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MARSHFIELD, May 17, 1869.

MR. EDITOR:-As I was persuing the REPUBLICAN, containing the sad occurrence in reference to suicide which was committed by one who was a fellow student of Wabash College, attracted my attention to such a degree that I feel like saying a few words upon the terrible event and its causes; which was the reason of the death of Mark Kirby of Thorntown. I suppose the general opinion is, that those poissonous liquors had again stolen up on him to such an extent cause of ruinous fall. My acquaintance with the young man was sufficient to make me believe that he was trying to live an upright, honest, and a christian life. Struggling hard to procure the means by which he might acquire a sufficient education to be an accomplished Minister, which urged him to attend to his professional discharges very attentively; and was Superintendant of Sabbath Schools during his college life. But notwithstanding, as the writer says: "The past use of that deadly enemy had clutched upon him and had led him to destruction." His firmness and stability of mind was not strong enough to co-operate against the foe, not only is such the case with him, but with many others. This destruction foe is being used by so many of our dear comrades, that it has become a very common thing in our section of the country. A great many young men and boys at the age, who, (in their childhood hours, presented a desired efficiency of talent for strong minded, intelligent, and self controlling men, and also men of sufficient ability to carry on the affairs of our land,) are now victims of the direful cup, which is calculated to destroy character, and with it they lose all manly feelings which has once been the pride of their lives. Men are, and have been, ever since the first stroke of rebellion, standing on every corner talking over politics. Why do they not discuss the subject of intemperance? But no! They darken it on all quarters. They do not stop to think that the law makers-or a portion of them-are subjects of this abominable foe, when if rooted out it would leave government matters in a far more advanced state. The result of politics are simply the results of the intemperate man, because they are so numerous that they rule the house. Our former Magistrate, Andy, is a good specimen of the manner in which our nation has been governed by a toper. Is not such sufficient to cause each parent to draw the cords of restraint over the youthful mind? One who they have pressed so dearly to their generous heart, and to teach them and earnestly entreat with a loving countenance, a countenance which will peretrate their heart and soften it to despise the ardent lover of liquor, and to admire the idea of discarding them from our once upstained land. Are not those offsprings of yours, those so dear to you worth your while to teach them the lesson never to allow their young hearts to be severed by a ruinous habit? Mothers and sisters, are your hearts so hardened as to be willing to see your only son and brother growing up into manhood expecting to take the hammer and wield it equivalent to your neighbor, spending his evenings in the saloons, the gambling hells, and attending theatrical amusements, where there is so much vulgarity proclaimed and exhibited to their youthful mind? Is it not enough to make the hearts blood run cold within? We once call your attention to the many results which occur, by simply meditating upon such a vast territory of interest to the present and future generations. Just as the wind bloweth, so the grain falleth. Just what has been distilled in the minds of youths, is what lights their foot paths through life, (with a few exceptions, as there is to all general rules). My wishes are, and may ever be, that all those who are habituated to the deadly poison, may meditate long enough to allow their presence of mind to detect them in their guilty habits, and to show them whereing they have disobeyed the laws of good judgment and also the laws of our "Maker," who we recieve our all from. We simply leave this important subject to those who, we hope, will expend a few quiet moments in sublime thoughts, upon the many ruinous decks we are all liable to be thrown upon, by such a life of degradation and depravity.


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Date: 5/20/1869
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00001849
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings scrapbooks
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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