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CHARLES DURAN:

OR,

THE CAREER OF A BAD BOY.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

“THE WALDOS.??

New-Vork :
PUBLISHED BY CARLTON & PORTER,

SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION, 900 MULBERRY-STREET,













Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by

LANE & SCOTT,

in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern
District of New-York.







CONTENTS.

CHAPTER L
THE HOMESTEAD.
The house—Court-yards—Garden—The well—* Oaken

bucket ’—The fields—Flocks—River—Fish—Forest
=—Church: 2-3 OF 1b ee ailnn a | Page 9

CHAPTER II.
THE BIRTH OF CHAELES.

Effects on the parents—The Joneses—Parental expecta-
tions—An instance of disappointment—Ann’s pro-

ROC YeNes. he naan e Nes Soe usta MIS st eee nos

CHAPTER II.

HIS EARLY TRAINING.

»

Opinions—The Durans indulgent—The sulks—They
produce blindness—* I will »—‘ I won’t ”—Faults of
PatORee 6 oe i ss Oe eel S



6 CONTENTS.

CHAPTER IV..
OHARLES DURAN AT SCHOOL.

Good children at home are good in school—Conduct—
Inattention to studies—Unkind to his school-mates—
Samuel Howard—Helen Fay—John and Louisa—Se-
vere whipping—Mr. Spicer—Charles expelled from
SCHOO wie ayers Boe ae hice ee) ager ed

CHAPTER V.
CHARLES’S HABITS,

Good habits—Proverbs of the Rabbins—Charles not
improved—Idleness—Fishing and hunting—No idle
boy can be good—Shooting—Roughness of manners
—One vice is followed by another—Lying—Sabbath-
breaking —Intemperance—A standard of wicked-

ORS as og) onl OM een, eto ate og tee) Re
CHAPTER VL
THE FATAL NIGHT.

Village balls—Description—Culpability of parents—
Demand for money—Fit—House stoned—Windows
broken in—Mr. Duran with the bag—Charles’s wrath
appeased—The ball—Charles intoxicated—Falls to
the floor—Brought home speechless—Laid upon his
denth-bedagh inci yl, a 4) ye OD



CONTENTS. 7

OHAPTER VIL
SICKNESS AND DEATH.

Sufferings from the debauch—Crisis—Favorable change
—Hopes of recovery cut off—Consumption—Con-
trivance to change his position—State of mind—The
minister visits him—No evidence of penitence—The

dying scene . .. ... =. +. ~ Page 50
CHAPTER VIIL

THE CONCLUSION.

The way of transgressors hard—Disobedience to parents
a fearful sin—Parental restraint—Pleasures of parent-

_ al approbation—Disobedience in scholars—Reflections
—Sporting habits in children not to be encouraged—
Importance of early religious training—History of
young Duran a warning to Sabbath-breakers, é&c.—
Beware of the first sn—The End . . . . .. 54







CHARLES DURAN.

er

CHAPTER I.
THE DURAN HOMESTEAD.

Berore giving the history of Charles
Duran’s birth, life, and early death,
‘I will partially describe his father’s
residence. It was situated in the
town of. , in the State of Con- -
necticut, and about six miles from
the west bank of the beautiful Con-
necticut river. The house stood on
a level road, running north and south,
and was about one mile from the cen-
tre of the town.

~ Mr. Duran’s house was large and
commodious. It was built of wood,
two stories high, and painted a deep





10 CHARLES DURAN.

velba In the front was a fine
court-yard. In this yard were lilacs
of a large growth, roses of various
kinds, and flowering almonds. These
shrubs blossomed early in the spring,
and sent forth their fragrance to per-
fume the air.
~On the south was a ale and well-
‘ cultivated garden, producing an -
abtndance of vegetables, gooseber-
ries, currants, and raspberries. The —
borders of the main alley were decked
with pionies, pinks, and sweet-wil-
liams.

Between the garden and the Ssltae
was the well. A long sweep, resting
_ on the top of a high post, with a pole
fastened to the upper end, was the
rude contrivance for drawing water.
To the lower end of the pole was at-
tached a bucket. How many of New-



CHARLES DURAN. 11

England’s sons remember with de-
light the “old oaken bucket that hung
in the well!”

On the north side of the house was
a small orchard. In the rear were
the barn, sheds, ‘crib, and other out-
buildings.
- The grounds in the immediate
neighborhood were level or slightly
undulated. On the north and east
were beautiful meadows. On the
south and west were excellent tillage ~
and pasture lands. The season that
I spent there was one of nature’s
bountifulness. The tall herd’s-grass,
the rustling corn, and the whitened
grain waved in the summer’s breeze,
and bespoke the plenty that followed
the toil. and industry of the husband-
man. ‘The herds were feeding in the
fields. The innocent lambs, free



12 CHARLES DURAN.

from care, were leaping and frisking
about—some in the sun and some
in the shade—while their more sober
dames were either grazing, or quietly
masticating the food they had pre-
viously collected.

Half encircling these premises was
a fine stream of water, varying from
three to seven yards in width. It
was supplied with dace, trout, roach,
and perch. Its plaintive, monoto-
nous murmur sometimes impressed
the mind with sadness. This was
- soon dispelled, however, by the twit-
tering, the glee, and the sweet notes
of the birds, that hopped from spray
to spray, or quietly perched them-
selves on the overhanging branches.

Some little distance to the north-
= west of Mr. Duran’s house was a
forest of thrifty growth, covered with



CHARLES DURAN 13

a varied and beautiful foliage. Its
shady bowers and pleasant walks
made it a delightful place of resort,
—especially toward the time of sun-
setting. Nature seemed to lend to it
then peculiar charms.

In the centre of the town stood the
old church, antiquated in its appear-
ance, but venerable and holy in its
associations. In that old-fashioned
church have been settled three suc-
cessive ministers of the gospel. In.
those high-backed, square pews were
other generations wont to sit. Those
pastors and their flocks now sleep in
the grave. Their sons occupy their
places in the sanctuary, and another
herald of the cross proclaims to them
the word of life. It was in this plea-
sant place, which I have briefly de-
scribed, that Charles Duran was born.



14 CHARLES DURAN. i tS

CHAPTER II.
THE BIRTH OF CHARLES.

Tue birth of Charles was an occa-
sion of great joy in Mr. Duran’s fami-
ly. Blessings long withheld are fre-
quently more highly prized when at
length received. Mr. Duran had no
children, and was now. past the
meridian of life. To him this child
seemed like one born out of due
time.

It was amusing to see the effect
produced on the parents by this, till
recently, unexpected event. “ Well,
Molly,” said Mr. Jones,—a neighbor
of Mr. Duran, whose wife had just
been to see the strange visitant, and
who had reared a large family of chil-
dren,—“ how do Mr. and Mrs. Duran
act with the boy?” “Act? why



CHARLES DURAN. 15

just like two grown-up children.
And they think itis the most wonder-
ful child that ever was born. But they
don’t know what it may live to be!”

These last words were spoken in
a tone of voice which told of hidden
springs of sorrow. One of Mrs.
Jones’ own dear children, a promis-
ing, lovely boy, had early become in-
ternperate, and was now sleeping in
a drunkard’s ‘grave!

Having passed through the ordi- ~
nary nursery incidents of the first
months. of infancy, Charley—for so
he was familiarly called—became a
fine fat child. “Sweet boy,” said his
~ mother,.as she rather clumsily patted
his cheeks, and felt of his tender
limbs, “you will be a comfort to
your parents in their old age.”

“JT was just thinking of that,” add-



16 CHARLES DURAN.

ed the father. ‘“ What a blessing he
will be to us! He will manage the
farm—administer to our comfort, and.
inherit our estate.”

Many a bright sunny morning
has been followed by a dark cloudy
evening. Our supposed blessings
often prove to us a source of disap-
pointment and sorrow. I have seen
the mother clasp her lovely infant
to her breast, and fondly and doting-
ly caress it, and press its little hands
and feet, soft as velvet, with her lips.
And I have seen that child, the rain
bow of promise, and the cause of so
much joy, bring down that mother’s
head, ere it was gray, with sorrow to
the grave.

