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PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY: A31QID12IL SSaUUIH AllJD jJOSJ2H?3I Wq mASIIPffiCDSr S3i CD Ili 2120)122) Vol. 15, No. 50 Whole No. 7S0.
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SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA, MAY 1G, 183o.
Of the Concord Prcshyttry to the Churches under their rare.
Di:ak JiKKTiiKi-.v : Tnc responsibility connected w ith that rela-
ti .ii which we
Uilll'iSt fl ' I'tV
p i a f.dse deli.
i r '. mi, i.t omv pistmes, but u"manls the
ii vei v i i r Spiritual wrlfue. To he-
! i ' : r b i ' " 1 1 t :i i ' is . u r hap.MU-'s ?
I .- restrain 'is from k;o I an'l sw-t .. . Y'j v m '
in-s against practices which we liehevt to bo wro j, w l ;i '.
inconsistent with the vows which we have assumed o V u." ix.:i.i!l,
.. i the concern we feel for your highest iulere.-ts.
I'ertnit us, then, to relv 01 vur Co ifilence ami ;iT
we unitedly and soW umiv sp ak t.ie language of ndiu .hiUm, :a rc-i
ferrence to certain irregularities which have prevailed to a lament-;
-able extent, among some professors of religion. 1
The firt evil to which we invite your attention, is that of Dancing.
This, by many, is called an innocent amusement. We feel bound
to regard it as a criminal indulgence, and, as such, to warn you
against its ensnaring influence. In estimating the guilt or inno
cence of any practice, it is a safe rule to regard its direct and uni
form moral tendency. Whatever tends to give fresh attractions to
mere ersorial display, to cherish a woridly spirit, to prevent or sti
fle serious impressions, and to draw of the thoughts and auctions
from God and Eternity, cannot be innocent to those who have pro
fessed the religion of Christ, and wish to comply with its injunc
tions. Let the mind become engrossed with this fascinating amusement,
and what are the eflects produced? .Much valuable time is not on
ly wasted, but spent in forming habits, and contracting associations,
which operate strongly against its proper improvement, when the
scene of amusement is forsaken. Much expense is uselessly incur
red. This might be a small consideration, if the claims of justice
and the calls of benevolence were not often left unanswered, to meet
the demands of extravagance. Hut what is worse, evil aflections
are excited. The objects uniformly met with, in such places, are
those naturally calculated to create vanity, to foster envy, and lead
to animosity. Those who excel in ornament, or attention, are under
a strong temptation to pride and vain glory. Those who are ex
celled, are equally tempted to envy, resentment, and calumny. In
proportion as persons become vain of the accomplishments which
secure admiration in such scenes, they are tempted to neglect the
improvement of their minds, and the cultivation cf their hearts.
Necessary attainments and important engagements become insipid
and painful to those who crave this kind of excitement. When at
traction of manners, or sujerficial embellishment, becomes a cover
for want of intelligence or want of principle, no wonder that the
ranks of dissipation should become crowded. The danger is, that
the contagion will be imbibed, liefore it is perceived. It is a law
of our nature, when pleased with society to partake of its spirit,
and conform to its tone of feeling. The joy of social intercourse
lays open the heart to the impressions communicated. The mind
becomes unarmed to the approach of evil, when pleased with the
objects with which it is connected. The dread of danger subsides,
as familiarity with the dark features of vice increases. Thus, by
the power of sympathy, which all feel who mingle to please and
be pleased, this captivating amusement tends directly to assimilate
the minds of those who crowd after its pleasures into one mould of
sentiment and feeling, and this, unfortunately, with a stamp directly
in opposition to the holy design and unchangeable requirements of
the Word of bod.
Hut consequences still more serious result from this practice.
It disqualifies the mind for the exercises of devotion. The Bible,
as a lamp to the feet, will be laid aside. The closet, as it awakens
painful reflections, will be forsaken. Meditation on God will be for
gotten. Intercourse with the pious will be dreaded. The Holy
Spirit will le resisted. Reason will be enlisted to defend what the
heart is unwilling to forsake. When means of grace are thus re
sisted, the only source of help and hope is forsaken. Nothing is
more easily acquired than a worldly spirit, and nothing serves more
directly to prevent intercourse with God, and of course to destroy
the very life of true religion. It requires all the watchfulness and
energy of the Christian, under the most favorable circumstances, to
curb its power. What, then, must be the peril of rushing into the
very scenes where it abounds, and of engaging in the very employ
ments which leads to its dominion? No Christian can safely appear
where it would be presumption to pray for the presence of God to
shield him from temptation. Can that be right which he cannot
ask God to bless to his edification or comfort? Who was ever
known to prepare his mind for the ball-room, by humble supplication
ami reading of the Scriptures ? Who was ever known to retire from
such a p.'ace and to bless GihI for the exercise, and pray that they
might redound to bis salvation? The reflecting mind becomes
shocked )v a snpp t f . i -o wicked.
