I will tell you a true story about a robber. A gentleman was once

travelling through a very unfrequented road, along in a chaise, in the

latter part of the day. There was no house nor a sign of a human being

there. It was a very lonely road. Presently at a sudden turn in the

road, directly towards his horse's head, a man came out of the woods.

The gentleman was convinced by his appearance that he came for no good

e. He immediately stopped his horse, and asked the stranger to

get in and ride. The man hesitated a moment, and then stepped into the

chaise. The gentleman commenced talking with him about the loneliness

of the road, and observed that it would be an admirable place for a

robbery if any one was so disposed. He proceeded to speak of robbery

and criminals, and how he thought they should be sought out and

instructed, and if possible reformed; and that we ought to try to

convert and reform them; and then he began to tell him what course he

should take with a man who should attempt to rob him. He told him that

he should give him all his money first, and then began to talk kindly

to him, and show the evil consequences of his course of life. He then


"Yes, I would die on the spot rather than to injure a hair on his


They soon came to another road, when the man, who had silently

listened to all the gentleman had said, desired to get out, saying

that his home lay in that direction.

The gentleman stopped his horse, and the man got out, took his adviser

by the hand, saying:

"I thank you, sir, for this ride and for all you have said to me; I

shall never forget any part of it. When I met you, it was my intention

to rob you. I could easily have done so, but your kind act and kind

words put better thoughts into my heart. I think I never shall be

guilty of the crime you have saved me from committing this afternoon.

I thank God for having met you; you have made me a better man."