reckless spirit, and am now mortgaged to the devil. What I might have been under other circumstances, I know not; but I do know that the best clements of my nature were crushed out of me by the infernal tyrant who was my teacher, and that I owe him a debt I would be glad to pay.
He spoke truly. The mortgage was duly foreclosed. He died ofdelirium tremens. A single act of injustice sowed the seeds of bitterness that marred the hopes of a whole life. The moral of this sketch is commended to teachers and parents.
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