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Rapine, murder, and conflagration, by turns, took place. Parley was the very first whom they attacked. He was overpowered with wounds. As he fell, he cried out, “ O my master, I die a victim to my unbelief in thee, and to my own vanity and imprudence ! O that the guardians of all other castles would hear me with my dying breath repeat my master's admonition, that all attacks from without will not destroy, unless there is some confederate within! O that the keepers of all other castles would learn, from my ruin, that he who parleys with temptation is already undone ; that he who allows himself to go to the very bounds, will soon jump over the hedge; that he who talks out of the window with the enemy, will soon open the door to him; that he who holds out his hand for the cup of sinful flattery, loses all power of resistivg ; that when he opens the door to one sin, all the rest fly in upon him, and the man perishes as I now do !!!

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NEW-YORK: PRINTED AND SOLD BY SAMUEL WOOD & SONS,

AT THE JUVENILE BOOK-STORE,

No. 357, PEARL-STREET.

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PREFACE

THE following little story, is taken from a. work called the Cheap Repository, first printed on the “Fast-anchored Ilse," on the other side of the Atlantic; and, although it may not be fact, yet it presents so natural a picture of the demoralizing effect of Lotteries, and of indulging a desire suddenly to amass wealth ; that it is hoped it may be useful on the fixed and extensive shores of COLUMBIA, where Lotteries have become so common. It is republished for little folks ; but it is to be presumed, larger folks will read it for, it should be their duty to examine what their little ones read, to prevent them from spending their precious time with books that may injure their morals, or give them incorrect ideas of things; and it would be a happy circumstance, if the perusal of this book should induce one parent to forego setting so improper an example to his children, in this licensed mode of gambling.

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