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"The battle of Life."

On Thursday night last, another of the course of winter lectures was delivered in the Second Baptist Church, by O. P. Baldwin, Esq., who chose for his subject the ‘"Battle of Life. "’ It was gratifying to notice the large and appreciative audience which turned out to listen to the talented orator upon this interesting theme. The house was well filled. Increasing in interest as the course goes on, no one can fail to notice the fact that these intellectual entertainments are gradually gaining in public favor, and, in proportion, are detracting from the villainous theatricals and disgusting pot-house performances endeavoring to thrive in this city, where a lady would blush to be seen, and where gentlemen seek a convenient pillar to screen them from observation. Such places have been too long encouraged; they are the seed-plots from which the murrain vice extends over many a broad field of crime. They are productive of no single item of good. The better class of community — thinking men and women, should endeavor to crush out the morbid interest attached to such vile places — not, perhaps, by open warfare, but by persistently encouraging a system of intellectual entertainments, which shall gradually take the place of those only calculated to degrade and debase the mind. The increasing audiences at these lectures teach us they are rapidly gaining in public favor, and that they are being attended, not only on account of the charitable purpose for which they were inaugurated, but for their own intrinsic worth. Mr. Baldwin is too well known as an eloquent and pleasant lecturer to need praise or demand criticism. The battle of life was portrayed in charming style and abounded in axioms, as well as instructive and amusing passages. While it served to while the evening hours pleasantly away, it also furnished material for much study and after-thought. The large audience listened throughout the lecture with undivided attention, frequently interrupting the orator with applause. Other lectures of the course will soon follow, of which due notice will be given.

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