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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
               A TEMPERANCE TALK.                     327

of trouble. There is no one instance in which the deceptive na-
ture of this vice more clearly discovers itself than it does in this
false notion.  It only adds a deeper shade to the cloud of mis-
fortune, which is settling around his dejected head, and serves
to plant an additional thorn in the pillow of his distress. How
deceptive that influence which, because a man has failed in busi-
ness, inclines him to deprive himself of reason by intoxication;
at a time when, of all others, he most needs the right use of
reason and judgment. How deceptive that influence which,, be-
causse a man has severe domestic troubles, inclines him to have
recourse to his bottle for relief, when, of all other times, he most
needs the calmn and deliberate use of all his mental faculties.
How deceptive that influence, which, because a man has lose
the rank of his parentage, leads him to seek ohe among the mean-
est brutes of the mire. These are not mere creatures of fancy;
the history of ten thousand drunkards proves them to be facts.
This practice, however, is near akin to one which, though not
more sure of fatal success, is yet more precipitated and far more
dreadful; I refer to the horrid practice of suicide, than which
nothing can be more barbarous or unnatural for a man, because
he has the sorrows of this world, to blow out his brains and rush
uncalled-for into the abyss of endless sorrow.
  I shall add but one more consideration to exhibit the fatal de-
ception of the vice of intemperance and that I shall take from
calculations already before the public. Drinkers of ardent
spirits labor under a most fatal deception, in relation to the
vast sums annually expended upon this vile practice.

       MONEY EXPENDED FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES

Christian Missions, Home and Foreign .................  $5,500,000
Clergymen's Salaries  ................................  12,000,000
Public Education .....................................  96,000,000
Sugar and Molasses ................................... 155,000,000
Boots and Shoes ...................................... 197,000,000
Cotton Goods ......................................... 210,000,000
Sawed Lumber ......................................... 233,000,000
Woolen Goods ......................................... 237,000,000
Iron and Steel ....................................... 296,000,000
Meat ................................................. 303,000,000
Bread ................................................ 505,000,000
Tobacco .............................................. 600,000,000
Liquor ............................................... 900,000,000

  From this subject before us, we may infer that every in-
temperate man is a fool.  This is more than intimated in the
sequel of the text: ",Whosoever is deceived thereby is not
wise."  Whenever you see a man that is a drunkard, you see
a fool; whenever you see a man who is a temperate drinker of
ardent spirits, you see a man who, though: he may have been
is wise as the wisest, is on the highway to consummate folly.
You may judge, without scarcely a probability of mistake, of




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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