By Luther Benson
"To many, yes occasions which I shall relate during this heritage could seem superb; a few of the escapes could appear unbelievable; yet back enable me guarantee you that there shall no longer be one observe of exaggeration. The incidents happened simply as I shall kingdom them. i've got undergone not just all that you'll locate recorded in those pages, yet 10000 occasions more."
I shall now not try in those pages any discovered disquisition upon the character of alcohol--its hideous results at the system--how it disarranges the entire features of the body--how it impairs health--blots out reminiscence, dethrones cause, and destroys the very soul itself--how it provides to the full physique an unnatural and bad motion, crucifying the flesh, blood, bones and marrow--how it paints hell within the brain and torture at the middle, and strangles wish with despair.
"Nor shall I speak about the bad and overshadowing evils, monetary and social, inflicted by way of it on each category of society. just like the path of the serpent it's over all. glance the place you'll, flip the place you'll, you can't 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 broad and infrequently to the criminals who turned my slaves earlier than they dedicated crime." The evils of which I communicate aren't unknown to you, yet have you ever thought of them as issues genuine? have you ever fought them as current and close to risks? you could have heard the wild sounds of drunken revelry mingling with the evening winds; you've heard the shrieks and sobs, and noticeable the streaming, sunken eyes of loss of life girls; you could have heard the unprotected and unfriended orphans' cry echoed from 1000 blighted houses and squalid tenements; you've gotten obvious the outcast relatives of the inebriate wandering houseless upon the highways, or shivering at the streets; you have got shuddered on the sound of the maniac's scream upon the harassed air; you could have beheld the human shape divine despoiled of each humanizing characteristic, reworked from an angel right into a satan; you might have visible advantage overwhelmed through vice; the brilliant eye lose its lustre, the lips their strength of articulation; you've gotten noticeable what used to be fresh develop into foul, what used to be 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 spite of everything those you could have or could have stated to your self, "All this can be the paintings of the poor demon, alcohol."
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