Letters, Mar. 18, 1940

Purge

In your March 4 issue, p. 22, col. 1 you say: "The job used to be held by Stalin's 'Dear Friend' Sergei Kirov, whose bumping-off in 1934 gave the world a new word: purge."

In Julius Caesar, in justification of the proposed murder of Caesar, Brutus says:

"This shall make Our purpose necessary and not envious: Which so appearing to the common eyes, We shall be call'd purgers, not murderers."

—Act II, Scene 1, lines 177-180.

DANA L. FARNSWORTH, M.D.

Williamstown, Mass.

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