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Written by W.M. Mitchell   

Dear Children:——Notwithstanding we are somewhat pressed for time, and have been a little sick and suffering of late with cough and sore throat, we do not forget that you will be expecting a letter from us in the June number of the MESSENGER, and we will therefore try to write again so that you may not be disappointed It is really a pleasure to write to children and young people, especially when there is good reason to believe they are interested and benefited by it. But among our several thousand young readers it can hardly be expected that all are interested and benefited alike. Some have much better opportunities than others, and some are surrounded with influences and examples for good that others do not have. Some have kind parents, brothers and sisters who are always ready to assist and encourage them in things that are lawful and right, while others are poor, helpless orphans, having neither father nor mother living, and per haps neither brothers nor sisters anywhere near them to care for them. Such poor orphans are to be pitied, and we feel confident that all good boys and girls will treat them very kindly and try to help them along in the world, so that they may be as comfortable and as cheerful as their orphaned condition will admit. It is wrong to oppress the poor, the needy, the widow, or the orphan, and the sooner children can know this and avoid such a thing the better it will be for them. It will be better for them now while they are young, because it will be forming a good character, and it will be better for them in all future life in this world, because this good and useful character which is formed in youth will go with them to old age and shed forth its happy influence on neighborhoods and families yet unborn. In this way, when you are dead, your influence and good deeds and good character will still continue to live in the minds, hearts and general character of other generations which are not now born in the world. This is what we meant at the close of the letter to children in March number of the GOSPEL MESSENGER. We had been writing of the death of a kind woman named Dorcas, and said, “She being dead, yet speaketh.” After that was published we received a letter from a preacher in Georgia, saying that his children were much interested in reading and hearing that letter read, and he also said, “Please explain to the children how ‘she being dead, yet speaketh.”

We ho you will now understand what that sentence means. Dorcas was a good woman during her lifetime, and. after she was dead the influence of her good example still lived, and was seen and known in the character of other per. sons who did during their lives as she had taught them by her example. “She being dead, yet speaketh.” The influence is far-reaching. It goes on from one generation to another and another, until it has come down to us in this Nineteenth Century, though this woman has been dead over eighteen hundred years. She yet speaks. The record of her life, good works and “alms deeds which she did” still speaks to us, in Acts 9 and will continue to speak to men, women and children so long as time shall last. We hope, dear children, that the influence of your good character will speak for good now, and during your natural life, and also after you are dead.—M.


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