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The righteous is a guide to his neighbor; but the way of the wicked causeth them to err.-SOLOMON.
No man is what he would have been if Luther had not livej.-FROUDE.
A Graphic Picture.
The depopulating pestilence that walketh at noonday, the carnage of cruel and devastating war, can scarcely exhibit their victims in a more terrible array than exterminating drunkenness. I have seen a promising family spring from a parent trunk, and stretch abroad its populous limbs, like a flowering tree, covered with green and healthy foliage. I have seen the unnatural decay beginning upon the yet tender leaf, and gnawing like a worin in an unopened bud, while they dropped off, one by one, and the scathed and ruined shaft stood desolate and alone, until the winds and rains of many a sorrow laid that, too, in the dust. - WASHINGTON IRVING.
The Price of a Drink.
“Give me a drink! I will give you my hard earnings for it. Give me drink! I will pay for it. I will give you more than that. I married a wife; I took her from her girlhood's home, and promised to love her and cherish her, and protect her. Ah! Ah! And I have driven her out to work for me, and I have stolen her wages, and
I have brought them to you. Give me a drink and I will give you them.
I have snatched the bit of bread from the white lips of my famished child. I will give you that if you will give me a drink.
More yet. I will give—I will give you my hopes of Heaven--body and soul. I will barter jewels worth all the kingdoms of the earth—for what will a mån give in exchange for his soul ?—for a dram. Give it me !"–J. B. GOUGH.
Effects of Intemperance.
Wine heightens indifference into love, love into jealousy, and jealousy into madness. It often turns the good-natured man into an idiot, and the choleric into an assassin. It gives bitterness to resentment; it makes vanity insupportable, and displays every little spot of the soul in its utmost deformity. Nor does this vice only betray the hidden faults of a man, and show them in the must odious colors, but often occasions faults to which he is not naturally subject. There is more of turn than of truth in a saying of Seneca, that drunkenness does not produce but discover faults. Common experience teaches us the contrary. Wine throws a man out of himself, and infuses qualities into the mind which she is a stranger to in her sober moments.--ADDISON.
Trophies of Intemperance. Like the skulls which a savage carries at his girdle cr sets up on poles in his palace yard, and tells the traveler what a mighty warrior this or the other was till his ax or arrow laid him low; so of all the sins, intemperance is the one which, reaped from the ranks of British genius, boasts the most crowded row of ghastly trophies. To say nothing of the many sorely wounded, among the actually slain in numbers are the musician and the artist, the philosopher and the poet, the physician and the lawyer, the statesman and the judge. - J. HAMILTON.
It is remarkable that all the diseases from drinking spirituous or fermented liquors are liable to become hereditary, even to the third generation; and gradually to increase, if the cause be continued, till the family becomes extinct.-DR. E. DARWIN.
Those men who destroy a healthful constitution of body by intemperance and an irregular life do as manifestly kill themselves as do those who hang, poison or Hrown themselves. - SHERLOCK.
Intemperance is a hydra with a hundred heads. She never stalks abroad unaccompanied with impurity, anger and the most infamous profligacies.-CHRYSOSTOM.
If the majority of the people of Ireland had their will and had the power, they would unmoor the island from its fastenings in the deep, and move it at least two thousand miles to the west. — JOHN BRIGHT.
Ireland is the Gethsemane of Europe. In it there are more undeserved poverty and sinless crime than in any other land on the face of the globe. England will give you reasons for it as plentiful as the tigers in the Indian jungle. She says it is because the inhabitants are Catholics; because they are lawless; because they are indolent; because they are drunken; and because they are extravagant. If you ask me for a reason, I answer in one word Landlordism ! The trouble has its origin in the robbery of a race for the benefit of a class. - JAMES REDPATH.
How to Treat Ireland.
I would have the Irish government regulated by Irish notions and Irish prejudices; and I firmly believe, according to an Irish expression, that the more she is under Irish government, the more she will be bound to English interests.-Fox.