342 UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
" Sons trained like your Henrique will be grand guardians of your powder-magazines," said Augustine, — " so cool and self-possessed ! The proverb says, * They that cannot govern themselves cannot govern others.':
" There is a trouble there," said Alfred, thoughtfully; " there 's no doubt that our system is a difficult one to train children under. It gives too free scope to the passions, altogether, which, in our climate, are hot enough. I.find trouble with Henrique. The boy is generous and warm-hearted, but a perfect fire-cracker when excited. I believe I shall send him North for his education, where obedience is more fashionable, and where he will associate more with equals, and less with dej3endants."
" Since training children is the staple work of the human race," said Augustine, "I should think it something of a consideration that our system does not work well there."
" It does not for some things," said Alfred; " for others, again, it does. It makes boys manly and courageous; and the very vices of an abject race tend to strengthen in them the opposite virtues. I think Henrique, now, has a keener sense of the beauty of truth, from seeing lying and deception the universal badge of slavery."
" A Christian-like view of the subject; certainly ! " said Augustine.
u It's true, Christian-like or not; and is about as Christian-like as most other things ii* the world," said Alfred.
" That may be," said St. Clare.
" Well, there 's no use in talking, Augustine. I believe we 've been round and round this old track five hundred times, more or less. What do you say to a game of backgammon ? "
The two brothers ran up the veranda steps, and were soon seated at a light bamboo stand, with the backgdmmon-board between them. As they were setting their men, Alfred said, —