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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM
THE BEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELI

1919

Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1841, by

SLEEPER, Dıx & ROGERS,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

I R. BUTT8, PRINTER, 2 SCHOOL STREET.

PREFACE.

The tale of Barbara Howard, which is contained in this little volume, was originally written for the columns of the Boston Mercantile Journal, and appeared in that paper in seven successive numbers, In this tale, I have endeavored, under the guise of an interesting narrative, to portray some of the terrible evils of Intemperance. The pictures which are presented to the reader in this production, are not mere fancy sketches ; they are not even exaggerated. Scenes as revolting in their character as are described to have taken place at the tavern in Allensville, and in the home of the drunkard, occur every year in half the villages of New England ; and it is time that the community were awakened to a sense of their mighty evils ; and

that PUBLIC

OPINION should proclaim from one
end of the Union to the other, that this bane of
our country, Intemperance — this fiend, which is
industriously and insidiously at work, undermining
our civil, our moral, and our religious institutions,
and scattering the firebrands and arrows of discord
and death through the land, ought to be, and
shall be banished from among us.

This tale was written merely as a newspaper
story, and I am aware that it contains many
defects and errors. But it was, nevertheless,
received with much favor by many of the readers
of the Mercantile Journal; and it having been
suggested and strongly urged by some gentlemen,
in whose judgment I have great confidence, that
it should be published in a book, no time has been
lost in laying it, in that form, with some few
alterations and revisions, before the public.

J. S. S.

BARBARA HOWARD.

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CHAPTER 1.

A SAILOR FALLING IN LOVE.

ICHABOD ALLEN was a true-hearted American sailor. He was born in a small village in the interior of Massachusetts, but fond of adventure, and charmed with the anticipated pleasures of a roving life, he left his happy home, and all the enjoyments, and cares, and labors to which he had been accustomed for years, and at the youtk ful age of fifteen, he embarked on his first voyage across the dark blue waves. He soon found, however, that the path of the sailor was not strewed with flowers ; that much of the romance with which his imagination had clothed the occupation of a mariner, was dispelled when he came in

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