How precious may a few words be if rightly and opportune^ spoken, if they take the form of encouragement, if they have a warm and generous impulse behind them! What miracles they may work in one's life! " I have dreamed a dream!" cries the hopeful youth, as he faces the future. Some one hears him and replies, " I made my dream THE WICKED TONGUE. 22 1 come true, and you can do the same." How changed that future is, and what fresh inspirations are added to that soul just getting a glance at the reality of things! " Nay, nay," says the saintly matron to the young girl who is about to step aside from the path of virtue ; " this is God's world, and we must do God's will at any cost to ourselves." Hesitation becomes fixed resolve, and to the ninety and nine is added one more to make the hundred complete.