If we would enjoy health, all stimulants should be avoided as common drinks. They may be useful as medicines when nature falters and droops, and cannot rise and resuscitate herself; but, as a beverage, stimulating drinks should be strenuously avoided.

When stimulants are taken, the machinery of the system is hurried and driven too fast. And although by this means its activity and power may seem to be increased, yet a reaction must follow -- a corresponding debility must ensue; then another stimulating draught is called for, to bring the system up again, and then another reaction must follow. By this course of things the real, natural vigor of the constitution becomes gradually, and oftentimes imperceptibly, impaired. Hence, if we would preserve a healthy system, instead of provoking nature to unnatural action, we must furnish her with sufficient healthy nourishment, and let her regulate her own mode and speed of action. Give her nourishment, and she will furnish her own stimulus, which will be far preferable to any promptings which art can invent. Sustain her in her natural action, and not force her to unnatural speed, which must result in weakening her innate powers. To live naturally, is to live healthily; but to live artificially, is to tempt and foster disease.

Suppose a case for an illustration: a man undertakes riding a long journey; his beast naturally and easily travels at the rate of five miles the hour; he can do this day after day, with proper care and feeding, and come out bright at the end of the journey. But the foolish rider is not satisfied with this steady speed; ' it would be more to his gratification to travel much faster; so he goads up the poor animal to an unnatural speed, say eight miles an hour. He intends that forty miles shall be each day's travel; and by going five miles the hour, eight hours on the road would be required for its accomplishment. But by means of whip and spur, he performs the allotted distance in five hours, provided the abused beast do not give out before the day's work is finished. Now any one of common sense can at once judge of the ability of the animal to perform a long journey, and of his condition at the end of it, under such a system of driving. Every time his goading drives his beast faster than his natural speed, a reaction ensues; which continued process wears fast upon his natural strength.

Precisely in this way do those whose rule of living is their present gratification, treat their own animal systems. Instead of allowing nature to take her own speed, they goad her on to unwonted action, and consequently lessen her power to perform her functions, and her ability to endure her labor. Why not let nature alone? Why interfere and jostle her natural operations? Why spur on the noble steed to unnatural fastness, break down his constitution, and disable him for reaching the end of his journey? Besides all the wrong in the case, it is bad economy; what is gained temporarily, is lost, and much more with it, ultimately. Let nature alone, and she will temper her speed to the laws of health and endurance -- she needs no whips and spurs -- she asks no help. While she is able to do her own work, all help is hindrance. The animal that is driven beyond his five miles the hour by the whipping process, becomes so exhausted and dull, that even the five miles' speed cannot be performed without increasing the stimulus of the whip. So nature, by continued stimulus, becomes dull and lifeless in her operations, and cannot be kept up to the mark without goading her up more and more.

Alcoholic liquors of all kinds, whether strong beer, porter, ale, cider, or brandy, etc, are never to be taken; because, besides the danger of a drunkard's grave, they are all stimulants; they impart no nourishment to the system, but force its action to an unnatural degree. The idea that these liquors promote digestion is all a delusion. They give to the stomach an unnatural and forced action, which, while in health, it does not need; and the longer it is subjected to this driving process, the more will it depend on stimulants. When the stomach is excited in this way, the brain also is excited; and whoever uses alcoholic drinks as a beverage, is a drunkard; for no dividing-line can be drawn -- no transition boundary can be made -- between him who drinks moderately and him who drinks excessively.

Coffee is objectionable for a similar reason, it is a stimulant -- a kind of narcotic stimulant bearing some resemblance to opium; and so powerful is its action, that it is considered and used as a most certain antidote to poisoning from opium. And it can readily be seen that unless it was an article of much power itself, it could never overpower such a poison. Coffee should never he placed on any other list than that of medicines; it never should be drank as a luxury or beverage. Mothers should never be so tender and affectionate toward their children as to give them such an article for their drink. Yet, if they are determined to gratify their tender ones at all hazards of their constitutions, they are of course at liberty to do so; or if any are disposed to treat themselves in the same way, there is no civil law against it; hut they break another law which must be met: a law of nature written on the constitution.

A French writer, Mons. A. Richard, says, "This liquor, taken warm, is an energetic stimulant; it has all the advantages of spirituous drinks, without any of their bad. results; that is to say, that it produces neither drunkenness nor all the accidents that accompany it." This is true to the very letter; it produces all the injurious stimulant effects of alcoholic liquor, except taking away men's senses and making them stagger and fall.

Dr. Colet thus describes the effect of coffee when taken in a large quantity, for a length of time: "To gastralgia" -- acute pain in the stomach -- "that it occasions, is united, after a variable space of time, a kind of shivering, a trembling in the left side of the breast, an uncomfortable stitch in front of this region, accompanied by pain in breathing, and in addition a general excitement, the characteristics of which are analagous to those of incipient intoxication." He tells us also that if this course is persevered in, spasms and convulsions are sometimes produced.