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4 fw -.Jk - yv!tH "1 - VOLUME II. RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINA, OCTOBER; 15, 1850. : ? " v . " . . . ' y - NUMBER 8;V vfflE SPIRIT OF THE AGE a rwBLisnso vkrt Friday, by "ALEXANDER M. GORMAN, .UDITOR AND PROPRIETOR, 1; p 3 a sat " To single Subscribers, tl 50 per annum. T Clobs of five, d apwards, $1 each ; . t . PayabU in all cata ULodemice. "- , Aiver use menu ioseried at the usual rales. . All Letters to the Editor msT,be post paid. '.(Drigincl tyuyxxn.' EXTRACTS FROM AN ADDRESS Delivered befor Theophilos Division, JVo, 67, at Mwfreesboro', July 4,tSiOV ' ' T MY. JOM. W. TUCKER. . " Intemperance is a moral evil. This is ev ident from facts. In one State in the course of a few weeks four men killed their- own wives ; one of them killed also, six of his children. ' One of these children he placed with his own hand on the fire of his hearth. and kent it there to Irani to death under the eye of its Father. In Orange County in this State, under the influence of this poison, a man murdered his sister, and said after ho was condemned to die, he was sorry he had not murdered his aged mother too. In the jail of Ogdensburg, N. York, inl838,sev ea eights of the criminals were intemperate mem At one Assise in England 9 persons were tried for murder., each committed the crime under the influence of liquor. Twenty two persons who suffered death for their crimes and whose executions were attended by one high Sheriff, all declared that drinking and Sabbath breaking bad brought them to that dismal end. A distinguished Lawyer tes tified, that in ten eases of murder, in which he was sailed to defend the prisoner, 9 com mitted the crime under the influence of spir ituous liquor., . Another Lawyer testified that of 11 eases of murder tried in the courts in which he practiced. in..every.Jcase,;either the murderer or the murdered were intem perate, and in most instances both were eo With regard to other cases of personal violence, assaults with intention to kilt, and common assaults, he bad witnessed trials almost in numerable, and cannot recollect a case in which one or both of the parties were not tooro or less intoxicated. Another Lawyer states, that in tho course , 1 is practice, he had been called to exam- . ,c twenty cases of murder, all of which were committed under the influence of intempe rance. J. O. Cole, Police Justice," of Al bany, New York, testified that of 50 crim inal cases brought before him in one week, 48 originated in drinking, and that 96 in a 100, of all tke criminal eases investigated by him during the year, might be traced to the ' same cause One Judge states that of 11 murders committed and examined by him, . all, nava one, were caused by intemperance, Another states that of 11 murders examin- . ed by him, all were committed under the in . fluenco of U(iuor. - Of 110 commitments in one year in the State prison of Massachusetts, 100 at least were' occasioned by intern po- raoce ; Uf WO in the Auburn state prison 34G were intoxicated when they committed tho eruaos for which they were imprisoned In the State of New York, in 1849 thir ty-six thousand persons were arraigned and punished for criraos commited wader -the in- ' nucnee ot alcoholic drink, and it is stated that four-fifths of all tho crime in the State may be traced to tne same cause, from ' these facts it is evident (hat intern pe ran oe fills with convicts our jails and otate prisons, . builds our Jibbets and Stocks and causes I nine tenths of the vice and immorality we witness in society. In the church, its influ ence has not been less deleterious. Id the communion of the various christian denomi nations in America, 30 learned doctors of Divinitv have fallen bv intemDCrancc aud three of them were Bishops, iu the Church of God. It is stated by an individual who has investigated this subject carefully, that at least four-fifths of the expulsions from the church of God is caused by iotemperanep, , How conclusive do these, favts shuw the im- , moral tendency of the use of .spirituous li quors. ' ' It stupifies the- soul, poisons the body, deadens the - conscienco hardens the heart and enflames the passions. ' Intemperance is a moral evil because it is nositively prohibited in the word of God. This command is found in Leviticus amongst other regulations' in relation to priesthood) And tjie Lord spoke unto; Aaron saying, do not drink wine nor strong drink, 'thou nor thy Sons with thee, when ye go into the Tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye dio t it