This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...and led a roving dissipated life, during which time he visited nearly all the iron-works in England. He was net, however, without remorse of conscience at his conduct, or affection for friends; and when he heard of the death of his father, who was drowned when in a state of intoxication, he was deeply moved, and resolved henceforth to do better. John was true to his resolution for some months; but as yet he had not heard of teetotalism, neither did he think it possible, at this time, that any forgeman could do without strong drink. He soon became as had as ever. He married, and was blessed with a sober, industrious, and prudent wife, who could earn good wages, as a boot and shoe-binder. They might have saved money, had John but given up his drinking habits; hut this ha could not do, and debt and misery were the result. A season of great depression in trade came, and instead of having a few cozy pounds to fall hack upon, as they might have had, they were obliged to sell any little furniture they possessed, and to take their clothes to the pawn-shop. Their house was broken up for a season, during which, poor Jasper travelled the whole of Wales twice over in search of work. At length he got a situation, but he was not yet weaned from his drinking practices. He continued to drink as hard as ever, and, of course, he was always in debt, and had a wretched home. Jasper's account of his becoming a teetotaler, is so graphic, that I must give it in his own words--'The first time I began to reflect, was at the end of the second year and a-half 1 was at Lowmoor. My first thoughts were these: Well, I have a wife and foui children, and I should like to live in the world with them as long as I can; and ii I am to live long, I must give over this drinking, for I...
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