From the October 1960 magazine.

When Elephants Held up Trains in Northern Rhodesia

MY discovery of Alcoholics Anonymous has not only convinced me that I am suffering from an incurable disease called alcoholism, but at the same time I suffered from another disease contracted from alcoholism and called "The Good Old Days."

During World War II, I was a commissioned officer serving with the South African Air Force and stationed at a base in the Union of South Africa. As the youngest officer at the base I felt pretty full of myself and it was not long before I was a regular attendant at the Officers' Mess canteen, drinking drink for drink with my fellow officers. It was on one of these occasions that I became very interested in what one of my pals was saying about life in Northern Rhodesia, viz: plenty of work at excellent pay, easy life and plenty of drink. This naturally to an alkie sounded just the life, and I there and then made up my mind to settle in Rhodesia after the war.

-- Mac

Mazabuka, Northern Rhodesia

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