THE WRITING ON THE WALL.
Yes, with charcoal, and on his hare walls, he wrought out many a fancy, many a thought; they fled with the whitewash brush ; but the record on the wall for a time, helped memory the better to hold them till now. And those thoughts and fancies were all wrought out and treasured for the instruction or entertainment, and none for the hurt of his fellow-man; and his jailers might have seen this, and spared him some misery, and themselves some shame.
" Hang him or let him go free," were wise words, said by one old judge ; but he spoke in vain to his younger colleagues, like the Samnite Senator to his compatriots, when they had caught the Romans in the Caudine forks. " Let them go untouched, and make a great people your fast friends ;" said the Samnite. " Let
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