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THE BANNER,
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Vol. III. Abbeville G. H., S. C, August 5, 1846. No. 23 j
Published every Wednesday Morning, by
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(Written for the Abbeville Banner.)
CHARLES BORDEN;
O R,
" IT IS THE FIRST STEP THAT COSTS."
BY PETREL.
Persons brought up in the country,
can scarcely realize or believe the number,
the variety, or the seductive character,
of the temptations, presented to the
ifnnri rr in lavrrn pitioc nr\y n tlint*
y uuii^ in luigu UJIIUO j iiui uuu intj UU
too grateful to Providence, for having
cast their lots amongst groves and
fields, where the first impressions made
upon the minds of their 'offspring,
instead of being vitiated, false and corrupted,
by an early contact with vice,
like the serpent, in Eden, clothcd in
most beautiful colors, are pure, just,
and holy, and from an intimate acquaintance
with nature, they instinctively
turn to Nature's God. Amongst the
multitude of snares thus set by Satan,
and their name is legion, none is more
dangerous or fascinating, to the inexperienced,
than the Theatre. Like all
other vices, its mischevious tendency is
greatly increased by using false colors
h nil nnnonrnnpno rP/-? ?Vio nmrM if
MII\A U^/^/WMAWLtVUW? A, V <UV UVllUj 1 V
would palm itself off, as the Temple of
the Muses ; a school, to teach a knowledge
of the world and mankind ; a nursery
of talent, and ol oratory; when in reality,
it is but the entrance, to the gin
palace, the gambling room, and the
brothel house. Countenanced too, as it
is, by many of the wealthy, and fashionable,
who give it the sanction of their
presence, it becomes more baneful in its
effects ; for many a well educated piously
inclined youth, who would shrink
with horror, from the thought of seeking
the intoxicating draught, the gambler, or
the courtesan, will unhesitatingly enter
the theatre, and not until bitter experi
ence has compelled'him to acknowledge
the truth of what I have written, and
when it is too late believe that " It is the.
first step that costs"
I will give one instance, that came
within my own experience.?Charles
Borden, was an orphan ; the only hope
and stay, of a fond and devoted mother ;
whose every thought and aspiration,
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was cenierea in me wenare 01 ner aar-'
ling child, and well was that child by
nature calculated to inspire love, and repay
with interest, the fondness thus lat_
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vjsnea upon mm. rus aisposnion was
gentle, and affectionate; his thoughts
pure, his passions well regulated; and
all the energies of his mind, and body
were bent, and strained, to minister to
the wants of his widowed mother; for
they were poor. His highest ambition
was by his own exertion, to place her in
the affluence, from which the death of
his father had reduced her. At the age
of thirteen, he had obtained a situation
in one of the largest commercial houses
>n the city, where by his unremitting
industry, and attention, he had gained
the complete confidence of his employer,
land by the suavity of his manners and
his obliging disposition, he had a friend
in every customer of the house; thus
for three years, did he avoid every temptation
and immorality?spending all his
leisure time at home, and the Sabbath
was always spent in the service of the
Most High. But the tempter was on
the watch, apd one cold winter's evening,
as Charles was on his way home
from the counting room, accompanied by
two fellow-clerks, youths a^out his own
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uui in me iqil gfowr^stature of men.
^.depravity, he ww dpmpeUed to pass
by the fashionable thea^e ^unfortunate^
ly, it wai as the flami0$ placards announced,
a night of flhusual attraction,
Mr. FoajtEeT, the celebrated tragedian,
was to perform one of his original and
most popular characters.
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The doors had just opened, and the
bright, the beautiful, the virtuous daughters
of the aristocracy, with the judges,
the doctors, and the millionares of the
city were jostling the painted, bedizened,
and shameless harlot, the loafer,
and the pickpocket, as they crowded
through the passage in their eagerness
to obtain seats. Charles's companions
determined to go in, and he bid them
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yuuu iii^iu, wuii uio mienuon 01 going
home, but they would not hear to it, lie
must come in with them, for they liked
not the reproof of his example. They
insisted, he refused, and would have left
them had they not each taken hold of
an arm and detained him by main force.
Whilst they were thus debating, Mr.
Kimball, the gentleman in whose employ
they all were, passed with his wife,
and daughter, and bowing to them, entered
the theatre. The companions of
Charles made use of Mr. Kuiballs example
as a convincing proof, that there
was nothing to be dreaded in going; and
he knowing Mr. K. to be a man of the
strictest morality, and feeling assured
that he would not visit, or countenance
any thing, he thought improper?at
last consented, and the three young men
entered the dress circle, already crowded
by the beauty and fashion of the city.