Thoughts like these, however,
never crossed the minds of Mr. and
Mrs. Duran. They dreamed not that



CHARLES DURAN. 17

sickness and death might blast their
hopes, and leave them more lonely
than they were before. So staid and
uniform had been their own life,
that they never once supposed that
Charles, if he should grow up, could
pursue any other course.

- Every day little Charles became
more and more the object of cherish-
ed hopes and affections. The hearts
of the parents were bound up in him.
He became their idol. His wants,
real’ and imaginary, were all met.
His danger was of being spoiled by
too. much indulgence.

“T believe they will kill him with
kindness,” was the remark of Ann,
a colored woman, who had long lived
in the family. “It is just the way
Mr. Parsons used to do with his Jim,
who never amounted to anything.”

2



18 CHARLES DURAN.

CHAPTER III.
HIS EARLY TRAINING.

“Train up a child in the way he
should go; and when he is old he
will not depart from it.” Prov. xxii, 6.
The proper training of children is of
the utmost importance. Upon it to
a great extent depend their useful-
ness and happiness in the world.
And as the happiness of parents is So
intimately connected with the course
of conduct pursued by their children,
it should be with them a constant
study how they may promote the
well-being of their offspring. .

On this subject much has been
said and written. Some recommend
indulgence as the surest way to give
a child a good disposition, and to lead
to the formation of correct habits.



CHARLES DURAN. 19

Others urge the necessity of restraint
and uncompromising obedience, on
the part of children, to the com- —
mands of their parents. There may
be extremes in both. Children
should be taught to fear and love
their parents, and to respect their
wishes. The government of chil-
dren should be strictly parental.
The parent’s will should be the law
of the child. Proper indulgence
should be allowed ; entire obedience
enforced. Parents and children
should both remember the words of
the apostle: “Children, obey your
parents in all things: for this is well
pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers,
provoke not your children to anger,
lest they be discouraged.” Col. iii,
20, 21.

Mr. and Mrs. Duran were very



20 CHARLES DURAN.

indulgent to their only child. His
wants were met with a liberal hand,
and his wishes, as far as possible,
gratified. If his desires were not
immediately granted, he soon learn-
ed that a little crying would accom-
plish his object.

Improper indulgence begets un-
lawful desires. Unlawful desires
can never be fully satisfied. So it
was with Charles Duran: every- —
thing he saw, he wanted.. When
- he was not indulged, as he could
not be always, he soon showed his
bad spirit. Sometimes he pouted
out his lips, and had a long fit of
the sulks. i ;

Perhaps my readers never saw a
child affected with the sulks. I will
briefly describe them. First, the
eyes begin to roll rapidly in their



CHARLES DURAN. 21

sockets, and the sight turns upward. |
The chin falls down a little, and the
corners .of the mouth are slightly
drawn back. The lower lip then
rolls down nearly to the chin. Soon

a whining commences, which grows

. louder and louder, and becomes dis-

agreeable to every person present.
At the same time the eyes turn red,
the face gets out of shape, and the
child becomes bind! I saw a little
boy once have the sulks so badly
that when his mother sent him into
his room to get his apron, before sit-
ting down to dinner, he could not
find it, though it was in plain sight!

Before he was two years old,
Charles showed a very bad disposi-
tion. This, instead of being correct-
ed, was fostered by the training
which he received. To the domes-



22. CHARLES DURAN.

tics in the family he was insolent
and unkind ; and even to his parents,
_ “TF will” and-“I won't” were said
--with fearful, frequency. Still the
doting parents would merely say

to him, “You should not do so, .

Charles! You should say, ‘I don’t
want to,’ or, ‘I do want to,’” as the

case might be. Thus they indirectly ©

taught him disobedience, which he
was learning fast enough without
such assistance. In this way did
these parents, with cruel kindness,
help on the ruin of their child!
Charles Duran, with all his faults,
was a bright,.active boy. What he
needed was training,—parental train-

ing. His parents committed two |

very common errors: they promised
him correction for his disobedience,

without inflicting the punishment; —



CHARLES DURAN. 23

and they often repeated his sayings,
and spoke of his doings, to others,
in his presence. Parents should al-
ways keep good faith with their
children ; and, while they encourage
them, when they are alone, by suit-
able and well-timed praise, they
should rarely repeat what they have
said, or speak of what they have
done, to others, in their presence.
This is injurious to the child, betrays
vanity in the parents, and is not
very edifying to others. The sing-
ing of a young raven may be music
to its parents, but to us it is like the
cawing of a crow.



24 CHARLES DURAN.

CHAPTER IV.

CHARLES DURAN AT SCHOOL.

Cuares was now old enough to ga
to school. He was accordingly sent
to the district school, not far from
his father’s house. Teachers say
that they can tell whether children
are good and obedient at home by
their conduct in school. Those
children who mind their parents
~ will generally obey their teachers;
and those scholars that are obedient
generally learn well.
_ How was it with Charles Duran
at school? Did he obey his teacher?
' At first, as all things in the school
were new and strange to him, he
was somewhat restrained. He soon,
however, became acquainted with



pe

CHARLES DURAN. 25

his teacher and the scholars, and as
soon learned to break the rules of

‘the school. He became disrespect-

ful to his teacher, and caused him
much trouble.

Charles was also very inattentive
to his books. The teacher did the
best he could to make him learn ;
but his lessons were never more
than half learned, and the greater
part of the time they were not
studied at all: and, though naturally
he was a bright, smart’ boy, he
seemed determined to grow up a
blockhead.

The next thing I notice in the
school history of this boy is the
unkindness which he showed his -
school-fellows. If he played with
them, he was quite sure to get
offended before the play was through.



26 CHARLES DURAN.

He was surly, self-willed, and dis-
posed always to have his own way
in everything.

One day Samuel Howard, a boy
smaller than himself, was flying his
kite. There was a fine breeze, and
the kite floated beautifully in the air.
Charles seized the twine, and began
to pull in the kite. Samuel remon-
strated with him; but the more he
remonstrated the more ugly was
Charles. He pulled in the. kite,
tore it all to pieces, and broke and
snarled the twine. Samuel cried at
the loss of his pretty kite, and
» Charles Duran was mean enough



“-to mimic the boy whom he had
“thus injured.

~ At another time, a little girl, whose
name was Helen Fay, was return-:
ing from school: Charles threw a



CHARLES DURAN. 27

stone, and hit her on the cheek-
bone. It cut a great gash in her
face, and made the blood run freely.
Had the stone struck a little higher,
it would probably have put out her
eye; as it was, her face was badly
scarred.

A poor widow lady lived some
- distance beyond Duran’s house.
She had two dear little children,
John and Louisa, whom she sent to
school. This poor mother was in-
dustrious and very neat, and her
_children were always dressed in
neat, clean clothes. Charles Duran,

who was out of his element when _#®

he was not in mischief, seerned to
take delight in tormenting these little
children. On their way from school
one day, when they had on their °
nice clothes, he covered them from



28 CHARLES DURAN.

head to foot with dirt and mud. In
that sad plight John and Louisa
went home erying. Their mothe
felt as badly as they did, when she
saw the ugliness of her neighbor's
spoiled child.

So constantly was Charles injur-
ing the smaller boys and girls in the
school that non them loved him.
If he got hurt, none of them pitied
him. The whole school seemed
glad, one day, when he had shoved
a little girl into a mud-puddle, and
upset an inkstand on a boy’s writing-
book, and spoiled it, to see the mas-
» ter give him a severe whipping,— .
such as he deserved.

It is not agreeable to dwell longer
upon the conduct of this boy in
school. He became so quarrelsome
and disagreeable that no one was



CHARLES DURAN. 29

willing to sit next to him. He was
always spoken of as the worst boy
in school.

Mr. Spicer was now his teacher,
and he had borne with him till he
could bear with him no longer. He
had pretty much made up his mind
that he would turn him out of his
school. Before doing that, however,
he was desirous~of knowing the
minds of his scholars. He called
the school to order, and then told
Charles what he had thought of
doing; reminded him of his disobe-
dience, of his unkindness to his
school-mates, and of his general,
.cheglect of his studies. He told him
‘if he did not do differently he would
grow up without friends, and, in all
probability, in consequence of’ his
sins, come down to an early grave.






