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[Illustration: TIME.

"The mill will never grind with the water that has past."]


THE
GOLDEN CENSER
OR
THE DUTIES OF TO-DAY
and
THE HOPES OF THE FUTURE.

BY

JOHN McGOVERN,
(OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.)

AUTHOR OF "HISTORY OF COMMUNISM," "WORLDS WITHOUT END," "CROWN
JEWELS," "A PASTORAL POEM," ETC

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UNION PUBLISHING HOUSE.

CHICAGO, ILL. COLUMBUS, OHIO. KANSAS CITY, MO.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.
LEXINGTON, KY. BUFFALO, N.Y.

1884.

[Illustration]


COPYRIGHTED BY
M.B. DOWNER & F.C. SMEDLEY,
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
1881-1882.




PREFACE.


I take pleasure in laying before my readers a volume the aim of which is
to lighten the cares of to-day and heighten the hopes of to-morrow.
Every human aspiration which is not an _ignis fatuus_ or fool's beacon
is built on the realities of to-day. Every young person evincing talents
in any direction hears predictions which are alone built on what he is
doing at present. He takes this hope and redoubles his efforts. He
usually succeeds - therefore, the inherited universality of hope.

Looking thus upon hope as a beautiful edifice rising above the
foundations of our lives, I have striven to give my special attention to
the duties of to-day, those stones whereon the structure is reared, that
the first cruel tempest of adversity may not transport an unsubstantial
fabric, like the palace of Aladdin, into the deserts of despair.

I have also tried to show that the lesson, so true in a proper view of
this life, is also applicable to the far grander vista of eternity
which, in the mind of philosopher as well as divine, lies so clearly
before us.

In a Hard-Pan Series of ten chapters I have endeavored to point out, to
the young men just starting in practical life, some things less general
in their scope than the other thoughts spread forth in the book. The
necessity of arming our youth with those qualities which lead to
business success has made me confident that this attempt would be
approved by the general reader.

Wherever a writer versed in the deep mysteries of the heart has left his
thoughts on record, and they have fallen under my eye, I have eagerly
chained them to my humble chariot, always, when possible, giving the
authorship of the idea. The value of a thoroughly good admonition is
frequently enhanced by the knowledge that it comes from the mouth of a
thoroughly good man.




CONTENTS.


Preface.

The Hopes of To-Morrow Must Have a Foundation in what We Are Doing
To-Day - The same Thing True of Our Hopes of the Next Life - The Hard-Pan
Series. Page 3.


The Golden Censer.

The Golden Censer which Hangs in the Temple of Life - The Palace of the
Soul - The Alarm-Bell Called Conscience - George Washington - The Soldier
in Battle - Goldsmith's Pastor - Duty the Reason for Living - Duty the
Stern Daughter of the Voice of God - Victor Hugo's Maxim - A Celebrated
Piece of Verse. Page 21.


The Flights of Time.

We Are Old Before We Know It - We are Then Shocked and Regretful - Need of
Impressing the Young with This Truth - A Golden Thought - How We Learned
to Read - Lorena - Coal-Oil Johnny - Get Interest on Your Own Money Instead
of Paying Interest on Other People's - You Thus Save Double Interest - You
Wish to Succeed - Put out Your Ideas at Interest - "Lost!" an
Advertisement - Haste and Waste - Get to Bed Early and Cheat Rheumatism
and Neuralgia - Time the Corrector of Fools - The Mill Never Grinds with
the Water that Has Gone Past. Page 25.


Home.

Byron, Thomson, and Payne's Sweet Thoughts - A Grand Thought in a Grand
Syllable - The Murderer in His Cell - The Letter from Home - The Thatch of
Avarice - The Man Who Wrote "Home, Sweet Home," Had no Home - Dr.
Johnson - The Halo that Surrounds the Word - The Long-Ago is Hidden in
It - Rembrandt and His Sister - Dickens - The Cottage of a Godly Man - Kings
Have no Homes - Democritus - The Old Home Was Happy Because We Were
Shielded - We Must, in Our Turn, Shield the Little Ones - Suffer Little
Children - Get a Home - See that Your Children Get Settled. Page 31.


Duties of Parents.

Thoughts Intended Especially for Their Ears - Children a
Blessing - Through Our Children We Become Immortal on the
Earth - Shakspeare - How Character is Built Up - Good Example - Father and
Son - Starting the Boys and the Girls - The Daughter - Do not Blight Her
Life - Happy Wives and Mothers - "Thanking Death" - Education of the
Young - The Power and Beauty of the Bible - Bible, Shakspeare, and
Geography More Necessary than Grammar, Botany, and Latin - Worship - A
Suspicious Parent - The School-Master Experience - Try and Cut Down the
Extent of His Services in the Education of Your Child. Page 42.


