Temperance Stated and Illustrated

Temperance Stated and Illustrated

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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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...to behold men enjoy themselves; and in those days it was generally believed in America, as in England now, that there could be no enjoyment without the aid of strong drink! One evening in the week, too, it was customary for a select party of friends to meet at his house, to discuss topics of a public or scientific nature, when the decanters were always on the table. Indeed, their absence at that day would have been considered a breach of hospitality. Happily, in that same State, this custom is now obsolete. Would that it were now in Britain! At that period, however, Mainwaring seldom drank intoxicating liquors except on such occasions; for he had not yet acquired the habit of taking them regularly. The love for the alcoholic draught, and the craving for its excitement, had not grown too strong to be mastered. He was, notwithstanding, on the highway to drunkenness. Had he known this, he would have assuredly reversed his steps; for afterwards, when he found that he had fallen into the meshes of the snare, his prudence prompted him to retrace his path; but alas! for him, his Resolution was not equal to the strength of Habit, and he discovered, in bitterness of soul, that he had entangled himself in an inextricable web--the repeated foldings of the " diminutive chain" forming fetters too strong to be broken! It is always wiser to ower-estimate than ttncfer-estimate the force of an enemy; for it is when we look upon his prowess with contempt, and rest ourselves in fancied security, that we are in most imminent peril. While ignorant of his nature, and of his mode of warfare, we too often treat him as a friend, when our danger becomes great indeed and our defeat and disgrae but too often certain. So it was with Mainwaring. He knew not the pernicious...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236676165
  • 9781236676160