30 CHARLES DURAN.

Mr. Spicer then addressed the
scholars, and said, “ All of you who
think Charles Duran ought to be
expelled from the school for con-
tinued bad conduct, raise your right
hands.” In a moment every right
hand was raised up! |

Then Mr. Spicer said, in a solemn
and affecting ner, “ Charles Du-
ran, with the vore of all your school-
mates, you are expelled from this school,
for bad conduct.” ©

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CHARLES DURAN. 31

‘CHAPTER V.
CHARLES’S HABITS.

Goop habits are of the greatest im- -
portance. If they are cultivated by
the young, they become fixed and
permanent. Evil habits, unless they
are corrected, will increase in num-
ber and strength. The young should
beware of the first evil habit. A boy
does not become a bad boy all at
once: he gives way to one bad
habit, and then to another. One
small sin prepares the way for an-
other and a greater one. Dr. Clarke
says, “Sin is a small matter in its
commencement; but by indulgence
it grows great, and multiplies itself
beyond all calculation.” . The old
rabbins used to say it was like a





82 CHARLES DURAN.

spider’s web at first, and that it in-
creased till it was like a cart-rope.
This is seen in the case of Charles
Duran. His expulsion from school
did_not improve him: he grew up
in the indulgence of his bad temper,
and, instead of being a lovely, in-
dustrious boy, fond of his studies,
and attentive to his various duties,
he was idle, lazy, and_ vicious.
When he ought to have been in
school, he was fishing, and idling
away his time along the margins of
the brooks and rivers. He soon
learned to use a gun, and much of
his time was. spent in the woods,
hunting birds, squirrels, and rabbits.

Idle habits are very dangerous.
A boy or man that is habitually idle
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such persons, and he will be very
sure to get them into it.

Charles had, what many boys de-
sire, a gun, and was very fond of
- shooting. Besides shooting squirrels
and birds, he would shoot at marks
on his father’s out-buildings and
fences. There was not a door, not
a board, not a post, and scarcely a
rail, in all the out-buildings and
fences, that was not full of shot-
holes. This kind of shooting was a
dangerous practice. I wondered,
when I examined the premises, that
the barn .and sheds had not taken
fire from the burning wads. It was
dangerous also to the poultry and
cattle. But he thought nothing of
these things; from day to day it was
shoot! shoot! shoot!

Pursuing this course, it is not



36 CHARLES DURAN.

strange that Charles should grow up
rough in his manners, and coarse in
his language. Gentleness is lovely
always, wherever found; but it ap-

pears most lovely in children and ~

youth. It indicates a good heart,
and good training. It helps young
persons into the best society, and
secures them warm and valuable
friends. Roughness of manner drives
our friends from us, and prevents
many from becoming friends. This
fact is illustrated in the history of
this spoiled boy. He might have
had a large circle of friends, but
now few, very few indeed, loved or
esteemed him.

One vice does not long remain
alone. Idleness begets vice. Vicious-
ness shows itself in various forms: in

lying, Sabbath-breaking, theft, swear-



hy.
CHARLES DURAN. 37

ing, and intemperance. Charles
grew worse and worse,—adding sin
to sin. He became greatly addicted
to swearing. He frequently spent
the Sabbath in wandering about the
fields, instead of attending church.
He found, as the depraved always
do, kindred spirits, with whom he
associated. With these he learned
to drink to excess, and was not un-
frequently under the influence of
strong drink.

There is a standard in vice as well
as in virtue. While some are held
up as models of virtue, others may
be regarded as the very personifica-
tion of evil. We should learn to
profit by both,—be encouraged by
‘one, and warned by the other.

The unfortunate boy whose history
1 am detailing finally became a pro-

see
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38 CHARLES DURAN.

verb in his native town. Good mo-
thers often exhorted their children
not to be like Charles Duran! Who
of my little readers would like such |
a distinction as this? ‘Try fo live so
that parents may point you out as
good examples for their children to
follow.



CHARLES DURAN. 89

CHAPTER VI.

THE FATAL NIGHT.

In country villages, as well as in
larger cities, parties often meet for
dancing; and balls are frequently
held, especially in the winter season.
Many young people, whose thoughts
and time are not better occupied,
seem to derive a great deal of plea-
sure from such amusements.

These gatherings frequently em-
brace a large number of the young
of both sexes, from the towns in
which they are held, and often many
from neighboring towns. They are
usually held at some tavern where
rum is sold. The parties arrive in
the forepart of the evening, and the
dance commences at eight, or from



40 CHARLES DURAN.

eight to nine o'clock, according to
arrangement. © Wine, cordials, and
other stimulating drinks, are freely
furnished, and freely used. Toward
midnight, when chaste young ladies
and sober young men should be at
home, the ball-supper is served up.
Rich viands and sparkling drinks
are .on the table. One becomes
drunken, and another surfeited. The
sound of the viol is again heard, and
the merry dance is kept up till near
morning light. The parties then
gradually retire. Some of the young
ladies, from over excitement in the -
ball-chamber, and subsequent. ex-
posure to the night air, take severe
colds, become speedily consumptive,
and from the place of rioting and
mith are carried to the grave! In
this country, where consumption is



CHARLES DURAN. 41

so prevalent, and accomplishes its
work so rapidly, the distance from
the midnight ball-room to the grave
is very short.

Most young men who attend balls
go home inflamed with wine. I say
most of them. It is not unfrequently
the case, however, that some of
them cannot get home. They have
to stay behind. until ‘they have, in a
measure, slept off the fames of strong
drink: and ‘then, with bloodshot
eyes, fetid breath, and staggering
gait, they reach their homes. Such
young men have received a new
impetus in the way that leads to
destruction, and such are the com-
mon fruits of a village ball.

Why do fathers and mothers,—
and some of them professedly Chris-
tian parents, too,—allow their daugh-



42, CHARLES DURAN

ters to mingle in these scenes, and
expose themselves to the contamin-
ating influence of such associations?
How any well-disposed mother can
do this I am at a loss to determine.

Such a ball as I have described
was to be held in the town of ——.
Young men and young ladies im-
patiently waited for the time ap-
pointed to arrive. Among those
who designed to attend this ball was
Charles Duran, then in his eighteenth
year. Notwithstanding his habits
and character, the position and _ re-
spectability of his parents prevented
him from being entirely excluded
from society. He was still further
aided in gaining admission to such
parties by always having money.
While some despised him in their
heart, they were quite willing, for





CHARLES DURAN. 43

the sake of his purse, to have him
in their company.

The anxiously looked for day ar-
rived. The preparations were made.
At night the ball was to come
off. After dinner, Charles asked his
father for money to bear the ex-
penses of the evening. Mr. Duran
gave him what he thought would be
sufficient for the occasion. The ,
amount did not satisfy him: more
was asked. It was refused; and
Charles, not having forgotten his
early habits, immediately went into
a fit of rage. More money he want-
ed, and more he would have. He
went out, and arming himself with
stones and blocks, soon commenced |
a regular assault upon the house.
The weather-boards were battered,
one window was smashed in, panes







44 CHARLES DURAN.

in the others were broken, and the
fragments rattled on the floor and
on the ground. The aged parents
trembled for their safety; while the
son, raving as a madman, seemed
bent on their destruction. Stooping
somewhat with age, and in great
fear, Mr. Duran went to the door,
with a bag in his hand, containing
a quantity of specie :—

“ Here, Charles,” said the feeble
old man, “come and get what
money you want, and don’t stone
the house any more.”

Thus appeased, the demon be-
came quiet. Charles helped him-
self to as much money as he wanted,
and was ready for the ball in the
evening. Alas, what degradation
for a parent! and what persevering
depravity in a son!





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CHARLES TAKING MONEY FOR THE BALL.











