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roaring, and expressed much grief, which increased as the ship receded from the shore. At length, he plunged into the ocean, and swam after his beloved master, till overcome by the fury of the raging waves, and fatigued, he sunk to rise no more.
A similar instance is related of Androcles, a Grecian slave, who ran away from his cruel master, and concealed himself in a cave, where, during the night, two lions came, and lay down in an opposite part of the cavern, one of which rolled and groaned, and seemed to be in great distress. Åndrocles struck a light, and perceived that a thorn had pierced the lion's foot, he extracted it, and his pain ceased. The lion immediately expressed much gratitude to his benefactor, and each day brought him food, and every night slept by his side. After thus living for several months with his lion-friend, he ventured to go into a settlement, and was recog. nized, apprehended, and imprisoned for some time, and then condemned to be thrown to some confined ferocious lions. A large number of spectators were assembled to see him torn in pieces by the lions. But to the astonishment of the crowd, a huge lion approached him with an expression of much joy, and licked Androcles' face, and growled in a menacing manner, to any of the lions that approached. It was his lionfriend, that, too, had been taken captive, and instantly recognized bis benefactor, and deter
mined to die for him if necessary. Similar have been the effects of kindness shown to the wolf elephant, and many other animals.
EFFECTS OF KINDNESS ON MANKIND.
Prov. xxv. 21, 22. "If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink ; for by so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head.” A Roman army had beseiged a city of Greece for several months, and was on the point of abandoning it, when the school-master of the city, who daily marched the children under his care without the walls, one day led them to the Roman general, telling him that " with them he delivered up the city also, for their parents and friends cannot survive the loss of their children, and they will surrender the city shortly.” The Roman general looked at the traitor with disgust and indignation, while he thus addressed him : 66 Thou base wretch! I despise thy treachery. I will not take the city by base means.” He then caused his hands to be tied behind him; and then put scourges into the children's hands, with directions to whip him back to the city.
In the meantime, the city was filled with mourning and despair. Fathers were lament. ing, mothers were running about the streets with frantic rage, plucking out the hair of their heads and loud wailings of sadness and grief resounded from every quarter ; when lo! a herald on the walls proclaimed the joyful tidings that the children were returning; then they rushed to behold the glad sight, And when they saw them driving before them their perfidious preceptor, joy and admiration filled their breasts, and they exclaimed, “Our enemies are more generous and kind than our friends, we will no longer resist against such kind enemies," and they gave up the keys of the city to the Roman general, who returned them with presents, saying, he wished to take no advantage of an enemy, and marched away his army.
Several vears ago, when I was attending a school at Hartford, Ct., there were two young lads, members of the school, of opposite characters. One was remarkably amiable, and distinguished for his mild and kind disposition, the other delighted in teasing, insulting and abusing him. The young man endured all this abuse with patience and meekness, and the next day after the other had spit in his face, he purchased some oranges, and gave one of the best of them to his persecutor, when, in an instant, his face was crimsoned with shame and mortification. After that, he was never known to treat this young man, or any others, unkindly; and from being the most quarrelsome, he became one of the most peaceable members of the school.
A MORNING IN NEWGATE.
Says a distinguished philanthropist, “I had long wished an opportunity to witness the effects of Mrs. Fry's benevolent exertions. The female prisoners, to the number of forty or fifty, were cleanly and decently dressed. Mrs. Fry read from the Bible the story of Mary Magdalene, with remarks in so gentle and encouraging a: manner, that it was impossible not to be moved by the quiet pathos of her discourse. Her auditors listened with the most serious and earnest attention, and many were melted to tears. Mrs. Fry recounted some of the obstacles against which she had to contend. It seems, however, that there is scarcely any disposition so depraved that may not be touched by KINDNESS,
The patient and persevering efforts of Mrs. Fry, have succeeded in softening and reclaiming the most hardened, whom severity would prob ably have rendered more callous and desperate. There is a shame of appearing ungrateful, which operates strongly in even the most vicious breasts. Mrs. Fry said, that when, as it sometimes happens, a prisoner, after her discharge, finds her way back to the jail for some fresh offence, the delinquent is more afraid of meeting her kindness, than of facing the reproof of the Bench."
• There lies more peril, lady, in thine eye,
ROLAND HILL AND THE ROBBER. ROLAND Hill was once waylaid by a robber, who, with pistol in hand, demanded his money. Mr. Hill gazed at him with a mild and benevolent look, and kindly remonstrated with him to abandon such a dreadful course, which must soon end in ruin. Tears started from the robber's eyes, while he tell upon his knees, and begged his pardon. Mr. Hill took him home and made him his coachman, and he became a reformed and good man, and after being twenty years in Mr. Hill's family, died a peaceful death.
One evening, as Mr. Hill was returning home from a lecture, two prostitutes overtook him, and took hold of his arms, and asked him if he would go home with them. He replied, that he was but a short distance from home, and
preferred that they should go with him. They consented. When they had arrived, he hinted to Mrs. Hill the character of his visitors, took his Bible, read, and then prayed fervently, especially for the females. They were very kindly created. In the morning they were invited to breakfast with the family, and after family worBhip, Mr. H. addressed them in a gentle and tender manner, on the danger, degradation, and