The play commenced, and Charles was
delighted, and bewildered ; the lights,
the crowd, the music, the actors, the
scenery, it was all new to him, he would
havft bp.p.n wiliinor fr? linwo romninorl
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motionless, until the end of the performance,
but not so his companions, to
them it was an old story, dry and familiar,
and after the curtain dropped for
the first act, they craved something
more exciting, and dragging- Ciiaules
along they sought the drinking saloon.
He, though earnestly solicited,
would drink nothing but lemonade; his
friends, to show their manhood, tossed
off strong brandy slings, and both again
locking arms with him, before he
knew where he was going, 'ound himself
in the saloon of the third Tier, filled,
as it always is, with the dissipated, the
vile, and the hardened, of both sexes.
(Jiiarles was both shocked and frightened,
and would have instantly retreated,
but one of those squabbling fights so frequent
in such places, commenced in the
passage behind him, and he sat down
on a settee in a corner to wait until the
road was clear, and then make his way
down, but he was hardly seated, before
a girl, neatly, and plainly dressed,
whose age could not have exceeded seventeen.
and whose face hf?d once been
of surpassing loveliness, though already
r...i_ .1 i '
niuuu uy sorrow ana excess, placed tierself
oil the setlee within few feet of
him ; he looked round at first, involuntarily;
but there was so much distress
depicted on the girl's countenance, she
seemed to be suffering so much, either
physically, or mentally, he could not
tell which, that the natural kindness of
his heart instinctively, prompted him, to
speak to her: he asked with sympathy
in his voice, what ailed her, why she
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looKea so saa ? sne tola him such a pitiful
tale, of want, sickness and woe, that
all his benevolent feelings were enlisted
in her behalf, and the girl shortly after
complaining of faintness, and debility,
forgetful of himself and his own character,
and only thinking of relieving a suffering
woman, he offered to accompany
her home, she of course was apparently
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veiy yiaieiui, nnu ll was not Until
Charles found himself within sight of
home, that he thought of the culpability
of his conduct, and the anxiety he must
have given his kind mother, who met
him as he put his foot on the door step,
rejoiced at his return, for he had promised
to be home early, and she had been
very uneasy at his long abscence. He
told her he had been to the theatre. She j
did not rebuke him, but he could see
how much she was pained, for she
knew " how much the first step costs,"
and Charles, fretted at the thought of
his mothers unhappiness, passed his first
sleepless night. Alas, how many was
he fated to spend, in consequence of
what many would think this his first
slight error. The next day he was worried,
restless and feverish, and had made
a solemn resolution, never again to enter
the Thespian Temple; but the rubicon
had been Dassed and it was now too
late. Juptbewfe dinner time, a porter
handed him a note \ he opened it and
(bund it was from the girl he had seen j
at the theatre the night before: saying j
she was very ill. and praying him to i
come and see her, at least lor a few moments;
he knew that if seen, it would
subject him to severe censure, but confident
in the- integrity of his motives, he
did not think he would be doing wrong,
and before going to his dinner he stopped
to see her; she was very siclc and
had no physician, he stayed a short lime
with her, and promised to send her one.
He did ; and as she was iil a long time,
and it was but a short distance out of his
way, in going from home to the store ;
and she seemed to look forward to his
visits with so much hope, and expressed
so much gratitude when he came, that
he stopped to sec her several times a day
But his visits were seen by an acquaintance,
who informed his employer, that
his favorite cleric, Ciiarlks 13oudi:n, in
whom he had such confidence, and
I whose COndllPt llP llidd nr? no nn
pic to all the other young men, was a
roue, and so far gone and shameless, in
! dissipation, that he did not hesitate visiting
houses of ill fame, in broad daylight,
and insinuated, that all his goodness
and morality consisted in consummate
hypocrisy. Mr. Kimball, was
much grieved, and calling Charles, into
his private room, asked him if it was
true, that he frequented houses of ill
fame? He acknowledged that he
had llf>nn tn nnp Jirifl ovnlilniwl LJo
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tives, but Mr. Kimball was thoroughly
a man of the world, and never having
been influenced by such feelings himself,
did not believe that any one else
could be, and severely reprimanding
him, charged him with falsehood,
and ascribed his visits to very different
motives. Feeling assured of the honesty
of his intention?, Charles was very
much mortified and vexed, and talked
back to his employer very shortly, and
as Mr. K. thought, so impertinently,
mat beHevmghim hardened in vice, he
dismissed him nt once. Charles was
too proud to intercede, but it was with
an aching heart, and a faltering step,
that he walked towards his home. Dreading
the effect his heat-rending news
would have upon his mother ; but confident
in her love, he summoned up resolution
enough, to tcil her all the circum'
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stances, ueepiy, deeply, grieved was
sho; but knowing the goodnesss and
veracity of her boy, she believed his tale
and encouraged him by all the means in
her power, to hope for better times in the
future, and told him he would have 110
difficulty in finding another situation
But a blight was on his name, his reputation
was gone, and after in vain trying
every house in the city, he found his only
chance was to accept the situation of
bar keeper in a hotel. Feeling cha .?
