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Thow John Walton gave up the Drink.
whitesmith in the Bull To make matters worse, he said the land-
and Garter ever had, George Morris had a great kindness for he spent nearly every for Walton. They had been lads together evening of his life in the in the Sunday school; but it was long landlord's parlour, and since Walton had given up both Sundayhe took a good deal to school and church. On the other hand, drink.
Morris was not only a steady man but But that was not all. a true Christian. Many a time he had
John was clever, and full tried to persuade John to give up the of life; he was a sort of oracle, both on drink and to go with him to church, but trade and politics, and he could sing "a hitherto in vain. Still he had not given jolly good song." Nobody will wonder, up hope, and he thought he would try then, that John's presence in the Star again. and Garter helped to make it very attrac
“How much does the landlord want?" tive. Indeed, the men who went there asked Morris. said the place was not like itself if, by Eight pounds; half a year's rent," any accident, John was absent; and the replied Walton. “And then, if he sells landlord said confidentially to his wife me up, the selling will cost a lot, Bethat it would pay him to give John half sides," he added with some hesitation, the drink he got for nothing rather than “if he sells me up as far as he will have lose him. Still he took good care that to do for his rent, there are some other John paid for all he took.
folks who want money of me; and one One night, however, John's place, which with another they'll about make a clean was always kept for him, was empty. sweep of everything." That was a thing which did happen now He might have added, but he did not, and then, so nobody took much notice of that a good many of their nicest things it; but the next night came, and the had been already either pawned or sold. night after that, and still he was not “It's a pity,” said Morris; but just there. Then his companions began to then he said nothing more. The fact wonder; and one after another asked if was, he did not know what to say or do, anybody knew anything about him. It and he wanted a little time to think will be readily believed that nobody in- about it. Besides, he was one of those quired about him more anxiously than sensible men who never do anything of the landlord.
importance without consulting their wives. We can explain the reason of John's Just as he was leaving the shop, howabsence. One morning, George Morris, ever, he said, “Will you come and see a customer of his, for whom he had some me to-night, John? I shall be in about work in hand, called at his shop to press seven ? him to get on with it, and he found him Walton thought from Morris's manner sadly downcast. On inquiring what was that possibly he might have it in his the matter, John told him that two of heart to help him, and after a little delay his children were ill, and that his wife he promised to go.
He went at the appointed time, and on certain conditions, and you have not both Morris and his wife, who had talked yet heard what they are.” the matter over beforehand, received him Walton looked inquiringly at his friend, very kindly, and after a few minutes Mrs. and Morris continued : Morris left the two men by themselves. “The first condition is that you pay
“Now, John,” said Morris, “I have me back so much a week—not less than been thinking a good deal about your four shillings.” trouble, and I hardly know whether I can "Four shillings a week!” said Walton. do anything for you or not. But are there “That's a lot,” and he evidently thought none of your friends who can help you?” it far more than he could pay.
Walton's countenance fell. á Is this " How much do you think your drink all,” he said to himself, “ for which he costs you a week ? " asked Morris. has invited me; to ask me if there is That was a question not easily annobody else who can help me? If I had swered; but, on reckoning up, Walton known that I would never have come!” had to confess that it could not be much
Then his " friends” rose up before his less than ten shillings. imagination—the company at the Star “Then you could do it, John," said his and Garter, and the landlord. As for his friend, “ if you gave up the drink, and companions, even if they were ever so have besides six shillings a week to spare. willing to help him, it was very little Some of that you might use to clear off they could do, for they spent too much your other debts, and the rest you could on themselves to have it in their power give to your wife to get something to help anybody. Then, as for the land- nourishing for herself and the children. lord, he was not the sort of man to do And that brings me to the next condition: it; and he had more than once heard him you must promise me that, till all I lend say that if he once began to lend money you is repaid, you will not touch another to his customers, there would be no end drop of drink. I won't ask you just now to it. As a rule, the better customer a to bind yourself longer than that. man is to a publican, the less inclined Walton hesitated. He did not like to the publican is to lend him money, for give it up entirely. Would he not allow this good reason, that nobody knows him a pint a day. He would not go better than he does how small the chance beyond that. is of getting it back again.
