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ing's ramble, those village sounds, which There is a class of individuals, and I poetry has ever loved to describe, are have the privilege of being associated broken into discord by the mingling of with one, who speak of every kind of insane laughter, and anger even more in- wickedness as being merely in
taste," and consequently, not worthy of Now one would certainly have thought, their attention either in one way or anin the first view of the case, that a deli. other. Now, although this may be a cate-minded Christian lady, for instance, very comfortable way of passing over would scarcely, even on the ground of much that is painful in the aspect of this vulgarity, have chosen to regale herself life, for my own part, I envy not the draw. with the same kind of stimulus which she ing-room distinction of being ignorant that knew to have produced these rude revels, there is such a thing as vice existing and these inhuman sounds. But truly in the world. But knowing what we do the science of refinement is a mysterious know, seeing what we must see, unless and profound one, and it needs the school. our physical as well as moral perceping of a lifetime to teach a common tions were strangely obscured, can we mind, how total abstinence from every stand aloof and refuse to lend a helping thing which can intoxicate, is essentially hand to those who are perishing, because less low than to give our countenance, by it is not polite or fashionable or approved the influence of habit, to the very prac. in the higher çircles, to attempt to save tice which is associated with more vul: them ? garity than any other now existing No one knows better than myself the among mankind.
pain of choosing such a theme as that But granting the reasonableness of which occupies these pages, and if it had throwing the stigma of vulgarity on the not been sufficiently repugnant to my side of abstinence, there is a material dif- own feelings, there are kind friends who ference betwixt joining with the low for would have made it so by their harsh and the
purpose of raising their moral charac. uncharitable remarks, as if it had been a ter, and joining with them in the use of thing of mere pastime to write about the that which must necessarily make them poor drunkard and his degradation. I lower still. The most fastidious of Christian would not, however, willingly exchange ladies would scarcely hesitate to enter a my humbling part for that which they village church because a great proportion take in this matter; for happier, far hapof the congregation there consisted of the pier is the thought of doing nothing to poor. No, she would rather welcome accelerate the ruin of those who, from this and encourage their attendance, as a fatal cause, are falling too rapidly around means of rendering them more enlight- us, than of having thrown the weight of ened, and consequently, more refined ; our influence, just so far as it had weight, , and if, in the one case, we believe that on the side of an enemy already too pow. the influence of religion will effect this erful for the weak to conquer, or the change, in the other, we have reason to tempted to resist. believe that the influence of total absti. To these, as well as all other objectors nence will at least effect a moral and to the operation of the temperance pledge, physical amendment.
I would say one word in conclusion: you
cannot stop the progress of this cause; er, who then will be the friends whose perhaps you would not if you could; why | pity you will ask—whose protection you then attempt
wound its advocates ? will claim ? Will they not be those who The enemy, perchance, is far from you. have formed themselves into a society for He may not yet have reached your fami- the purpose of arresting the progress of ly or breathed a blight upon your name. this desolating vice, and of saving the vicBut if the time should ever come when tim of intemperance when he could not you or yours should fall beneath his pow. save himself?