CHARLES DURAN. 47

The evening came. Parties be-
gan to assemble. Arrangements
had been made for a great ball.
The saloon was tastefully decorated.
The kitchen gave evidence that a
sumptuous repast was in prepara-
tion. The bar was fully supplied
with all kinds of sparkling liquors. .
As the new-comers arrived, they
met a smiling host, an attentive and
ready bar-tender, and obsequious
waiters and servants.

Fancy the scene. Groups of per-
sons, gayly dressed, are in conversa-
tion in different parts of the ball-
chamber. ~More are constantly
coming in. The musicians, who
for some time have been tuning
their instruments, enter, and take
their place. Partners are selected,
the circle is formed, and the dancing



45 CHARLES DURAN.

begins. A scene of hilarity ensues.
During the intervals, the merry
laugh is heard, wine is drunk, and
the glee becomes general. Spark-
ling eyes are made more sparkling
by strong drink; and, under the in-
fluence of multiplied potations, the
coarse jest is now and then uttered.
In this scene of gayety and mirth
Charles Duran mingled,—a promi-
nent actor. A young and inexpe-
rienced girl had accompanied him
to the place. Round and round
went the dance, and round and
round went Charles’s head. He
was flush with money, and many a
friend did he treat at the bar. Long —
ere the festivities closed he was un-
able to walk steadily. Still, stimu-
lated by the excitement of the occa-
sion, and urged on by unprincipled



CHARLES DURAN. 49

comrades, he poured down the
deadly poison. His brain reeled
under its influence. He alternately
roared and laughed as a maniac.
“ Another drink! another drink!” he
said. His youthful system could en-
dure it no longer: he uttered a moan-
ing, sepulchral groan, and sunk to
the floor!

The ball was over, and the night
was nearly gone. A friend took
charge of the thoughtless young girl
that had accompanied Charles to
the dance. Two young men, his
companions in riot, undertook to —
convey him to his father’s house.
The stars were just beginning to
fade away as they reached the thresh-
old. Speechless, and almost life-
less, they laid him upon his bed. /
proved his death-bed !

| 4



50 CHARLES DURAN.

CHAPTER VII.

SICKNESS AND DEATH.

Tue debauch of the previous night
laid the foundation of disease, from
which Charles never recovered. On
the following day he seemed at
times wild, and partially deranged.

A violent fever set in, and for many
_ days he was confined to his bed. His
sufferings were extreme; so high did
his fever rise that it seemed as though
the fire within would consume him. .

His physician watched the pro-
gress of his disease, and did all in
his power to restore his health. The
fever ran its course, and the crisis
came. There was a change for the
better. It was thought that he
would get up. The hopes of his



CHARLES DURAN. 51

parents were revived; and many
were the wishes that, with restored
health, there might be a reformation
of manners. Of this, however, there
was little prospect.

These hopes of a recovery were
soon cut off. Chailes’s disease as-
sumed a new form. He was taken
with a cough, and night-sweats fol-
lowed. His eyes were a little sunken,
but full of expression. His counte-
nance was pale, and, slightly tinged |
with blue, gave evidence that con-
sumption had marked him for its
. victim, and that the grave must soon
swallow him up: he was rapidly
sinking into the arms of death.

Toward the latter part of his sick-
ness, a rude contrivance was adopted
to change his position in bed. Two
hooks were driven into the ceiling,



es —

52 CHARLES DURAN.

over the foot of the bedstead. To
these pulleys were attached. These
pulleys were rigged with cords, one
end of which was made fast to the
upper part of the bed. By hoisting
on these cords he could be raised to
any desired angle; and, instead of
being bolstered up, he hung as if in |
ahammock.* | |
During his illness Charles gave |
little evidence of any change in his |
feelings. No sorrow was expressed |
for anything in his past conduct. He |
was still fretful, still obstinate. He |
|

|

— eee —

appeared like one early sold to sin.

The minister of the parish came
in to pray with him. He found him
ignorant of spiritual things. He
talked to him on the subject of reli-
gion,—urged him to prepare to meet — |

* See Frontispiece.



CHARLES DURAN. 53

God. He offered prayer by his bed-
side. He left him, however, showing
very little evidence of penitence, and
entertaining for him very little hope.
Charles lingered along till early in
‘March. The day of his departure
came. The father and mother bent
over his bed: they saw that the
hopes which they entertained at his
birth were now to perish. Instead
of his closing their eyes in death,
they were now to perform that office
for him. He spoke not. Oppressive
stillness reigned in the room. Not
a sound was heard, save the rattling
in the throat of the dying youth.
The last breath was drawn; life,
for a moment, quivered upon his
lip. The spirit took its flight; and
the poor mother, in anguish of soul,
exclaimed, “ He is dead !”



54 CHARLES DURAN.

CHAPTER VIII. 4
CONCLUSION.

Tue way of transgressors is hard.
Early did Charles Duran indulge in
habits of disobedience,—early was
he forgetful of God,—early did he
run into the paths of vice and in-
temperance, and early did he go
down to his grave.

Disobedience to parents is a fear-
ful sin! Children think they know
what is best for themselves. Pa-
rental restraint sometimes seems
irksome to them; but God has
wisely ordained that in our youth
we should be under the instruction
and control of our parents. Chil-
dren, instead of feeling that parental
control is oppressive to them, should



CHARLES DURAN. 55

learn to be thankful for it. It is
enough for well-instructed and well-
disposed children, generally, to know
what the wishes of their parents are.
Much of their happiness is derived .
from compliance with those wishes.
The approbation of their parents will
afford such children far more plea-
sure than, all their forbidden indul-
sences.

The school history of Charles Du-
ran will not fail, I trust, to make a
suitable impression upon the minds
of my youthful readers. Scholars
sometimes think that it is not a great
offense for them to violate the rules
of their school, neglect their books,
or be unkind even to some of
their school-associates. So this boy
thought. The result of his course is
before us. All such children should



56 CHARLES DURAN.

know that by such a course of con
duct they are laying the foundation
for a bad character. They may, for
awhile, escape punishment; they
may not be expelled from school;
they may possibly retain their places
in their class; but they are acquiring
those habits which, if not corrected,
will bring ruin upon them by and by.

This boy’s sporting habits ought
not to be lightly passed over. He
was exceedingly fond of a gun.
The indulgence of this passion led
him into habits of idleness and
cruelty. Boys should rarely, if ever,
be allowed the use of fire-arms:
they are always dangerous. The
habits and associations to which
their use leads are generally objec-
tionable. Boys that are constantly
around the brooks after little fishes,



CHARLES DURAN. 57

and in the woods in pursuit of little
birds, had better be at their books, .
We always fear that idle boys will”
make idle men.

We see from the history of Charles
Duran the importance of early reli-
gious training. Had his parents
pursued a different course with him,
he might have grown up to be a
blessing to them, and a useful mem-
ber of society: “Train up a child in
the way he should go; and when
he is old he will not eeu from it.”
Prov. xxii, 6.

When, O when will parents lay
this to heart! How many fathers
and mothers have been _ brought
down to the grave with sorrow, by
neglecting this important duty!

The history of Charles Duran is a
warning to all boys who are inclined



EE —

58 CHARLES DURAN.

to indulge in Sabbath-breaking ; to

form bad associations; to tipple; or

to visit places of improper amuse-
ment. See his dreadful end! Mark
that fatal night! Remember that
he had been preparing for that sea-
son of riot and debauch by previous
indulgence. He came not to his
wretched condition all at once. He
was preparing for it in his early dis-

- obedience,—in his neglect of instruc-

tion,—in his unkindness to his school-
mates,—in delighting to mjure those
who were smaller and weaker than
himself,—in his idle sporting habits,
—in the indulgence of his bad tem-
per,—in ministering to his perverse
will,—in his Sunday rambling,—in
associating with the vile,—in his
tippling habits,—and, finally, in
throwing off all parental regard and



CHARLES DURAN. 59

restraint. He had now come to the
verge of the whirlpool of destruction,
and, in a frenzied moment, he threw
himself into the awful vortex! Be-
ware of the first sm! “Enter not
into the paths of the wicked, and go
not in the way of evil men. Avoid
it, pass not by it, turn from it,and
pass away.” Prov. iv, 14, 15.