“ No, John," replied Morris; "for I All this passed through his mind in a am certain that if you get even half a far shorter time than it has taken us to pint you will be just where you were; tell, and he shook his head almost as soon and you know that too. It is all or as the question had been put.
nothing. Let me add that there is “Now,” said Morris, "if I were to nothing but ruin for you and your family advance as much as would pay your rent, if you don't give up the drink entirely'; would you promise faithfully to pay it and think, too, what an example you are me back again?”
setting your children! Now I won't ask Men in debt and trouble will promise you to promise at once.
Go home and anything; and Walton said at once that take a night to think about it, and come he would.
to me to-morrow.” Well, then,” he said, “on certain con- After a little further talk, in which ditions, I will."
Morris set before his visitor very faith“Thank you," said Walton, with tears fully the evil of his course and the ruin
“You always were a kind, in which it could not but issue, if he good fellow.”
persisted in it, Walton took his depar“But stop,” replied Morris. “I said | ture. He felt the truth and justice of
in his eyes.
what his friend had said to him, and belonged-Peter Mawson-had been in besides, the help he had offered was his Australia, and, as somebody who knew only hope. Moved by these thoughts him said, he had “turned up again like and convictions, he went to Morris the a bad halfpenny.” The first night after next morning, saying that, if he would his return he went to his old haunt, only let him have the money he would expecting, without any doubt, to meet promise everything.
Walton along with the rest, when he “It will be a hard battle," said Morris, was told that John had not been there when he had paid Walton the money; for two months. "and you will need help from God to “See if I don't bring him back again,” enable you to keep your promise. Don't he said, after he had heard the whole fail to ask Him for it.”
story of Walton's boastings. But Walton had no fear. He had The landlord—willing enough to lose made up his mind, and nothing should -bet him five shillings he could not. move him. The event proved that he The following day was Sunday, and had over-estimated his own strength. about eleven o'clock in the forenoon,
It was not to be expected that either Mawson called at Walton's, and found the laudlord of the Star and Garter or him in. If he had only been at church, the company who met in his parlour where he should have been, he would would let Walton go without an effort have been out of harm's way. It was a to get him back again. The landlord great misfortune he was not. found out that there was a piece of work Mrs. Walton was getting a comfortable in Walton's line of business he wanted dinner ready, and Walton asked his visito have done, and he sent for him to tor to remain. Nothing loth, Mawson do it; and one and another of Walton's consented; in fact it was just what he pot-companions looked in at the shop to wanted to do, first, because he liked a ask what was the matter. Still he stood good dinner, and next, because he thought firm. He did the landlord's work-and it would help him to win his bet. it was work in the house—but he de- After dinner they smoked their pipes, clined the offer the landlord made him and then Mawson proposed that they of anything he liked to drink. He made should have a walk, to which Walton no secret of his resolve. On the contrary, agreed. he was rather boastful of it: told every- Their stroll was a long one, and both body how much better he was without were a little tired, although Mawson the drink than with it; wished every- pretended to be far more weary than he body would follow his example; and even really was. A public-house stood inwent so far as to say what fools they were vitingly open for“ bona fide travellers," for not doing so.
and, somewhat reluctantly, Walton agreed “Let him alone,” laid the landlord; to go in, but at the same time he resolved “he'll come back again. They always that he would have no drink. It so hapdo when they talk like that.”
pened, however, that there was nothing The landlord had had some experience to be had which was not intoxicating. in things of that sort, and he knew some- Walton was very thirsty, and he took a thing of human nature. If we had heard single glass of ale, and then another, and Walton when he talked in that way, we after that the two men went homewards. should have trembled for him.
It was evening before they reached the stand best who are the most humble. town, and then Mawson said :
The landlord's prophecy proved only “Come now, old fellow, 'as well be too true; and this is how it was fulfilled. hung for a sheep as a lamb.' Don't let us
One of the set to which Walton had part so soon after such a long absence.”