From the December 1947 magazine.

You Don't Know What Lonesome Is!

You don't know what lonesome is until you have taken your first slip after being exposed to the Alcoholics Anonymous program. You thought you were lonely before you ever attended an A.A. meeting. Sure, the alcoholic is the loneliest person in the world--isolated, ignored, scorned. You can admit no one to your little twilight world.

Then you are exposed to A.A. Dozens of friendly hands are extended to you, dozens of warm voices say, "Hello, pal. Have a cup of coffee." You start to tell them your story and they say, "Sure, we know. We've been there, too. We know what you're talking about."

-- I.S.

Portland, Oregon

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