11 p .11 ai. lite iati':ii :ij i iiic its !'i ' Iiwful pursuits of life, we
ni iv ask the blessing I mr M..ker. But to r jsh into rn el merit,
r nil which vital i '!!ihss is tiiiifumK excluded, i- on! !: tiii;;;"-r
with Won;. ration and pi -.yoke IIi displeasure.
T oppose thai this practice is consistent with th vo -j n-v!
pe-. f Christian--, is to mistake eritir"lv the nature ;:.! e. - :
true religion. I' is t -v- u to screen our pers .us Ir .. j e .-
I. uncut and leave our hearts wedded to iniquity. Neilltr
our view in the Ilible, it is in connection with true or idol worship, Others plead their inability. This is only a cover for unwilling-
. ess to pertorm the duty. 1 bose who cannot pray may soon learn.
Let the heart be properly allected and out of its abundance the
month icill speak. Prayer is an offering tip of our desires unto
God. If blessed with common sense, we can make known a sense
of our wants to him icho helpeth our infrmilies and makcth inter
cession for us, with grixinings ichich cannot he uttered.
The third evil against which, we wish to warn yon, is the violation of
the Holy Sttbbalh.
The Sabbath is not only a Divine Institution, but one which stri
kingly manifests the wisdom and goodness of God in providing for
our happiness. To remove all doubt that the law of the Sabbath
calls for obedience from all men, it was written by the finger of God
among the Ten Command meats, the moral obligation of which will
never be abolished. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
It was intended to aflbrd to men in all ages the opportunity of com
memorating the perfections of God, engaging in his worship, and se
curing his friendship.
Amidst the cares and pleasures of the world, the great end of life
would be overlooked, if some fixed portion of time were not set a
part for the worship of Jehovah. The proper observance of the
Sabbath evidently calls for a suspension of the common business of
life, and the consecration of our time to the public and private ex
ercises of religion. It cannot be overlooked, Dear Brethren, that
this day is much profaned by many who have named the name of
Christ. Professors of religion too often spend their time at home,
and even at the church, in talking about the seasons, and crops, and
markets, the news of neighborhoods, the political questions of the
day, and the fashions and follies of their fellow-men. In too many
instances they arc seen commencing or prosecuting journies, visit
ing for pleasure, reading books of amusement, writing letters of bu
siness, and even driving their waggons to or from market. Such
conduct not only covers up the line of distinction between the church
and the world, but prevents true worship, disqualifies for important
duties, hinders the growth of piety, and defeats the great object of
the Sabbath. v hen common business or amusements are suftered
to make small encroachments on this sacred season it will be difli
cult, if not impossible, to stop or limit its profanation. Every vio
lation of the Sabbath prepares the mind for others more gross, and
multiplies temptations to continue the abuse. Few, perhaps, among
the most abandoned Sabbath-breakers, will but confess that they en
tered the path of ruin by slow and hesitating steps.
Those who love their families, their country, and the Church,
should watch and toil to preserve the purity of the Lord's day. It
stands in immediate connexion with every thing we love as sacred
or hope for as desirable. Without it God would be forsaken, his word
slighted, his worship lost, the sound of salvation hushed, and the
souls of men borne down together in wretchedness and ruin. We
cannot conceive of any desolation over which evil spirits on earth
and evil spirits IhjIow would raise a more piercing note of exultation,
than the universal desecration of the Christian Sabbath. And we
mourn to reflect how widely spread is that influence which mem
lers of the Church exert towards a catastrophe so much to be dread
ed. When they trample upon this holy day, who will observe it
a-right ? When they openly violate its obligations, who will stand up
to defend its claims?
I furry thing valuable was to be gained by such a prostitution of
this day to secular purposes, the pretext for it would be more plau
sible. Rut in this, as in every thing else, we believe strict and un
compromising obedience to the laws of God to be the most substan
The "venerable Judge Hale, of England, after fifty years experi
ence in public life made this declaration : Whenever I have underta
ken any secular business on the Lord's day, that business never pros
jrered or succeded well with me." He father said " that always the
more closely I applied myself to the duties of the Lord's day, the more
happy and successful were my employments the week following."
