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Neighbor?"--Responsibility—Rogues* Gallery—Loaded Pistols-

Show me Crime—Respect Crime Pays the Law—"ADenof Thieves"

—Plans Matured—Liquors Poisoned Four Times—Their Modui

Op&randi—$75,000 Check — Division of Spoils — Blackmailers—

Never Fear Them—A Principle Laid Down—Professionals—Dens

that Excite only Pity—"You Must Dress Better"—Crime the Off-

spring of Political Dishonesties—Immense Cost of Crime—Grace-

No Admittance—Two Incidents—A Second Deluge—Mercy.... .118

CHAPTER VIII.

CLUB-HOUSES—LEGITIMATE AND ILLEGITIMATE.

Two Armies—Sword Fencing—Unlucky Clip—An Honest His-

tory of Clubs—Leading Clubs of Europe—Of America—Their

Wealth—Membership—Furnishing—Fascination of Club Houses—

Another Style—Flushed Face—" Chips" Test their Influences—Gen-

erous at the Club, Stingy at the Home Circle—Thousands" of

Homes Clubbed to Death—Epitaph—Effect on Your Occupation—

A Third Test—A Vital Question—The Little Child's Influence—The

Three Stranda—Pull for Your Life 128

CHAPTER IX

POISON IN THE CALDBON.

The Students of Gilgal—Gathering Herbs—Death in the Pot—

Iniquity must be Roughly Handled—Its Hiding Place—A Good

Home is Deathless in its Influence—Unhappy Homes are Blood

Relatives to Crime and Rascality—Occasional Exceptions—An In-

dolent Life—The City Van—Four Ways of Getting Money—An In-

cident—How to Depreciate Real Estate—Warning from Gladstone—

The Marriage Day—The Scene Changes—Leaving the Farm House

—Anxiety of Parents—The End—Put Back Nowl 140

CHAPTER X.

THE ,CABT BOPB INIQUITY.

Construction of a Rope—No one can Stand Aloof—Honest Gam-

bling Establishments—An Introduction to a First Class One—Second

Class—The "Roper In"—Policy—"Saddle"—"Gig"—"Horse"—Ex-

change—Desire for Gain—Incidents—Close Proximity to Wall Street

—Gift Enterprises—Their Evil Tendency—Be Honest or Die—The

Prodigal—The Game Ended. 151
CHAPTER XL

THE WOMA2? OF PLEASUBB.

Solid Satisfaction—An Error Corrected—Albert Barnes—Plant

one Grain of Corn—Mere Social Position—Do not Covet it—A

Worldly Marriage—Mere Personal Attractions—Abigail—Make

Yourself Attractive—Not Ashamed of Age—Culture your Heart—

At the Hospital—"Seven Days"—"Hold My Hand"—Flatteries of

Men—An Angel—Discipleship of Fashion—Fashion Plates—Bibli-

cal Fashion—A Beautiful Attire—A Bright World. 100

CHAPTER XII.

THE SINS OF SUMMER WATERING PLACES.

An Ancient Watering Place—Tradition Concerning it—Modern

Watering Places—A Picture—The First Temptation—Sacred Parade

—Crack Sermons—Quartette—Air Bewitched—Horse Racing—De-

ceptive Titles—Saratoga—Bets Run High—Greenhorns Think all is

Fair—Sacrifice of Physical Strength—Fashionable Idiots—"Do

Thyself no Harm"—Hasty Alliances—Domestic Infelicities—Twenty

Blanks to One Prize—Load of Life—The Fop—Baneful Literature

-Its Popularity at Watering Places—The Intoxicating Beverage.. 170

CHAPTER XIII.

THB TIDES OF MUNICIPAL BIN.

Intense Excitement—The Stranger's Reception—A Wild Laugh

—Temptations to Commercial Fraud—"This Rivalry is Awful"—

Decide for Yourself—One with God is a Majority—Political Life

—Allurements to an Impure Life—Cormorants of Darkness—Six

Rainbows—A Thousand of Them—"Tick, Tick!"—An Enraptured

Virion, ..188

CHAPTER XIV.

BESPONSIBILITY OF CITY RTJLKBS.

