The Scots College in
Hipotecario. In March 1938, Sr. Mufioz was able to get in touch with Mgr. Humble by letter, sent via the British consul in Madrid and the British agent in Burgos, and give him the news of the property: the damage caused by the shells had been patched up, but proper repairs would be needed when conditions had returned to normal.?
The war ended in April 1939, repairs were quickly put in hand, and the whole building was fully occupied, with rent-paying tenants, by November of that year. The hotel was reopened under new management and with its name shortened from Metropolitan0 to Metropol. As has already been noted, regular monthly remittances to Valladolid had been resumed in August.
During the war, of course, the Valladolid area was free of any fighting. However, in addition to the extensive but superficial damage sustained by the college when the bomb fell in the garden in April 1937, about a dozen bombs were dropped on the Canterac estate on 25th January 1938 and the head worker there, D. Marcelo Lkzaro, received serious injuries when two pieces of shrapnel penetrated his shoulder.
Humble had been anxious to retire since soon after the students leftS but it was not until 23rd May 1940 that Dr. Connolly was appointed rector by General Franco, the head of state.g Part of the delay had been due to the Scottish hierarchy's having submitted only one name to the Spanish authorities ilistead of three.I0 Mgr. Humble, although he spoke of returning to the Archdiocese of Glasgow, continued to reside in the college until his death.
This occurred in the early summer of 1948. Though frail, he had been in fairly good health until he caught a chill which developed into pneumonia. About four o'clock in the afternoon of 9th June, he was found dead, lying on the floor of his bedroom and having apparently suffered a heart attack. The Requiem Mass took place the following morning in the reliquary of the college, in the presence of the priests and students of the English College, which had reopened the previous year; the few mourners at the graveside were also, most of them, from the same college. So ended the life of James Humble, far from home and with hardly a friend near.
His nature was that not unusual blend of severity and gentleness--stern, even harsh, with those over whom he ruled, kind and gracious with the rest." He was a solitary person, unable to make
22nd March 1938. (Ibid., 55/17/8.)
Humble to Bishop Bennett, 6th February 1938. (Ibid.. 67/27.)
Humble to Bishop Bennett, 26th June 1940. (Glasgow archives, loc. cit.)
From time to time he composed poetry, which he described as the "passing thoughts" of one who "knows his hours of serious thought, pensiveness, dejection and of frivolous levity".