There are those who scoff at the school-boy, calling him frivolous and shallow Yet it was the school-boy who said, "Faith is believing what you know ain't so."
-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.
I N Sydney I had a large dream, and in the course of talk I told it to a missionary' from India who was on his way to visit some relatives in New Zealand. I dreamed that the visible universe is the physical person of God; that the vast worlds that we see twinkling millions of miles apart in the fields of space are the blood-corpuscles in His veins; and that. we and the other creatures are the microbes that charge with multitudinous life the corpuscles.
Mr. X., the missionary, considered the dream awhile, then said:
It is not surpassable for magnitude, since its metes and bounds are the metes and bounds of the universe itself; and it seems to me that it almost accounts for a thing which is otherwise nearly unaccountable--the origin of the sacred legends of the Hindus. Perhaps they dream them, and then honestly believe them to be divine revelations of fact. It looks like that, for the legends are built on so vast a scale that it does not seem reasonable that plodding priests would happen upon such colossal fancies when awake.
He told some of the legends, and said that they were implicitly believed by all classes of Hindus, including those of high social position and intelligence; and he said that this universal credulity was