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CHARLES DURAN:

OR,

THE CAREER OF A BAD BOY.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

“THE WALDOS.??

New-Vork :
PUBLISHED BY CARLTON & PORTER,

SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION, 900 MULBERRY-STREET,










Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by

LANE & SCOTT,

in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern
District of New-York.




CONTENTS.

CHAPTER L
THE HOMESTEAD.
The house—Court-yards—Garden—The well—* Oaken

bucket ’—The fields—Flocks—River—Fish—Forest
=—Church: 2-3 OF 1b ee ailnn a | Page 9

CHAPTER II.
THE BIRTH OF CHAELES.

Effects on the parents—The Joneses—Parental expecta-
tions—An instance of disappointment—Ann’s pro-

ROC YeNes. he naan e Nes Soe usta MIS st eee nos

CHAPTER II.

HIS EARLY TRAINING.

»

Opinions—The Durans indulgent—The sulks—They
produce blindness—* I will »—‘ I won’t ”—Faults of
PatORee 6 oe i ss Oe eel S
6 CONTENTS.

CHAPTER IV..
OHARLES DURAN AT SCHOOL.

Good children at home are good in school—Conduct—
Inattention to studies—Unkind to his school-mates—
Samuel Howard—Helen Fay—John and Louisa—Se-
vere whipping—Mr. Spicer—Charles expelled from
SCHOO wie ayers Boe ae hice ee) ager ed

CHAPTER V.
CHARLES’S HABITS,

Good habits—Proverbs of the Rabbins—Charles not
improved—Idleness—Fishing and hunting—No idle
boy can be good—Shooting—Roughness of manners
—One vice is followed by another—Lying—Sabbath-
breaking —Intemperance—A standard of wicked-

ORS as og) onl OM een, eto ate og tee) Re
CHAPTER VL
THE FATAL NIGHT.

Village balls—Description—Culpability of parents—
Demand for money—Fit—House stoned—Windows
broken in—Mr. Duran with the bag—Charles’s wrath
appeased—The ball—Charles intoxicated—Falls to
the floor—Brought home speechless—Laid upon his
denth-bedagh inci yl, a 4) ye OD
CONTENTS. 7

OHAPTER VIL
SICKNESS AND DEATH.

Sufferings from the debauch—Crisis—Favorable change
—Hopes of recovery cut off—Consumption—Con-
trivance to change his position—State of mind—The
minister visits him—No evidence of penitence—The

dying scene . .. ... =. +. ~ Page 50
CHAPTER VIIL

THE CONCLUSION.

The way of transgressors hard—Disobedience to parents
a fearful sin—Parental restraint—Pleasures of parent-

_ al approbation—Disobedience in scholars—Reflections
—Sporting habits in children not to be encouraged—
Importance of early religious training—History of
young Duran a warning to Sabbath-breakers, é&c.—
Beware of the first sn—The End . . . . .. 54

CHARLES DURAN.

er

CHAPTER I.
THE DURAN HOMESTEAD.

Berore giving the history of Charles
Duran’s birth, life, and early death,
‘I will partially describe his father’s
residence. It was situated in the
town of. , in the State of Con- -
necticut, and about six miles from
the west bank of the beautiful Con-
necticut river. The house stood on
a level road, running north and south,
and was about one mile from the cen-
tre of the town.

~ Mr. Duran’s house was large and
commodious. It was built of wood,
two stories high, and painted a deep


10 CHARLES DURAN.

velba In the front was a fine
court-yard. In this yard were lilacs
of a large growth, roses of various
kinds, and flowering almonds. These
shrubs blossomed early in the spring,
and sent forth their fragrance to per-
fume the air.
~On the south was a ale and well-
‘ cultivated garden, producing an -
abtndance of vegetables, gooseber-
ries, currants, and raspberries. The —
borders of the main alley were decked
with pionies, pinks, and sweet-wil-
liams.

Between the garden and the Ssltae
was the well. A long sweep, resting
_ on the top of a high post, with a pole
fastened to the upper end, was the
rude contrivance for drawing water.
To the lower end of the pole was at-
tached a bucket. How many of New-
CHARLES DURAN. 11

England’s sons remember with de-
light the “old oaken bucket that hung
in the well!”

On the north side of the house was
a small orchard. In the rear were
the barn, sheds, ‘crib, and other out-
buildings.
- The grounds in the immediate
neighborhood were level or slightly
undulated. On the north and east
were beautiful meadows. On the
south and west were excellent tillage ~
and pasture lands. The season that
I spent there was one of nature’s
bountifulness. The tall herd’s-grass,
the rustling corn, and the whitened
grain waved in the summer’s breeze,
and bespoke the plenty that followed
the toil. and industry of the husband-
man. ‘The herds were feeding in the
fields. The innocent lambs, free
12 CHARLES DURAN.

from care, were leaping and frisking
about—some in the sun and some
in the shade—while their more sober
dames were either grazing, or quietly
masticating the food they had pre-
viously collected.

Half encircling these premises was
a fine stream of water, varying from
three to seven yards in width. It
was supplied with dace, trout, roach,
and perch. Its plaintive, monoto-
nous murmur sometimes impressed
the mind with sadness. This was
- soon dispelled, however, by the twit-
tering, the glee, and the sweet notes
of the birds, that hopped from spray
to spray, or quietly perched them-
selves on the overhanging branches.

Some little distance to the north-
= west of Mr. Duran’s house was a
forest of thrifty growth, covered with
CHARLES DURAN 13

a varied and beautiful foliage. Its
shady bowers and pleasant walks
made it a delightful place of resort,
—especially toward the time of sun-
setting. Nature seemed to lend to it
then peculiar charms.

In the centre of the town stood the
old church, antiquated in its appear-
ance, but venerable and holy in its
associations. In that old-fashioned
church have been settled three suc-
cessive ministers of the gospel. In.
those high-backed, square pews were
other generations wont to sit. Those
pastors and their flocks now sleep in
the grave. Their sons occupy their
places in the sanctuary, and another
herald of the cross proclaims to them
the word of life. It was in this plea-
sant place, which I have briefly de-
scribed, that Charles Duran was born.
14 CHARLES DURAN. i tS

CHAPTER II.
THE BIRTH OF CHARLES.

Tue birth of Charles was an occa-
sion of great joy in Mr. Duran’s fami-
ly. Blessings long withheld are fre-
quently more highly prized when at
length received. Mr. Duran had no
children, and was now. past the
meridian of life. To him this child
seemed like one born out of due
time.

It was amusing to see the effect
produced on the parents by this, till
recently, unexpected event. “ Well,
Molly,” said Mr. Jones,—a neighbor
of Mr. Duran, whose wife had just
been to see the strange visitant, and
who had reared a large family of chil-
dren,—“ how do Mr. and Mrs. Duran
act with the boy?” “Act? why
CHARLES DURAN. 15

just like two grown-up children.
And they think itis the most wonder-
ful child that ever was born. But they
don’t know what it may live to be!”

These last words were spoken in
a tone of voice which told of hidden
springs of sorrow. One of Mrs.
Jones’ own dear children, a promis-
ing, lovely boy, had early become in-
ternperate, and was now sleeping in
a drunkard’s ‘grave!

Having passed through the ordi- ~
nary nursery incidents of the first
months. of infancy, Charley—for so
he was familiarly called—became a
fine fat child. “Sweet boy,” said his
~ mother,.as she rather clumsily patted
his cheeks, and felt of his tender
limbs, “you will be a comfort to
your parents in their old age.”

“JT was just thinking of that,” add-
16 CHARLES DURAN.

ed the father. ‘“ What a blessing he
will be to us! He will manage the
farm—administer to our comfort, and.
inherit our estate.”

Many a bright sunny morning
has been followed by a dark cloudy
evening. Our supposed blessings
often prove to us a source of disap-
pointment and sorrow. I have seen
the mother clasp her lovely infant
to her breast, and fondly and doting-
ly caress it, and press its little hands
and feet, soft as velvet, with her lips.
And I have seen that child, the rain
bow of promise, and the cause of so
much joy, bring down that mother’s
head, ere it was gray, with sorrow to
the grave.

