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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
they chance to be unfortunate, and when pub­lic scorn or reproach are turned against them.
Cowardice of all kinds is contemptible: but there are many fears, the seeds of which are cast into the childish imagination by careless nurses or imprudent mothers. In this way, vague apprehensions while in the dark, cold creeping fears of ghosts and apparitions, and various silly superstitions, are engendered. How much misery has been caused to indivi­duals by such vicious folly. All this should be most strictly guarded against. But of all kinds of cowardice, that which makes a man afraid to have an opinion of his own, and leads him always to seek to be on the strong side, is per­haps the most truly despicable. Physical fear may be involuntary, but the moral cowardice of the lover of popularity, the time-serving weathercock of opinion, evinces intrinsic and cherished baseness. Let parents consider these things well: let them begin with the first symp­toms of that weakness which leads children to equivocate or deceive, with a view to avoid responsibility. Let them follow it up, and by constant exercise give full development to the moral nerve.
In dealing with children who are marked with constitutional timidity, or whose imaginations
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