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Nothing but excellence finds a place in this treasury. By reason of its unique character and wonderful variety, the book will prove a welcome companion; it will meet every mood of the human heart. The most exquisite humor, the most touching pathos, the most thrilling patriotism, the grandest words of statesmanship, the most impressive utterances of the orator, the profound reasonings of the philosopher, the cutting satire of the critic, indeed every department of literature is fittingly represented in this treasury.

And these " Gems" are for the “Fireside.” Nothing harmful must ever enter that Eden, but all influences of good must shield the purity, and stimulate the holy ambitions, which are so appropriately enshrined in that sanctuary of embowered bliss.

“Home," to an ear refined, is sweetest of spoken words; “Home,” to an appreciative heart, is fullest of good impulses and holiest memories. “Home” is the goal to which wanderers return in thought and hope; it is the influence which longest retains its hold on earnest youth, casting its starry brightness even over the stormy seas of vice and dissipation; it is the attraction which oftenest lures weary prodigals back from error and from sin to the peaceful happy isles of the blest; so, Home, which is to all men the symbol of love, and purity, and hope, must have its "treasury” of “gems of purest ray serene.”

To constitute this "Library of Prose and Verse," the literary stores of

many ands have been put under contribution; England and Germany, and France and Italy are represented by their choicest Poets. Russia, India, China, Greece and Rome are present in admirable translations. Our own America will be seen to be no whit behind the foremost in the full and copious list of men and women, who have made, and are daily increasing her claims for prominence in the world of letters. We have from Europe, the master mind of Shakespeare, the solid grandeur of Milton, the romantic beauty of Scott, the homely sincerity of Burns, the philosophic meditations of Wordsworth, the impassioned lines of Byron, the delicate fancy of Shelly, the melodious beauty of Moore, the mirthful humor of Hood, and from America the “very choicest productions of the most famous of her sons and daughters. The topics and themes are as varied as the authors.

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Since “freedɔm's battle once begun " is a perpetual inheritance, so round the fireside the ruddy flame of a loyal patriotism must glow. And heroic sires will find inspiration for their sons in the selections from Campbell, Longfellow, Baker, Everett, Webster and Lincoln.

As the Home must be the place for holy breathings and for consecrated hearts, it will be found that a number of selections have been made from Addison, Bunyan, Montgomery, Muhlenburg, Bonar, Willis and others, whose verse and meditations are alike free from pious cant and bigoted sectarianism.

It is believed that this collection contains vastly more of entertainment, culture and inspiration than any other volume of like size and price. It has been prepared at great expense and labor, to meet a want felt in every home, for a volume, that shall be for every day use, a source of constant instruction, inexhaustible entertainment and permanent good, that will cheer the solitary hour and charm the entire family circle.

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ADELEB, Max, (Charles Heber Clarke).

Catching the Morning Train . . 61 ANDERSEN, HANS CHRISTIAN. The Little Match Girl .

156 ANONYMOUS.

The Generous Soldier Saved 91
Jimmy Butler and the Owl. 101
Good-night Papa, .

118 Too Late for the Train .

125 Yankee and the Dutchman's Dog. 131 United in Death

137 De Pint wid Old Pete

143 Jenkins goes to a Picnic

163 Pledge with Wine

166 The Old Wife's Kiss .

244 The Last Station .

271 Schooling a Husband

313 Lord Dundreary at Brighton. 363 Regulus to the Roman Senate. 370 Hypochondriac . .

403 Mariner's description of Piano · 495

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BAILEY, J. M., (Danbury News Man).
Mr. Stiver's Horse

112 Sewing on a Button.

169 BAXTER, RICHARD. The Rest of the Just. .

545 BEECHER, HENRY WARD.

'Biah Cathcart's Proposal. 293 Death of President Lincoln . 598 Logs of the Arctic ...

683 BERKLEY, BISHOP GEORGE. Industry the Source of Wealth. 180

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BILLINGS, Jose, (Henry W. Shaw).

DE QUINCEY, Thomas.
Manifest Destiny

457

Execution of Joan of Arc. . . . 145 Brown, CHARLES F., (Artemus Ward). DOUGHERTY, DANIEL. Artemus Ward at the Tomb of

Pulpit Oratory.

81 Shakespeare

152 DWIGHT, TIMOTHY. Artemus Ward visits the Shakers 420

The Notch of the White MounBURKE, EDMUND.

tains

423 The Order of Nobility.

227 On the Death of his Son.

231 EMMET, ROBERT. Bunyan, John.

A Patriot's Last Appeal. 546 The Golden City

303 EMERSON, RALPH WALDO. Baker, EDWARD DICKINSON.

Self-Reliance .

607 Worse than Civil War .

516 EVERETT, EDWARD, Hon. LL.D.
Last Hours of Webster

153 Morning...

355 CHAPIN, Rev. Dr. EDWIN HUBBELL.

The Indian to the Settler . 463
The Ballot-Box .