Thoughts like these, however,
never crossed the minds of Mr. and
Mrs. Duran. They dreamed not that
CHARLES DURAN. 17

sickness and death might blast their
hopes, and leave them more lonely
than they were before. So staid and
uniform had been their own life,
that they never once supposed that
Charles, if he should grow up, could
pursue any other course.

- Every day little Charles became
more and more the object of cherish-
ed hopes and affections. The hearts
of the parents were bound up in him.
He became their idol. His wants,
real’ and imaginary, were all met.
His danger was of being spoiled by
too. much indulgence.

“T believe they will kill him with
kindness,” was the remark of Ann,
a colored woman, who had long lived
in the family. “It is just the way
Mr. Parsons used to do with his Jim,
who never amounted to anything.”

2
18 CHARLES DURAN.

CHAPTER III.
HIS EARLY TRAINING.

“Train up a child in the way he
should go; and when he is old he
will not depart from it.” Prov. xxii, 6.
The proper training of children is of
the utmost importance. Upon it to
a great extent depend their useful-
ness and happiness in the world.
And as the happiness of parents is So
intimately connected with the course
of conduct pursued by their children,
it should be with them a constant
study how they may promote the
well-being of their offspring. .

On this subject much has been
said and written. Some recommend
indulgence as the surest way to give
a child a good disposition, and to lead
to the formation of correct habits.
CHARLES DURAN. 19

Others urge the necessity of restraint
and uncompromising obedience, on
the part of children, to the com- —
mands of their parents. There may
be extremes in both. Children
should be taught to fear and love
their parents, and to respect their
wishes. The government of chil-
dren should be strictly parental.
The parent’s will should be the law
of the child. Proper indulgence
should be allowed ; entire obedience
enforced. Parents and children
should both remember the words of
the apostle: “Children, obey your
parents in all things: for this is well
pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers,
provoke not your children to anger,
lest they be discouraged.” Col. iii,
20, 21.

Mr. and Mrs. Duran were very
20 CHARLES DURAN.

indulgent to their only child. His
wants were met with a liberal hand,
and his wishes, as far as possible,
gratified. If his desires were not
immediately granted, he soon learn-
ed that a little crying would accom-
plish his object.

Improper indulgence begets un-
lawful desires. Unlawful desires
can never be fully satisfied. So it
was with Charles Duran: every- —
thing he saw, he wanted.. When
- he was not indulged, as he could
not be always, he soon showed his
bad spirit. Sometimes he pouted
out his lips, and had a long fit of
the sulks. i ;

Perhaps my readers never saw a
child affected with the sulks. I will
briefly describe them. First, the
eyes begin to roll rapidly in their
CHARLES DURAN. 21

sockets, and the sight turns upward. |
The chin falls down a little, and the
corners .of the mouth are slightly
drawn back. The lower lip then
rolls down nearly to the chin. Soon

a whining commences, which grows

. louder and louder, and becomes dis-

agreeable to every person present.
At the same time the eyes turn red,
the face gets out of shape, and the
child becomes bind! I saw a little
boy once have the sulks so badly
that when his mother sent him into
his room to get his apron, before sit-
ting down to dinner, he could not
find it, though it was in plain sight!

Before he was two years old,
Charles showed a very bad disposi-
tion. This, instead of being correct-
ed, was fostered by the training
which he received. To the domes-
22. CHARLES DURAN.

tics in the family he was insolent
and unkind ; and even to his parents,
_ “TF will” and-“I won't” were said
--with fearful, frequency. Still the
doting parents would merely say

to him, “You should not do so, .

Charles! You should say, ‘I don’t
want to,’ or, ‘I do want to,’” as the

case might be. Thus they indirectly ©

taught him disobedience, which he
was learning fast enough without
such assistance. In this way did
these parents, with cruel kindness,
help on the ruin of their child!
Charles Duran, with all his faults,
was a bright,.active boy. What he
needed was training,—parental train-

ing. His parents committed two |

very common errors: they promised
him correction for his disobedience,

without inflicting the punishment; —
CHARLES DURAN. 23

and they often repeated his sayings,
and spoke of his doings, to others,
in his presence. Parents should al-
ways keep good faith with their
children ; and, while they encourage
them, when they are alone, by suit-
able and well-timed praise, they
should rarely repeat what they have
said, or speak of what they have
done, to others, in their presence.
This is injurious to the child, betrays
vanity in the parents, and is not
very edifying to others. The sing-
ing of a young raven may be music
to its parents, but to us it is like the
cawing of a crow.
24 CHARLES DURAN.

CHAPTER IV.

CHARLES DURAN AT SCHOOL.

Cuares was now old enough to ga
to school. He was accordingly sent
to the district school, not far from
his father’s house. Teachers say
that they can tell whether children
are good and obedient at home by
their conduct in school. Those
children who mind their parents
~ will generally obey their teachers;
and those scholars that are obedient
generally learn well.
_ How was it with Charles Duran
at school? Did he obey his teacher?
' At first, as all things in the school
were new and strange to him, he
was somewhat restrained. He soon,
however, became acquainted with
pe

CHARLES DURAN. 25

his teacher and the scholars, and as
soon learned to break the rules of

‘the school. He became disrespect-

ful to his teacher, and caused him
much trouble.

Charles was also very inattentive
to his books. The teacher did the
best he could to make him learn ;
but his lessons were never more
than half learned, and the greater
part of the time they were not
studied at all: and, though naturally
he was a bright, smart’ boy, he
seemed determined to grow up a
blockhead.

The next thing I notice in the
school history of this boy is the
unkindness which he showed his -
school-fellows. If he played with
them, he was quite sure to get
offended before the play was through.
26 CHARLES DURAN.

He was surly, self-willed, and dis-
posed always to have his own way
in everything.

One day Samuel Howard, a boy
smaller than himself, was flying his
kite. There was a fine breeze, and
the kite floated beautifully in the air.
Charles seized the twine, and began
to pull in the kite. Samuel remon-
strated with him; but the more he
remonstrated the more ugly was
Charles. He pulled in the. kite,
tore it all to pieces, and broke and
snarled the twine. Samuel cried at
the loss of his pretty kite, and
» Charles Duran was mean enough



“-to mimic the boy whom he had
“thus injured.

~ At another time, a little girl, whose
name was Helen Fay, was return-:
ing from school: Charles threw a
CHARLES DURAN. 27

stone, and hit her on the cheek-
bone. It cut a great gash in her
face, and made the blood run freely.
Had the stone struck a little higher,
it would probably have put out her
eye; as it was, her face was badly
scarred.

A poor widow lady lived some
- distance beyond Duran’s house.
She had two dear little children,
John and Louisa, whom she sent to
school. This poor mother was in-
dustrious and very neat, and her
_children were always dressed in
neat, clean clothes. Charles Duran,

who was out of his element when _#®

he was not in mischief, seerned to
take delight in tormenting these little
children. On their way from school
one day, when they had on their °
nice clothes, he covered them from
28 CHARLES DURAN.

head to foot with dirt and mud. In
that sad plight John and Louisa
went home erying. Their mothe
felt as badly as they did, when she
saw the ugliness of her neighbor's
spoiled child.

So constantly was Charles injur-
ing the smaller boys and girls in the
school that non them loved him.
If he got hurt, none of them pitied
him. The whole school seemed
glad, one day, when he had shoved
a little girl into a mud-puddle, and
upset an inkstand on a boy’s writing-
book, and spoiled it, to see the mas-
» ter give him a severe whipping,— .
such as he deserved.

It is not agreeable to dwell longer
upon the conduct of this boy in
school. He became so quarrelsome
and disagreeable that no one was
CHARLES DURAN. 29

willing to sit next to him. He was
always spoken of as the worst boy
in school.

Mr. Spicer was now his teacher,
and he had borne with him till he
could bear with him no longer. He
had pretty much made up his mind
that he would turn him out of his
school. Before doing that, however,
he was desirous~of knowing the
minds of his scholars. He called
the school to order, and then told
Charles what he had thought of
doing; reminded him of his disobe-
dience, of his unkindness to his
school-mates, and of his general,
.cheglect of his studies. He told him
‘if he did not do differently he would
grow up without friends, and, in all
probability, in consequence of’ his
sins, come down to an early grave.



