Written Works of John C. Cahalan, Jr.
(with related correspondence)
John C. Cahalan, Jr. was first employed as a newspaper reporter, and later wrote a series of articles on cultural events and themes, under the rubric Places and Persons, which were published in The Commonweal, a lay Catholic journal of commentary, between February 1929 and August 1931. They have been circulating among family members as a sheaf of xeroxed copies since the 1970's. These copies have been scanned from the best available sources and are reproduced here, showing the original layout and typeface of the work as it first appeared.
Some articles were copied without a visible date (and are included at the end of the collection), so the initial and ending dates here might be inaccurate, but they represent a run of steady work over the course of several years in which the author was a regular contributor to the magazine.
In addition, correspondence relating to these publications has also been included (found among his papers and listed with the articles by date, in order to give a picture of the extent and frequency of his activities), as well as three 'new' pieces: the typescript of an unpublished article, a manuscript of an early piece of fiction, and a dialogue titled The Tout.
The Dubiousness of Drought, February 13, 1929
Rum-Running at Detroit, August 21, 1929
The Little Church, January 29, 1930
A Hard Winter, March 1, 1930
The Bridge and Some River Ghosts, November 12, 1930
Harvey Wickham, January 14, 1931
Detroit and the Dole, August 19, 1931
A Foremost Catholic Layman, Undated