shall be a statute forever throughout your fenerations, and that ye may put a difference between holy and unholy, 'nd unclean sad clean, and that ye may teach the children ot Israel all the statutes which the lxira saw spoken to them by Moses. This passage clearly teaches that the Priests were forbid den to use wine and strong drink, because it would cloud the mind, dethrone the reason, . and disqualify them for iudging between uiv im4 viinuty, Clean auu unclean,; iumk and vice, so that they could not offer accep table sacrifices unto God, nor teach the chU-. dren of Israel the commands of the Lord. Noil God does not require Priests to to ho Key or purer than otiers, hence it is the du ty pC all lo . abstain. , KinM ' anil . Princes were also forbidden to use wine and strong drink, f If is not for Kines. it is not for drink and forgot the law, and pervert judge ment. Here riings and Kulers are prohib ited from using wine and strong drink. Wine, says Solomon, is a mocker,' strong drink is raging, and he is not wise who is overcome thereby. They have also erred through wine Look not upon the. wine when it is red, when it giveth its color in tho cup, tor at last it stingctu use a seTpent ana biteth like an adder, lie not deceived, says the Apostle Paul, neither idolaters, nor drunkards shall inherit the kingdom of God. A gain, now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are murderers, drunkenness, revilings, and such like, of which I tell you; as I have also told you i time past, they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of uod. - - ; , Drunkards arc also to be excommunicated from the society of christians.on earth. Now I have written onto yom not to keep company with any man that is called a brother, it be be a drunkard ; with such do not eat. From these clear and positive declarations of holy writ it must appear evident to every im partial and unprejudiced mind, that intern perance is a crime of no common magnitude aa it is positively prohibited by -the Law of God under penalty of eternal death. How conclusive the evidence that intemperance is an evil, injurious alike to the physical, intel lectual, and moral man. It destroys the health of tho body 'quenches the fires of the intellect and defaces the image of God in the soul. Having noticed the evils of intern pe ranee, we will now proceed in the 2nd place to point out the Remedy. .Moderate drinking is not tho remedy. It is by moderate drinking we form the artifi cial appetite for alcoholic stimulants, which we have not by nature. -And unlike food or water, alcohol does not satisfy our appetite or allay our thrist, but only stimulates the system to demand more of itself. And the appetite thus formed continues to grow with then growth, amU strengthen with their strength, and increase with their years until imperceptibly to themselves they have be come drunkards. We know it to be tniel iat no one has ever become a drunkard, yet, but by moderate drinking. The man does not commence, and -the- hrst time he ap- roaches the intoxicating bowl, drink a suf- cient quantity at one draught to dethrone reason, destroy bis muscular energy, ana prostrate him 'breathing corpse in the street, iiut be commences the use of it mod erately, perhaps medicinally, and the longer he uses it the stronger becomes the appetite, and the greater the quantity necessary to produce the desired nervous excitement, un til he becomes an habitual drunkard and lives constantly under the influence of ardent spirits.1 ' ' . ' - : ' - '- All of our drunkards were ones moderate drinkers, and in the eyes of the world, strict ly temperate men. But they did not con tinue so; from using it moderately they were led to use it immoderately, and now tliey are slaves to habits of intemperance, and in thoir squandered fortunes, blasted characters and beggared families, we read the melancholy proofs crate There is no individual that ever common-1 ced drinking with the intention of becoming an habitual drunkard. Men have no such intention when they begin to use it ; on the ' contrary, they continue its use with a nxeu and steady purpose not to become intemper ate. But notwithstanding this: determina tion, in millions of instances, moderate drin king has resulted in habitual and confirmed drunkenness, wasted fortune and premature death.. ' : ' The moderate drinker exerts a worse in fluence upon society than even the drunkard himself. Man after he becomes an habitual drunkard, loses all his influence with the re spectable portion of society ; hence but few individuals have ever been led