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Reader, how much may be done with | have a bigger lump than that on the fivepence a day!
other side before long, if you continue (c) THE BAD LUMP.-The follow- another year as the last." ing incident we relate on the authority “ Do you think I shall ? Well then, of an old sailor, who delivered a tem-so be it. I will not violate my pledge, perance lecture on board a steam-boat for, look here, landlord (pulling out a running between New York and New great purse, with a hundred dollars in Haven.
silver shining through the interstices), Haring found a man who was di- that is my lump which has been growvested of all decent clothing, and in a ing for so many months, and, as you wretched state of health in consequence say, is all in consequence of signing the of drinking, he induced him, amidst pledge. This is what you would have the discouragements of the tavern- had, if I had not signed it; and if I keeper, at whose house he had found | have a bigger one than that for 999 him, to sign the temperance pledge for years, I will not go to drinking one year. The landlord prophesied that again!” the man would not keep the pledge a year, 1 (d) THE WAY TO PAY RENT. or that if he did he would never renew it. - A blacksmith in the city of Philadel. As the year was coming to a close, pbia, was complaining to his iron-merthe old sailor called upon the man, and chant that such was the scarcity of secured his signature again. He signed money that he could not pay his rent. it for 999 years, with the privilege of a The 'merchant then asked him how life lease afterward ! * When the day much rum he used in his family, in the arrived on which his first pledge ex. course of the day. Upon his answering pired, he humourously went to visit his this question, the merchant made a calold friend the tavern-keeper. “ There culation, and showed him that his rum be comes,” said the eager rum-seller, amounted to more money in the year “ he will have a great spree now to pay than his house-rent. The calculation for his long abstinence.” When he so astonished the mechanic, that he dearrived at the tavern, he complained of termined from that day neither to buy a bad feeling at his stomach, and of nor drink any spirits of any kind. In various evils, among which was a bad the course of the ensuing year he paid lamp on one side, which had been grow his reut, and bought a new suit of clothes ing for a number of months. “Ah," out of the savings of his temperance. said the landlord, “ did I not tell you He persisted in it through the course it would kill you to break off drinking of his life, and competence and reso suddenly? I wonder you have lived spectability were the consequence. as long as you have.-Come, what will you take ?" and suiting the action to the | 2. TOTAL ABSTINENCE THE ONLY word, he placed a decanter before him.
SAFE GROUND. " But," said the visitor, “I have 1. (a) THE LAST OF THE MOHEsigned the pledge again for 999 years, GANS.— The Mohegans were an excelwith the privilege of a life lease after lent tribe of Indians,who lived about Norit !"
wich, Connecticut. They had a long line " What a fool !" said the landlord, of kings in the family of Uncas. One “if you go on as you have done, you of the last was Zachary; but he was a will not live another year.”
great drunkard. However, a sense of the “ Do you really think so, landlord ?". dignity of his office came over him, and
“Certainly. Come, what will you he resolved he would drink no more. take?"
Just before the annual election, he was "Oh no, landlord; I have signed the accustomed to go every year to Lebapledge again: and then this terrible non, and dine with his brother goverlump on my side, I do not believe that nor, the first Governor Trumbull. One drinking will make it any better. of the governor's boys, who heard
“ It is all,” said the landlord, “ be- old Zachary's story, thought he would cause you left off drinking. You will try him, and see if he would stick to * of this expression we do not approve.-- ED. | his cold water; so at table he said to the old chief,“ Zachary, this beer is , homet is said to have been led to put s excellent; will you taste it?"
the prohibition against the use of wine, The old man dropped his knife, leaned in the Koran, by an incident which ocforward with stern intensity of expres- curred to himself. Passing through a sion, and his black eye, sparkling with in- | village one day, he was delighted at the dignation, was fixed on the boy: “ John,” merriment of a crowd of persons ensaid he, "you do not know what you joying themselves with drinking at a are doing. You are serving the devil, wedding party ; but being obliged to boy! I tell you that I am an Indian! | return by the same way next morning, I tell you that I am ; and that if I should he was shocked to see the ground, where bat taste your beer, I could not stop they had been, drenched with blood, until I got to ruin, and became again and, asking the cause, he was told that the dranken contemptible wretch your the company had drunk to excess, and, father remembers me to have been. getting into a brawl, fell to slaughtering Joha, while you live, never tempt a each other. From that day his mind inan to break a good resolution.” was made up,—the mandate went forth
This story the venerable Colonel from Allah, that no child of the faithful Tromball tells of himself. Let all our should touch wine, on pain of being readers remember it, and never tempt a shut out from the joys of Paradise. man to break a good resolation.
