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TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: Every effort has been made to replicate this text as faithfully as possible; please see detailed list of printing issues at the end of the text. The original page numbering of each tract has been maintained; for ease of reference, the preparer of the e text has assigned each tract a letter, and appended the identifying letters to the original page numbers.

SELECT TEMPERANCE TRACTS.

[Illustration: Scene in a bar room]

PUBLISHED BY THE AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY, 150 NASSAU STREET, NEW YORK.

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EFFECTS OF ARDENT SPIRITS. By Dr. Rush 8 [A]

TRAFFIC IN ARDENT SPIRITS. By Rev. Dr. Edwards 32 [B]

REWARDS OF DRUNKENNESS 4 [C]

THE WELL CONDUCTED FARM 12 [D]

KITTREDGE'S ADDRESS ON EFFECTS OF ARDENT SPIRITS 24 [E]

DICKINSON'S APPEAL TO YOUTH 8 [F]

ALARM TO DISTILLERS AND THEIR ALLIES 8 [G]

PUTNAM AND THE WOLF 24 [H]

HITCHCOCK ON THE MANUFACTURE OF ARDENT SPIRITS 28 [I]

M'ILVAINE'S ADDRESS TO YOUNG MEN 24 [J]

WHO SLEW ALL THESE? 4 [K]

SEWALL ON INTEMPERANCE 24 [L]

BIBLE ARGUMENT FOR TEMPERANCE 12 [M]

FOUR REASONS AGAINST THE USE OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS 12 [N]

DEBATES OF CONSCIENCE ON ARDENT SPIRITS 16 [O]

BARNES ON TRAFFIC IN ARDENT SPIRITS 24 [P]

THE FOOLS' PENCE 8 [Q]

THE POOR MAN'S HOUSE REPAIRED 12 [R]

JAMIE; OR A WORD FROM IRELAND FOR TEMPERANCE 16 [S]

THE WONDERFUL ESCAPE 4 [T]

THE EVENTFUL TWELVE HOURS 16 [U]

THE LOST MECHANIC RESTORED 4 [V]

REFORMATION OF DRUNKARDS 4 [W]

TOM STARBOARD AND JACK HALYARD 24 [X]

THE OX SERMON 8 [Y]

THE EFFECTS OF ARDENT SPIRITS UPON THE HUMAN BODY AND MIND.

BY BENJAMIN RUSH, M. D.

By ardent spirits, I mean those liquors only which are obtained by distillation from fermented substances of any kind. To their effects upon the bodies and minds of men, the following inquiry shall be exclusively confined.

The effects of ardent spirits divide themselves into such as are of a prompt, and such as are of a chronic nature. The former discover themselves in drunkenness; and the latter in a numerous train of diseases and vices of the body and mind.

I. I shall begin by briefly describing their prompt or immediate effects in a fit of drunkenness.

This odious disease for by that name it should be called appears with more or less of the following symptoms, and most commonly in the order in which I shall enumerate them.

1. Unusual garrulity.

2. Unusual silence.

3. Captiousness, and a disposition to quarrel.

4. Uncommon good humor, and an insipid simpering, or laugh.

5. Profane swearing and cursing.

6. A disclosure of their own or other people's secrets.

7. A rude disposition to tell those persons in company whom they know, their faults.

8. Certain immodest actions. I am sorry to say this sign of the first stage of drunkenness sometimes appears in women, who, when sober, are uniformly remarkable for chaste and decent manners.

9. A clipping of words.

10. Fighting; a black eye, or a swelled nose, often mark this grade of drunkenness.

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