Brother and Sister.

The Noble Brother Will Have a Noble Sister - The Young Man of High Tone
Will See to It that His Sister is Treated with Respect - He Sets the
Example to All Others - Utter Selfishness of a Young Man Who Drags Down
His Sister by Falling into Bad Society Himself - The Summer Vacation - Why
a "Crooked Stick" Has Been Picked up By the Sister - Your Sister Your
Other Half - Watch Her and Mend Your Weak Places - A Quick Temper - Scene
in a Field Near Stone River Battle-field - The Sister's Influence on Your
Fortunes - Brother and Sister as the Two Heads of One Home. Page 53.


Youth.

"Heaven Lies About Us in Our Infancy" - The Great History Written by
Thiers, and Its Central Thought - The Impressibility of Youth - Much Can
Be Accomplished in Youth - Alexander, C├Žsar, Pompey, Hannibal, Scipio,
Napoleon, Charles XII, Alexander Hamilton, Shelley, Keats, Bryant - Youth
Our Italy and Greece, full of Gods and Temples - Edmund Burke - Rochefoucauld
- Chesterfield - Lord Lytton's Love of Youth - Shortness of Youthful Griefs
- Hannah More - Sir Walter Raleigh's Wise Remark - The Extraordinary
Expectations of Youth - Dr. Watts - Story of the Alpena - Lord Bacon's
Summing up of the Differences Between Youth and Age - Introduction to
the Hard-Pan Series. Page 62.


Prudence in Speech.

Need of Money - Difficulty of Getting It - Testimony of the Closest
Mouthed Man Who Perhaps Ever Lived - "No Man Can Be Happy or Even Honest
Without a Moderate Independence" - You Find Yourself Behind a
Counter - The Little Boy's Shoes Wear Out at the Toe - They are
Therefore Copper-plated - The Young Man's Common Sense Gives Way at the
Tip of His Tongue - Difficulties in the Way of a Boy Who "Blabs" - A Man
Who Is "Pumped" Like the Secretary of the Treasury Must Have Practiced
Silence All His Life - Story of the Barber of King Midas - Beware of the
First Error - How Things Leak out - Put a Copper-Toe on Your Tongue. Page
74.


Courtesy.

Courtesy Rests on a Deep Foundation - He Who is Naturally Polite is
Naturally Moral - You Wish to Have Your Customers Brighten up - Brighten
up Yourself - What is Good-Breeding? - Read Chesterfield - Study Your
Customer - You are Young and Positive - Be Careful on That Account - Your
Hands - Jewelry - Act Respectfully and You Will Be Full of Good
Manners - An Example - How to Treat the Busybody - Zachariah Fox - Ralph
Waldo Emerson - Milton's Allusion to the origin of the Word
"Courtesy" - The Celebrated "Beaux" of History - Momentary Views of Our
Souls - Your Clothes - They Should Occupy Little of Your Mind - Civility
Costs Nothing and Buys Everything. Page 80.


Economy.

A Small Leak Will Sink a Great Ship - The Little Cloud Arising out of the
Sea Waxes into the Storm that Lashes the Trembling Ocean - The People
with Small Wages Can Often Save the Most Money - You Cannot Spend Your
Money Without the Righteous Criticism of Others - How Young Men Spend
Much of Their Extra Cash - Rural Saloons - A Gallon of Whiskey - What It is
Actually Worth - What It is Sold For - Ordinary Profits of Legitimate
Business - Tobacco - What Three Years' Savings Will Do for a Man in
America - A Good Wagoner Can Turn in a Little Room - When You Buy a Horse
Reckon on What He Will Eat Instead of What His Price Is - Save all You
Can - Harness It up and Make It Pull in Interest. Page 88.


Courage.

Adversity's Lamp - Youth Has Great need of Courage - It should be
Long-Suffering Rather than Intrepid - You Must Gain the Battle by Taking
Sudden Advantages - You Must Hurl 10,000 Men Against 2,000 Before Your
Enemy Can Be Reinforced - Story of a Young Man Who Broke Through the
Enemy's Lines at Chicago - His Low Wages - His Bad Prospects - Reading the
Bible and Plutarch - Studying French - The Attempt to Become an
Actor - Dismal Failure - Difficulty of Conquering Wounded Pride - The
Return to "Hard Work" - Progress - Triumph - Reason of the Victory - Hope a
Quality Closely Akin to Courage - Courage, However, the Grand Motor that
Moves the World - Courage Builds the Great Bridges and Hope Rides on a
Free Pass over Them. Page 95.