Ancient Tyre—A Majestic City—Its Magnificence-Its Present Po-
sition-Character of a City—Cities Hold the World's Sceptre—If an
Unprincipled Mayoralty or Common Council, there will be Unlim-
ited License for all kinds of Trickery and Sin—Questions that In-
terest the Merchant—Educational Interests—Some Cities these In.
terests are Settled in the Low Caucus—Character of Officials Affects
the Domestic Circle—Even Religious Interests Affected—John Mor-
risseyl—Pray for your Mayor—And all in Authority—Perils and
Temptations of the Police—An Affecting Incident 19ft

CHAPTER XV.

■AFEGUAHDS FOB YOUNG MBH.

David and Absalom—A Bad Boy—A Broken-hearted Father—" Is

the Young Man Safe ?"—Same Question mustfbe Asked To-day—Not

as Other Men are—Wm. M. Tweed—His Strong Nature—Success-

Failure—Who would Live such a Life ?—Love of Home—Can never

Forget it—A Second Home—Nothing Coarse or Gross at Home—

Industrious Habits—The First Horticulturist—Work or Die—A

High Ideal of Life—Aim High—Respect for the Sabbath—An Inci-

dent—The Greatest Safeguard—The Great Want—"I am the Young

Man,»—The Turning Point. 207

CHAPTER XVI.

THE VOICES OF THE STREET.

Voices of Nature—This Life is a Scene of Toil and Struggle—In-

dustry—All Classes and Conditions of Society Must Commingle—

Democratic Principle of the Gospel—Hard to Keep the Heart Right

—The Man of War—The Victorious Veteran of Thirty Years' Con

flict—Life is Full of Pretension and Sham—How few People are

Natural—A Great Field for Charity—Poor Wanderers—Strong Faith

of Childhood—All the People Looking Forward—No Census-

Twelve Gates. 221

CHAPTER XVII.

HEROES IN COMMON LUB.

Great Military Chieftains—Unrolling a Scroll of Heroes—Heroes

of the Sick Room—Heroes of Toil—Sword vs. Needle—Great Battle

Fields—Domestic Injustice—No Bitter Words—Peabody—Grinnell

-Missionaries at the West—Sacrificing Parents—Melrose Abbey—

rhe Atkins Family—" Fire!"—Who are those Paupers!—Corona.

**.on Day—Dc not Envy Anyone—The Great Captain's Cheer.. ...230

CHAPTER XVIII.

THE MIDNIGHT HORSEMAN.

A Dead City—Midnight Witchery—Melrose Abbey—Alhambra—
Jerusalem in Ruins—The Midnight Ride—Midnight Exploration—
Jerusalem Rebuilt—Plato—Demosthenes—Church Affection—The
Church—Sacrifices for It—Secret of Backsliding—Building without
Secure Foundation—Old-fashioned Way—Does it Hurt t—New-fash
toned W»y—Wants a Ride—Reason People are Angered—" You're
a Pauper"—Triumphant Sadness—Palace of Shushan—Its Immensity—Homesickness—The Blacksmith — A Bereaved Mother—A Parlor in Philadelphia—Never Give Up—Our Refuge 241

T. DB WITT TALMAGE, D. D.

Thomas DeWitt Talraage was born in 1832, in Bound Brook, Somerset County, N. J. His father was a farmer of much vigor and consistency of character; his mother a woman of noted energy, hopefulness and equanimity. Both parents were in marked respects characteristic Differences of disposition and methods blended in them into a harmonious, consecrated, benignant and cheery life. The father won all the confidence and the best oi the honors a hard-sensed truly American community had to yield. The mother was that counseling and quietly provident force which made her a helpmeet indeed and her home the center and sanctuary of the sweetest influences that have fallen on the path of a large number ot children, of whom four sons are all ministers of the V7ord. From a period ante-dating the Revolution, the ancestors of our subject were members of che Reformed Dutch Church, in which Dr Talmage's father was the leading lay office bearer through a life extended beyond fourscore years. The youngest of the children, it seemed doubtful at first whether DeWitt would follow his broth era into the ministry. His earliest preference was the law, the studies of which he pursued for a year after hi*

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