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more than thirty years of age. He lived many following years, with the character of a worthy man and an excellent Christian; he died with a peaceful conscience, and the tears of his country were dropped upon his tomb.
7. The world, that knew the whole series of his life, were amazed at the mighty chānge. They beheld him as a wonder of reformation, while he himself confessed and adored the Divine power and mercy which had transformed him from a brute to a
But this was a single instance, and we may almost venture to write miracle upon it. Are there not numbers, in this degenerate' age, whose lives thus run to vtter waste, without the least tendency to usefulness?
17. WHO WAS THE GENTLEMAN ?
“PLEASE, sir, don't push so.". It was in endeavoring to pene
trate the denseo crowd that nearly filled the entrance, and blocked up the doorway, after one of our popular lectures, that this exclamation met my attention. It proceeded from a little girl of not more than ten years, who, hemmed by the wall on one side, and the crowd on the other, was vainly endeavoring to extricate' herself.
2. The person addressed paid no attention to the entreaty of the little one, but pushed on toward the door.
“ Look here, sir,” said a man whose coarse apparel, sturdy frame, and toilembrowned hands, contrasted strongly with the delicately gloved fingers, curling locks, and expensive broadcloth of the former. “Look here, sir, you're jamming that little girl's bonnet all to smash with those elbows of yours.”
3. “Can't help that," grufily replied the individual addressed; “I look to No. One.” “ You take care of No. One, do you? Well, that's all fair; so do I," replied the honest countryman;
*Séries, course. — Mir' a cle, something wonderful; beyond the course of nature.— De gén' er åte, degraded ; corrupt. — Tend' en cy, course toward any thing; desire. - Pén' e tråte, pass through.— Dense, thick. -'Ex'tri càte, set free.—* En treat' y, request.-—'Ap pår' el, dress. — "Contråst' ed, brought together to show the difference between two things.
WHO WAS THE GENTLEMAN?
and wifi these words, he took the little girl in his arms, and placing his broad shoulders against the slight form of the latter, he pushed him through the crowd, down the steps, landing him, with somewhat more haste than dignity, in the street below.
4. The young gentleman picked himself up, but rather intimidated' by the stout fist of the strānger, and rather abashe: by the laughter of the crowd, concluded it was about time for him to go home. In polite society the former would be courted and admired, and the latter overlooked and despised.
“ Who was the gentleman ?"
5. On a raw and blustering day last winter, a young girl, with a basket on her arm, entered one of our stores. After making a few purchases she turned to leave. Two gentlemen stood in the doorway, whose appearance indicated that they thought themselves something; whose soft sleek coats and delicate hands were apparently of about the same quality as their brain.
6. As they made not the slightest movement as she approached, the young girl hesitated a moment, but seeing no other way, she politely requested them to stand aside. They lazily moved a few inches, allowing her barely room to pass, giving her, as she did so, a broad stare, that brought the color to her cheek, and the fire to her eye. In stepping upon the icy pavement her foot slipped, and in endeavoring to save herself, her basket fell, and the wind scattered its con’tents in every direction.
7. At this, the two gentlemen burst into a loud laugh, and seemed to consider it as vastly amusing. “Let me assist you," exclaimed a pleasunt voice; and a lad about sixteen, whose hands showed that they were accustomed to labor, and whose coarse but well-patched coat indicated that he was the child of poverty, sprang forward, and, găthering up the articles, presented the basket with a bow and a smile that would have graced a drawing-room. “Who was the gentleman ?"
8. Boys, you are all ambitious to become gentlemen. It is all very natural, but remember, that neither your own nor your parents' position in lif, your tailor, your boot-black, or your
* In tim' i dåt ed, made afraid. --* A båshed', put to shame. -- Båsk' et In' di càted, showed.-- Ap pår' ent ly, in appearance.
barber, can make you one. The true gentleman is the same everywhere; not only at the social' party or ball, but in the noisy mill, the busy shop, the crowded assembly, at home or in the street; never oppressing the weak or ridiculing the unfortunate; respectful and attentive to his superiors;' pleasant and affable to his equals ; careful and tender of the feelings of those whom he may consider beneafih him.
