Set Free Author:Addison C. Raws "Hey Buddy, what town is this?" That was the strange question asked by a dirty, ragged man as he strolled along a street near a freight railroad area in the city in the early hours of a cold, grey Sunday morning. — "This is Philadelphia," came the almost impatient reply, "you know?" — No, Dave didn't know, for he had just wakened and rolled off t... more »he top of a carload of "Pittsburgh feathers," as soft coal was often called by the tramps. When he climbed on the car the night before in his intoxicated condition he didn't know and didn't care where the freight train was headed. What difference did it make in his existence?
"Philadelphia, my home town!" Then Dave's head dropped in shame. He had a lovely wife, a fine young son, and a beautiful daughter somewhere in this city, but he had deserted them more than six years before because alcohol had become the master of his life. Tears made crooked channels down through the coal dust on his face as he realized once again all that such a life had cost him.« less