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George. Your great fighters are often cowards, and he is one, or he would not have done so mean a trick as abuse an old woman.
Philip. Well, come, I suppose your cousin has seen enough of the jail; there is to be another one built here soon, to put boys and girls in
George. Why Phil! how can you say so?
Philip. Because I saw the corner stone laid, and so did you, for I saw you there.
George. Yes; that was one of the sights father said he would wish us to see, and he let me take Robert with me: but you are quite mistaken in saying it was for a jail, it
6 house of refuge." Philip. Well, that means the same thing.
George. If you had listened to what the gentleman, who spoke, said, you would have known better; for I heard him say, “ fellow citizens, we are not about to erect a prison.”
Philip. Then what is it for?
George. I saw a gentleman there that father works for sometimes, and I asked him, and he said, “ It is to be for helpless boys and girls, who have no parents to keep them
from want and wickedness; and for idle ones, whose parents do not care about them, to have them taught what is right, but set them a wicked example."
Robert. He said something about the broad and the narrow way too, George.
George. Yes; he said, “It is to be a place of refuge, for all who are found entering the broad road that leads to destruction;' and they shall be taught how to find the narrow way that leads to life.”
Philip. Are they to work there?
George. They are to be taught to do some kind of work, by which they can earn their living; and there is to be a school, to teach them to read, and write, and cypher, I suppose.
Robert. I remember too, that the gentleman told you, that “they are to be taught what is in the Bible, so that they may know what a bad thing it is to be wicked; and how Jesus Christ came to save sinners that will turn from the way of sin, and pray to God to make them good.”
Philip. I see the people are coming fast to vote, let us go back to where they give their votes in.
The whole party walked to the front of the State House, where many people were assembled, some giving their votes at the windows, some standing in little parties of three or four together, and a number of boys in different directions offering tickets to the voters. “I will get some tickets,” said Philip, 6 and see how many I can persuade the men to take from me.
George. Take care Phil, you may get into trouble; you said your father never had voted.
Philip. Well, what of that?
George. Only, that you may be punished for offering tickets; for there is a law against any boy doing it, whose father has not a right to vote.
Philip. You had better turn lawyer at once, George, you know so much about the laws; for my part, I do not want to be so wise, I should be afraid to have
fun. Frank. If every one was afraid to break the laws, there would be no need of jails.
Philip. I am not afraid of a jail; I have wit enough to keep myself out of one, I will answer for it.
Frank. If you have nothing better than wit to trust to, for keeping you out of a jail, I would not give much for your
trust. The boys remained on the election ground, until George thought his father would expect them to return home; he told Frank he was going; Frank was quite willing to go with him, as he had seen all that he wished to, and said, "just walking about in a crowd, was no pleasure to him.” George asked the two apprentices if they would go: Harry Anders said, “yes; for your father told us we might go with him to see the water works; he means to take your cousin there this afternoon."
Thomas Corley did not answer, but seemed rather inclined to stay; George saw that, and said, “do come Thomas, you know father will not be pleased if you stay.”
Philip. Let them go that wish to, I say, but stay Tom if you want to, I know a little about election sport, and we will have some fun.
George. I will promise you something better than fun 'Tom, if you
with not let Philip persuade you to do what you know is not right.
Philip. Tom is not so mean spirited, as to be persuaded by any one, but he has a right to do what he pleases; show them that, said he, in a low voice to Thomas.
“I will stay an hour or two,” said Thamas, 6 and then come to you, George.” In vain did George urge this foolish lad; Philip took a quarter of a dollar out of his pocket, and said, “ this will get us an election dinner of oysters; we will dive into a cellar, Tom, let them go.Then taking hold of his arm, he led him into the crowd, and George knowing there would be no use in following them, turned with the other boys to go home. 6. I am sorry for