Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915), Saturday 17 August 1895, page 7, printed an article which gave a whole new meaning to the words 'the demon drink'. The article reports on a humorous story, from the village of Seaton Sluice in Northumberland, England, of a poor man who had surely thought he had awoken in the depths of hell - in the company of the Devil himself!
I wonder if this episode actually cured him of his drunken ways?
|Original Article - A New Cure for Drunkenness|
A New Cure for Drunkenness
A GOOD story is told of a Shields hawker, who was found one night near the Seaton Sluice, which was once famous for its bottle- works.
He was rather overcome by the effects of John Barleycorn, and as he lay helpless and speechless, some of the kind-hearted glassmakers carried him into the bottleworks, where he slept profoundly, while the busy task of bottlemaking went on.
After a while the hawker woke up, and gazed with undoubted affright on the burning fires and broiling men around him.
One of the latter, the foreman, went to him and asked him how he was; whereupon the hawker, falling on his knees, replied:
" Oh, aw's onything but weel, mister deevil; but if ye'll let's get back to Sheels, aw'll nivor get drunk aygen."
This post was created for a series of blogging prompts called Trove Tuesday, hosted by Amy at Branches, Leaves & Pollen.
National Library of Australia, 'A New Cure for Drunkeness' Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915) Saturday 17 August 1895, page 7.