We intreat you, Dear Brethren, Remember the Sabbath day to keep
or as a vain amusement associated with impiety ami destruction
The declaration of Solomon, that there is, a time to dance, cannot be
regarded as a command. Neither can it be a jtermission, for the
discharge of what is necessary or morally right. In either case a
neglect t . dance would be a departure from Christian duty, which
u serious mind can believe
The inuu n evidently is, that depraved as men are, and in a
woi, 1 of tei;.pt iiion, there is a time when they will dance, ps there
are tun - ;dso m which they will hate, and make war, and kill, with
out j i.-' i! i.ig at all the feelings which lead to such things.
! Ii oviug extracts fr -in decisions of the Synod of North Ca
rolina, and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, will
convince you, Dear Brethren, that we are not assuming new or un
tenable ground on this subject, but acting in accordance with the
highest Judicatories of our Church:
The Synod of North-Carolina, at Poplar Tent Church, October
1820, decided as follows: Resolved, That in the opinion of this
Synod, attendance on Balls, and other associations of a similar na
ture, ought to Ire considered and treated, as unsuitable amusements
for Christians ; and, as a further direction on thia subject, it is here
by enjoined on Presbyterians, Church Sessions, and individuals, to
govern themselves by tbe sentiments contained in a Pastoral Letter
published by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in
1S18; and also, by a resolution passed by the late Synod of the Ca
rol inas, in 179."
From the Pastoral Letter of the General Assembly above re
ferred to, the following is an extract:
" With rcs)ect to dancing, we think it necessary to observe, that
however plausible it may appear to some, it is perhaps not less dan
gerous on account of that plausibility. It is not from those things
that the world acknowledges to be most wrong, that the greatest
danger is to lie apprehended to religion, especially as it relates to
the young. When the practice is carried to its highest extremes,
all will admit the consequences to le fatal ; and why not, then, ap
prehend danger even from its incipient stage? It is certainly in all
its stages a fascinating and infatuating practice. Let it once be in
troduced and it is difficult to give it limits. It steals away our pre
cious time, dissipates religious impressions, and hardens the heart.
To guard you, beloved brethren, against its wiles and its fascinations,
we earnestly recommend that you will consult the sobriety which
the sacred pages require. We also trust that you will attend, with
the meekness and docility becoming the christian character, to the
admonitions on this subject of those whom you have chosen to
watch for your souls."
The Resolution of the Synod of the Carolinas, above referred to,
is as follows : Overture Whether those who practice dancing, re
velling, horce-racing, and card-playing, are to be admitted to sealing
The Synod, taking into consideration these and other things of a
" Resolved that they are wrong, and that the practtcers of them,
ought not to be admitted to sealing ordinances, until they be dealt
with, by their spiritual rulers, in such manner as to them may ap
pear most for the glory of God, their own good, and the good of the
We call your attention, in the srcnml place, to the neglect of Family
Win sh ip.
We have reason to lielieve that many families, within our bounds,
who have professed to obey the commands and follow the example
of Christ, and who have vowed, in the most solemn manner, to train
up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, live
in the habitual neglect of family prayer. There is an awful depart
ure from the pious example of our forefathers on this subject. In
many instances the children of praying parents have no marks of re
ligion in their houses. Why, dear brethren, should a duty, in itself
the most solemn and clothed with example of the wisest and best of
men in every age, be wilfully neglected? hy should the privi
lege of having our wants supplied, our corruptions checked, ourM.T jr0j,.
r is ii a
mere cie to correct our understandings, without regulating our
wills. But its great object is to purify the aflections of those who
embrace it, and in this way to make their cor.duct holy and their
Condition safe. It gives spiritual life to the soul. It imparts to the
mind the love cf God, arid this overcomes the love of the world.
Nothing short of that holiness with which carnal enjoyment is in
compatible, will meet the desires or secure the tranquility of the
irue Christian. Vain amusements will be renounced, as not only
(Unfriendly to the peace, but unsuitable to th-2 taste.
We are commanded to crucify the fiesh with its affections and
Justs; To keep the hotly under, and bring it in subjection ; To re
deem the time because the days are evil ; To abstain from all ap
jcarance. of evil; To watch and pray, that tr enter not into tempta
tion ; And to abstain from feshly lusts which war against the soul.