Hope.

Hope is a Gold-Leaf Which Can Be Beaten with the Hammer of Adversity to
Exceeding Thinness - The Medicine of the Miserable - Hope Should Deposit
Probabilities with Experience, His Banker - Story of a Young Man Whose
Hope Carried him Across a Bad Place in Life - Making Garden - Sandpapering
Window-Frames in a Cellar - Selling "Milton Gold Jewelry" - Working in a
"gang," on a Farm, after the English Fashion - A Situation Found on the
Very Day of the Great Fire, Just Without the Bounds of the
Conflagration - Map-Making - Success - Hope Is the Cork to the Net - We Will
Part With Our Money, but we will Never Sell Our Hope at any Price - The
Celebrated Shield - Hope Unjustly Defamed. Page 107.


Be Correct.

God's Exactitude - One at a Time is the Way Rats Get into a Granary - The
First Rat Eats Out the Hole - Story of Sag Bridge - The Collision - The
Horror - The Cause - Imitate the Detectives - Story of a Cashier Who Left
Off a "Simple Cipher," which Stood for a Hundred Thousand Dollars in
Cash to His Employers - How to Mail a Letter - "We Never Make Mistakes
- The Way People Are Convinced That Care Is Necessary - How a Careless
Clerk Can Drive Away Custom - The Lightning Calculator - He Is Simply a
Hard Worker - Our Multiplication-Table Does Not Run High Enough - The
Freaks of Figures - Correct Your Spelling - Learn to Avoid Foolish
Exaggeration - Force of Habit - "A Man of Good Habits" Is a Man Who Would
Be Positively Uncomfortable and Unhappy if He Attempted to Become
Dissolute. Page 119.


Success.

Hard-Pan Reason Why Nothing Succeeds So Well as Success - Your Good
Fortune in Living on American Soil - Missing Battles and Allowing Others
to Be Promoted Instead of Yourself - No City Ever Withstood a Good
Siege - Get into the Strong Sunshine of active Life - The Safe Time to
Become Discontented - What Praise Means - What Gloomy Predictions Mean
When Your Employer Makes Them - Practice - Example in Proof-Reading - Captains
are Made out of First Lieutenants - The Retail Business - Fools Rushing in
Where Angels Fear to Tread - The Successful Grocery - No Wonder Success Sits
on That Corner - The Painter Who Mixed His Colors With Brains - Story of The
Man Who Could Imitate Birds - Do not Attempt Impossible Journeys - Stop at
Each Inn. Page 132.


Companions.

Truth of the adage that a Man Is Known by the Company He Keeps - Tam
O'Shanter's Habits - Building a House With a Party-Wall - Playing
Billiards at Noon-Time - Smelling of the Smoke of the Kitchen - Bar-Room
Manners - Judging a Man by His Clothes - A Piece of Impertinence which
Cost the Keeping of Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars - "The
Companion of Fools Shall Be Destroyed" - Learn to Admire Rightly - Charm
which the Look of Certain Loafers Has for Many Young Men - Getting a
Sitting in Church - Keep in Company Where You Will Be Under a Pleasant
Restraint - Either Wise Bearing or Ignorant Carriage Is Caught, as Men
Take Diseases One from Another. Page 144.


On The Road.

Natural Depression - Certainty of Its Discontinuance - The Best Salesmen
Have Been Very Soft-Hearted on Their Early Trips - Entering the
Town - Riding One Block for Half a Dollar - A Poor Meal - Getting Your
Wind - Planning the Charge - Canvassing Yourself - What Is the Almost
Limitless Power of Persuasion? - Abraham Lincoln - The Whisky Which Made
Generals Win Battles was the Kind of Whisky He Was in Search of - Your
Dress - Your Entrance at Your Customer's Place - Your Speed in Getting
Started - Your Ease after the Start Is Made - Never Stop the
Customer - Your Perfect Accuracy as to Men and Places - Story of a
Meteoric Salesman - Trouble of Putting a Stop to his Flight - Your Supper
Tastes Good - The Men of Cold Exterior - Stay Out but Do not Stay Up - How
to Get Vim and Sparkle - Extraordinary Value of a Man Who Can "Place
Goods." Page 152.


