A lonesome old woman sat in a café lost in dreams of yesterday. It was old Sarah, the belle of long ago, now a victim of drink. At a table near her sat two youths and two girls. One of the girls as her manner showed had trodden the path before. The other, Fritzi, was only just learning. An untouched glass of liquor was on the table before her. She was listening to the urgings of her companions, but she was uncertain; it was her first. Old Sarah sat and watched the girl and the untouched glass. At last the girl drank. An instinct that had long been smoldered within old Sarah burst afire again. She had long ago given up her own battle with the beast, drink, but now she would fight to save another. At first her efforts to save the girl seemed futile. She has met only with the chidings and rebukes of the other three, but later, seated beside old Sarah, apart from her companions, the girl hears the warning. Sarah tells her that she, too, once was a beautiful young girl and life was only a ...
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