On either side of a central partition, two life histories are given. One is toasted by his friends as he enters manhood and finishes the night in a state of intoxication. The other spends this solemn evening in his career with his mother, reading Holy Writ. So through life the contrast continues; one man rapidly sinks from bad to worse, the other rises steadily. The first, on leaving prison, where he has been placed for his share in a drunken brawl, has to appeal to the second, as an old school friend, for assistance. Met soon after by his old companions, the ex-prisoner has a drinking bout, and ends in delirium tremens. Fighting with a policeman he is arrested and transported, and in a highly effective concluding scene, we are shown "the ocean between two human lives."
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