From the March 1953 magazine.

63 1/2 St. Francis Street

It's obscure--both the street number and the little green AA sign--marking the Alcoholics Anonymous location on old St. Francis Street in this old city of the Deep South. And at times newcomers and transients, with us for a few months, think AA itself is too obscure in Mobile. This point is debatable; the group growth has been a steady one, its attitude and make-up like that of the city. . .conservative, slow to accept change, and stable.

There are few words in the English language that have more meaning for AAs than "stable." Take the noun: stability. Webster defines it: "steadiness or firmness of character or purpose, constancy." Any alcoholic who is in earnest while he looks over our program, and whose conscience tells him he MUST find a way to arrest the dread disease that is corroding his life, senses almost at once a stability he has never witnessed before, and is drawn as much by it as by any single factor.

-- W. V. M.

Mobile, Alabama

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