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153 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
and makes many a good person obnoxious to peaceful people. i In English, French, Italian, Latin and Greek the moon is feminine, and in all the Teutonic tongues the moon is masculine. Which of the twain is the true gender? We go back to the Sanskrit for an answer. Professor Max Muller rightly says "On the religions of India"). "It is no longer denied that for throwing light on some of the dark est problems that have to be solved by the student of lan guage nothing is so useful as a critical study of Sanskrit-" Here the word for moon is mas, which is masculine. Mark how even what Hamlet calls "words, words words," lend their weight and value to the adjustment to this great ar gument. The very moon is masculine and, like Words worth's child, is "father of the man. 1 "Of course," said Mrs. White to Mrs. Black, "if it wasn't true I wouldn't tell you," thus ending her tale of gossip with a delicate little compliment to her own veracity. The poor ignorant woman! She doesn't know that she isn't free to speak of the shortcomings of her neighbors, to make known their private failings, to injure their repu tation without good reason. To be sure if what she said was false, there would be the added sin of lying, but even the truth when damaging and when told unnecessarily, is a sin an offense against charity, more or less grievous ac cording to circumstances. When next Mrs. White is tempted to spread scandal, let her ask herself these questions: is it true? Is it charitable? Is it a duty to make it known? If she cannot answer "Yes" to these questions let her put the sacred seal of silence on her lips and turn her power of speech to kinder use.