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Weston the Pedestrian

Edward Payson Weston was a grown man as the 1860 Presidential Election approached. Weston was so sure that Abraham Lincoln would not win this four way race that he made a bet with a friend. If Lincoln wins, Weston vowed to walk from Boston all the way to his inauguration in Washington, DC. While reaching a news stand, Weston was shocked to read that Lincoln had indeed won the 1860 Presidential Election.

Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches], Proverbs 13:11.

To make the inauguration in time, Weston figured out that he would have to walk 50 miles a day. Prior to his departure, Weston carefully plotted his 9 day journey using maps. Two years later, Weston published “The Pedestrian,” a record of this walk that got Weston to Washington on inauguration days, but 5 hours after Lincoln’s speech concluded. Instead of accepting defeat, Weston used this experience to become a walking sideshow, walking for hours at local roller skating rinks on the east coast.

But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing, 1 Timothy 6:9.

There are 6 passages in the Bible to warn readers against betting. Unfortunately, between state lotteries, scratch off cards and newly formed sports betting sites, there is a new movement to get rich quick. Despite all the advertisements and commercials detailing how much the latest winner received, there are always more losers than winners. The streets of Atlantic City and Las Vegas are littered with homeless individuals who came seeking fame and fortune, but left broke and broken. May this blog serve as a warning to avoid becoming addicted to gambling.

by Jay Mankus

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