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ASTOR, LEROX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899

ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by WILLIAM S. MARTIEN, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

THE

WORKING-MAN.

I..

THE WORKING-MAN'S HOME.

“ Tell me on what holy ground

May domestic peace be found?
Halcyon daughter of the skies,
Far on fearful wings she flies
From the pomp of sceptred state,
From the rebel’s noisy hate.”

COLERIDGE.

THERE is a peculiar zest in the working-man's enjoyment of home. After weariness both of body and mind, he has a refuge at the close of the day« Dear tranquil time, when the sweet sense of home Is sweetest.'

"*

There are languages, it is said, in which there is no such word as Home: in our

other tongue there is none more pregnant. It marks the sacred spot to which the cares and tumult of the world * Coleridge.

ours.

do not reach ; and where, except in cases of extreme depravity, its vices do not intrude. If there are gentle affections in the heart, they will break forth around the hearthstone ; if there is an hour of tranquillity amidst perturbed life, it will be that which is spent with wife and children; if there is such a thing as friendship or love, it will be developed among these dearest associates.

Homeless men are seldom happy. If it was not good for man to be alone, even in Eden, it bad indeed to be alone in such a fallen world as

But I will go farther, and assert the moral influences of domestic institutions. As it regards public offences, the man who has a wife and child. ren has by just so much a greater stake in society. He has much both to gain and to lose. He cannot rise or fall alone. As it regards private virtue, it depends much on the kindly affections, and these are in their very shrine in the family circle. I think I have observed that when a man begins to go astray, he becomes less fond of home. The quiet look of the wife speaks daggers to his guilty conscience. The caresses of children are so many reproaches to the man who knows that he is wasting their very livelihood by his habits of dissipation. I think I have observed that the most rude and quarrelsome men are orderly and quiet when they go abroad with their wives and child ren. Such is the safeguard of virtue which is fur: nished by the influences of home.

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