The simple truth we suppose to be, that (b) THE FATAL TEMPTA Mahomet foresaw there would be no TION.-An intemperate man, and one stability to the religion and empire he of the most brilliant gems of the age, was building up, if the use of ardent made a desperate effort to reform. For spirits was permitted to his followers. thre months he confined himself to ! (e) A CHANGE AND CONdrinks wbich were no more stimulating TRÁST.-On an extreme cold night, than tea and coffee. The hopes of his shivering by the stove in a grog-shop friends and his country were much in Cincinnati, sat a young man about excited ; but in an evil hour he was in- twenty-five years of age (although he duced to take a little beer and water. | appeared much older), who was eviThe slight intoxicating quality contained dently the victim of a depraved appetite. in this liquor, lighted up the latent fires His eye, though swollen and bloodshot, within him. Desire was again renewed; bad not entirely lost the power of its resolution weakened; he relapsed, and expression, and a careful observer could went from beer to wine, from wine to discover that he once possessed a bright brandy, until reason was dethroned, intellect and a commanding genius. and he became a madman.
He gazed on vacancy, reflecting perhaps (C) DRINKING MODERATELY. upon the misery he had brought upon -A gentleman, of the most amiable himself and relatives by his dissipation. disposition, had contracted confirmed He was thinly clad, and seemed to be habits of intemperance. His friends labouring under some horrible sensation, persuaded him to come under a written Those who came and went, looked engagement, that he would not drink, with disgust upon him, and then passed except moderately, in his own house, or away. At length one entered who was the house of a friend. In a few days acquainted with him, and after looking he was brought home in a state of in at him for a moment, turned upon his toxication. His apology to a gentleman, heel and said to the bar - tender: 1 short time afterwards, was, that had “ Brown, why do you let such loafers the engagement allowed no intoxicating as that sit here, to the annoyance of
quor whatever, he would have been respectable people?" This last speaker, ufe; “ but if," said he, “I take the whom we will call Somers, was also a
alf-fall of a thimble, I have no power young man, respectably clad, and be| over myself.” He practised entire longed to the same mechanical business, abstinence afterwards, and was strong as did the one whom he was pleased to and well.
term “ loafer." He was a moderate (d) ORIGIN OF MAHOMET'S | drinker, the other a drunkard! The PROHIBITION OF WINE. – Ma bar-tender replied: “I have told him
a number of times to keep away from full glass; and that, in like manner, by the place, and am determined that if he habituating yourself to it, will lose its comes hither again drunk, I will send effect, and then you will take two him head and heels into the street.” glasses, and so on, till in the end, per
This rebuke cut poor William H haps, you will become a drunkard.0, (for this was his name) to the very my brother, take care what you do!'” quick. He was not so drunk that he | Happy had it been for that man, if could not see and understand ; nor had he had taken the timely warning of his rum entirely obliterated that manly good friend Wesley. But, alas! he pride which once burned brightly with trifled with his little drops, until he in his bosom. Although he was de- became a drunkard, ruined his repugraded,
tation, and at the very time I had an
interview with him, he was a poor, he had one virtue left;
old, miserable backslider, apparently That true shoot which precept doth inculcate,
within a few steps of the grave. And keep the root and trunk alive,One virtue--Manhood !"
3. ONLY THOSE WHO TOTALLY AB He rose and left the place, to go-he
STAIN EXERT A GOOD INFLUENCE knew not whither. *
OVER THE INTEMPERATE, OR COMTwo years passed away, and William MAND RESPECT AS CHRISTIANS. H— had become a Washingtonian, (a) A DISTILLER HOOKED.and a highly - respectable member of A Washingtonian in Pennsylvania says, society - surrounded by innumerableI went to see a distiller, and offered friends, who placed the most implicit him the pledge to sign. “No, sir,' said confidence in his integrity as a man and he, ‘I manufacture the article, and do a citizen, and was doing a prosperous you suppose I would sign? I'll tell business. One morning, as he took up you what I'll do,' said he; I have a the daily paper, his eye fell upon that son, and I should be right glad if you department devoted to “ Coroner's in- could get him to sign ; and you may quests”-and, to his utter astonishment tell him if he will, there are 500 dollars and grief, he read that George Somers in the hands of Mr. Taylor, and the had died on the previous day at the home farm, and he shall have them both Alms'-house, from the effects of intem if he signs it.' Like many a father he perance!
