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WHERE THE TEMPTER HAS TRIUMPHED.
AUTHOR OF « THE GAOL CHAPLAIN.”
“As sins proceed, they ever multiply, and, like figures in arithmetic, the
SIR THOMAS BROWN.
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET,
It has often occurred to the writer, while
holding painful and professional intercourse
with the criminal, that the hope of impunity
prompts many a crime.
True; want may supply a motive for the petty larceny; and revenge light up the neatly rounded rick or well plenished barn on the homestead of a grasping and tyrannical master; and sudden passion prompt the deadly grapple on the highway ; but in the vast majority of instances which have come under
my own observation, the persuasion that detection was highly improbable, if not impossible, fathered
“I should not have tampered with that cashbox,- not I,-had I thought it would have
brought me here,"—was the frank but not penitent admission of one convict.
“I would never have fingered that forged
note had I known the bank was so particular,
and their clerks so sharp,” sighed another; “ but I made sure it would pass safe enough
for years to come, from hand to hand among
“Who could have thought,” cried a third, “that that missing letter with money in it
would have been traced to me? I fancied 'twas
a thousand chances to one that I ever heard of
“Luck was against me; luck, and nothing
else," persisted a fourth; “for I've heard of men, and read of men, doing far worse than I have done, and prospering. Yes, prospering! As it is, I've ruined all belonging to me."
“ READ OF MEN.”
“Fons et origo malorum."
reveals a prolific source of evil. Records loosely written of successful villany poison the morals of an entire community. Vice should never be represented in the ascendant. He is a
traitor to the best interests of his fellows who
paints the position of the wrong-doer as secure. His triumph, under any circumstances, must be brief. An invisible and omnipotent influence is against him. A Being to whom crime is abhorrent is pledged to his overthrow. To prove this by appeals to the past,—to show the short-lived success of crime by examples carefully selected from the career of those who have planned, and sinned, and suffered, is the object of the present publication.
His creed will bear examination who holds
that there is no such thing as successful villany;
that the wrong-doer is always insecure; that