The People of Pentonby

The People of Pentonby

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ..."Did I listen? Did I dream of obeying? Not for an instant. Even then I was burning for liquor, and as soon as he was gone I crawled away and got some raw brandy, by pawning the counterpane, which was almost the only covering my bed could boast. "During the next three years I learnt things which I wish I had the time and strength to tell of. "I wonder if people would go on drinking porter if they knew what it was made of? Perhaps almost all who drink it scarcely ever wonder of what it is made. I could tell a thing or two about that. For the making of porter, Thames water is used, and no water could be dirtier; but then the dirtier the water is the better the porter. I have seen the counter of a beershop cleaned down, and the water with which it is cleaned thrown into a sink and used to make beer. "I have seen this done often; then, too, in most cellars publicans keep a waste butt, into which runs the refuse from the sink in the bar, and the stuff in this waste butt is used for porter. "A barrel of beer would be half-emptied, and then filled up with water; of course this makes it flat, so an artificial' head' is created by the addition of a small quantity of poison. "After all, people drink gallons and gallons of filth, mire, and poison, which, did they know it, they would be disgusted to touch it. However, I drank it, and a great deal more--anything in the shape of drink. What did it matter what it was, so long as it deadened my conscience and made me forget. Of course excessive drinking like this, and in my weak state, soon made me ill again. Then I dragged on a miserable existence, roaming from public-house to public-house singing for drink. "One day as I was passing a large picture-shop I was attracted...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236822641
  • 9781236822642