Liberty in Healing

We clip the following editorial, under the above heading, from the Boston Herald, of February 12, 1901. The editorial comment in connection with the pithy remarks of the great humorist contain volumes of substantial truth in small space :—

Mark Twain is coming into prominence as more than a humorist or a litterateur in other directions. He appears to be in demand as an authority in public affairs. A bill relating to the practice of the healing art and restricting its exercise in certain directions being proposed in the New York Legislature, Mr. Clemens was asked to go before the committee having it in charge and speak on the subject. He modestly declined to do so, on the ground that he would have no influence there, but he gives his views sensibly on the general principles relating to the subject. Here are some of them:—

"How is it," inquired Mr. Clemens, "that there are a thousand ways — constitution, laws, and everything permitting — in which I may damn may soul; but when it comes to a trivial little matter like temporary ill health, the legislature must prescribe how I shall do it?

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