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Title: Fifteen Years in Hell Author: Luther Benson Release Date: August 30, 2004 [EBook #13332] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK FIFTEEN YEARS IN HELL *** Produced by Ted Garvin, Christopher Lund and PG Distributed Proofreaders FIFTEEN YEARS IN HELL. AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. BY LUTHER BENSON, 1885. TABLE OF CONTENTS. CHAPTER I. Early shadows--An unmerciful enemy--The miseries of the curse--Sorrow and gloom--What alcohol robs man of--What it does--What it does not do--Surrounding evils--Blighted homes--A Titan devil--The utterness of the destroyer--A truthful narrative---It stingeth like an adder.- CHAPTER II. Birth, parentage and early education--Early childhood--Early events--Memory of them vivid--Bitter desolation--An active but uneasy life--Breaking colts for amusement--Amount of sleep--Temperament has much to do in the matter of drink--The author to blame for his misspent life--Inheritances--The excellences of my father and mother--The road to ruin not wilfully trodden--The people’s indifference to a great danger--My associates--What became of them--The customs of twenty years ago--What might have been. CHAPTER III. The old log school house--My studies and discontent--My first drink of liquor--The companion of my first debauch--One drink always fatal--A horrible slavery--A horseback ride on Sunday--Raleigh--Return home---Dead drunk---My parents’ shame and sorrow--My own remorse--An unhappy and silent breakfast--The anguish of my mother--Gradual recovery--Resolves and promises--No pleasure in drinking--The system’s final craving for liquor--The hopelessness of t...

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