30 CHARLES DURAN.

Mr. Spicer then addressed the
scholars, and said, “ All of you who
think Charles Duran ought to be
expelled from the school for con-
tinued bad conduct, raise your right
hands.” In a moment every right
hand was raised up! |

Then Mr. Spicer said, in a solemn
and affecting ner, “ Charles Du-
ran, with the vore of all your school-
mates, you are expelled from this school,
for bad conduct.” ©

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CHARLES DURAN. 31

‘CHAPTER V.
CHARLES’S HABITS.

Goop habits are of the greatest im- -
portance. If they are cultivated by
the young, they become fixed and
permanent. Evil habits, unless they
are corrected, will increase in num-
ber and strength. The young should
beware of the first evil habit. A boy
does not become a bad boy all at
once: he gives way to one bad
habit, and then to another. One
small sin prepares the way for an-
other and a greater one. Dr. Clarke
says, “Sin is a small matter in its
commencement; but by indulgence
it grows great, and multiplies itself
beyond all calculation.” . The old
rabbins used to say it was like a


82 CHARLES DURAN.

spider’s web at first, and that it in-
creased till it was like a cart-rope.
This is seen in the case of Charles
Duran. His expulsion from school
did_not improve him: he grew up
in the indulgence of his bad temper,
and, instead of being a lovely, in-
dustrious boy, fond of his studies,
and attentive to his various duties,
he was idle, lazy, and_ vicious.
When he ought to have been in
school, he was fishing, and idling
away his time along the margins of
the brooks and rivers. He soon
learned to use a gun, and much of
his time was. spent in the woods,
hunting birds, squirrels, and rabbits.

Idle habits are very dangerous.
A boy or man that is habitually idle
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such persons, and he will be very
sure to get them into it.

Charles had, what many boys de-
sire, a gun, and was very fond of
- shooting. Besides shooting squirrels
and birds, he would shoot at marks
on his father’s out-buildings and
fences. There was not a door, not
a board, not a post, and scarcely a
rail, in all the out-buildings and
fences, that was not full of shot-
holes. This kind of shooting was a
dangerous practice. I wondered,
when I examined the premises, that
the barn .and sheds had not taken
fire from the burning wads. It was
dangerous also to the poultry and
cattle. But he thought nothing of
these things; from day to day it was
shoot! shoot! shoot!

Pursuing this course, it is not
36 CHARLES DURAN.

strange that Charles should grow up
rough in his manners, and coarse in
his language. Gentleness is lovely
always, wherever found; but it ap-

pears most lovely in children and ~

youth. It indicates a good heart,
and good training. It helps young
persons into the best society, and
secures them warm and valuable
friends. Roughness of manner drives
our friends from us, and prevents
many from becoming friends. This
fact is illustrated in the history of
this spoiled boy. He might have
had a large circle of friends, but
now few, very few indeed, loved or
esteemed him.

One vice does not long remain
alone. Idleness begets vice. Vicious-
ness shows itself in various forms: in

lying, Sabbath-breaking, theft, swear-
hy.
CHARLES DURAN. 37

ing, and intemperance. Charles
grew worse and worse,—adding sin
to sin. He became greatly addicted
to swearing. He frequently spent
the Sabbath in wandering about the
fields, instead of attending church.
He found, as the depraved always
do, kindred spirits, with whom he
associated. With these he learned
to drink to excess, and was not un-
frequently under the influence of
strong drink.

There is a standard in vice as well
as in virtue. While some are held
up as models of virtue, others may
be regarded as the very personifica-
tion of evil. We should learn to
profit by both,—be encouraged by
‘one, and warned by the other.

The unfortunate boy whose history
1 am detailing finally became a pro-

see
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38 CHARLES DURAN.

verb in his native town. Good mo-
thers often exhorted their children
not to be like Charles Duran! Who
of my little readers would like such |
a distinction as this? ‘Try fo live so
that parents may point you out as
good examples for their children to
follow.
CHARLES DURAN. 89

CHAPTER VI.

THE FATAL NIGHT.

In country villages, as well as in
larger cities, parties often meet for
dancing; and balls are frequently
held, especially in the winter season.
Many young people, whose thoughts
and time are not better occupied,
seem to derive a great deal of plea-
sure from such amusements.

These gatherings frequently em-
brace a large number of the young
of both sexes, from the towns in
which they are held, and often many
from neighboring towns. They are
usually held at some tavern where
rum is sold. The parties arrive in
the forepart of the evening, and the
dance commences at eight, or from
40 CHARLES DURAN.

eight to nine o'clock, according to
arrangement. © Wine, cordials, and
other stimulating drinks, are freely
furnished, and freely used. Toward
midnight, when chaste young ladies
and sober young men should be at
home, the ball-supper is served up.
Rich viands and sparkling drinks
are .on the table. One becomes
drunken, and another surfeited. The
sound of the viol is again heard, and
the merry dance is kept up till near
morning light. The parties then
gradually retire. Some of the young
ladies, from over excitement in the -
ball-chamber, and subsequent. ex-
posure to the night air, take severe
colds, become speedily consumptive,
and from the place of rioting and
mith are carried to the grave! In
this country, where consumption is
CHARLES DURAN. 41

so prevalent, and accomplishes its
work so rapidly, the distance from
the midnight ball-room to the grave
is very short.

Most young men who attend balls
go home inflamed with wine. I say
most of them. It is not unfrequently
the case, however, that some of
them cannot get home. They have
to stay behind. until ‘they have, in a
measure, slept off the fames of strong
drink: and ‘then, with bloodshot
eyes, fetid breath, and staggering
gait, they reach their homes. Such
young men have received a new
impetus in the way that leads to
destruction, and such are the com-
mon fruits of a village ball.

Why do fathers and mothers,—
and some of them professedly Chris-
tian parents, too,—allow their daugh-
42, CHARLES DURAN

ters to mingle in these scenes, and
expose themselves to the contamin-
ating influence of such associations?
How any well-disposed mother can
do this I am at a loss to determine.

Such a ball as I have described
was to be held in the town of ——.
Young men and young ladies im-
patiently waited for the time ap-
pointed to arrive. Among those
who designed to attend this ball was
Charles Duran, then in his eighteenth
year. Notwithstanding his habits
and character, the position and _ re-
spectability of his parents prevented
him from being entirely excluded
from society. He was still further
aided in gaining admission to such
parties by always having money.
While some despised him in their
heart, they were quite willing, for


CHARLES DURAN. 43

the sake of his purse, to have him
in their company.

The anxiously looked for day ar-
rived. The preparations were made.
At night the ball was to come
off. After dinner, Charles asked his
father for money to bear the ex-
penses of the evening. Mr. Duran
gave him what he thought would be
sufficient for the occasion. The ,
amount did not satisfy him: more
was asked. It was refused; and
Charles, not having forgotten his
early habits, immediately went into
a fit of rage. More money he want-
ed, and more he would have. He
went out, and arming himself with
stones and blocks, soon commenced |
a regular assault upon the house.
The weather-boards were battered,
one window was smashed in, panes




44 CHARLES DURAN.

in the others were broken, and the
fragments rattled on the floor and
on the ground. The aged parents
trembled for their safety; while the
son, raving as a madman, seemed
bent on their destruction. Stooping
somewhat with age, and in great
fear, Mr. Duran went to the door,
with a bag in his hand, containing
a quantity of specie :—

“ Here, Charles,” said the feeble
old man, “come and get what
money you want, and don’t stone
the house any more.”

Thus appeased, the demon be-
came quiet. Charles helped him-
self to as much money as he wanted,
and was ready for the ball in the
evening. Alas, what degradation
for a parent! and what persevering
depravity in a son!


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CHARLES TAKING MONEY FOR THE BALL.





