Count Tolstoi to his Foes

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The Berlin Tageblatt publishes a letter received from Count Tolstoi in reply to a request from the editor as to his sentiments toward the action of the Greek Catholic Church in banishing him from the communion of faithful. The great philosopher at the same time speaks of a number of threatening letters which have reached him from all parts of Russia, in which fanatic votaries of the Russian Church call him a Judas, and urge him to take the example of the betrayer of Christ and commit suicide. The sage of Jasnaja Poljana replies in part as follows:—

"The threats which I receive daily by mail demanding that I should make an end to my life because my agitation is alleged to be hurtful to the Christian church make very little impression on me. They fill me with astonishment, since I learn through them that there are men who really hate without a cause.

A Clock without a Dial
April 25, 1901

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