When the Acarnanians heard of the intended invasion
of the Aetolians, in a tumult of despair and fury they adopted
a measure of almost frantic violence. . .
If any one of them survived the battle and fled from the
danger, they begged that no one should receive him in any
city or give him a light for a fire. And this they enjoined on
all with a solemn execration, and especially on the Epirotes,
to the end that they should offer none of those who fled an
asylum in their territory. . . .
When Philip was informed of the invasion he advanced
promptly to the relief of Acarnania; hearing of which the
Aetolians returned home. Livy, l. c.
Zeal on the part of friends, if shown in time, is of great
service; but if it is dilatory and late, it renders the assistance
nugatory,—supposing, of course, that they wish to keep the
terms of their alliance, not merely on paper, but by actual
. . .