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This paper presents the text of a talk given by the author at a memorial service for his son Matthew. Matthew and his twin brother David, who died in 1975, were both young victims of drugs. A number of listeners at the service requested that the father prepare a written version of the talk in the hope that the story it tells could have some influence on young people in their community.

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