18. A MODERN CINCINNATUS." NHOSE who have read of the old Roman who left his plow,
and ruled the nation, returning again to his humble farm, must be proud to think how many instances of the same kind our own history furnishes. Washington was a Cincinnātus, and here is an account of another.
2. At the session of the South Carolina Legislature, in 1814, the members were perplexed for a suitable man to elect gov
The difficulty did not arise from any scarcity of candidates, for then, as now, men were ambitious, but from a want of the right sort of man.
The matter became worse as the time wore on, and the election of some objectionable candidate scemed inevitable.
3. One day, however, as several of them were conversing upon the matter, Judge O'Neall, then a young man, and present by invitation, said, “Gentlemen, why not elect General David R. Williams ?” “David R. Williams! he's our man-he's the man!" they all exclaimed, as they begăn to scatter to tell the
The day of election came on, and General Williams was elected by a large vote.
4. A messenger was at once dispatched with a carefully prepared letter to inform the general of his election, requesting his acceptance, and hoping he would name the day on which he
Social (sổ' shal), made up of companions ; relating to society. - Supe' ri ors, those above us.-Af' fa ble, talking pleasantly; easy to converse with.—*Cin cin nd' tus, a celebrated Roman who was called from tho plow to direct the affairs of his country and command her armies. -Cån' di dåtes, persons who seek or are proposed for any office.-- LD &r' it a ble, that can not be avoided.—'Dis påtched', sent.
A MODERN CINCINNATUS.
wouid take the oath of office. After a long ride, the messenger stopped at the general's residence, in Marlboro' district, we believe, and inquired if he was in. He was told that Mr. Williams was over at his plantation. The gentleman said he would ride over, as he had a note to deliver to him as soon as possible.
5. When about half way, he met a fine-looking man, dressed in plain homespun, and driving a team of mules. “Am I on the road to the plantation of General Williams ?" asked the messenger. “ Yes, sir; it is about a mile further on," was the reply. “Is the general at home?” “No, sir.” “Where is he?" “I am General Williams.” “ You General David R. Williams ?” · I am the man." “ Don't deceive me. I have an important letter for Gen. Williams. If that is your name," said the doubting messenger, “here it is," handing the letter to the general.
6. Mr. Williams opened the letter, and found, to his utter astonishment, that, without his knowledge or consent, he had been elected governor of South Carolina. He took the messenger home, and entertained him for the night, preparing a note in the mean time accepting the appointment, and naming a time on which he would be in Columbia. The messenger returned. On the appointed day, a few minutes before twelve, a man, dressed in homespun, and on horseback, rode into town; hitching his animal to a tree, he made his way to the Capitol,' where he found a brilliant concourse of people.
7. But few knew him personally; still there was something commanding about him. He took his seat in a vacant chair; and when the clock in front of the Speaker had struck the hour of twelve, the general rose, and delivered the most masterly speech that had ever been delivered there. The farmer-statesman entirely electrified the assembly. He made an excellent governor. This thing conveys a beautiful idea : here was a farmer elected; he accepted, and from the plow went to the governor's office to preside, in a stormy crīsis,“ over the destinyó of a sovereign State. Lòng live his memory!
*Cåp'i tol, the building where the legislature meet. E lec' tri fied, suddenly excited ; struck with great surprise. — * Pre side', to govern; to sit above others.-- Cri'sis, time when any thing is at its height, and ripe for a change. — Dés' ti ny, fate ; fortune – Sovereign (sů v' er in), supreme; obeying no other authority.
19. CLEAR THE WAY.
Men of action, aid and cheer them, as ye may !
There's a fount about to stream,
There's a flower about to blow;
Men of thought and men of action, CLEAR THE WAY 2. Once the welcome light has broken, who shall say
What the unimagined glories of the day?
Aid the dawning, tongue and pen;
Aid it, for the hour is ripe,
Men of thought and men of action, CLEAR THE WAY! 3. Lo! a cloud's about to vanish from the day ;
And a brazen wrõng to crumble into clay.
With the right shall many more
Many others, great and small,
20. CONVERSATION. EVER speak any thing for a truth which you know or
believe to be false. Lying is a great sin against God, who gave us a tongue to speak the truth, and not falsehood. It is a greit offense against humanity itself; for, where there is no