NINETEENTH TALK 375 non-essential for the essential". That is a good defini- tion, but it does not perhaps quite cover all the ground. She gives, I remember, a celebrated Indian instance of it: ho"w there was once a devotee who had a pet cat, who was always coming to him and fondling him, while he performed his ceremonies. He therefore, at the time of his devotions, tied it to the leg of a bed to keep it quiet. In process of time this was handed down to his sons and to others, but always with the proviso that there must be a cat present, which must be tied to the cot; and presently all the rest of the ceremonies were forgotten and the only thing that was done was to tie the cat to the leg of the cot. That was clearly a case of the non- essential bein^ taken for the essential. The story is told in India to show how sometimes the least important point is the one which persists, and which is regarded as the most important. It is by no means so impossible as you might think, because there are other stories which run nearly on the same lines. I suppose you get much less of it out here than we do at home, because people are more likely to take a broad and common-sense view of things in the newer countries; but I know that the Sunday superstition is a very serious trouble in some parts of our own country at home, especially in Scotland. In that country nothing at all can be done on a Sunday. A man must not even go out for a walk ; he must not whistle or sing a song, except, I suppose, in church.