to, form hab its of intemperance either by the example or influence of the habitually intemperate. Besides the intemperate man presents to the mmd. occular demonstration of tho ruinous consequences and damning effects attendant upon the use of alcoholic stimulants, and 1 1 .1 - -l?t? 1 A J - His loamsomo conuiuon nas aiemieiicy 10 produce m the mind of every man of refine ment, feelings of loathing and ' disgust for all intoxicating liquors: But such is not the case with the moderate drinker, he pos sesses, influence with his fellow men, and many are led, by his apparently pure exam ple, from the paths of sobriety and temper . .1 i i ... . i ancCr to we uauuts . oi Bissipaaorr aim vice. And though he may favor the temperance reform, and advocate temperance principles. his influence cannot bo good, so Jong as no on this subject his practice is at war with his teaching, and bis example "at variance with bis precept, t ' ' ."' " "'' ' Tho'chureh -is not fte remedy. . When advocating, the cause of Tempcranco,we are frequently met with this objection,'.-" Itis unnecessary, the church and religion covers. the whole ground. Iw one thinks more of the church than ourselves, and if the ob jector simply means, that religion when suf fered to nave" its due influence wiH make men' sober and temperate, we lave no ob- lectioa to his views. . JJut a he would trom this admonition argue, that there is no ne cessity for a distinct organization for temper ance purposes, we must beg the UDerty ot honestly differing from his opinion. " Roli-' gion would make men just and honest in all their dealings with their fellow men, but it has always been necessary to enforce justice and honesty by the solemn sanctions and se vere penalties of the civil law. Religion most nations have found it necessary to pro vide by legal taxation, for the poor and the destitute, the diseased and dying. But ad miting the truth of the objection, we must relinquish our organizations for the promo tion of knowledge and the other benevolent purposes. We must relinquish our Sabbath ocnools, ; tract societies, Bible bocieties, Colonization Societies, Missionary Societies; humane societies of every description. . For seventeen centuries of the christian era, the world adopted this creed, and what was the consequence ? Why the pall of a starless night rested en all moral subjects, and mor al death rioted in the darkness, not only up on the bodies but the intellects and souls of For half a century these societies )in literature. 5 - From the Monumental Fomitain. ' Walter Leslie, or the Fatal Julep. have existed and been in successful opera tion, and what a change has it produced up on society ? ."The elouds have been disper sed by the rising glory of the sun of fcnowl-, edge, and now those institutions like so ma ny living fountains of moral influence are rolling their pure and fertilizing waters out in all directions over the desert waste of so ciety.- But the conclusions of the objector not only obliterate those glittering way marks of the progressive influence of religion in the world, but it would strike with fearful force at tho root of civil government, scat tering to the winds the wholesome laws and restraints that now guard the ' interest of so ciety. For if religion covers the wbolo ground, then our .whole system of legisla tive and civil jurisprudence, to say the least, is superfluous, and ought to be abolished. the same objection would destroy all family discipline ana government, for if religion is sufficiently powerful to make children, do mestics and servants good and obedient, why then, have any family government.' The church cannot accomplish this work of re form, because on this subject she is not right herself. , J; or she sutlers her membership to make, vend and use, every class of intoxica ting and malt liquors. How then. I ask, ean she reform the drunkard and cure the evil of intemperance. As well Bjight. we suppose that tho church could cure the evil of gaine- ntg while her membership made, sold and played cards. But there are many branch es of the church who oppose the temperance reform, both by their teaching and legisla tion ; how the church can accomplish this work when she opposes it by her legislation, teaching and practice, I cannot -understand. That tho church cannot remedy tho evil, is evident from historic fact. Th church has keen in successful operation for more than" 18 centuries, and intemperance has pre vailed in .every grade and : -circle of society to a greatea-oiess extent ' during the entire chapter i. ' - It was trie sweet