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70 g was in the, mean time conveyed beyond the reach of daager. 33. Damon and Pythias. Dionysius the tyrant of Syracuse, a mam of unfeeling disposition condemned Damon to death. Damon obtained permission to visit his wife and children, and left his most faithful friend Pythias in his room with this condition, that if he sailed to return in three days, his friend should be executed in his stead. Before the appointed time 1)ionysius visited Pythias in prison, and said, what a fool art thou to have come under such an engagement? Canst thou think that Damon will re turn and save thy life? My Lord, said Pythias with a firm voice, my friend cannot sail. I am as certain of his fidelity as of my own existence. But I beseech God to preserve his life. I beseech the wind to detain him.