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We cannot dilate here on the wonderful horn at1 Fabyan's, waking the echoes of the mountains; on the singing—of that air which, along with the name of Rogers, became household in Mr. Garrison's family, ‘In the days when we went gypsying,’ or else of psalms, “in good time and harmony,” Ibid., p. 190. on the descent of Mt. Washington;2 or on the visit to the Willey House, where, says Rogers, ‘we wrote brother Garrison's [name] and our own linked3 together on the wall with a fragment of coal.’ But the following incident is too characteristic of the men and the4 time to be omitted:

As we rode through the [Franconia] Notch after friends5 Beach and Rogers, we were alarmed at seeing smoke issue from6 their chaise-top, and cried out to them that their chaise was afire! We were more than suspicious, however, that it was something worse than that, and that the smoke came out of friend Rogers's mouth. And it so turned out. This was before7 we reached the Notch tavern. Alighting there to water our beasts, we gave him, all round, a faithful admonition. For anti-slavery does not fail to spend its intervals of public service in mutual and searching correction of the faults of its friends. We gave it soundly to friend Rogers—that he, an abolitionist,8 on his way to an anti-slavery convention, should desecrate his9 anti-slavery mouth and that glorious Mountain Notch with a stupefying tobacco weed. We had halted at the Iron Works tavern to refresh our horses, and, while they were eating, walked to view the Furnace. As we crossed the little bridge, friend Rogers took out another cigar, as if to light it when we10 should reach the fire. “ Is it any malady you have got, brother Rogers,” said we to him, “that you smoke that thing, or is it11 habit and indulgence merely?” “It is nothing but habit,” said he gravely; “or, I would say, it was nothing else,” and he significantly cast the little roll over the railing into the Ammonoosuck. “A revolution!” exclaimed Garrison, “a glorious revolution without noise or smoke,” and he swung his hat cheerily about his head.

‘It was a pretty incident, and we joyfully witnessed it and as joyfully record it. It was a vice abandoned, a self-indulgence denied, and from principle. It was quietly and beautifully done. We call on any smoking abolitionist to take notice and to take pattern. Anti-slavery wants her mouths for other uses ’

1 Rogers's Writings, pp. 184, 190.

2 Aug. 28, 1841.

3 Writings, p. 192.

4 Ibid., p. 177.

5 Aug. 25, 1841.

6 Thos. Parnell Beach, Ezekiel Rogers.

7 E. Rogers.

8 E. Rogers.

9 At Littleton, N. H., Aug. 26, 1841.

10 E. Rogers.

11 E. Rogers.

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