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"All the studies appeared in the New statesman." Most of the studies were originally lectures to senior students of natural history in the University of Aberdeen. cf. Pref
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. SOTOCES OF DANGER CONTINUED. Bad Companions are a source of danger. Perhaps more young men are ruined by this than by any other means that could be mentioned. Many who have left home with a character unsullied, and a mind not only comparatively pure, but really ignorant of the crooked ways of vice,who, simple, artless, and without guile, would have shuddered at the temptation to any of the grossest acts of sin, have at length fallen sacrifices to the powerful influence of evil associates. Man is a social being, and the propensity is peculiarly strong in youth, a season when it requires to be watched with greater care than at any other, because of the greater force which it exerts in the formation of character. Now and then we meet with a youth who is so engrossed with business, so intent on cultivating his mind, or so reserved in disposition, as to have no desire for companions; but by far the greater number are fond of society, and eager to enjoy it, and, if not extremely careful in the selection of their friends, are in imminent peril of choosing such as will do them harm. It is next to impossible, young man, for you to remain virtuous in vicious society. Good morals cannot long be retained in habitual intercourse with those who are gay and dissipated; it is like carrying money into the company of thieves, who will be sure to rob you of it. Your good conduct would render them uneasy : it would reprove them, accuse them, and exasperate them; and they will never cease till they have made you as bad as themselves. The more agreeable, amiable, and intelligent they are, the more dangerous and ensnaring is their influence. A youthful profligate, of elegant manners 5 lively humour, amiable temper, and intelligent mind, is Satan's most polished instrument for ruin...
Originally published in 1919. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.
Cover title Caption title: A sermon preached by the Very Rev. James Carmichael Filmed from a copy of the original publication held by the Public Archives of Canada Library 43