was willing to give anything but the (6) WESLEY AND THE DYS- influence of example. So off I went in PEPTIC CLERGYMAN. – When search of the son. I told him what stationed in the city of Bath, says the his father said. "Well now,' said Rev. Mr. Towle, I was introduced into he, how do you expect me to trot, the company of an aged man, whom I, when daddy and mammy both pace?' understood to have been intimate with I turned round, and went after the Mr. Wesley, and once a useful local old man. Now,' said I, what do you preacher. We entered into conversation say to that ?' 'Well, sir,' said he, about Mr. Wesley's times, when among . I pledge you my word I never saw it other things he observed, —“ On one in that light before ; and I never will occasion, when Mr. Wesley dined with drink or manufacture another drop as me, after dinner, as usual, I prepared long as I live ;' and he put down his a little brandy-and-water. On perceive | name upon the spot. I took the pledge ing this, with an air of surprise he to the young man with his father's name cried, “What! my brother, what's that?' to it, and he signed it directly." • It's brandy,' said I; .my digestion is (6) WILLIAM LADD AND HIS so bad, I am obliged to take a little WINE. – William Ladd was always after dinner.' How much do you ready for every good work. He early take ?' said he, let me see.'“Only about enlisted in the cause of Temperance. a table-spoonful.” Truly,' said he, that He had seen so much of the awful effects is not much; but one table-spoonful will of the vice against which we contend, soon lose its effect, and then you will that he gladly heard and obeyed the take two; from two you will get to a call to do what he could to suppress it. Bat, as he told me, for a long while he | wholly from the use of intoxicating opposed only the use of distilled spirits, drinks of eyery sort. We must show and continued himself to drink wine our faith by our practice. daily and freely. To be consistent, (c) TIMING IT.-- A minister, in the however, he took the pains to send all | Highlands of Scotland, found one of his the Fay to New York to procure wine parishioners intoxicated. The next day that was not infused with brandy. And he called to reprove him for it. you know, sir, that article can be readily “It is very wrong to get drunk," said obtained in that city or our own; for the parson. there are kind, accommodating mer- “I ken that,” said the guilty person, chants, who wish to suit their pur-" but then I dinna drink as meikle as chasers so much, that they can draw | you do!” you wine with alcohol, or wine without l'“What, sir! How is that?” aleobol, from the same cask. Well, sir, “Why, gin it please ye, dinna ye aye Mr. Ladd obtained his pure wine at a take a glass o' whisky-and-water after considerable additional expense, had it dinner?” citreyed down to Minot, and carefully “Why yes, Jemmy, surely I take a bestowed in his cellar; and he continued | little whisky after dinner merely to aid to regale himself as he saw fit with his digestion." anadulterated juice of the grape, even “ An dinna ye take a glass o' whiskywhile he was going about preaching the toddy every night before ye gang to doctrine of total abstinence. Of this bed ?” he made no secret, for he was too good “Yes, to be sure, I just take a little a man to do that in private which he toddy at night to help me to sleep!” was ashamed to acknowledge before all | “Weel," continued the parishioner, ben. Indeed he did not perceive, he “ that's jist fourteen glasses a week, an did not suspect his inconsistency. But, about sixty every month. I only get on a great occasion, at a large county paid off once a month, and then if I'd meeting, he exerted himself more than take sixty glasses, it wad make me dead Eter, and, as he told me, with great drunk for a week ;--now ye see the success. “I never," said he, with his only difference is, ye time it better than wanted frankness, “I never made so I do!” good a temperance speech in my life. This is pretty much the view most I used up the objections of the opposers people take of this matter; a moderate of our cause. I thought nobody could drinking clergyman may talk to his get away from my arguments. I sat drunken parishioner till doomsday, but down," said he, “thinking that he who he will never make him a sober man so could withstand the appeal that I had long as he drinks himself, made must be a hard one indeed, when (d) A CONVERT CHARGED a little crusty-looking man got up in a WITH HYPOCRISY.