A story is told of an English officer in old India, who one day went to the book shelf to take down a book. As he reached his hand up over the volume his finger was bitten by an adder. After a few hours the finger began to swell. Later on the swelling went into his arm, and finally the whole body was affected, and in a few days the officer was dead. There are adders concealed in many a book. Let the Saints beware of the books that enter their homes, for their influence may be as poisonous and deadly as the adder which brought death to the English officer in old India.
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