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21The character of a liar and hypocrite is so contempti- ble, that even of those who have lost their honor it might be expected that from the violation of truth they should

24be restrained by their pride.

Perfidy of an inferior quality, such as manages to evade the law, and which dignified natures cannot stoop to

27notice, except legally, disgraces human nature more than do most vices.

Slander is a midnight robber; the red-tongued assas-

30sin of radical worth; the conservative swindler, who

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1sells himself in a traffic by which he can gain nothing. It can retire for forgiveness to no fraternity where its

3crime may stand in the place of a virtue; but must at length be given up to the hisses of the multitude, with- out friend and without apologist.

6Law has found it necessary to offer to the innocent, security from slanderers — those pests of society — when their crime comes within its jurisdiction. Thus, to evade

9the penalty of law, and yet with malice aforethought to extend their evil intent, is the nice distinction by which they endeavor to get their weighty stuff into the hands

12of gossip! Some uncharitable one may give it a forward move, and, ere that one himself become aware, find himself responsible for kind (?) endeavors.

15Would that my pen or pity could raise these weak, pitifully poor objects from their choice of self-degrada- tion to the nobler purposes and wider aims of a life made

18honest: a life in which the fresh flowers of feeling blos- som, and, like the camomile, the more trampled upon, the sweeter the odor they send forth to benefit mankind;

21a life wherein calm, self-respected thoughts abide in tabernacles of their own, dwelling upon a holy hill, speak- ing the truth in the heart; a life wherein the mind can

24rest in green pastures, beside the still waters, on isles of sweet refreshment. The sublime summary of an honest life satisfies the mind craving a higher good, and

27bathes it in the cool waters of peace on earth; till it grows into the full stature of wisdom, reckoning its own by the amount of happiness it has bestowed upon


Not to avenge one's self upon one's enemies, is the command of almighty wisdom; and we take this to be

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