And to enforce these divine injunctions, we are assured, by the same
.authority; That whosoever icill be a friend to the world is the ene
&iy of God ; If any man lore the worl I the lore of the Father is not
in him; Ye cannot serve two masters ; If any man have not the Spi
rit of Christ he is none of his. The fact ought not to be concealed,
that such improper compliance with worldly oustons, instead of ren
dering religion more lovely, will only stain her purity and impair
jier strength, Worldly men may love to le kept in countenance
by profession of religion, but they will despise the motives which
lead them to dishonor their profession.
Instead of being drawn nearer to Christianity by such conformity
o their course, they will be driven farther from it. They will con
dude that there is no truth in religion, or it true, so low and pow
erless and changing a reality as deserves but little attention. In ei
ther case, the salvation of men will be hindered and the glory of the
Those who thus degrade religion, from the rightful authority, ex
pose themselves to imminent danger. Their sincerity will be doubt
ed, their consistency denied, their peace wounded, and their influ
ence lost. The friendship of the ungodly can never be bought by
imitating their follies. To pretend that this practice is sanctioned
by any thing contained in the Word of God, is to manifest the most
glaring ignorance of its meaning, or the mst reckless contempt of
its authority. In every instance in which dancing is presented to
als satisfied, and our happiness secured be spurned from our dwel3L
ings? Prayer to God, is not as some supose, a distinct and soli
tary exercise, which may bo neglected without interfering with
other spiritual duties. It is the sacred bond which unites all the
graces of the christian life. It is the very exercise which brings
the soul to rely upon God as the fountain of life. Without it, nei
ther faith, love, joy, humility, repentance, or hope can flourish.
Without it, neither the temptations of the world, nor the snares of sa
tan can lie properly resisted. While continuing to neglect it, we
may wear the form of religion, but cannot cherish the spirit ot de
votion ; we may be in connexion with the Church, but cannot live
in connexion with God.
In addition to these considerations there are many special reasons
in favour of our family prayer. God separates the human race in
to families, and one great design manifestly is for the preservation
lie sii uid. then, certainly be worshipped in those domestic circles
j winch ie b famed to bind men to himself and to each other. It
is a fi. r . : i .. coining acknowledgement of his authority who is
, mean :: o .i their blessings and the foundation of all their hopes,
j Nu.ii.'!' i constitute more directly to the order, submission, obe-
dienc alLciiou and confidence essential to the peace and prosperi
ty of famines, than the daily worship of God at the domestic altar.
It iends with indescribable force to give reverence for proper au
tf. rity, obedience to necessary commands, tenderness for the fail
ings, and love to the persons ..f toe . itlerent members of the house
hold, and to land them together in the discharge of their relative du
ties. Family worship, projerly conducted, with God's blessing, leads
not only to the knowledge, but practice of religion. The great
Hd.xtou regarded it as one of the most powerful means in the con
version of men. The contempt shown to the worship of God in our
habitations, is no doubt one source of the abounding iniquity in our
country. Let religion die in families and no eflorts or means can
keep it alive in Churches. At home is the place to begin both in
restraining vice and in cultivating piety. Those who are willing to
forfeit the unspeakable advantages of this practice, should remember
that a fearful penalty attends the neglect of it. That Holy God who
blesseth the habitation cf the just, has declared that his curse is in
the house of the wicked. Jeremiah makes no distinction between
families without worship, and the heathen who knows not the Lord.
Pour out thy fury uiKn the heathen that know the not, and upon the
families that call not upon thy name.
A great and good man has remarked, that a lamily without prayer,
is like a house without a roof ; exposed to every storm. The expo
sure here lamented is not to the rains that descend, or the winds
which beat upon that house; but of the souls of the family to the
wrath of the Almighty. Masters of families, who would so far neg
lect the suitable means as to leave their children and servants with
out bread to eat, and without raiment to wear, might well shudder
at their cruelty. Can it be kindness to their souls not to seek for
them the brtad of Life, and the garments of Salcationl Can it be
right to toil for their bodies and leave their immortal minds going
down to the chambers of death?
The common plea urged by Heads of Families, that they have no
time for this duty, is a mere delusion. What have they time to do,
if not to worship their Maker and prepare for Heaven? What bu
siness on earth can be more important than the salvation of our
souls? Christ says. Seek tie first the Kingdom of God. Out of
twenty-four hoars no family but can find time enough, morning and
evening, to read God s W ord and pray for his blessing
P. J. SPARROW, Moderator.
Samuel Williamson, Stated Clerk.
