By Luther Benson
"To many, definite occasions which I shall relate during this historical past could seem amazing; a few of the escapes could seem inconceivable; yet back allow me guarantee you that there shall now not be one observe of exaggeration. The incidents came about simply as I shall kingdom them. i've got undergone not just all that you're going to locate recorded in those pages, yet 10000 instances more."
I shall now not test in those pages any discovered disquisition upon the character of alcohol--its hideous results at the system--how it disarranges the entire services of the body--how it impairs health--blots out reminiscence, dethrones cause, and destroys the very soul itself--how it supplies to the complete physique an unnatural and bad motion, crucifying the flesh, blood, bones and marrow--how it paints hell within the brain and torture at the center, and strangles wish with despair.
"Nor shall I talk about the poor and overshadowing evils, monetary and social, inflicted by means of it on each classification of society. just like the path of the serpent it truly is over all. glance the place you are going to, flip the place you could, you cannot be unaware of its evils. It despoils manhood of all that makes manhood fascinating; it plucks desire from the breast of the weeping spouse with a hand of ice; it robs the orphan of his bread crumb, and says to the gates of penitentiaries, "Open large and sometimes to the criminals who turned my slaves prior to they dedicated crime." The evils of which I converse are usually not unknown to you, yet have you ever thought of them as issues genuine? have you ever fought them as current and close to hazards? you've got heard the wild sounds of drunken revelry mingling with the evening winds; you could have heard the shrieks and sobs, and visible the streaming, sunken eyes of loss of life ladies; you might have heard the unprotected and unfriended orphans' cry echoed from 1000 blighted houses and squalid tenements; you might have obvious the outcast kin of the inebriate wandering houseless upon the highways, or shivering at the streets; you've gotten shuddered on the sound of the maniac's scream upon the careworn air; you have got beheld the human shape divine despoiled of each humanizing characteristic, reworked from an angel right into a satan; you will have obvious advantage beaten by means of vice; the brilliant eye lose its lustre, the lips their strength of articulation; you might have noticeable what used to be fresh develop into foul, what was once upright turn into crooked, what was once excessive develop into low--man, first within the order of created issues, sunken to a degree with brute beasts; and in any case those you have got or could have stated to your self, "All this can be the paintings of the negative demon, alcohol."
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