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VISIT TO A PRINTING OFFICE.
you have just seen turned off in so clear and beautiful a manner, and which, when folded, forms the book.
HENRY.--I am truly obliged for the information, and think I understand the nature of it thus far: but I find there is much more labour and skill required in preparing for the press than I at first expected, for now I see that
every letter must pass through this man's fingers before a book can be completed.
MR. J.-True, Henry, but then you must remember, that when once the press is thus set, you may strike off 100—1,000—or 10,000, or as many more copies of a work as you please, without even altering a letter, or increasing the expense, save what is requisite for labour, and an extra quantity of paper.
Henry.-You will, perhaps, think me troublesome, but, if you please, Uncle, before we leave the room, I should like to know what that boy is doing who is working that roller backwards and forv
upon a flat board or stone, and who, every now and then, turns round to roll it over the surface of the letters.
MR. J.-The board or stone, as you call it, over which the roller works, is, you perceive, covered with a kind of black sticky consistence, and which, adhering to the roller, is thus conveyed to the surface of the types. This is the printer's ink, and requires this process before it can be used. A clean sheet of paper then being gently laid upon it, the lever of the press is next brought down by the strength of the printer, and in an instant the impression of every letter is left upon
Henry.-Well, altogether it is really a most wonderful invention, and ought to be regarded as an invaluable blessing to the world; for if it were not for the facilities of the press, we should be much more ignorant of men avd things than
MR. J. The justness of your remark, Henry, will appear truly striking if you consider, that through the medium of the Press the Bible has been printed in almost every language, and con. veyed to almost every nation under heaven. In consequence of which, many thousands of our fellow creatures have been made acquainted with the true character of God, and the way of salvation through Jesus Christ; who, humanly speaking, must have remained in ignorance, and perished in their sin.
And now, I think, Henry, you have seen enough to satisfy your curiosity, and to convince you that we can never be sufficiently thankful for the invention of this astonishing machine, and for the use of which, in our happy land, is now made of it, for the diffusion of knowledge and religion.
The following is related by Dr. Dwight, who states that he considers the facts to be substantially true :
Soon after the county of Litchfield, in America, began to be settled by the English, a strange Indian arrived at an inn, and asked the hostess, as the evening was advancing, to provide him some refres nt; at the same time observing, that, from failure in hunting, he had nothing to pay, but promising compensation whenever he succeeded.
The plea was, however, in vain ; the hostess loaded him with opprobrious epithets, and declared that it was not to throw away her earnings on such creatures as himself that she worked so hard. But as the Indian was about to retire, with a countenance expressive of severe suffering, a man who sat by, directed the hostess to supply his wants, and promised her full remuneration.
As soon as the Indian had finished his supper, he thanked his benefactor, assured him that he should remember his kindness, and engaged that it should be faithfully recompensed whenever it was in his power. For the present, he added, he could only reward him with a story, which, with the permission of the hostess, he wished to tell. This being given, from complacency in the prospect of payment, the Indian having found that his benefactor read the Bible, thus proceeded :
“Well: the Bible say God made the world, and then he took him, and looked on him, and say, It's all very good! Then he made light, and took him, and looked on him, and say, It's all very good! Then he made dry land and water, and sun and moon, and grass and trees, and took him, and looked on him, and say, It's all very good! Then he made beasts, and birds, and fishes, and took him, and looked on him, and say, It's all very good! Then he made man, and took him, and looked on him, and say, It's all very good !
Then he made woman, and took him, and looked on him! and he no say one such word !”
The feelings of the hostess as the Indian now withdrew, may be easily imagined. The arrow which had been so acutely barbed, could not fail to penetrate her bosom. "Acts of unkindness, says the proverb, “are like young birds; they always come home to roost." She had violated the law of benevolence, and deep mortification was one of the forms in which the penalty was to be paid.
The spectator of her punishment had occasion some years after to go into the wilderness between Lichfield and Albana, where he was taken prisoner by an Indian scout, and carried to Canada. On his arrival at the principal settlement of the tribe, it was proposed by some of
the captors that he should be put to death ; but during the consultation, an old woman demanded that he should be given up to her, that she might adopt him for a son who had been lost during the war. Accordingly, he was given up to her, and he passed the succeeding winter in her family, amidst the usual circumstances of savage hospitality.
While, in the course of the following summer, he was at work alone in the forest, an unknown Indian came and asked him to go to a place he pointed out, on a given day; and to this he agreed, though not without some apprehension that mischief was contemplated. His fears increased, his promise was broken; the same person repeated his visit; and after excusing himself in the best way he could, he made another engagement, and kept his word. On reaching the appointed spot, he found the Indian provided with ammunition, two muskets and two knapsacks: he was ordered to take one of each, and followed his conductor, under the conclusion that had he intended him injury, he might have dispatched him at once. In the day-time, they shot the game that came in their way, and at night they slept by the fire they had kindled; but the silence of the Indian as to the object of their expedition, was mysterious and profound. After many days had thus passed, they came, one morning, to the top of an eminence, exbibiting a number of houses rising in the midst of a