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have a right to the truth.
"That's his idea of a lie that
isn't a lie.
"Then it is no lie to lie to a per
son who .hasn't a moral right to
the truth?" I asked.
"It is no lie to withhold the
truth under such circumstances,"
"'"Not so very long ago, a young
man came to me and told me of
an unfortunate girl in J:he "bad
lands." She wanted to leave the
life of sin and shame that hourly
dragged her farther from decent
"This girl went to several store
keepers asking for a position as
salesgirl. 'Where did you work
last?' was invariably asked her.
She told them. Always she was
turned away, sometimes with in
sult. "She tried getting work as a
domestic. Again did-that ques-
tion face her,' and the women
turned her away even as the men
. "Driven to desperation, she
was upon the verge of returning
to the 'bad lands,' when the young
man brought her to me. I pro
cured a position for her and I did
not tell her pastlife.
"That was, deceiving her em
ployer," I interjected.
"It was an abnormal condition,
created by society, and society
had no moral right to the truth.
Sufficient it is to nie that the girl
regained her lost womanhood,"
and is today a happy married
woman. The young man who in
terested me in her is her husband
"There are other instances: '&
patient is very ill. He asks his
physician a question, the correct
answer to which might unduly
excite him and cause death. The
physician withholds the truth.
That isn't a lie."
"Take a soldier in war, fighting
for home and freedom. He is
captured, and asked to tell where
his comrades are. He is threat
ened with death if he refuses. He
purposely misleads them in his
answer. The enemy had no moral
right to the truth, hence it was no
lie to deceive them.
"Is it a lie for a woman to send
word to the door telling a earlier
she is out?"
"That is merely a pet fiction of
society, and I do not believe any
one is deceived by it. Most peo
ple regard it as a polite way of
begging to be excused from re
ceiving the caller then, although
I have urged that it be discontin
ued and the caller be told that
'Mrs. So-and-So begs to be ex
cused today.' "
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Outside, Looking In.
After spending the greater part
of the evening with friends, John
went home, and arriving there,
decided to sleep in the front yard.
Next morning,' happening to look
up, he saw his wife observing
him from an open window.
"Shut that window!" he yelled.
'To you want me to catch my
death of cold?"
England has 24,000 acres of or
chards, yet purchases 100,000
tons of foreign apples yearlj.