Christian herald. (Portland ;) 1882-18??, February 16, 1883, Page 9, Image 9

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to sign the total abstinence pledge, word for word, as it appeared in
I always watch him to see how Dr. Gunn’s woik. I have also un-
many cigars ha smokes before he mist'ikable proof that it was pub­
gets out of town. And when a lished in the Mt. Vernon Nenes, oi
minister preaches temperance to the Ohio, in 1842 ; about the same time
people, I expect him to be a living I it also appeared in a Canada paper,
example of that which he preaches; published in Toronto, called the
and if he fails in this respect, hfa, Christian Guardian. But the earl-
evidently shows his own inconsis iest mention of it that I can find, is
in the annual report of the Ameri­
Now, that tobacco contains dead­ can Temperance Union for 1838. It
ly poison, and, therefore, used as a appears in that report in full, as a
beverage, is highly injurious to the part of the report. It has been in­
human system, is not a question to timated that it can be found in a
be argued. This is a fact that has medical work written in the time
been fully demonstrated, and is now of the Revolution ; of this, however,
settled beyond a doubt, by both I have no positive evidence. J can
science and experience. This every positively trace it to 1838, and this
preacher knows, and he is, therefore, takes it far beyond Dr. Gunn’s day.
morally responsible before God and A knowledge of the authorship is of
man, if he does not make it known no material -consequence, however,
to the people. But what are we to except so far as it would put an
think of those who, not Only fail to end to a long and unprofitable con-
do this, but who actually practice tioversy. The production itself urfe
that which their own knowledge gem of rare -oxcellenee, ami amply
and experience teach them is a deserves to be preserved among the
curse to the human race ? Consis­ ijt«rary archives of this great tem­
tency, at least, teaches such an one perance reform.
that be should hold his tongue on
Desiring that this terrible,, yet-
the temperance question till he can just indictment against the merci­
learn to practice what he preaches. less monster—A'cohol—who has,
I verily believe, that both preachers, and still is, inflicting upon mankind
and all other Christian people, so many and such grievous sorrows
should give up the filthy habit, re­ and sufferings, should lie kept con­
pent of their sin, turn to God and stantly before the people, I thought
ask his forgiveness, and then preach it advisable to reproduce it in this
and practice temperance in earnest humble offering to our temperance
Till we learn to do what we allow liteiature.
to be right and best for the people,
and in this way practice consistency,
Intemperance cuts down youth in
we are not likely to make much all its vigor, manhood in all its
headway in the reformation of strength, and age in its weakness.
others.—77te IF orker..
It breaks the father’s heart, bereaves
the doting-mother*extinguishes na­
' A Graphic Description of* the tural affection, erases conjugal love,
Evils of Intemperance.
blots out filial attachment, blights
The following we take from Dr. parental hopes, and brings mourn­
A. M. Collins’ new book enti:lcd ing age in sorrow to the grave. It
“Wines of the Old and New Testa­ produces weakness, not strength ;
ments:**—[E d . H erald .]
sickness, not health ; death, not life.
The authorship of the following It makes wives widows, children
inimitable production, is at. the orphans, parents childless, and all,
present lime unknown. I have at last, beggars. It produces fevers,
sought in vain to find out when and feeds rheumatism, nurses gout, wel­
where it first appeared, and by comes epidemic, invites disease, im­
whom it was written. It has had parts pestilence, embraces consump­
a most eventful history. It has tion, cherishes dyspepsia, and en
been ascribed to a great many dif courages apoplexy and paralytic
terent individuals, and claimed by affections.
as many more. In 1856, Dr. John
It covers the land with idleness
C. Gunn practically claimed the and poverty, disease and crime. It
authorship, by publishing it as or- fills our jails, supplies our alms-
iginal matter 4n hte /*e>»n»¿y Pkgs- hou seM,--aml—fuwih b es s ubj ects—fw-
cian. It is now positively known, our asylums. It engenders contro­
however, that he appropriated it versies, fosters quarrels and cher­
, without giving proper credit to the ishes riots. It condemns law and
unknown author. 1 have myself spurns order. It crowds the peni­
seen n copy of a newspaper, pub­ tentiary and furnishes victims for
lished i« 1847, which contained it the scafftlds. It is the life-blood
of the gambler, the food of the
counterfeiter, the pi op of the high­
waymen, and the support of the
midnight incendiary and assassin,
the friend and companion of the
•It countenances the liar, respects
the thief, and esteems the blas­
phemer. It violates obligation,
reverences fraud, and honors infamy.
