE
the carpentry class.
CLOTHING, and material for the sewing class. We find a good use
for everything sent to us. What we cannot use ourselves we send
to Eastern Spain. Our girls are experts at using up old woollen
garments by undoing them to get the wool, and knitting new jumpers
to suit their own requirements.
SCHOOL MATERIAL. Paper, pens, pencils, India rubbers, atlases,
chalk, crayons, paint-boxes and similar things are always useful.
There is always a demand for books and papers in Spanish. Very
simple ones in English may also be useful, especially if they
contain many pictures.
BANDAGES, and other First Aid material.