From the Philadelphian.
NOT NOW CONVENIENT.
" It is not now convenient for me to attend to the subject of reli
rion," says the sinner. Well, what if it is not convenient ? Is that
a good reason why it should be neglected, and the soul exposed to
langer? Is nothing to be done on the subject ot religion that in
volves inconvenience? What then does the Bible mean, in requir
ing self denial as a condition of discipleship to Christ? "Deny thy
self, take up thy cross, and follow me," is the command of him who
died to save men : that is, see to it that you overcome the inconveni
ences that lie between you and the religion of Christ. It is a settled
point that you never can become a Christian conveniently ; you must
become a Christian, if ever, by overcoming the greatest inconveni
ences that you can contend with. The kingdom of heaven sufier
eth violence, and the violent take it by force." Away, then, with the
convenient delusion, that has ruined the souls of thousands, and sum
mon resolution and decision of character, and press into the kingdom
of God. But, perhaps, you sav, it is not convenient for me to attend
to religion now, though being convinced of its importance and truth,
I mean sometime to secure its benefits its hopes its consolations.
My dear friend, you are reasoning in a manner that forebodes your
ruin! it it is not convenient to attend to religion now, what evi
dence have you that it will be at any future time? It is as conveni
ent for you to be a Christian now as ever it will be. We assure vou
that this is true, from the fact that religion demands self-denial, and
is always inconvenient to the carnal unsanctified mind: and not only
so, but we assure you that it is less inconvenient to become a Chris
tian now than at any future time. The difficulties that now keep
you away from Christ are constantly increasing, and the future con
venient time to which you look forward, instead of being a reality, is
a delusion, leading you into difficulties so great that you will not be
able to break away from them. Wait a little longer, and all your
hopes will le blasted for ever, as you look back to a world of mercy
from that " lone land of deep despair," where the Spirit of God ne
ver enters, and the sound of redeeming mercy is never heard.
" Now is the accepted time" "now is the day of salvation."
And so says the Christian It is not convenient for me, amid the
business which I have on hand, to do the duties and meet the de
mands of active, revived Christianity. Need I reason a moment
with you to show that you, should be at once of a devoted and ani
mated spirit, however inconvenient, while sinners around you are
despising the grace of God and are rcad- to perish ? What has
there ever been accomplished in this world of sin and self indulgence,
for the advancement of religion and the honor of God. without meeting
and overcoming difficulties and inconveniences ? But suppose, disci
ple of Christ, that your Master, when the world's redemption was
under consultation in heaven, had brought forward your plea, " It
is not convenient for me to leave the worship of angels and tbe q0
ries that now surround me, and go into that distant and insignificant
world of rebellion, and there veil my Godhead in human clay, and
be mocked, and despised, and put to death, after all my eflorts to do
the world a benefit," what would now be your condition, if your
plea of inconvenience had been preferred in heaven ? The Savior
came, though inconvenient, that you and I might be saved from sin
and hell, and brought to imitate bis example, from the possession of
his Spirit, especially of self denial. "If any man have not the Spirit
of Christ he is none of his."
From the ynrth Carolina Biblical Recorder.
WAKE FOREST INSTITUTE.
Buothkv Mi:::i:euii : Taking it for granted
that you would be pleased to learn some of the par
ticulars of our operations here, I have taken it up
on myself to give you a brief detail of our internal
movements, and, 1 might say, eternal movements ;
for never was a set of fellows kept so constantly on
the go. I will begin at the dawn of day, when the
loud peals of tbe Ijell arouse us from our sweet re
pose. We are allowed about fifteen minute to dress
ourselves and wash, when the bell summons us to
prayers. At this second sound of the bell, the
whole plantation seems alive with moving bodies ;
a stream of students is seen pouring in from every
direction some, while on the way, adjusting the
deficiencies in their dress, which they had nof time
fully to arrange while in their rooms some with
vests wrong side out some with eyes half open
and all in haste to reach the chapel in time to an
swer to their names. Prayers being over, just as
the sun raises his head from behind the distant for
est, the Virgil class, to which I belong, commences
recitation. Other classes are reciting at the same
time. At half past seven, the bell rings for break
fast ; a few minutes after which, study hours com
mence. Every one is now kept at the top of his
speed ; some in reciting, and others preparing for
recitation, until 2 o'clock, when the bell announ
ces the dinner hour: and almost immediately after
this we start on the same mental race. This is
kept up through all the classes until three o'clock,
when tbe bell rings long and lound for the toils of
the field. While the bell is ringing, the students
assemble in the grove before the dwelling house
some with axes, some with grubbing hoes, some
with weeding hoes, and some empty-handed, all in
thick crowd. You must now imagine that you see
Mr. Wait in one place, Mr. Armstrong in another,
and Mr. Dockery m another. Mr. Dockery, tho
a student, frequently takes the lead of one compa
ny. Now the roll is called, when, as their names
are called oil, the students take their appropriate
stations around their respective leaders, axes with
axes, hoes with hoes, and then we start, each one
following his chief. Those with axes make for the
woods, where they- fell the sturdy oaks, and divide
them into rails : the grubbers take the field, and
sweat with heavy blows over the roots and shrubs
that have been encroaching upon the clear land.