hour of twilight, and Walter Leslie sat alone in his study, weaving those golden visions of the fu ture which are so seldom realized. Scarce twenty summers had cast their sunshine over the pale, Calm brow of the dreamer, ami there were few shadows in the dreamy depths of his deep blue eye J l an ana nneiy, proportioned, with-a graceful carriage and fascinating dress, Walter Leslie was one formed to attract the attention and win the heart. He was an only son, the hope and pride of his parents, the heir of immense wealth, for he had but ane sister, a delicate, but lovely child, of some nine years. Ger trude Leslie was very beautiful, and also very lame.. .The poor afflicted one was rthe idol of her parents and brother, and by her sweetness and patience, together with an intelligence beyond her years, endeared herself to all who knew her. The nearest neighbors of the Leslies were the Nlsoas, a family of consider able influence and wealth. EJward Nel son, the elJestwas sQme five years the senior of Walter .Leslie; he possessed great talents, but was in temper warm, ardent and resentful.- His demeanor was scornful an8 haughty in the extreme, yet there was slieties of beauty in Ihe proud curl of the red lip, or the light-; nins-like glance of the deep black eye. Kate Nelson was a merry-hearted girl of seventeen, full of life and joyousness, while her cousin, Florence Neville, was a being of gentleness and grace, exceed ingly beautiful, and with a shade of pea siveness mingling with the natural gaye- ty ot ine youmiui heart. lo return to VV alter Leslie. Twilight shades were deepening" into night, andj he still sat absorbcdin a dreamy reverie. The evening breeze, came gently in at the study window, bearing upon its wings the breath of jassamine nd rose, and lifting the daik, clustering curls from the brow ot the dreamer.:.; But the playful breeze was unheeded ; his thoughts were with the loved one, the idol of his dreams; and where was the beautiful Florence? ed over his haughty brow, he spoke and his. voice was deep, stern, and hollow, " You, Florence, whom I have so lov ed you, it is'.who have destroyed, my happiness forever. Fool that I was not toee that you loved another, andhe-rcy friend ; Jot I need not ipquire"?fcrwhom ou nave .given your love ; but Walter Leslie, from henceforth, is my foe Yes, I swear that be shall bitterly repent the day thathe stole from his friend the only love ne ever coveted. jLet curses des cend" upon his head, ' bitter, aye, and deadly" - " VHush, Edward,! implore you." Bring no woo on lai head-- curse him not; it was I who bound him to secrecy I only am to blame. See, Edward, I kneel to you ; I beseech you to recall your bitter, -wicked words; . - , ,. . ' ; f " It is useless," he replied coldly, and raising her from her kneeling attitude 1 ''it is useless ; henceforward for revenge, and only for revenge, I live. Let the fu ture show how well I keep this promise. t arewell. s . The-door closed after Edward Nelson, and once more Florence was atone. " " CHAPTER II. ' In a richly furnished apartment," m the splendid mansion of Mr Nelson, sat his orphan niece. - Her golden hair hung in time, and what has the church done to? de-1 rich curis over her fair polished neck; liver tho world from the curse. Even while she has been preaching against intemperance from her pulpits, and enacting laws against Ldrunkenness in her halls of legislation, the evil bus increased, until the hoodtidc of in temperance, like an ocean of fire, swept by the wing of tho tempest, has rolled itsflamc vaves over the earth, blasting, burning, killing the morals, minds and bodies of men. Rnt tl,n am nmtiv VinrnYirl l.hn 'inflnprifa nf i of the deleterious influences of mod-, the churoh which she cannot resell. They, druiking. ,"'. r j at&nd not her worship, bow not stlicT altars and wait not upon her ministry, jfeuc can not rctorm them, lor they feol not her influ ence, and you caunot get men to attend church, to engage in exercises of devotion, or bring them under the ministry of the world, while they are constantly intoxicated. The church, from her very design, cannot be made a temperance society.- Total absti nence from all intoxicating or malt liquors, wimvor cider, has. not been niado a condi tion of church, membership by .Christ and his apostles, and we have no authority to do it now.'1" " ' ' '" " ' i ' Such a pbjidition would tbrow beyond tor pale; many of ei valuable .members. For there are many valuable members' bf -the "church of God who are not intempcrate,but who sometimes use"" whfe, cider and beer. Such individuals are" valuable members of the ehurch, men of exemplary piety1,, and earnest religious zeal.