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Author of "Mother at Home," and " Child at Home."

LONDON :
T. ALLMAN, 42, HOLBORN HILL.

1837.

NORMAN, TRIXTER, MAIDEN LANE COVENT GARDEN.

CHAPTER I.

MERRIMENT IS NOT HAPPINESS.

Not many months since I passed a sabbath in Baltimore. As I came from church, in the afternoon, I saw half a dozen young men sitting around their wine, at the table they had not left since dinner. Fumes of tobacco filled the room. Their faces were flushed with wine and mirth. With the sparkling glass in one hand, and the lighted cigar in the other, their voices were just bursting forth in the riotous song,

Old king Cole was a jolly old soul,
And a jolly old soul was he, was he:
He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.

I stood, for a moment, upon the stairs, and looked in upon this scene of revelry. upon this band of precocious yet appa. rently confirmed inebriates. And this. thought I, is a practical exhibition of infidelity. These are the joys which irreligion offers its votaries. In this school infidelity

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