[New York: n. p., ca. 1914]. First edition. Original printed blue-gray wrappers,, 6.75 x 4.88 inches, 15 pages, wire stitched. A little water staining to the spine, staples a bit rusty; in very good condition. Item #18923
“Soon the gambling fever took hold of me, and about every phase of gambling was practiced, causing the loss of much money. Many mornings after a spree it would be necessary for me to resort to absinthe to quiet my shattered nerves, and these awful drugs soon got a strong hold on my life and I became at time a fiend to its hellish demand.” The Georgia-born Mercer (1873-1943) had all the markers of success—descent from Revolutionary War hero Hugh Mercer, family evidently pillars of Savannah society, success as a college athlete at Virginia; but in college he began drinking and soon ended up at the McAuley Mission in the Bowery. After conversion in 1904 and taking the pledge, Mercer became a lecturer on the college Y.M.C.A. circuit to warn college men against fast living; this account includes Mercer’s warning to educate young men on sexual prophylaxis. The preliminary portion of the pamphlet here taken from a feature article in the New York Tribune (undated here, but located in the June 28, 1914 issue) with an appended, detailed, cautionary memoir from Mercer, promoting his availability as a Y.M.C.A. lecturer. Not located on OCLC.