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was alive, but it was a pity she had not died instead of Blitz; “for she is not worth three hundred dollars, and that is what Mr. Willard paid for him, less than a week ago."

“Oh, Bob, Mrs. Willard has a soul to be saved or lost."

“Don't talk to me of her soul; she drowned that long ago."

Mr. Willard so far recovered, that they ventured to ask him who he would have to preach the funeral sermon; he was unable to make a reply, for the first time since the cruel tragedy his bursting heart found relief in tears. He was confined to his room for several weeks, and during this time no reference was made to his wife or child.

The Rev. Charles Bradley, as he journeyed home, called at the hotel of his unfortunate friend. deavored to administer to him that

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consolation that the world cannot give. He saw that the wound he had received, was deep, but he assured him, 6 That there was a Balm in Gilead, and a Physician there, and that Christ was an high Priest, that would be touched with the feelings of his infirmities."

The bereaved sufferer listened in tearful silence.

The faithful man of God continued, " Jesus Christ came not into this world to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Though thy sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.'' Mr. Bradley said, " I would advise

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bar as soon as possible, and discontinue the use of ardent spirits in any form, and add to thy knowledge, temperance. They shall receive the reward of unrighteousness

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that count it pleasure to riot in the day time; spots they are, and blemishes ; sporting themselves with their own deceivings.' Decision of character sir, is what you need, and without it you are lost, lost for ever.'»

“I am lost already; the last tie that bound me to earth is severed, and what have I to live for now?"

“You have everything to live for, sir; live that you may add to your knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity, and with this combination of virtues, you will be enabled through grace to live the life of the righteous ; and at last to come off conqueror, yea, more than conqueror, through Jesus Christ, whose pity and forgiveness are commensurate with your repentance."

“ Mr. Bradley, I have no objection to your theology, and your reasoning ought to commend itself to the judgment of every reflecting mind. I have long since learned from the word of God, that the happiness of two worlds must be derived from a cheerful acquiescence in the truth which is alone calculated to elevate and sanctify our fallen natures. I have found the way of the transgressor bard; it has blighted my future prospects, and rendered my own existence loathsome. When I met you on your way to Roselle, I had something to live for; my expectations had failed in one, but in another I had hoped to more than realize them; man appoints, but God disappoints."

" Mr. Willard, in the general acceptance of that, it is true, 'therefore, saith the Lord; behold I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone,

a precious corner stone, a sure foundation; he that believeth shall not make haste. You see, sir, that the worldly expectations of the righteous and the unrighteous are alike cut off.

“ The little a righteous man hath is better than the riches of money.'

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poor man.'

“ He that loveth wine and oil, shall not be rich.'

“I would not, my friend, be a prophet of evil to you, but if you continue your present business, your riches will take to themselves wings and fly away; and God hath declared, “that judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet, and hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. I have prolonged this interview with you, sir, beyond my expectations, but I leave the result in the

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