--It is a fact, of distant part of the house, and merely which I have been but recently consaid, “Ha, if the squire will give us vinced (says a writer in the New York some of his good wine, we won't drink | Evangelist), that the world in general, the nasty rum any more.'” This was those who have no religion, and even too much for Mr. Laud. It revealed to opposers, consider the conversion of him, as with a flash, to what little pur- those persons to religion as spurious and pise he had laboured. He rose at once hypocritical, who do not approve of and before the assembly, acknowledged his practise total abstinence from ardent lbconsistency, renounced from that mo- spirits. ment the use of any and every kind of "In a town where there has been a Intoxicating drink, resolving, in the revival the past winter, there is a person spirit of the apostle, that he would not who has been from a child in the habit drink wine nor any other thing whereby of drinking ardent spirit freely, perhis fellow-man might be led to offend. haps almost to excess; and who, until This, sir, is the true spirit of our great recently, seldom attended a religious reform. For the sake of ourselves, and meeting. This individual became a 107 the sake of others, we must abstain | hopeful subject of renewing grace, and professed his faith in Christ. So changed, / were mostly strangers to him, and he so exemplary was his walk and conver- | was of a naturally modest and unassumsation, that even the enemies of religioning disposition, he took a seat near the could have nothing to say against him., | foot of the table, and refrained from After a while, this person had occasion taking an active part in the conversato purchase some whisky for medicinaltion. Just before the dinner was conpurposes, and then the cry was raised cluded, General Washington called him against him by opposers, that he had no by name, and requested him to drink a religion, and that the purchase of the glass of wine with him. whisky proved his hypocrisy!
“You will have the goodness to ex(e) DEACON BARNES AND THE cuse me, general,” was the reply, “ as I DRUNKARD.- A man once addicted have made it a rule not to take wine.” to intemperance, but who for some All eyes were instantly turned upon months had entirely abstained, though the young officer, and a murmur of surhe had not joined the Temperance prise and horror ran around the room. Society, took occasion not long since That a person should be so unsocial and to relate, in a temperance meeting, his so mean as to never drink wine, was experience in regard to the influence of really too bad; but that he should temperate drinkers of respectable stand abstain from it on an occasion like that, ing in society, upon the habits of the and even when offered to him by Washdrunkard. “Many a time,” said he, ington himself, was perfectly intoler“have I gone to Captain Johnson's able! Washington saw at once the tavern and waited for half an hour, or feelings of his guests, and promptly an hour, for some respectable man to addressed them: “Gentlemen," said he, come in and go to the bar and call for “Mr. is right. I do not wish any liquor. After a while, Deacon Barnes of my guests to partake of anything would come in and call for some spirit against their inclination, and I certainly and water. Then I could get up to the do not wish them to violate any estabar and do as he did.”
blished principle in their social interDeacon Barnes hearing of this, asked course with me. I honour Mr. him if it was so.
for his frankness, for his consistency in " It is,” said the man.
thus adhering to an established rule “ Well,” rejoined the deacon, “you | which can never do him harm, and for shall hang on me no longer. I joined the adoption of which, I have no doubt, the Temperance Society yesterday." he has good and sufficient reasons." "Did you?”
(6) REV. JOSEPH WOLF AND " Yes."
THE RECHABITES.—The Rev. Jo“ Well, then I will join to-day, for I seph Wolf says:-"On my arrival in can do without liquor as long as Deacon Mesopotamia, some Jews that I saw Barnes can.”
there, pointed me to one of the ancient He did join ; and remained a consis Rechabites. He stood before me, wild, tent temperance man afterwards. like an Arab--holding the bridle of his
horse in his hand. I showed him the 4. ILLUSTRIOUS EXAMPLES OF TOTAL Bible in Hebrew and Arabic, which be ABSTINENCE.
was much rejoiced to see, as he could (a) REFUSING TO DRINK WINE read both languages, but had no knowWITH WASIUINGTON.- Towards | ledge of the New Testament. After the close of the revolutionary war, says having proclaimed to him the tidings of Dr. Cox, an officer in the army had salvation, and made him a present of the occasion to transact some business with Hebrew and Arabic Bibles and TestaGeneral Washington, and repaired to ments, I asked him,- Whose descendPhiladelphia for that purpose. Before ant are you?' leaving, he received an invitation to dine “• Mousa,' said he, boisterously, is with the general, which was accepted, my name, and I will show you who and upon entering the room he found were my ancestors;' on which he imhimself in the company of a large num-mediately began to read from the fifth ber of ladies and gentlemen. As they to the eleventh verse of Jeremiah xxxv.