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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 inher-
ited 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 ap-
proved by the general reader..

Wherever a writer versed in the deep myster-
ies 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.


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 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 Cele-
brated Piece of Verse ..... .... Page 21.


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 Inter-

est " 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.

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.


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 Neces-
sary 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.

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 Vaca-
tion Why a "Crooked Stick" Has Been Picked up By the Sister Your
Sister Your Other Half Watch He/ and Mend Your Weak Places A Quick
Temper Scene in a Field Near Stone River Battle-field The Sister's In-
fluence on Your Fortunes Brother and Sister as the Two Heads of One
Home . ... Page 53.

"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, Caesar, 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*e 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.

-i/H Speech.

Need of Money Difficulty of Getting It Testimony of-ihe 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 There-
fore Copper-plated The Young Man's Common Sense Gives W r ay 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
Praoticed 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 i n 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.

Natural Depression Certainty of Its Discontinuance The Best Salesman
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 Searsh 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.

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 Garabaldi 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.


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 Satis-
factory Answer Plutarch's Answer ' ' The Proper Study of Mankind is Man "
Henry Giles and John Ruskin The Wonderful Instrument Called the
Hand The Violin Its 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.

The Hand That Made Woman Fair Made Her Good Wordsworth's
Beautiful lines to His Wife " She Was a Phanton of Delight"-CampbeH'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.

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 Great-
ness of years in the past Age Still a Necesity 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

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.

A Great Passion, Therefore not one to Trifle and Be Familiar With Its
Tyranny Feelings and Actions of a Young Man in Love Utter Useless-
ness 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, DuCceur, 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'

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.

. 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. . . . . . ... * : t . . Page 246.


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 Prinaipal that Marriage Is Both Natural and
Expedient McFarlsnd 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 Mis Taste in Earlier
Years Death, or Worse than Death Three Studies Apology for a Some-
what Uncharitable Reply to a Selfish Argument. . . . Page 256

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 Bache-
lors, 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.

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.
............. 281

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, andyet We Rail at Its Short Duration The Stricken Wife

The Young man who Loves and Is Rejected His Dilemma His Errone-
ous 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.


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. . . . . . . . .,-' r Page 300.

Progress the Stride of God The Field-Hand in 1350 One hundred aim
Twelve Hours' Labor for a Bushel o^ 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.

Lightning Is More Apt To hit a Scrag than a Tree Whick
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.

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 Grat Opportunities for All Who Were not Born Tired. Page 325,

One Reason of the Prosperity of the Precent 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.

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 Vol-
umes Aid Others, as a Duty ....... Page 337.

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.

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

L:!ty First Surprise of the Newly-Rich The Scotch Mist The


Angel Snt to Conduct an Empire and the One Sent to Sweep a Street Our
Principal Causes of Happiness Free to All. How Rich Men Secure Happi-
ness The Prisoner and His Three Pins Happiness Inalienable in Health
A Pleasant View of Egotism as a necessary Ingredient in Our Make-up.
Page 362.

The Need of a " Balance of Power " in the Mind Asa General Thing
Ambition a Quality to be Curbed Assassination of Merit by Envy The
Man Qualified to Deal with Ambition A Picture of His Unhappy Lot, as
Illustrated in Napoleon's Life Poem. ... . Page 368.

A. Favorite Chapter The Telegraph Outriding the Storms The Farmers
the Grand Comservative Forces of the Republic Difference between Business
and Farming How the Farmers Will Settle the Communists and the Mag-

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