--This vice is growing apace in this community, despite the very high price now asked for all kinds of stimulating fluids.
Two-thirds at least of the offences which the Mayor
is called on to take cognizance are found to have originated in the pernicious habit referred to. One of the most distressing sights in the world is to see men capable of maintaining themselves in positions of respectability sinking all, and blighting the reasonable hopes and aspirations of long years in pursuit of the pleasure they hope to find at the bottom of the whiskey bottle.
An old preacher, and in this instance a true one, has well said: A drunkard is the annoyance of modesty, the spoil of civility, the destruction of reason, the robber's agent, the ale house's benefactor, his wife's sorrow, his children's trouble, his own shame, his neighbor's scoff, a walking swill bowl, the picture of a beast, the monster of a man.