Examples.

The Tracks of Giants - Napoleonic Miracles - Webster and Astor - George
Peabody - Giving Away Eight Millions of Dollars - Stewart - Andrew
Johnson - Barnum and Stanford - Ulysses S. Grant - Commodore
Vanderbilt - Elihu Burritt - Edgar Poe - Greeley, Chase, Garfield and
William Tecumseh Sherman - Tennyson - Robert E. Lee - Pickett's Charge at
Gettysburg - James Gordon Bennett - Carlyle and Victor Hugo - Garibaldi
- Agassiz, Humboldt, Proctor, Seward, Farragut, Nelson, Abercrombie,
Joseph E. Johnston, Longstreet, and Fifty Others - The Habit of Riding Over
Obstacles - Herodotus, Seneca and Franklin on the Power of Example - Christ
Never Wrote a Tract - The System of Redoubling the Effort and Coming out,
after one Victory, Ahead after Reckoning all Losses. Page 164.


Man.

Shakspeare's Eulogy, just as He Penned It - Emerson - A Columbus of the
Skies - Carlyle's Panegyric - Whately - Man's Faults - Horace Man and
Pascal - The Poet Cowley and Boileau - Fallacy of their Scoldings as
Applied to all Humankind - What Is Man? - Plato's Answer - Addison's
Answer - Burke's Answer - Adam Smith's Answer - Buffon's Failure to Make a
Satisfactory Answer - Plutarch's Answer - "The Proper Study of Mankind is
Man" - Henry Giles and John Ruskin - The Wonderful Instrument Called the
Hand - The Violin Slave - Man's Opportunities - What God has Said of His
Children - The Beautiful Language in Which It is Written - Nobility of Our
Destiny - A Stinging Epigram. Page 175.


Woman.

The Hand That Made Woman Fair Made Her Good - Wordsworth's Beautiful
lines to His Wife - "She Was a Phantom of Delight" - Campbell's "Pleasures
of Hope" - A Pleasant Subject - The Difference Between Love in Man and
Love in Woman - Jean Paul Richter's Encomium - Schiller's
Tribute - Shelley - Shakspeare - Rousseau, Barrett and Balzac - The Duke of
Halifax - Addison - Boyle - Sex in The Soul - Woman's Love of Ornament - Her
Dress the Perfection of What Man Demands of Her - Dr. Johnson's
Explanation - Testimony of John Ledyard to the Goodness of Woman - His
History - Woman's Enormous Influence over Man - How Men Live Where There
Are No Women - The History of Human Sickness a Monument of the Goodness
of Woman. Page 187.


Father.

Overshadowing Antiquity of the Word "Papa" - The Pope Is Simply Papa, in
Italian - Duties of the Son Toward the Father - Honesty of His Love for
You - Patriarchal Government the Beginning and Still the Prop of
Society - Old Age the Childhood of Immortality - Honor Attaching to
Greatness of years in the past - Age Still a Necessity in Many of the
Learned Professions - Age Is Indulgent Because It sees no Fault it Has
not Itself Committed - Time the Harper, Laying His Hand Gently on the
Harp of Life - Love of Little Children - The Village Blacksmith, the
Mighty Man - Respect for Venerable Years a Fitting Thing in the Most
Dignified of Young Men - Two Pictures, One Dark and the Other Bright.
Page 197


Mother.

A Great Subject - Chords Struck by Coleridge and Tennyson - She Has Risked
Her Life that Her Child Might Live - She Has Grown Spectre-Like that Her
Child Might Wax Strong - She Has Forgotten the Debt Due to Her in Her
Anxiety to Obtain an Acknowledgment of the Debt Due to God - Her
Memory - Christmas - Her Sick Child - Man the Mighty at His Mother's
Knee - The Best Friend - "An Ounce of Mother Worth a Pound of Clergy" - A
Mother's Praise - The Dead - Unalterable Fidelity - Forgetting a Mother's
Claims - The Mother Still in Middle Life - The Mother of Greater
Years - The Mother of Mothers - She Gathered the Orphans Together and
Poured Out Her Tenderness Upon Them. Page 207.


Love.

