When a Lie is Not a Lie

The Gazette
April 23, 1902

In answer to the question, when is a lie not a lie, some large hearted editor made the following reply: When you kiss the bruised finger of a baby and tell him it will hurt no more. When you tell the dear sick one looking with eager and anxious eyes toward the shores of health, how bright they look and how they are improving from day to day. When the doctor with happy smiles insures the patient he is “on the mend” and will soon be out. When the captain of the wide waste with a sinking ship, calms the rising, frantic fears until he can launch the life boats. When the boy at the cross roads in New Jersey was asked by the pursuing “Red Coats” which way Washington went, pointed in the opposite direction, indeed the line between right and wrong, between truth and untruth, has puzzled mighty minds for ages. -Ex.


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