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1852 The Catholic Layman  
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more » ... out Early Journal Content at http://about.jstor.org/participate--jstor/individuals/early-journal--content. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not--for--profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. 1 852.] THE CATHOLIC LAYMAN. 131 hind the bush," as they say; and maybe " stolen milk" is the sweetest, and there is no use calling milk poison, when all the world understands the differ. And I can tell you I know plenty of lads who was taught to read and write in the national schoolthat reads the LATMAN as well as me, and don't we discuss it together; and think it is no wonder that the priests won't answer all the Greek and the Latin, and other languages too, which puzzle us entirely to make out what they mane. By the same token I don't think our priest, or his cojutor either, knows as much Greek as would fit on a sixpence, and its much aisier, no doubt, to curse the boys as read your paper (and a civil spoken paper it is, in my humble judgment), than to prove purgatory out of the ould Fathers of the three centuries, as you begged them to do, twiste over, if not three times itself. But that brings me back, and I beg pardon from wandhering away from what I want to know. Do you really think the priest's curse does people any harm, or is it just like the ould threat of the foxes, and hares, and goats, that they used to be threatening the people with when they found the lash of the riding-whip was not enough to reglate them to their minds, and bring the boys to raison, as Father O'Sullivan used to say in ould times, when he'd ride in among them at the fairs and other gatherings where there was a bit of a row ? Jem O'Driscoll says he doesn't believe the priest's curse signifies a button, unless the boys are themselves willing to carry it out agen one another, which I'm hoping they're beginning not to like as well as they used, when party fights was so common among them, and the bit of land was worth fighting for, which, werasthrue, it has never been since the potaties went to the bad; and, Mr. Editor, I am myself very nearly of Jem O'Driscoll's mind in the matter, only just I'm doubtful whether it wasn't the priest's cursing the people that made God curse the potaties, which its as plain as my face (and sure enough I'm as ugly as I need be at any rate, since I got the bating at Castlebar three years ago last August), its as plain as my face that God did curse the potaties for some raisin best known to himself, and maybe it might be to punish the priests for keeping back the Bible from them as wanted it badly, and is now gone to Americy, to be free to do what they like, and read what they like. I don't myself think the boys is the worse of the cursing; but my notion is, that the priests is a dale worse, though they're no doubt doing their best to conceal it, and keep a good coat on their backs for dacency and a good appearince. I beg your pardon humbly, Mr. Editor, for troubling you with this; but when you printed Pat Murray's letter about Kingstown Harbour, which pleased all the boys here very much, specially as they'd often paid themselves for their father's souls, (heaven be their bed 1) I thought maybe you'd like to know about the post-office and the friars in the back parlour.-Your humble servant to command, TIMOTraY M'D-P.S.-Don't forget to answer me whether you really think Jem Driscoll is right or not about the cursing. We beg T. MID-to borrow from his friend the first number of our paper, in which he will find our ideas in full on the subject of priestly cursing, both as to its sinfulness and inefficacy; and though we cannot insure them against violence from the priest's followers, we can assure T. M'D. and his friends that the priest's curse will do them no other harm, and they need not fear God's curse, if they do nothing to break the law of God, as laid down in the Holy Scriptures. He will also find, in the same number, an accurate report of a trial at the Antrim assizes, on the 20th of March, 1846, before the late
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