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at the table. The conscientiousness so observable in several anecdotes of Isaac's boyhood was strikingly manifested in his treatment of a colored printer, named Kane. This man was noted for his profane swearing. Friend Hopper had expostulated with him concerning this bad habit, without producing the least effect. One day, heim before a magistrate, who fined him for blasphemy. He did not see the man again for a long time; but twenty years afterward, when he was standing at his door, Kane passed by. The Friend's heart was touched by his appearance; for he looked old, feeble, and poor. He stepped out, shook hands with him, and said in kindly tones, interest was calculated on the fine, and every cent repaid to him. I meant it for thy good, said the benevolent Quaker; and I am sorry that I only provoked thee. Kane's countenance changed at once, and tears began to flow. He took the money with many thanks, and was never again heard to swear. Friend Hopper's benevolence was