A Great Passion, Therefore not one to Trifle and Be Familiar With - Its
Tyranny - Feelings and Actions of a Young Man in Love - Utter Uselessness
for Business of a Young Man During the Uncertain Period Between Desire
and Possession - Love Rules The Universe - How The Sages Look upon
Love - It Is But the Flash in the Broad Pan of True Happiness - Shakspeare,
Tennyson, Overbury, Mrs. Sigourney, South, Dryden, Plautus, Goethe, Burton,
Valerius Maximus, Rochefoucauld, Addison. Hazlitt and Emerson - "The Wooden
God's Remorse" - "Love Me Little Love Me Long" - The Poet Petrarch's Strange
Behavior - "If She Do not Care for Me, What Care I How Fair She Be!"
- LaFontaine, Lyttleton, Schiller, Ruffini, Ducoeur, DeStael, Colton,
Dudevant, Balzac, Moore, Beecher, Victor Hugo, Longfellow, Limayrac, Howe,
Deluzy and Jane Porter - "Solomon was So Seduced, and He Had a Very Good
Wit" - Alexander Smith - Great Space Given to Love in all the Books of the
World - Some Things to Remember While Viewing the Passion in Others.
Page 219.


Courtship.

The Young Man Finds Himself in Love and "Begins to Think" - He Wonders
That He Never Before Thought of Money - Difference Between a Wharf-Rat
and a Man - Difference Between a Married Man and an Old Bachelor Who Has
Always Been Afraid of the Expense - Everything Natural in Marriage - Be
"Square" with Your Sweetheart - The Circus-Poster - The Quarry of
Truth - Do not "Talk Big" and Love Little - Courtship and Marriage not a
Matter of "Want to or Don't Want to," but a Strenuous Case of "Got
to" - Marriage Like Life Insurance - Closing Hints. Page 234.


Marriage.

Sample of a "Swell Wedding" - Undignified Aspects of a Swell Wedding
Where It Takes Every Cent a Man Can Earn, Beg and Borrow - A Farce, and
an Example to Shun - Let us Have Some Manhood and Womanhood at a Critical
Point, the Start in Real Life - To Be a Man Is to Be Married - Nature's
Artful Treatment of Human Beings - Folly of Men Who Throw Away Their
Happiness - Be Inquisitive Before Marriage - Be Blind Thereafter - The Law
Approves and Encourages the Married State - The Married Man Is of the
Greater Importance in the Nation - A Thing to Be Kept in Mind - Married
Men Healthier than Bachelors - Married Women Healthier than Maids - A
Married Man Has a Greater Excess of Comforts than of Troubles as
Compared with the Comforts and Troubles of the Bachelor. Page 246.


Wedded Life.

A Practical Chapter on Life as It Is Actually Lived by a Man and Woman
Who Have a Fair Chance in the World - A Home With a Young Wife in It no
Place for Other Men, no Matter How Dear they May Be to the Husband - Give
the Wife a Chance - Kindness - Do not Be Afraid of Honoring Your Wife any
Too Much - The Wife's Proper Cares - A Reply to the Common Form of Attack
on the Principle that Marriage Is Both Natural and Expedient - McFarland - A
Man's Happy Experience as a Husband - Judgment, Vanity, Selfishness and
Trepidation - Good for Evil - Astonishing Changes in a Man's Needs - The
Fireside of a Man Who Is Trying to Do Right - His Profound Gratitude at the
Accuracy of His Taste in Earlier Years - Death, or Worse than Death - Three
Studies - Apology for a Somewhat Uncharitable Reply to a Selfish Argument.
Page 256


Bachelors.

A Chapter on Bachelors Apt to Diverge into a Dissertation on
Solitude - Arguments which the Bachelor Applies to the Question of
Marriage - Being the Soul of Selfishness He Is Unwilling to Believe
Happiness In Marriage Possible until He Shall Himself Have Embarked in
Matrimony - Manner in Which He Usually Proclaims That all Men Who Marry
Are Fools - Single Life Unavoidable with Some Men - A Mere Spectator of
Other Men's Fortunes - The One Grand Result of Single Life - Wearing Out
One Set of Faculties by Forty - Losing Control of the Other Set by
Disuse - The Way a Bachelor Judges a Young Girl - His Somewhat Sordid
Ideas - Events Have Distorted His Nature - A Bachelor's Great
opportunities for Getting Book-Knowledge - Good out of Evil - Mistaken
Ideas about Bachelors, which the Ladies are Apt to Entertain - Foolish
Diatribes against Women - The Lack of Knowledge which Those Diatribes
Betray - The Front-Porch View of Girlhood Esteemed to be the whole of
Woman's Nature! Page 270.


Sickness.