Those with weeding hoes find much varietyT in their
employment ; sometimes they cut down cornstalks,
sometimes they rake up leaes, and now you may
see them in the Iwrn yard piling up manure. We
students engage in every thing here, that an hon
est farmer is not ashamed to do. If we should
draw kick from any thing here that is called work.
we should teel that we had disgraced ourselves.
Those who are empty-handed make up the fences,
and harden their shoulders under heavy rails. The
fact is, we are always busy always ready for reci
tation, always ready for work. We are cheerful
and happy merry in a joke and hard to beat in a
hearty laugh. We are sometimes tired when we
quit work, but never so bad off that we cannot out
strip a common fellow when the supper bell rings.
I am attached to the mauling corps, and know but
little about the other companies. Mr. Wait leads
out our company when, we reach the woods our
coats are laid off, and we set to with a good will
and hards blows. Our chief sets the example :
"Noc non Eneas opera inter talia primus
Hortatur socios, paribusque ascingitur armis."
Blistered hands we consider here as scars of honor,
and we show them with as much pride as Marius
exhibited his scars to the wondering multitude.
That you may form some idea of our execution, I
will state, that two of our corps yesterday mauled
one hundred and twenty-seven rails in two hours
and a half, and that the fence corps led on by Mr.
Armstrong, in two evenings, made a fence and sta
ked it near a half a mile in length, and most of th
rails were carried on the shoulders at least three
hundred yards. You now see that we are not afraid
of hard work. A little bell calls from thp fioU
we enter the chapel for prayers, and immediatelv
after take supper. We now have about half an
hour for amusement, when the bell airain calls to
study. There is no place like Wake Forest at
night. 1 he stillness of the grave yard possesses
the whole out door establishment. It is now niht
the pale face moon is shining beautifully, and all
wunoui is aDsoiute solitude, save when a solitary
student is heard winding his way with a pitcher in
ms nana to tne well soon again all is silence. O
what a place for meditation ! how calm, how
still nothing but the gentle breeze stealing amon
the dead leaves as they hang upon the trees. But
hark ! there sound the deep notes of the bell, 'tis
nine o'clock. Now listen how soft and melodious
are the tones of those flutes how beautifully do
iney uarmouize wan inose ot tne vioim,-the sharp
hissing sounds are from the Dulcimo. Moon light
and music ! but enough. There's no dace hkn
Wake Forest! Good niirht. n. W
Consolation to a Sportsman. A gentleman, who
was a bad "shot," went out snortinor one dav witK
an Irish servant. He fired several times, but with
out bringing down a single bird. The Irishman.
however, consoled him after this manner:
(Shot thefrst) "Och botheration, yer honor,
did you see the little jintleman drop his leg as he
went oil? Sure and sure he'll niver stand on his
tin toes agin. (Shot) There agin ! by de powers !
oft" they go, like a tief with Darby O'Carroll's pig ;
there they go ! But did'nt yer honor hear the shots
rattle among them like paes aginst a winder ?
Sure and they'll pray never to see yer honor ain
on this side the country. (Shot) Och, murder !
They've caught it ; blest if you did'nt hit the wing
o' the old 'un, and you've frightened the rest into
highstricks ; divil a bit o' sleep they'll git this night.
(Shot)- Ah ! burn the pheasant, he's scaped it !
That feller'll carry away more shot than would set
you've done it. No. bother thft
baist, he's taken to fly away agin. Never mind,
sir, he'll wake to-morrow morning with a lumba
go in his saft head !"
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