What It Cost to Be a Drunkard

HELEN! Helen!" The voice came from the rough, dirty bed in the corner of the room, where Helen's father was lying. He was wild and raging with a craving thirst for whisky.

Little Helen was a sad-faced child of six. Her father had not always looked as he did there in the dingy room. Helen could well remember when her father was a minister. He had been a rich man, too, and had everything he wanted.

"Helen," he screamed, "I tell you to come to me."

"Yes, father, what can I do for you?"

"Take this pail, and go to the corner store. Get me drink, or I shall die."

"Oh, father, I cannot. Oh, I cannot."  

He answered, "Go! I tell you, go!"

"No, father, I cannot. I promised mother, be­fore she died, that I would try to help you to be a better man, so we might be happy, and have a home again. And then mamma said that Jesus would not want me to get drink for you, and that Jesus would see me do it, if I did."

Her father was very cross because his little girl would not get him whisky. But Helen stood true to what she thought was right, even though she was weak and sick herself because she did not have enough to eat.

Before long, Helen died, too. Then her father went away to another town.

One day he stood on a bridge at Niagara Falls in despair. As he looked into the water below, he wished he could die. He wanted to jump into the water to end his life. He wanted to end his trouble. As he was about to do the awful deed, the words of little Helen seemed to come to him, "Jesus would see me do it, if I did." The poor man turned away; and a few days later, as he walked the streets of a large city, he heard some one singing. He heard the name of Jesus. He went into the mission, and there he told how much it had cost him to be a drunkard.

It cost him his money.

It cost him his happiness.

It cost him his home.

It cost him his dear wife.

It cost him his sweet little girl.

He made up his mind that it cost too much to be a drunkard. He gave his heart to Jesus. Now he lives to gain eternal life, and have a home with Helen and her mother.

A Message to Boys and Girls

Dear children, a few words especially to you: Don't use tobacco in any way. Don't be drawn into it by the example of others. It is injurious to the health. Young people, let tobacco alone.

In taking strong drink of whatever name, there is great danger. It is bad for the health. It is dangerous to good morals. It is a bad example for others. No one in all the world was ever harmed by avoiding strong drink . . . Let all your influence be against this great evil; a greater danger to those who do not avoid it than any other. You are old enough to know what it is to sign the pledge. (A promise with God's help, not to use alcohol or tobacco in any form.) If your parents are willing, I urge you strongly to do it. Neal Dow.

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