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not think, however, that any one will seriously say this. For there oceur to my mind, at this moment and almost without an effort of thought, five ways, at least, any one of which is sufficient to remove this evil. The morning exercises of publie worship may commence earlier ; or the evening exercises later ; or the morning worship of the sanctuary and the publie duties of the school may be shortened ; or the lessons diminished in length; or the classes increased in vumber.
These suggestions, Sir, I leave at your disposal, hoping that they may, in some degree, subserve the cause to which your paper is devoted, -the interests of the rising generativn.. "Yours &c.
FOR THE MONITOR
THE COMPLAINT.. MR. EDITOR,
Being a subscriber and a close reader of your truly valuable Monitor, I have been very much delighted with many of its pieces, and can truly say that I believe it to be a publication worthy indeed of both old and young.
Observing that it is open for communications : I kare caught my pen for a moment accompanied with an ardent prayer, that what I shall scrawl may be of some use to a elass of persons with whom I am acquainted. Having been resident in different parts of the country for several years past; I have endeavoured to let no one subject where the welfare of the young has been concerned, pass unnoticed, and truly Mr. Editor, I have seen very great contrasts, and that too in adjoining Towns. While in some places, I have been much pleased with seeing the youth of both sexes growing up in the delightful paths of Virtue and Religion ; while I have seen them ripening for usefulness in this world and seriving with the assistance of the Divine blessing for glory in another: I have, ols! sad indeed is the reverse ! in other places, I have seen them spending the bright morning of life in folly and madness, apparently ripening for everlasting woe; and wihle viewing these great coutrasis I have been led to the foliowing queries, What is the cause of such an as,
tonishing difference? Why is it that youth in many places, become blessings to their parents and to society and in others become nuisances? The result of my enquiries has been just this, or with a few exceptions, I have come to this conclusion : It is io consequence of too much relaxation in family government; It is for the want of more energy iu parents when children are young. For confir. mation of ibis, I rest on what comes under
my own obser. vation daily. As I am sincerely of the opinion that there is no place which I bave erer been io, where this all important duty of parents is so much peglected as where I Dow reside ; I will pow Mr. Editor, give you a faint sketch, of the manner, in which many of the youth spead their time, and conclude with a few words of advice to parents on this subjeet. It is sir, almost an invariable custom here for the young by the time they have arrived to ten or twelve years of age, to begin a course of conduct which can but lead them on to worthlessness. As soon as the shadows of the evening begin to appear away they hasten from home. Home indeed has no delights, and either in multitudes engaged in the madning follies atien. dant on ibnf age, or eise by small parties they are paa trolling the streets, not like ihe faithful watchman in preveuting disturbance, but rather reseabling the powers of darkness, they are destroying your property or disturbing your peace. Aut only on week-ılay's evenings, but also ou ile eredings of the holy sabbath. Youth whose stature bespeaks them
inen, are not ashamed to be engaged in low bred vires. Or to make short of the subject Mr. E. our streets are a complete Bedlam. You may now be ready to ask to what kind of parents do these youth belong? Why sir, they belong to the Fathers of the place. Here let me entreat all who are parents to look to it that their children are not finally lost through their neglect. By all means, my friends, endeavour to keep them at home. Let them not spend those evenings when they ought to be engaged in improving their minds by their own fireside, in travelling the streets, or in the vanities of youth like miny otbers. And my Dear Friends, if you possess a hope of future happiness yourselves do realize, that, without it your children can never be happy. Begin thien the all important work and may Joshua's God assist you in having you and your househould prepared for his kingdom,
A CAREFUL OBSERVER.
GENEROSITY REWARDED. During one of the wars in India, Major Gowdie beeame Tippoo's prisoner, and was coufined with many other genilemen in Bangalore, where they suffered every species of insult, hardship, and barbarity. A humane and beneficent butcher, whose business led him often to the prison, saw and felt for their sufferings, for they had been stripped of their clothes and robbed of their money before they were confined. It wonld bare cost the botcher his ears at least, and perhaps his life, had he diseovered any symptoms of pity for the prisoners before his countrymeö. They were allowed only one seer of rice, and a pice or half-penny per day, for iheir subsistence; but the butoher contrived to relieve their necessities. Upon opening the sheeps' heads which they frequently bought of him for food, they were astonished to find pagodas in them. In passing the yard of their prison, he often
gave them abasive language, and threw balls of clay or dirt at them, as if to testify his hatred or contempt; but on breaking the balls, they always found that they contained a supply of money for their relief: and this he did frequently for a long time, until the prisoners were released.
In the following war, Major Gowdie was destined to at. tack Bangalore ; and he had not long entered the breach, when he saw and recollected his friend the butcher. He ran with eagerness to embrace him, saved him from the carnage, and led him 10 a place of safety. The trangports of the two generons souls at their meeting gave the most pleasing sensations to all who beheld them; it soft. ened ihe rage of the soldiers, and made the thirst of blood give way to the soft emotions of humanity.
AFRICAN SYMPATHY. A poor Negro walking towards Deptford, saw by the road side an old sailor of a different complexion, with but one arip and two wooden legs. The worthy African imedmiately took three half-pence and a farthing, his little all, froin the side pocket of his lattered trowsers, and forced them into the sailor's hand, while he wiped the tears from his eye with the corner of his blue patehed jacket, and then walked away quite happy.
FOR THE MONITOR.
THE PROFANE INTERROGATED.
Is profaneness a mark of talents ? Many court this distinction, though it should be at the expense of being called wicked. But what evidence of genius does profaneness afford ? Do we not find the greatest proficients in this vice among those who can elaim no pre-eminence in point of abilities ? Did any one ever dream that profaneness was a proof of extensive research in the arts and sciences ? Is cursing and swearing polite ? If so we. should visit the wharf; the stable and the grog-shop to learn politeness. Is it polite unnecessarily to trifle with the feelings of others? But this the profane do whenever they are in the company of those who reverence the name of God. Is profaneness a mark of courage ? It is the courage of defiance to God. Aud that courage which can array itself against a command of Omnipotence given amidst the thunders of Sinai must savour equally of folly and impiety. Does profaneness give evidence of freedom from superstition ? À wish to be thought free from the restraints of religion is often connected with this vice. But the same individuals who wish to avoid being thought mindful of religion through reverence for the name of God, are often afraid to see the new moon over their left shoulder, lest it should portend evil. Indeed the profane may be challenged to show in what respects, any man can be more highly esteemed for irreverence for God, and imprecations of dampation on men. Motives wbieb respeet this world, ought therefore to be sufficiently powerful to prevent profancness.
For a young Lady about to be married and whose sister had di
ed the week previous to the time appointed for her own mar riage.
Eliza's bridal day draws nigh :
Her garments, wrought with eorious art,
TO CORRESPONDENTS. An account of a Bible Class, from an able and valued Correspondent, came too late for insertion in this Number. K.and L and M. are received. Arrowtoot's pledge needs to be redeemed immediately.