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Mr Stevenson and Dr Hyde

What has the Sydney Morning Herald got against Robert Louis Stevenson? First it refused to publish his most famous open letter, written in Sydney when the author was incandescent with rage about a smear campaign. More than a century later, the Herald has wronged the Scot again. The Herald’s latest slight appeared in an obituary published in January. Journalist Damien Murphy paid warm tribute to Richard Marks, a prominent Hawaiian victim of Hansen’s disease and advocate, who died late last year on the island of Molokai. In his obit Murphy recalled Molokai’s most famous son, the Belgian missionary Fr Damien…

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