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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —A greater than any of us once asked this question ? In days gone by certain sects, particularly theologians, formulated draconic definitions. To enforce them, various physical devices were used by the creaturfea of tkose in power. Ita on© o£ the show places in Europe a beautiful polished instrument, in scythe-shaped form, is shown, upon which refusing culprits were placed astride, and their feet so nicely balanced with weights us to allow a few inches of severance daily, till the whole body was split in two. The best definition of a lie was that of Dr Johnson’s—a criminal falsehood. What, however, is criminal ? The correspondence recently published as passing between His Eminence Cardinal Moran and an interviewing pencillist, together with high officers of the Order of Oddfellows, is both amusing and certainly instructive. The Cardinal forbids Christian burial to those of his subjects belonging to any society where Protestant hymns are used, and he says they are so used in this Order. On the other hand, the officers deny it. Between the two, who is to decide the truth ? Secret societies generally are anathematised, yet the conscience of Carey allowed him to plan the Phicnix Park murders as a member of the worst (true, with no Protestant hymnsjever framed, and at the same time regularly attend the rites of his church. That history is, in this nineteenth century, repeating itself—in democratic Australasia too —is evidently certain. Will theologians ever again control the physical and metaphysical of man ? —I am, etc., CASUIST. Dunedin, September 27.

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WHAT IS TRUTH?, Evening Star, Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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WHAT IS TRUTH? Evening Star, Issue 8025, 30 September 1889