Health, Even with Memory, cannot conceive the Feelings of Disease - The
Invalid's Sad Weakness - The King cannot Hire a man to Have the Typhoid
Fever for Him - The Strong man Felled to His Couch - Chances for
Philosophy - The Chances Usually Thrown Away with the Medicine
Bottles - The Bachelor Sick - His Body now as Full of the need of Woman's
attention as It was of Brags that He would Have none of Her - Let Us do
something, by not attempting Everything in the way of Reformation. Page
281.


Sorrow.

The Tallest mountains, although They Gather the Heaviest Clouds about
Their Solemn Sides, Yet Look Through Cloudless Skies up Toward the
Sun - Effect of Deep Sorrow on the Appearance of Beauties of Nature - We
Deprecate Grief, and yet We Rail at Its Short Duration - The Stricken
Wife - The Young man who Loves and Is Rejected - His Dilemma - His
Erroneous and Immature Decision that He would Love But One, and Love
Forever - A Peak which Hardly Rises to the Bottom of the Valleys in the
Mountains Piled Down by Events in After-life - True Greatness is True
Humility - Affliction Beautifies Human Nature - Blessedness of
Employment - Efficacy of Religion - The Beautiful Poem of "The Lamb in the
Shepherd's Arms." Page 290.

Poverty.

A Topic That Hits Close to Every Man - In the Old World the Countries Are
to Blame; In the New the Individual Is Generally at Fault - Case of
Vanderbilt - Fears of Enormously Rich men that their Wealth will excite
the Irresistible Cupidity of their Governments - Burdens of Immense
Riches in an Active Land Like This - The Shocking Imbecility of False
Poverty - "Appearances" - Popular Errors as to Servants - Big Houses - Story
of the Happy Man. Page 300.


Facts About Progress.

Progress the Stride of God - The Field-Hand in 1350 - One hundred and
Twelve Hours' Labor for a Bushel of Wheat - The same Laborer in 1550, in
1675, and in 1795 - Seventy Hours for a Bushel of Wheat - The Same Laborer
To-day - Twenty Hours for the Bushel of Wheat - The Children of the
Laborer who Came to America - Seven or Eight Hours for a Bushel of Wheat.
Page 311.


Failure in Life.

Lightning Is More Apt To hit a Scrag than a Tree Which has Never Been
Riven - The Scrags in Society - The Loadstone of Failure at the Foot of
the Scrag - The Lesson to be Derived from Hopeless Failure in
Others - Sorrows March in Battalions, not as Single Spies. Page 321.


Gains and Brains.

The Man of Success - Eggs Trying to Dance with Stones - Trying to Draw the
Prize in a Lottery Without any Ticket - Dray Horses' Honest Belief that
the Earth Moves Backward under the Racer's Feet, He Being So Lucky - The
Heavy End of the Lifting - How Fortune Tellers Make Their Money - Great
Opportunities for All Who Were not Born Tired. Page 325.


Discipline.

One Reason of the Prosperity of the Present Era - Obey Orders - How the
Wonders have been Piled Up - Metaphor of the Organ and Its Pipes and
Reeds - Sound Your Pipe only in Your Proper Turn, and You will hear
Beautiful Music. Page 332.


Books.

We Multiply Our Sensations by Books - Everyone Can have a Library - Books
are the Best of Friends - Charm of a Well-Read Comrade - Bindings - A Book
as Great a Thing as a Battle - Importance of Some Battles - Our Eyes - How
to Judge a Book Rightly - Large Type - Need of Handy Volumes - Aid Others,
as a Duty. Page 337.


Friendship.

Reason of the Melancholy Tone which Pervades the Great Writings of the
Ages on this Subject - Man Expects to Get More than He Gives - How a man
Prepares the Nostrum called Friendship - Unsuccessful Substitution of
Selfishness for a Mother's Love - What is Possible in the way of Ordinary
Friendship - Spot Friendship - Let us not Rail against Friendship. Page
345.


Envy.

The Basest of all Traits - A Wolf's Den - The Tailless Fox - Envy is
Largely Ignorance - Greatness attained only after Arduous Labors - The
Tenor and The Stone-Front - Thiers' Long Life - A Critical View of
Gladstone's Public Sorrows - Truly Distracting Dilemmas in which
Circumstances of Empire Involve Great Men - An appeal to Envy. Page 354.


Contentment.

Mrs. Lofty - First Surprise of the Newly-Rich - The Scotch Mist - The
Angel Sent to Conduct an Empire and the One Sent to Sweep a Street - Our
Principal Causes of Happiness Free to All - How Rich Men Secure
Happiness - The Prisoner and His Three Pins - Happiness Inalienable in


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