- ' '' ' v - - In many. sections' of country, 'wine, ciderV beer and ale are used for dietia nurposes, take them from ilia inhabitants, .and you would rob them of half their living. Was total abstinence made a condition of church membership,, such sections of country would be cut on from the benefits of. a con nection with the church. . But' as the church is designed to be universal, and extend its privileges and blessings to all, it is evident that such a pledge could hot be made a con dition tjf church membership. ' the whole history however, of the temneranc subject, proves irnu, bucu 1 n pieage is necessary- ior the reformation of tho drunkard, ' hence it i evident that as such ajiledgc cannot be made a condition -of i ehurch ' membership, the church cannot be the remedy. Kings, O Lemuel, to drink wine, nor for Princes to drink strong drink, lest they will-make men humane and benevolent, but , Sweating" Him. A young, candidate lately presented himself before a certain mect ical society for examination, andrtf accept ed, was to receive a degree from the society.1 ine wusub -weuii un nun ne examination so far as to find him grossly ignorant. " His embarrassments and mortification had thrown him bit a violent sweat. , In. this pickle. one of the censors asked him what course he - would , take: with a"' patient ' afflicted with the Theumatism. He replied, '"! would sweat nim.f' 1 "'Well'aid the censor, "and "what method would you take to sweat him!" The poor fellow, who began to be a-' little angry on the occasion, replied, 'I. would send him here, I swear, to be examined!" there was a deep shadow in-the eyes so dart .and deeply blue,? and a line ol sad ness "upon the, pure white brow. She, too, had been musing buther thoughts were with the past. Long had she sat, recalling the images of the loved depar ted ones. Florence wept. The door o- pened softly, and Edward Nelson stood before her. One glance t his weeping cousin, and tne bright smile taded trom his lip : -then, in a tone of "rfiingled re proach and sadness? he said-v ; ? : t Why do you weep, Florence ? ; Ate you not happy with us? Come, cousin mine, give me one ft your, heart-cheer ing smiles. ( v . '.And Florence did smile, but very faintly ; and brushing back her long curls she raised her beautiful face with a frank, kindly lookr'and! met the warm, 'ardent gaze of her cousin bent uporfher. Edward seated himself beside her, and a deep crimson overspread histisually pale face as be spoke. ' '-f a v v-i ;-' Florence, he bogan," . and- the. quick, restless glance of his eye-was exchanged for- softened look, " Florence, I have a few words for your ear. - L'sten, while I tell you that which has been on my mind tor months. be:i JL hist sawyou in our, tnourning garments, looking so pale a iwl saj, I pitied ypu ; and I then resol yed that, wild and wayward "as I might be to others, to you I would ever be kind and genlle as an elder brother.; OJut wnen, day alter day, 1 saw your beau ty increase when each hour rendered dearer to me the sunlight of your smile I loved you; and when I found you ever;Teady to palliatj" and 'excuse my faults, and sympathize with 'ms in mv very griel, 1 loved yon-yet more passion ately. . With you, Florence, the evil of my aalqre seems subdued. - And oh,- mv, cousin, scora not this love; it is the only kln-l.fr 1 ' 1 L. ..-11 '1 . e -T "guv pui., in me who. leseri oi my heart". ..... .'' , Edward paused, overcome bv his emo tion, and the large diops stood upon his forehead.. Florence arose, and her voice sad andjnournful, as she said, ; . . ,- - Alas! Edward, -that I should "have ever entered your father's dwelling, if I uni yx uiigm me anecuons oi nis only son;, and oh! my cousin, recall vour wnros oi pnrenzy.. i,am the aUianced wife of another ; -and if. no tie bound me if I were free to-rnorfbw,I could never love you but asi,l howdo ;4 should wither be neath yourtjeorn. ' But, Edward, I shall regard yon as- my' brother my proud, gifted brother. and I will love vou even as l uavs ever none. .Edward Nelson neither ThoveiJ nor spoke, and Florence- shuddered as" she saw the. while-foam father on his lip. Sbe approached and laid: her hand gent td CHAPTER til. Many months had passed ; the rose of summer had taded,, and the hrst leaves ot -autumn were strewn upon the path between the houses ol Leslie and Nel son. Agaitt Walter Leslie sat in his stu dy, but not alone. Upon a silken couch near her beloved brother iay the beauti ful