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their unjust treatment, and constantly
in the midst of temptation, he gradually
learned to drink. From drinking, the
road is strait and short to gambling, agd
hoping to better his condition, he allowed
himself to stake money of his employer's
that was in his possession?he
lost it?was charged with the theft,
tried,convicted and condemned to prison.
His mother who had treated him with
unwavering kindness in all his troubles,
and had used all the gentle and soothing
arts of kind and virtuous woman, to
keep his mind in the right way, was so
shocked by this overwhelming blow.
that she was attacked by a brain fever, i
which ended her misery, and the poor
lost degraded Borden, was alone in th 3
world. After he came out of prison,
feeling poignantly, the loss of his beloved
parent, and conscious of the weight
of his moral disgrace, gave up all hope,
and resigned himself to vice and dissipation,
and in his twentieth year, Charles
Borden?the once talented, high minded,
and virtuous?the youth of so much
promise?the hone of a mn?Vior
?died a miserable outcast in the almshouse.
Thus, was one in itself, slight error?
one step from the strict line of duty, the
means of breaking a fond mother's heart,
and bringing her head in sorrow to the
grave?and the cause ofruining both for
time, and for eternity, a once virtuous
"irAiitK <***?! ?!% ?! ?
jvhiiii m. uusc uuu iiiiiiii. yuunij man,
when you start to enter a theatre; to
touch the intoxicating glass; to handle
a pack of cards, or to do any thing, of
wnose morality there can be a question,
and remember; oh! remember, that" It
| is the. first step that costs."
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THE HOUSE THAT ZACK I
BUILT.
Fort Brou n.?This ia the house that
Zack built.
The Cannon.?These are the bull i
dogs, that lay in the house that Zack
built.
The Garrison.?These are the men,
that led the dogs, that lay in the house 1
that Zack built.
General Tat/lor.?This is the general
as sharp as a thorn, that led the merr,
that frd the dogs that lay in the house
that Zaclc built.
General Arista.?This is the General
that rose in the morn, to meet the
General as sharp as a thorn, that led the
men, that fed the dosrs, that lay in the
house that Zack built.
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Mexican J mops.?These are the
troops all tattered and torn, that followed
the leader that rose in the morn, to meet
the goneral as sharp as a thorn, that led
the men, that fed the do<rs, that lay in
the house that Zack built.
Cajtl. Mai/, of the Dragoons.?This
is the Captain not shaven nor shorn,
that charged the troops all tattered and
torn, that followed the leader that rose
in the morn, to meet the general as
sharp as a thorn, that led the men, that
fed the dojrs, that lav in the house that i
Zaek built.
Gen. Vega.?This is the prisoner nil
forlorn, that was taken by the captain
not shaven or shorn, that charged the
troops all tattered and torn, that followed
the leader that rose in the rnorn, to meet
the general as sharp as a thorn, that led
the men, that fed the dogs that lay in
the house that Zaclc built.
rJhe Mexican Army.?These are the
men all weary and worn, that abandoned
the prisoner all forlorn, that was taken
by the captain not shaven or shorn,
that charged the troops all tattered and
torn, that followed the leader that rose
in the morn, to meet the General as
sharp as a thorn, that led the men, that
fed the do<xs that lay in the house that I
Zack built.
7he American Army.?These are
Yankees American born, that defeated
the men all wear}- and worn, that abandoned
the prisone r all forlorn, that was
taken by the captain, not shaven or
shorn, that charged the troops, all tatter
ed and torn, that followed the leader
that rose in the morn, to meet the general
as sharp as a thorn, that led the
men, that fed the dogs, that lay in the
house that Zack built.
The Press.?This is the Press with
its newsman's horn, that told the Yankees
American bom, that defeated the
men all weary and worn, that abandon- i
cd the prisoner all forlorn, that was
taken by the captain not shaven or
shorn, that charged the troops all tattered
and torn, that followed the leader
that rose in the morn, to meet the General
as sharp as a thorn, that led the
men, that fed the dogs, that lay in the
house that Zack built.
