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In order to rise early, I would earnestly recommend an early hour for retiring. There are many other reasons for this. Neither your eyes nor your health are so likely to be destroyed. Nature seems to have so fitted things, that we ought to rest in the early part of the night. Dr. Dwight used to tell his students “ that one hour of sleep before midnight is worth more than two hours after that time." Let it be a rule with you, and scrupulously adhered to, that your light shall be extinguished by ten o'clock in the evening. You may then rise at five, and have seven hours to rest which is

about what nature requires. 6. Be in the habit of learning something from

every man with whom you meet. 7. Form fixed principles on which you think and

act. 8. Be simple and neat in your personal habits. 9. Acquire the habit of doing everything well.

“How is it that you do so much ? ” said one in astonishment at the efforts and success of a great man. “Why, I do but one thing at a

time and try to finish it once for all.” 10. Make constant efforts to be master of your


Be contented in your situation. 11. Cultivate soundness of judgment. 12. Proper treatment of parents, friends, and com

panions. All experienced people will tell you that the habit of using tobacco, in any shape, will soon emaciated and consumptive, your nerves shattered, your spirits low and moody, your throat dry, and demanding

render you

stimulating drinks, your person filthy, and your habits those of a swine.*

Boys who wish to have a healthy vigorous manhood and a healthy old age, must be Brahmachârins during their student-life. And this does not mean only that they must not marry, but also that they must be pure in thought and act.

Men often lament, in bitter physical suffering, the vices of their boyhood, but it is then too late to remedy them. For your own sake, and for India's sake, my young brothers, be pure, be



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Youth must work in order to enjoy,—that nothing creditable can be accomplished without application and diligence, that the student must not be daunted by difficulties, but conquer them by patience and perseverance, and that, above all, he must seek elevation of character, without which capacity is worthless, and worldly success is naught.


My meaning was, and is, to plant that in your mind with which I labour to possess my own soul; that is a meek and thankful heart. And to that end I have showed you, that riches without them (meekness and thankfulness) do not make any man happy. But let me tell you that riches with them remove many fears and cares. And therefore my advice is, that you endeavour to be honestly rich, or contentedly poor ; but be sure that your riches be justly got or you spoil all. For it is well said, “he that loses his conscience has nothing left that

From The Student's Manual by Rev. John Todd.

is worth keeping.” Therefore be sure, you look to that. And in the next place look to your health ; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy ;

; and therefore value it and be thankful for it. As for money (which may be said to be the third blessing) neglect it not; but note, that there is no necessity of being rich; for I told you, there be as many miseries beyond riches as on this side them; and if you have a

; competence, enjoy it with a meek, cheerful, thankful heart. I will tell you, scholar, I have heard a grave divine say, that God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart; which Almighty God grant to me, and to my honest scholar,


One of the evils most liable to attend on any sort of early proficiency, and which often fatally blights its promise, my father most anxiously guarded against. This was self-conceit. He kept me, with extreme vigilance, out of the way of hearing myself praised, or of being led to make self-flattering comparisons between myself and others. From his own intercourse with me I could derive none but a very humble opinion of myself, and the standard of comparison he always held up to me, was not what other people did, but what a man could and ought to do. He completely succeeded in preserving me from the sort of influences he so much dreaded. I was not at all aware that my attainments were anything unusual at my age. If I accidentally had my attention drawn to the fact that some other boy knew less than myself—which happened less often than might be imagined-I concluded, not that I knew much, but that


he, for some

or other, knew little, or that his knowledge was of a different kind from mine. My state of mind was not humility, but neither was it arrogance. I never thought of saying to myself, I am, or I can do, so and so. I neither estimated myself highly nor lowly: I did not estimate myself at all. If I thought anything about myself, it was that I was rather backward in my studies, since I always found myself so, in comparison with what my father expected from me.


It is very true that a man may be honest, industrious, and well-meaning, yet will not advance himself in the opinion of the world, if he be not at the same time courteous in his manners, and show a general good-naturedness of disposition. We recommend you, therefore, to cultivate civility or politeness of manner. Speak kindly and considerately to all. Avoid everything like rudeness in addressing any one, even although you have reason to be displeased. Ask respectfully for what you wish ; give what you have to offer mildly; make no offensive reply to those who speak harshly to you. Remember that “ smooth word turneth away wrath.” Never be afraid to speak the truth, but do not obtrude unpleasant truths when it is not desirable. Be slow in believing ill of any one; and try rather to make friends than enemies. On no account imitate those who use vicious or slang phrases in their discourse. *


“I forgot" is never an acceptable excuse.f

---DR. W. W. HALL,

* From Chambers's Miscellany. + From How to Live Long.



contains the following exhortation to the studentsubjects of the Japanese Empire.

“Be obedient to your parents ; be friendly to

your brothers and sisters ; husband and wife live harmoniously; be trustful towards your friends; be polite and benevolent towards all. Devote yourselves to the love of learning ; cultivate your intelleet and heart; improve the public interest; implicitly obey the constitution and the laws; and in times of national trouble, sacrifice yourselves with courage and fidelity for the state.'


Avoid loose, drinking, gambling company whether they be rich or poor, whether they drink wine or whisky. Habits acquired when young are hard to get rid of.

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“ “The youth”, says Mr. Disraeli, “ who does not look up will look down; and the spirit that does not soar, is destined perhaps to grovel.”

Never give up, though troubles surround thee,
Though thou hast drunk of bitterness' cup;
Though thou art destitute, homeless, forsaken,
Child of misfortune, never give up !

Dark though the clouds above thee are rolling,
And the sun hides his face in a mantle of care ;
Still he is shining ; cease thy repining,
“Nil desperandum”-never despair,


* From The Central Hindu College Magazine,

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