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THE CONGRESS AND ITS OFFICIALS

READER : Are we, then, to follow him in every respect?

EDITOR : I never said any such thing. If we conscientiously differed from him, the learned Professor himself would advise us to follow the dictates of our conscience rather than him. Our chief purpose is not to cry down his work, but to believe that he is infinitely greater than we, and to feel assured that compared with his work for India, ours is infinitesimal. Several newspapers write disrespectfully of him. It is our duty to protest against such writings. We should consider men like Professor Gokhale to be the pillars of Home Rule. It is a bad habit to say that another man's thoughts are bad and ours only are good, and that those holding different views from ours are the enemies of the country.

READER : I now begin to understand somewhat your meaning. I shall have to think the matter over, but what you say about Mr.Hume and Sir William Wedderburn is beyond comprehension.

EDITOR : The same rule holds good for the English as for the Indians. I can never

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