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Much has been said and written concerning the important season of youth. This period of life is generally considered highly valuable in relation to future prosperity and usefulness. To one who is to devote bis life to literary pursuits, this season is precious. Here his faculties begin to be developed—here his intellectual character begins to assume its complexion- and here those habits of mind which will distinguish bim as an individual, are beginning to form. It is also an interesting season to one who is destined to a more active employment. If he ever acquire a thorough and systematic acquaintance with his business, this acquaintance must be commenced in youth.

But this period of life acquires an increased degree of interest when considered in reference to the formation of the moral character. Although no discipline can change the moral taste, still much may be done preparatory to it; and much which will render the person a more proper object of esteem, and more worthy of confidence. The passions are now ardent, the heart susceptible, and the mind inquisitive. Principles of action are easily adopted, and principles of faith easily embraced. That thorough investigation which is the characteristic of maturer years, is not uncommonly a stranger to youth. The force of example is often ade

allure the unwary youth into a course, which issues in moral death. Much is dependent upon the character and conduct of those with whom are entrusted

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the important interests of the young. Their example, their counsel, and their practice, exert a powerful influence upon one at this period of life. The murderer, who expires upon the scaffold of justice, doubtless began his ruinous course when young. He first thought crime and guilt to be matters of no moment; and thus he advanced in his career of impiety, until he became unworthy of life. There are many eminent men who are able to recollect what particular incidents and circumstances that occurred in their youthful days, combined to give a turn to their thoughts and a complexion to their character. A regard for the duties and institutions of religion ought early to be imprinted upon the mind. Sentiments of virtue and benevolence should always be cherished in the youthful breast. If the mind of the young is taught to esteem the difference between virtue and vice of little or no consequence, the practice and course of life in succeeding years, will fully disclose the pernicious effects of embracing such a sentiment. Let the youth who desires to gain the approbation of the virtuous, who desires to possess a source of solid enjoyment in future life, who desires to promote the welfare of man, and obtain " a crown of glory that fadeth not away,” embrace the present season to mould his temper and form his character according to the unerring standard of truth, and the requirements of the Gospel. T. P. J.

[For the Monitor.]

INSTINCT.

Instinct is a principle of action which operates prior to instruction and independent of experience. Not only in the animal creation, over which man exercises dominion, but in the human race also, is this principie found to exist. The actions of every individual display some of its operations. It appears in the infant, and indeed exercises a more extensive sway over its actions tban it does over the conduct of those of maturer years. Its power is felt in youth-its influence is not lost in

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