Gertrude. There was a softer light n the hazel eye, and a brighter glow up on the fair cheek. She gazed upon the setting sun, and sweet were the thoughts of the angel child as'she looked upon the declining orb, buried in masses of crim son and gold. Slowly she turned from the window and fhurmured, " Brother, I have been thinking of the angels, and I have wished, as I lay here, that when I am taken from you, I may find a home beyond those purple clouds. I have some times sorrowed that I am so afflicted, for I have wished to bound oves the lawn. and gather those wild flowers we see -in our rides ; but this evening 1- have heard the angels' music, and I could almost see the glancing of their sunny wings." Uently her brotner lolded her to h bosom, spoke of his hopes that she would gladden their hearts yet many days. Bat glancing at her small, distorted loot, she exclaimed, "Oh? why was I as I am? Then meeting the sorrowful glance of her brother, she whispered,-" lake me to my mother; I never murmur thare." And Walter took her,' and pillowed her unon that gentle bosom, se ready' to receive her idolized, -though crippled child." CHAPTER IT.5 ; Once, more it is sifmmer a still,. sUl- try day, In August. The : heat was so very, oppressive, that 4ne Nelsons had seated themselves under the old elm some distance from their dwelling, catch the slightest breeze. Walter Les lie was there, and bv his side sat Flor ence Nevile, while, leaning against an oak at a little, distance, stood- Edward Nelson, with his haughSjt lip. and scorn ful eye ; but there . were no traces- of passion on bis brow, and nothing but sweetness in hts rones, r lorence was satisfied ; she remembefed her interview with Edward, but as a troubled dream She had locked the secret in' ber bosom, eo sure -was she that it . was but a sud den outbreak of passion on the part of ward; and as be , had never alluded to the subject, but had treated her with the frank, brotherly kindness of by-gone days, Florence imagined that Edward bad repented , lor with her woman confidence, sbe reasoned, "-he is 'the same warm friend of Walter Leslie the same kind cousin to myself. Kate. Nelson, the merry-heated sister of Edward, had just returned front the! house,-, with the old. jbutlery; bringing: some refreshments, and as-slie .passed Walter and Florence,, she playfully ex claimed, ' . '-- ; -. , -.- r . "Here Vvalter is a julejvma.de expressly (or you, as I never could tempt, you to taste any thing of the kind ; now do. oblige me this once. Indeed, I shall in sist upon it ,or else"--andr she glanced iiuiiicvuusty at r luicucc. "Thank you,' Kate; bot I am a teeto taler, iy principle, nd the pore spark Ijng water my only beverage," Walter replied, with a smile. "But just this once, Waller What possible harm carv there be in drinking a mint julep on a summers eve sow-arm as this 'I- Nowif you were a member of the temperance society 1 would think it wrong to'urge." But Florence join. your entreaties to mine, for I am afraid m v ef- Uienee is of no'avail." ' ' . Burner eousirt only smiled at Kate s earnestness, and Edward added, in his cold, sarcastic tone, f . -. . ' Perhaps Walter fears a drunkard's fate. ! I can remember, in early boyhood, that he was not quite so fastidious ;' for,' ladies, believe me, Walter signally dis tinguished himself, on one" particular oc casion, as a votary of Bacchus.'..; . , . 'Tbe. blood rushed? in torrents to the brow of W altar J,eslie, for he. well re membered the scene referred to. Tt had beehjn a bpyisfc frblie but it had show ed the one ' plague Spot' in his heart. He had seen the "Olf before him ; he had perhaps, might ly upoB bis 1 r?m f rudelr-i nay, "Srhiost fiercely, he c4t if ffom bin, and dabh- ing back the rich masses of hair cluster- 1'elt-thajt. -while some, drink with impunity, hit was a constitu tion and temperament which seemed per--pared to be easily inflamed by the subtle poison. He had promised he vet. more td taste that which had wrought this raging' fever in his veins front that day i0 this . summer eve, nowine had passed, his lips. . Walter's-was in many respects P . noble nature, tut he lacked-moral cour age, he was tod sensitive lo ridicule; And-now he stdod irresolute; "and with the-mocking laugh of Edwafd Nelson and the look!'' timid inquiry - from Florence Neville, and thjnerrv laugh of Edward;Nelson and the look of timid inquiry from Florence -Neville, and the merry laugh of Kate Nelson ringing in his ears, he yielded to the tempter. 