Failure In Duty

LADY who had been remarkable 

for her thoughtlessness, requested 

a professedly-pious lady to accompany

her that day, to visit another 

lady who was also professedly   

pious. The afternoon passed away, 

and the subject of religion was not 

mentioned probably for fear of offending 

the gay friend who had proposed the visit. 

As the two neighbors walked toward home, 

the first mentioned remarked that she had 

lost the afternoon; for nothing would have 

induced her to leave home, but the

 expectation of hearing something about


"But," she added, "I came to the conclusion 

that there is nothing in religion, or 

that my neighbors do not possess it, for, if 

they did, they would speak to me about my 

soul." She said she had been greatly 

alarmed about herself for several days; but 

had concluded that afternoon that if 

religion was not worth talking about, it 

was not worth thinking of. "Never," said 

that   pious neighbor, " shall I forget that 

look of despair and reproach. I felt that I 

had murdered a soul by my neglect."