CHARLES DURAN. 47

The evening came. Parties be-
gan to assemble. Arrangements
had been made for a great ball.
The saloon was tastefully decorated.
The kitchen gave evidence that a
sumptuous repast was in prepara-
tion. The bar was fully supplied
with all kinds of sparkling liquors. .
As the new-comers arrived, they
met a smiling host, an attentive and
ready bar-tender, and obsequious
waiters and servants.

Fancy the scene. Groups of per-
sons, gayly dressed, are in conversa-
tion in different parts of the ball-
chamber. ~More are constantly
coming in. The musicians, who
for some time have been tuning
their instruments, enter, and take
their place. Partners are selected,
the circle is formed, and the dancing
45 CHARLES DURAN.

begins. A scene of hilarity ensues.
During the intervals, the merry
laugh is heard, wine is drunk, and
the glee becomes general. Spark-
ling eyes are made more sparkling
by strong drink; and, under the in-
fluence of multiplied potations, the
coarse jest is now and then uttered.
In this scene of gayety and mirth
Charles Duran mingled,—a promi-
nent actor. A young and inexpe-
rienced girl had accompanied him
to the place. Round and round
went the dance, and round and
round went Charles’s head. He
was flush with money, and many a
friend did he treat at the bar. Long —
ere the festivities closed he was un-
able to walk steadily. Still, stimu-
lated by the excitement of the occa-
sion, and urged on by unprincipled
CHARLES DURAN. 49

comrades, he poured down the
deadly poison. His brain reeled
under its influence. He alternately
roared and laughed as a maniac.
“ Another drink! another drink!” he
said. His youthful system could en-
dure it no longer: he uttered a moan-
ing, sepulchral groan, and sunk to
the floor!

The ball was over, and the night
was nearly gone. A friend took
charge of the thoughtless young girl
that had accompanied Charles to
the dance. Two young men, his
companions in riot, undertook to —
convey him to his father’s house.
The stars were just beginning to
fade away as they reached the thresh-
old. Speechless, and almost life-
less, they laid him upon his bed. /
proved his death-bed !

| 4
50 CHARLES DURAN.

CHAPTER VII.

SICKNESS AND DEATH.

Tue debauch of the previous night
laid the foundation of disease, from
which Charles never recovered. On
the following day he seemed at
times wild, and partially deranged.

A violent fever set in, and for many
_ days he was confined to his bed. His
sufferings were extreme; so high did
his fever rise that it seemed as though
the fire within would consume him. .

His physician watched the pro-
gress of his disease, and did all in
his power to restore his health. The
fever ran its course, and the crisis
came. There was a change for the
better. It was thought that he
would get up. The hopes of his
CHARLES DURAN. 51

parents were revived; and many
were the wishes that, with restored
health, there might be a reformation
of manners. Of this, however, there
was little prospect.

These hopes of a recovery were
soon cut off. Chailes’s disease as-
sumed a new form. He was taken
with a cough, and night-sweats fol-
lowed. His eyes were a little sunken,
but full of expression. His counte-
nance was pale, and, slightly tinged |
with blue, gave evidence that con-
sumption had marked him for its
. victim, and that the grave must soon
swallow him up: he was rapidly
sinking into the arms of death.

Toward the latter part of his sick-
ness, a rude contrivance was adopted
to change his position in bed. Two
hooks were driven into the ceiling,
es —

52 CHARLES DURAN.

over the foot of the bedstead. To
these pulleys were attached. These
pulleys were rigged with cords, one
end of which was made fast to the
upper part of the bed. By hoisting
on these cords he could be raised to
any desired angle; and, instead of
being bolstered up, he hung as if in |
ahammock.* | |
During his illness Charles gave |
little evidence of any change in his |
feelings. No sorrow was expressed |
for anything in his past conduct. He |
was still fretful, still obstinate. He |
|

|

— eee —

appeared like one early sold to sin.

The minister of the parish came
in to pray with him. He found him
ignorant of spiritual things. He
talked to him on the subject of reli-
gion,—urged him to prepare to meet — |

* See Frontispiece.
CHARLES DURAN. 53

God. He offered prayer by his bed-
side. He left him, however, showing
very little evidence of penitence, and
entertaining for him very little hope.
Charles lingered along till early in
‘March. The day of his departure
came. The father and mother bent
over his bed: they saw that the
hopes which they entertained at his
birth were now to perish. Instead
of his closing their eyes in death,
they were now to perform that office
for him. He spoke not. Oppressive
stillness reigned in the room. Not
a sound was heard, save the rattling
in the throat of the dying youth.
The last breath was drawn; life,
for a moment, quivered upon his
lip. The spirit took its flight; and
the poor mother, in anguish of soul,
exclaimed, “ He is dead !”
54 CHARLES DURAN.

CHAPTER VIII. 4
CONCLUSION.

Tue way of transgressors is hard.
Early did Charles Duran indulge in
habits of disobedience,—early was
he forgetful of God,—early did he
run into the paths of vice and in-
temperance, and early did he go
down to his grave.

Disobedience to parents is a fear-
ful sin! Children think they know
what is best for themselves. Pa-
rental restraint sometimes seems
irksome to them; but God has
wisely ordained that in our youth
we should be under the instruction
and control of our parents. Chil-
dren, instead of feeling that parental
control is oppressive to them, should
CHARLES DURAN. 55

learn to be thankful for it. It is
enough for well-instructed and well-
disposed children, generally, to know
what the wishes of their parents are.
Much of their happiness is derived .
from compliance with those wishes.
The approbation of their parents will
afford such children far more plea-
sure than, all their forbidden indul-
sences.

The school history of Charles Du-
ran will not fail, I trust, to make a
suitable impression upon the minds
of my youthful readers. Scholars
sometimes think that it is not a great
offense for them to violate the rules
of their school, neglect their books,
or be unkind even to some of
their school-associates. So this boy
thought. The result of his course is
before us. All such children should
56 CHARLES DURAN.

know that by such a course of con
duct they are laying the foundation
for a bad character. They may, for
awhile, escape punishment; they
may not be expelled from school;
they may possibly retain their places
in their class; but they are acquiring
those habits which, if not corrected,
will bring ruin upon them by and by.

This boy’s sporting habits ought
not to be lightly passed over. He
was exceedingly fond of a gun.
The indulgence of this passion led
him into habits of idleness and
cruelty. Boys should rarely, if ever,
be allowed the use of fire-arms:
they are always dangerous. The
habits and associations to which
their use leads are generally objec-
tionable. Boys that are constantly
around the brooks after little fishes,
CHARLES DURAN. 57

and in the woods in pursuit of little
birds, had better be at their books, .
We always fear that idle boys will”
make idle men.

We see from the history of Charles
Duran the importance of early reli-
gious training. Had his parents
pursued a different course with him,
he might have grown up to be a
blessing to them, and a useful mem-
ber of society: “Train up a child in
the way he should go; and when
he is old he will not eeu from it.”
Prov. xxii, 6.

When, O when will parents lay
this to heart! How many fathers
and mothers have been _ brought
down to the grave with sorrow, by
neglecting this important duty!

The history of Charles Duran is a
warning to all boys who are inclined
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58 CHARLES DURAN.

to indulge in Sabbath-breaking ; to

form bad associations; to tipple; or

to visit places of improper amuse-
ment. See his dreadful end! Mark
that fatal night! Remember that
he had been preparing for that sea-
son of riot and debauch by previous
indulgence. He came not to his
wretched condition all at once. He
was preparing for it in his early dis-

- obedience,—in his neglect of instruc-

tion,—in his unkindness to his school-
mates,—in delighting to mjure those
who were smaller and weaker than
himself,—in his idle sporting habits,
—in the indulgence of his bad tem-
per,—in ministering to his perverse
will,—in his Sunday rambling,—in
associating with the vile,—in his
tippling habits,—and, finally, in
throwing off all parental regard and
CHARLES DURAN. 59

restraint. He had now come to the
verge of the whirlpool of destruction,
and, in a frenzied moment, he threw
himself into the awful vortex! Be-
ware of the first sm! “Enter not
into the paths of the wicked, and go
not in the way of evil men. Avoid
it, pass not by it, turn from it,and
pass away.” Prov. iv, 14, 15.

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