The Old Game

A Retrospect after Three and a Half Years on the Water-wagon

Language: English
Wordcount: 7,546 / 27 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.5
LoC Categories: PN, HQ
Downloads: 492
Added to site: 2009.07.03
mnybks.net#: 24601
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Non-fiction, Health
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So I sloughed off a good many and a good many sloughed off me; and a working basis was secured. At first I tried to keep along with all the old crowd, but that was impossible in two ways. I never realized until after I was on the water-wagon what extremes in piffle I used to think was witty conversation, and they discovered speedily that my non-alcoholic communications fitted in neither with the spirit nor the spirits of the occasion.

The crying need of the society of this country is a non-alcoholic beverage that can be drunk in quantities similar to the quantities in which highballs can be drunk. A man who is a good, handy drinker can lap up half a dozen highballs in the course of an evening--and many lap up considerably more than that number and hold them comfortably; but the man does not exist who can drink half of that bulk of water or ginger ale, or of any of the first-aids-to-the-non-drinkers, and not be both flooded and foundered. The human stomach will easily accommodate numerous

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