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he is very happy; but he tells you a falsehood. There is in his heart something always whispering, “ Your turn will come: the great God, the holy, just, merciful God, whose creatures you now torment, sees it all, knows it all, and he will punish you. Every one of us must appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, to give account of the things done in the body; and you shall be forced to own all your cruelties, before angels and men: and then what follows? He shall have judgment without mercy who hath shown no mercy!




was a man of a good deal of intellect, and energy of mind. He had been sent to State Prison for horse stealing, and was the leader of mischief, wherever he chanced to be. Overcome by the persevering kindness of the officers of the prison, he at length made up his mind to reform. He changed the whole course of his conduct in prison, and on his reease, came to our Agent with the strongest recommendations. He was aided to get into usiness, by money, which was freely advanced

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counts, was continuing his course of honest living.

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had been a sailor and a pirate, and for the three first years of his imprisonment, had gloried in his capacity to set all authority at defiance, and to endure, without yielding, any punishment which could be inflicted upon him, During that whole period, he was in a continual state of war upon

his An entire change in the manner of treating him was adopted. He was reasoned with and dealt kindly by, and as complete a change came over him. For the remaining eighteen months of his confinement, he was a pattern of good order and obedience. At the end of bis sentence, a place was obtained, and money advanced to assist him in his outfit, He has returned part of the advance out of his earnings, and it is believed he will continue in his efforts at obtaining an honest livelihood; because it is evident that he has at length, and for the first time in his life, learned the lesson of self-control.

The House of Correction, at Boston, has been under the government of one man since January 19th, 1833. For the twelve years that have elapsed since his appointment, and up to May, 1845, 7,686 persons have been received into the prison. During that whole time, and anid that large number of vicious and depraved criminals, not a blow has been struck! The cat-and-ninetails does not hang there upon their walls, as the disgusting badge of authority ;-no swords, or guns, or instruments of death are paraded there to the spectator's eye. The prison has the appearance of a large and well-ordered workshop, and is in fact one of the best governed in the nation, reflecting equal honor upon its principal, and upon the local authorities who have selected, and thus long sustained him.


We find in Plato, a noble instance of the power of example over precept. His nephew, Pensippius, who became excessively debauched, was turned out of doors by his parents. Plato took him in and entertained him, as if he had never heard a word of his debaucheries. His friends, amazed and shocked at a procedure that seemed to them to carry insanity in it, blamed him for not laboring to reform his nephew, and save him from utter ruin. Plato answered, that he was laboring more effectually than they imagineu, in letting him see the manner of his living, w nat an infinite difference is between viriue asn't vice, and between honorable and base thiura This method succeeded so well, that it inspired Pensippius with a great respect for his uncle, and a violent desire to imitate him, and devote himself to the study of philosophy, in which, it is said, he afterwards made great progress. Evil examples are as dangerous as good ones are beneficial. For as the slightest touch will defile a clean garment, which can only be cleansed by a good deal of trouble, so the conversation of the wicked and debauched, will in a very short time defile the mind of an innocent person, in a manner that will give him great trouble to recover his former purity. You may therefore more safely venture into company with a person infected with the plague, than with a vicious person; for the worst consequences of the first is death, but of the last, the hazard of a worse destruction.—Monthly Repository,

In the above case, we perceive that Plato acted on the law of kindness, overcome evil with good."

THE TRULY GREAT MAN. Says the wise man, “ He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his own spirit is greater than he that taketh a city.”

An answer soft will wrath divert,

And from its purpose turn, While harsh and grievous words will make The fire of




Did you ever study the cheapness of pleasure ? Do you know how little it takes to make a multitude happy? Such trifles as a penny, a word, and a smile do the work. There are two or three little boys passing along-give them each a chesnut, and how smiling they look; we'll be bound to say they will not be cross for an hour. A poor widow lives in your neighborhood, who has several children ; send them a few apples and they will be happy. A child has lost his arrow-all the world to him and he mourns sadly; help him to find it, or make him another, and how quickly will the sunshine play upon his sober face. A boy has as much as he can do to pile up a load of wood; assist him a few moments, or speak a pleasant word to him, and he forgets his task, and works away without Your apprentice has broken a mug, or cut the vest too large, or he “has left an out," or "pied a stickfull," say " you scoundrel," and he feels miserable ; but remark, “I am sorry, try to do better in future," and he feels a great deal better. You have employed a man-pay him cheerfully, and speak a pleasant word to him, he leaves your house with a contened heart, to light up his own hearth with smiles of gladness. As you pass along the street, you meet many a familiar face. Say "good mornng," as though you felt happy, and it will

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