' As I was going," said an Irishman
over Westminster bridge the
other day, 1 met Pat Hewings.
Says I, " how are you
* Pretty well I thank yon, Dolley,"
says he.
4* That's not my name," says I.
"Faith, no more is mine Hewings,"
says he.
So, we lookjed at each other, and, 1
faith ! it turn out to be neither of
us.
The Illinois volnntftors v??_
ceived their commutation money
for clothing, which is .$42 for each ,
man, amounting in the aggregate
to about one hundred and thirty
thousand dollars!
Several of the officers of the lT,
States government have been
burned in effigy in Mississippi,
lately, for discharging the volunteers,
A verv rich and costly silver
vase has been manufactured 111 '
New York for a number of Whig 1
ladies in Tennessee, who intend 1
presenting it to Henry Clay.
Since the commencement of the
present hostilities with Mexico, |
there has been prepared and ship- !
ped, from the arsenal at St. Louis, 1
one hundred and seventy tons of 1
fixed ammunition. <
N
Advertisements
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md 137? cents for each continuance?
on??'r ones charsrec! in nrnm^itu?~
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marked upon thoin, will be continued
uitil ordered out, and charged nccordingFor
advertising Estrays Tolled, TWO
OOLLAItS, to be paid by the Magistrate.
For announcing a Candidate, TWO
DOLT.,AllS, in advance.
0^7 All letters or communications must
jo directed to the Editor, postage paid.
(roil Tllli hanker )
TEMPERANCE NOTIONS. ,
Mr. Editor .*-v?h is with diffidence
that 1 undertake to drive my pen upon
this subject, when 1 reflect that it is one
which, for a low years back, (in ibis
country,) has formed a laboring theme
for the combined talent of the present
;ige of enlightenment; one, to which
the morally wise of the land, the artful
in persuasion, the influential in song-,
and the mighty in mind have turned the
thunders of their eloquence Could we
wield the pen 6f Appkllese, or speak
with the tongue of 'Fully, we might
then assume to add something new
upon so liacknicd a theme. We shall
t, 1 *
uui uy any means contend that the
evils of intemperance should be promoted,
or that this great monster of enmity
and destruction should be permitted to
range unchecked over the peaceful dominions
of a civilized people. But we
think there is a propriety in measures
which should always be consulted. Wo
believe that a greater influence can be
exerted over an enlightened people by
the gentle art of persuasion, as a method
of reformation, than by any resort to
lorccu restrictions. The mind is the ruling
principle by which are regulated
the thoughts and actions of man ; and
by acting upon the mind convincingly,
touching the chord of refined feeling,
exciting the sympathies, or striking at
the sensibility, is the most effectual way
to move the public. It is an influence
which will extend itself alike with all
ranks and classes; with the ignorant,
tllP. IpflmnH tllP wico fin A n-nnil ?l>" 1.S?U
..WV.J v??>/ ?? IWV M11U gVJOUj LUC iilgil
and low. If in olden time Orpheus
could sing the trees to bow, and the
rocks to weep; if then. Demosthenes
could chain and melt at will the Grecian
Council: what, at this age of progress
and improvement, might we not
expect from the overpowering influence
of persuasive eloquence? When we
appeal to the understanding of man, we
strike at his strongest point?one, however,
which in a conflict of reason, it is
not discreditable to yield to a superior
force : When we move at the passions,
we attack linn where he is weakest in
resistance, and where we are likely to
meet with an easy sucrcss. In either
case, we reach him in a manner which
lie is proud to recognise, by addressing
his reason and feelings?high attributes
of God! reason is his distinguishing
feature. To persuade and convince,the
most ready and efficient mude of reaching
it and exerting a lasting influence.
But if we adopt harsher means and bring
men to observe our crad, not from con
viction, but from necessity, we will exert
an influence which will be offensive
and of short duration; nn influence
similar to that cxercised by the Turk
over his serf, or the master over the
slave, which will last onlv so lone- as
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the power ofcocrcion is held over them.
The present and past history of
the world declares that by the gentle
art of persuasion, wonders may be
wrought, which would baffle the success
of any other project. Do we not see by
it, hundreds and thousands deserting
the evil of their ways, forming in one
hrnihArhnnd. nml in nnrfpct ?? :
?j ?-? Mincuiij our
king the march of holy reformation?
And who can gainsay, but that if this
simple work were let alone, and kept
unprejudiced by other unpopular agencies,
it would encircle and overcome the
depravity of the globe.
And when we find the circle of temperance
reform, enlarging and gaining
strength at every step under this influence?when
we find the people joining
hand in hand, and with one accord, uniting
their power to promote its advance*

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