Jack, a man of thirty-five years, emaciated, with gray hair at his temples, dressed in Salvation Army uniform, is telling the story of his life to a crowd of derelicts. Here is his story: Jack, aged twenty, is the pride of his father and mother. One day he leaves the house with his father after saying farewell to his mother, who is suffering from heart-trouble, and when they come to a cross-road they separate, Jack going one way and the father going to business down the opposite road. Jack comes to a saloon and meets four men; he chats with them and partakes of plenty of drinks. His father comes along as Jack exits from the saloon, slightly intoxicated, and the father rebukes his son; they turn homeward together. The father helps his son into the house and upstairs, keeping his condition from his mother. We next find Jack in the gambling room of the same saloon with the other boys, drinking, playing cards. His father enters the saloon, writes a note, and hands it to the bartender. The...
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