The Poison Problem: Or the Cause and Cure of Intemperance (Classic Reprint)

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The pious belief that the excess of every social evil tends to insure its abolition, seems, indeed, to have been almost disproved by the history of the alcohol habit. When the yoke of despots had made deliver ance more desirable than life itself, despotism had reached the term of its power. When the rule of priests had made the hatred of shams burn hotter than the fire of the stake, no J esuitical intrigues could prevent the triumph of the Protestant revolt. But, though the evil of intemperance has long been recog nized as the blighting curse of modern civilization, the sore-felt need of relief seems thus far to have re vealed no remedy. In spite of all our philanthropists have done to stem or deflect the current, the Gift guelle, the dire poison-fountain of social life, has over flowed its ancient banks, and threatens to submerge the sanitaria of the primitive highlands. In coun tries of Christendom where the ebb of all other in dustries has enforced a degree Of frugality unknown to the revival periods of medimval asceticism, the liquor traffic still swells the tide of revenue and dis ease. Remedy after remedy has been proposed, tested, and changed for another, doomed to a similar failure.

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