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"Advice is not so commonly thrown away as is imagined. We seek it in difficulties. But, in common speech, we are apt to confound with it _admonition:_ as when a friend reminds one that drink is prejudicial to the health, etc. We do not care to be told of that which we know better than the good man that admonishes. M---- sent to his friend L----, who is no water-drinker, a two-penny tract 'Against the Use of Fermented Liquors.' L---- acknowledged the obligation, as far as to twopence. Penotier's advice was the safest, after all:--
"'I advised him'--
"But I must tell you. The dear, good-meaning, no-thinking creature had been dumbfounding a company of us with a detail of inextricable difficulties in which the circumstances of an acquaintance of his were involved. No clue of light offered itself. He grew more and more misty as he proceeded. We pitied his friend, and thought,--
"'God help the man so wrapt in error's endless maze!'
"when, suddenly bright