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Patrick Mc Keever. Patrick was a poor Irishman in Philadelphia. He and another man were arrested on a charge of burglary, convicted and sentenced to be hung. I am ignorant of the details of hcommitted in his neighborhood, replied the magistrate. He inquired what proof there was that Patrick had been concerned in it. None at all, rejoined the mayor. But he is an old convict, and themained unconvinced. To all arguments he replied, He is an old convict, and that is enough. Patrick's kind friend watched for him as he passed to his daily labors, and told him that he would probayor and speak as I have advised thee. If they talk of putting thee in prison, send for me. Patrick acted in obedience to this advice, and was treated just as he had expected. Though there was real culprits were soon after discovered. For thirty years after and to the day of his death, Patrick continued to lead a virtuous and useful life; for which he always thanked Friend Hopper, as the