A Night's Work

A Night's Work
More than one man has been handed for doing what he did not mean to do. When anyone under the influence of liquor commits a crime it is no longer an extenuation or defense to say that he was not responsible. This is so because it is a matter of human experience that if one sets a match to gunpowder it will explode and if one pours liquor down his throat he is filing his brain with the seeds of malice, hate and murder. Many a man has scoffed at such a statement at twelve o'clock at night, but has seen awful proof of its truth, when, awakening at nine in the morning he recovers from a fatal debauch and sees the work of his own drunken and murderous hand.

At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.

Prov. 23:32

Images scanned from the collections of the The Cartoon Research Library of Ohio State University. The unpaginated source is Fifty Great Cartoons (Chicago: Ram's Horn Press, 1899).