'But this once.' heinwardlv said, 'and 1 shall never taste again.' Waller rais ed the goblet to his lips, and drained the-. lataljjjlep. As be handed the glass to Kate, a slight shiver convulsed bis frame. Was it the icy liquid, or a fore-shadowing of the dark future ? There was a wild gleam in the eye of Edward Nelson, and he mentally exclaimed, ' I.have dis covered his weakness at last ; Jet1 the wine-cup aid me in my reverrge.' , , The evening passed in gaiety, in mirth and joyousness ; but before Waiter Lab ile returned horrx1, Edward Nelson, fAe tempter, bad prevailed oa- him ta drink freely. . Walter, had hesitated at the first glass : but after that, the barrier seemed removed; and! as glass .-after glass was .t vanislieil. , ; ,. t From that time forth," Yy alter Lesli4. . was a changed being, That one julep, - given thoughtlessly by the fair hands of' ' . l..l.. i : ur.i, n ivj.ci, giti, uau awuivciicu iu frtitLVK . thirst almost -unquenchable. Edward Nelson found this 1 plague spot' in his , . heart, and prompted by revenge.he spread - t, until the victlirl, goaded by the stidgs ' of conscience aud the merited reproach- es of those he loved should fly to the v, ' maddened bowl, and drink deeper and , deeper of its deadly cdntenls, and there "should be thed no escape front the tolls , of the despoiler. In vaia -the fatherof Walter remonstrated J in vqia hiseeritlo- fmother pleaded; the pale cheek and quivering Jip of Florence were unheed ed ; and the bewildered look -and tearful yesf tm; fame Child, whf) "knew only .i.-i u - n . i i , ..... i - iuai lie wa 9iiuijr viiciiigeu, unjwc mm -from his Idved home, to find peace else-4 where. 1 here were moments when this . -gifted being wduld turn in disgust .from , the tempting bowl, remembering the . .. height from which he had fallen. There would then appear glimpses of his better ,; . nature there wouldgleam througli Jjie ., darkness and gloom to which irttempe- ranee debases its victims, that noble soul, full of such lofty impulses and sweet af-. , fectioSs ; but then-came the mocking laugh of Edward Nelson,"and thai burn--, ing thirst ; the curse of the drunkard. . . ' ' -.. CHAPTER . : - -. yrf i vfei It was the last eve in autumn ; the sun..' was setting in brilliancy, and- pouring a flood of roseate light into the Chamber of death. Upon a silked, couch, with the sunbeams glancing ' over the cover lay , tne dying lorm ol Waller Leslie, A lew short years, 'and he sat there, , id all the r pride or health and beauty, dreaming of JJ. a golden future. But twq. hours since, and the. heir of the Leslies, the child, of,,.,, many hopes, had been brought home in 1 the asony of death for wine had done its,, ,' work. "While intoxicated, he had been thrown from his horse", then dragged b$ -, Ihe friglitehed animal,- until released iy a passing stranger. :. . i . t . - There were weepfrlg forms gathered , t around mat dying bed. ,,J,ne. poor, old , father; his hair silvered by sorrow, stood 1 by" the .hedside.- "Tha pale, agonized . mother, sat rocking to and fro ; while . v the stricken Florence, who had been . . . . hastily summoned, knell by the dying: ' dnSi He had never spoken i since his " -i fall ; bufas the soft hand of the rnolhetl pressed "his; own, and she murmured ? Walter, oh.' my dyiug son!' the eyes -.:, -once so beautiful in their dreamy depths . v -" were slowly " unclosed, and. rested with -., a look of wo unutterable, upon .the jiallid.'. features by his bedside, Theie was, slow; uneven Stef. heard in the -room a.',: , bovej on" on U(came, and the watch-f ers in the stilly' chamber-of death held , J theirtrealh'and listened ; it neired the , door no faltering, then . quickened another moment, and Gertrude. .Leslie , stood among the- mourners. : . She gave -tine low cry of wild dgony, then crept ta tne siue ci ner ajing uroiner; one Might . -arm was thrown around him.andshepres- u ed her pale lips to his forehead, wet with , .., the dews of death. . The eyes of Walter Leslie were once 'more Opened, and he . looked full upon his sister; but as he gsx de, the dark wing of the death-angel ever shadowed him, and the look of awaken- - ed agony he had given to his sister, was ; exchanged for the cold, glassy stare of -, death. , . .: ' - A few weeks,,! and tKev gathered the r pale autumn flowers, t( bind, a funeral wreath upon the white brow of the beau- ' tiful Gertrude." , - . ;'... , "., . -Many years have passed -since that dark and sorrowful time ; and ye!, bt" yester eve I stood by the g cave "of Wal ter Leslie. There were wild (lowers growing over it, and the beautiful rose tree he loved to well stood at his head. :1 -is ' V " "