It defames benevolence, hates love,
scornsvirtue.and slanders innocence.
It incites the father to butcher hiB
innocent children, helps the hus­
band to kill his wife, and aids the
child to grind the parricidal axe.
It burns up men, consumes women,
detests life, curses God, and despises
heaven. It suborns witnesses,
nurses perjury, defiles the jury box,
and stains the judicial ermine.
It bribes votes, corrupts elections,
poisons our institutions, and en­
dangers our government. It de­
grades the eitizen, lowers the legis
lator and dishonors the statesman.
It brings shame, not honor; terror,
not safety;despair, not hope; misery,
not happiness: and then, with the
malevolence of a fiend, it calmly
surveys its frightful desolation, and,
insatiate with havoc, it noisons
felicity, kills peace, ruins morals,
blights confidence, slays reputation,
and wipes out national honor, then
curses the world, and laughs at the
ruin it has inflicted on the human
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Facts about Whisky and
Whisky Sellers.
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A Nice Business For Women.
A man said to me the other day,
“ This is a very good work for wo­
men to be engaged in, but it’s poor
business for the Governor of a
State.” I replied : “ My dear sir, I
wish you could stay at home and
bend, like yonr wife, over the wash
tub, nurse the babies, dam the
socks, and attend to the duties of
the house, and every thing else of
that character which tends to wear
out the physical strength of wo­
men, while your wife could loaf for*
awhile around some grog-shop:
you would then be a ‘fanatic’ your- -i—
self upon this question.” If there
is one of you to-night who should
catch your wife loafing around a
saloon, you would apply for a di­
vorce inside of twenty-four hours ;
you would think if she were guilty
of so infamous a thing, she would
be unworthy of such a specimen of *
manhood as yourself; and yet -for
all this you can linger about these__
places week after weck.—tZm1:
I was born and brought up in a
State that contained twelve or
fourteen hundred breweries, and
was personally acquainted with a
score of householders engaged in
making and selling intoxicating
drinks, and I can testify from per­
sonal knowledge that thirty per
cent, of the male householders and
three per cent, of its females, be­
came drunkards. Of the remainder
of the families in the same territory,
alongside of these, but not engaged
in making and selling liquor, four­
teen per cent, of the maie members
became drunkards and less than
one half of one per cent, of The
females. The greatest per cent, of
drunkenness, of the male members
of single families, known to the
writer, the heads of which were en­
ga ged inx n a king and Mailing liquor,
was seventy-five, and the least four­
teen; in one, none. In this the
head engaged in the business only
Submission to the will of God,
partially and not very long. I ob­ both inward and outward, is the
tained the above figures by actual shortest way to attain to the high­
count in a large number of families. est pitch of truth and perfection.
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I have known quite a number cf
men who lived sots for a long time,
and their prosperity was noted for
lack oTenergy. If a son or grand­
son of a sot manifests much energy
it is generally one that was born
before the father or grandfather be­
came confirmed in habits of drunk­
enness, or. one that is strongly im-
pressed with the features ami char­
acter of the sober mother. I know
eight pothers, all men growm, of
good size, of common sense and well
developed in muscle, not one of
whom manifests energy or persever­
ance ; and if all the property they
all possess were thrown into a pile,
it would be but a small one, and of
poor quality ; some of them under
no extraordinary circumstances
have had to be relieved by county
aid. The father of these brothers
was an old sot of long standing, and
the mother would get drunk. In
vain have I ransacked the histories
of families For a parallel case of
brothers and sober parents.
The above faets teach two lead­
ing lessons : First, it is the frequent
touching, handling, and tasting of
strong drink that causes so much
drunkenness. Second, drunkenness
of a father destroys not only his
own energy, but that of his poster­
ity also.— Indiana Farmer^—