IT is not so many years since a noted infidel delivered a lecture on the above question, the published report of which was interspersed with the bracketed comments of his audience, such as "laughter," "renewed laughter," "roars of laughter," etc. Think of a set of mortals, conscious of the sad need of the world, making merry over the question that the relentless curse of sin and suffering has wrung from agonized lips since the beginning of time! Yet, in spite of their untimely mirth, in spite of the speaker's ridicule, there must have been in the hearts of both lecturer and people a pathetic yearning to know, after all, what can deliver mankind from their unhappiness and misery.
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