The Curse of Drink; or, Stories of Hell's Commerce (1910)
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The Curse of Drink; or, Stories of Hell's Commerce- Elton R. Shaw, editor (1910)
Dramatic early 19th century temperance tome with illustrations.
Cracked spine hinge and wear to cover but sturdy copy.
"WHAT RUINS GIRLS. Mary E. Keegan, chief matron of the Chicago Police Department, says:
"Of all the ten or twelve thousand unfortunate girls and wrecked women arrested every year in Chicago, among those who tell their woes to me, ninety-nine out of every hundred attribute their downfall to the first glass of wine or champagne, taken generally with a male companion, always for good fellowship's sake.
"That first glass is the beginning of the end—and here you see what the end is.
“When a woman once begins to drink, even in a social way, her future is threatened with either moral weakness or utter ruin. So many, women who came here tell me that the first sparkling glass of champagne was the beginning of all their misfortune."
Reader, think of the number, "ten or twelve thousand” and only one large city, and think that “ninety-nine out of every hundred attribute their downfall to the first glass of wine.” And yet wine drinking is very common among all grades of society, especially among what may be termed the "upper crust.” What danger, and what an awful harvest! This nefarious American custom ought to be tabooed everywhere. The church of the living God should cry out against it. Down with the treating system! Down with wine drinking! Down with the American drunkery!"
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