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been driven to desperation by such injustice, and that, burning with revenge, they should have committed some excesses ?”
“ Well, then, I hope that you, William, will not complain when they come to treat you in the same way.”
“I am not afraid of it,” said Penn.
“Ay! how will you avoid it? You mean to get their hunting grounds too, I suppose ?"
“ Yes, but not by driving these poor people away from them.”
“No, indeed! How then will you get the lands ?” “I mean to buy their lands of them.”
Buy their lands of them! Why, man, you have already bought them of me."
6. Yes, I know I have, and at a dear rate too; but I did it only to get thy good will, not that I thought that thou hadst any right to their lands."
“ Zounds, man! no right to their lands!”
“No, friend Charles, no right at all: what right hast thou to their lands ?"
Why, the right of discovery ; the right which the Pope and al Christian Kings have agreed to give one another."
“ The right of discovery! a strange kind of right indeed. Now suppose, friend Charles, some canoe loads of these Indians, crossing the sea, and discovering thy Island of Great Britain, were to claim it as their own, and set
up for sale over thy head, what wouldst thua think of it?"
Why-why-why,” (replied Charles) “] must confess I should think it a great piece of impudence in them.”
6. Well, then, how canst thou, a CHRISTIAN, and a CHRISTIAN PRINCE, do that which thou so utterly condemnest in these people whom thou callest savages?
“ Yes, friend Charles, and suppose again that these Indians, on thy refusal to give up thy Island of Great Britain, were to make war on thee, and having weapons more destructive than thine, were to destroy many of thy subjects, and to drive the rest away, wouldst thou not think it horribly cruel ?"
The King, assenting to this with strong marks of conviction, William proceeded_ Well, then, friend Charles, how can I, who call myself a Christian, do what I should abhor even in heathens ? No, I will not do it--but I will buy the right of the proper owners, even of the Indians themselves. By doing this, I shall imitate Gud himself, in his justice and mercy, and thereby insure his blessing on my colony, if I should ever live to plant one in North America."
FRIEND OF PEACE.
A KISS FOR A BLOW. A visiter once went into a school in this city, says the Boston Sun, where he saw a boy and a girl on one seat, who were brother and sister. In a moment of thoughtless passion the little boy struck his sister. The little girl was provoked, and raised her hand to return the blow. Her face showed that rage was working within, and her clenched fist was aimed at her brother, when her teacher caught
“Stop," my dear," said he, “ you had better kiss your brother than strike him."
The look and the word reached her heart, her hand dropped. She threw her arms around his neck, and kissed him. The boy was moved. He could have stood the expected blow, but he could not withstand the sister's kiss. He compared the provocation he had given her with the return she had made, and the tears rolled down his cheeks. This affected the little sister, and with her little handkerchief she wiped away his tears.
But the sight of her kindness only made him cry the faster; he was completely subdued. Her teacher then told the children always to return a kiss for a blow, and they would never get any more blows. If men, women, families, communities and nations, would act on this principle, this would almost cease to be a vale of tears.
Nation would not lift up sword against nation, neither would they learn war any more. Such a day will dawn on our world when Christ returns in glory.
THE POWER OF MATERNAL LOVE. It is on the voice of the mother, mellowed by the tones of love, that exercises the most commanding influence of maternal love, reposes the happiness of the human family. It is the mother's call that sinks deepest into the heart of her offspring. It is the mother's hymn that charms the ear of the child by its soft melody. Every thing is in the power of the mother, through the influence of love, whose magic is irresistible to all, under every circumstance of life. The responsibility of fathers is not less, because the influence of the mother is more powerful over the destinies of their children. The stern nature of man repels-awes and stirs up rebellion. The soft and kind feelings of maternal love induce compliance, tenderness, obedience, submission till the tears of penitence roll down the cheek, and the heart of the son melts before the fond affection of the mother's. Among the Romans, when that republic stood pure and erect in the vigor of public virtue, the education of her youth was confided chiefly to mothers. The jewels of Cornelia shine with undiminished lustre even at the present day. Piety is infinitely more powerful than knowledge in the culture of the youthful mind--for we require good citizens more than brilliant geniuses or learned philosophers. Mothers can mould the hearts--and, if the heart be good, the head will never do much to excite censure. The great prevailing error of life consists in not appreciating the power
of kindness over the conduct of our fellow beings, especially that of a mother over her children. Ohio Washingtonian Organ.
THE NEW PRECEPTS.
BY SOAME JENYN.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven;" by which poorness of spirit, is to be understood, a disposition of mind, meek, humble, submissive to power, void of ambition, patient of injuries, and free from all resentinent. This was so new, and opposite to the ideas of all pagan moralists, that they thought this temper of mind a criminal and contemptible meanness, which must induce men to sacrifice the glory of their country, and their own honor, to a shameful pusillanimity; and such it appears to almost all who are called Christians, even at this day, who not only reject it in practice, but disavow it in principle, notwithstanding this explicit