The Old Soak, and Hail And Farewell

Don MARQUIS (1878 - 1937)

Published in 1921 (Prohibition went into effect in January 1920), "Hail and Farewell" is a collection of poems in honour of alcohol, drunkenness, and all things related.

In "The Old Soak", an old codger grumbles and connives to get alcohol in the age of Prohibition. Part is narrative, and part is installments from The Old Soak's papers.
“I'm writing a diary. A diary of the past. A kind of gol-dinged autobiography of what me and Old King Booze done before he went into the grave and took one of my feet with him. In just a little while now there won't be any one in this here broad land of ours, speaking of it geographically, that knows what an old-fashioned barroom was like. They'll meet up with the word, future generations of posterity will, and wonder and wonder and wonder just what a saloon could have resembled, and they will cudgel their brains in vain, as the poet says."
“Have you got any of it written?” we asked him. “Here's the start of it,” said he.
We present it just as the Old Soak penned it. - Summary by TriciaG & from the text

Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, Poetry

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introducing the Old Soak KevinS
00:04:27
Play 02 Beginning the Old Soak's History of the Rum Demon Larry Wilson
00:06:40
Play 03 Liquor and Hennery Simms donj31
00:04:21
Play 04 The Old Soak's History—The Barroom as an Educative Influence John
00:05:05
Play 05 Look Out For Crime Waves! Matthew D. Robinson
00:05:43
Play 06 Continuing the Old Soak's History—The Barroom and the Arts donj31
00:08:52
Play 07 An Argument With the Old Woman Larry Wilson
00:02:58
Play 08 The Old Soak's History—More Evils of Prohibition KevinS
00:05:27
Play 09 Preparing for Christmas Matthew D. Robinson
00:08:07
Play 10 Continuing the History—the Old Soak Fears for the Growing Children John
00:05:39
Play 11 Jabe Potter's Optimism John
00:04:06
Play 12 More of the History—As It Used to Be of a Morning Matthew D. Robinson
00:06:21
Play 13 Peace and Contentment John
00:03:47
Play 14 Continuing the History of the Rum Demon—Unfermented Grape Juice Matthew D. Robinson
00:07:10
Play 15 Political Talk John
00:02:32
Play 16 The History Continued—Prohibition and Winter Weather April6090
00:05:38
Play 17 The Old Soak Finds a Way Phil Chenevert
00:03:07
Play 18 The History Continued—the Barroom's Good Influence Phil Chenevert
00:03:38
Play 19 A House Divided Phil Chenevert
00:04:19
Play 20 Continuing the History of the Rum Demon—the Barroom and Manners April6090
00:03:24
Play 21 Sympathy Wanted Michele Fry
00:05:42
Play 22 The History of the Rum Demon Concluded—Prohibition Is Making a Free Thinker of the Old Soak Michele Fry
00:06:54
Play 23 Hail and Farewell—A Last Drink Michele Fry
00:01:25
Play 24 Hail and Farewell—In the Old Days Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:01:23
Play 25 Hail and Farewell—A Dipsey Chantey Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:02:39
Play 26 Hail and Farewell—A Certain Club Larry Wilson
00:01:09
Play 27 Hail and Farewell—A Temperance Tract John
00:03:49
Play 28 Hail and Farewell—A Vision in the Night John
00:01:22
Play 29 Hail and Farewell—The Last Case of Gin John
00:03:04
Play 30 Hail and Farewell—Crowned Singers John
00:01:22
Play 31 Hail and Farewell—Down in a Wine Vault Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:03:33
Play 32 Hail and Farewell—Anacreon Larry Wilson
00:01:14
Play 33 Hail and Farewell—There Were Giants in the Old Days ChadH94
00:01:34
Play 34 Hail and Farewell—In an Old-Time Tavern Booth Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:01:29
Play 35 Hail and Farewell—The Old Brass Railing ChadH94
00:02:58
Play 36 Hail and Farewell—Once Youth Was Mine Larry Wilson
00:01:14
Play 37 Hail and Farewell—In a Tavern Booth oogiesragdoll
00:01:22
Play 38 Hail and Farewell—An Engagement Larry Wilson
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Play 39 Hail and Farewell—The Battle of the Keyholes Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:02:45
Play 40 Hail and Farewell—In a Tavern Booth oogiesragdoll
00:01:22
Play 41 Hail and Farewell—Yearnings and Memories April6090
00:01:09
Play 42 Hail and Farewell—Do You Remember? donj31
00:01:22
Play 43 Hail and Farewell—And You may Kecall This donj31
00:01:45
Play 44 Hail and Farewell—True, but What of It? April6090
00:01:09
Play 45 Hail and Farewell—A Summer Day Dream April6090
00:01:16
Play 46 Hail and Farewell—On Swearing Off Again Larry Wilson
00:01:19
Play 47 Hail and Farewell—After Several Highballs Larry Wilson
00:01:11
Play 48 Hail and Farewell—Chant Royal of the Dejected Dipsomaniac Larry Wilson
00:04:05
Play 49 Hail and Farewell—Proverbs XXIII, 29 Larry Wilson
00:01:45
Play 50 Hail and Farewell—An Object Lesson Larry Wilson
00:02:16
Play 51 Hail and Farewell—A Kansas Tragedy Larry Wilson
00:06:47