From the May 1958 magazine.

The Master Drunk

(Ed. note--The following is "lifted," with thanks, from "The Islander," published by inmates at the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution, San Pedro, Calif. Its subject matter was news to us, and we pass it along without further comment or investigation.)

IN THE YEAR 446 of the Moslem calendar, there was a man born destined to become one of the most notable drunks in all recorded history. From a humble origin he rose at an early age to a position of importance in his land. He became the leading scientist of his time, a mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and writer. He devised a calendar correct to within a few seconds a year. He was companion and advisor to the king and his court. For twenty-five years he was an honored scholar called a "Master" wherever he traveled. . .yet he spent the last thirty years of his life as a rum-pot vagabond, scribbling poems for the price of a drink. Why?

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