617
The Pilgrim Fathers. .

524 Choate, Rufus.

The Clock-work of the Skies . . 630
The Birth-day of Washington 444
CLEMENS, SAMUEL L., (Mark Twain).

FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN.
Uncle Dan'l's Apparition and

Arrival in Philadelphia. . . . 657
Prayer ..

121

FROUDE, JAMES ANTHONY.
European Guides

211

The Coronation of Anne Boleyn 194 Jim Smiley's Frog

510 Buck Fanshaw's Funeral

671

GARFIELD, JAMES A., President. COZZENS, FREDERICK S.

Golden Gems (Selected from OraThe Dumb-Waiter .

279

tions and Writings) . . . . 640 CROLY, GEORGE.

GREENWOOD, FRANCIS W. P.
Constantius and the Lion

239

Poetry and Mystery of the Sea . 175 CUMMING, Rev. John, D. D.

Gough, John B.
Voices of the Dead

298
Buying Gape-seed

57 CURTIS, GEORGE WILLIAM.

What is a Minority. .

270 Ideas the Life of a People . . . 440

A Glass of Cold Water.

332

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DIOKENS, CHARLES.

HALIBURTON, Thomas C.
Mr. Pickwick in a Dilemma . . 71

Soft Sawder and Human Natur. 646
Death of Little Joe.

134 | HERVEY, JAMES. The Drunkard's Death

189

Meditation at an Infant's Tomb 321 Death of Little Nell.

256 HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL.
Pip's Fight..

287
Sights from a Steeple

470 Recollections of

my
Christmas HOLLAND, Josiah GILBERT.
307
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp.

201
A Child's Dream of a Star . 345 HOLMES, OLIVER WENDELL.
The Pauper's Funeral .

365

The Front and Side Doors . 43 Mr. Pickwick in the Wrong Room 375

Sea-shore and Mountains.

415
Nicholas Nickleby leaves Dothe- Howitt, Mrs. MARY.
boys' Hall.

399
Mountains.

427 Sam Weller's Valentine. . 532 Hugo, VICTOR. DISRAELI, BENJAMIN.

Caught in the Quicksand. 223
The Hebrew Race . .

67
The Gamin..

275
Jerusalem by Moonlight .
568 Rome and Carthage.

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IRVING, EDWARD.

PHILLIPS, WENDELL.
David, King of Israel .

486
Political Agitation

506 IRVING, WASHINGTON.

PoE, EDGAR A.
Baltus Van Tassel's Farm . 49

The Domain of Arnheim .... 433
Sorrow for the Dead.

88 POOLE, JOHN
Rural Life in England.

284
Old Coaching Days

579 A Time of Unexampled Prosperity 448

PORTER, Noah.
The Organ of Westminster Abbey 474

Advice to Young Men.

598 Sights on the Sea .

574

PRIME, WILLIAM C.
The Tombs of Westminster 621

Morality of Angling

39 JEFFERSON, THOMAS.

Habits of Trout

643 The Character of Washington · 559 PRENTISS, S. S. JERROLD, DOUGLAS.

New England.

105 Winter

55

PURCHAS, SAMUEL
Mrs. Caudle needs Spring Clothing 478 Praise of the Sea .

75 Mrs. Caudle on Shirt Buttons . . 499 JONES, J. WILLIAM.

RICHTER, JEAN PAUL.
The Responsive Chord .

614
The Two Roads .

109 KANE, ELISHA KENT.

RIDDLE, MRS. J. H.
Formation of Icebergs

627
The Ghosts of Long Ago.

99 Arctic Life..

652 RUSSELL, WILLIAM H. KELLY, REV. WILLIAM V.

The Light Brigade at Balaklava 58
Sunrise at Sea.

337 RUSKIN, JOHN.
Improving on Nature.

503 LAMARTINE.

Book Buyers .

660 Execution of Madame Roland .. 686 LANDOR, WALTER SAVAGE.

SELECTED.
The Genius of Milton

487
Gathered Gold Dust.

48 LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.

Diamond Dust

521 Dedication at Gettysburg .

141

SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHE.
Retribution

162
The Divinity of Poetry

394 MACAULAY, THOMAS BABINGTON.

SHILLABER, B. P., (Mrs. Partington.)
The Puritans.

182
Mouse Hunting

217 Milton.

232 SPEAGUE, WILLIAM B. Images

264

Voltaire and Wilberforce .. 661 Tacitus

390

STANLEY, ARTHUR PENRHYN. MASSILLON, JEAN BAPTISTE.

Children of the Desert.

385 Immortality

207

STOWE, Mrs. HARRIET BEECHER. MacLean, Mrs. LETITIA E.

Zeph Higgins' Confession 248
The Ruined Cottage .

96
The Little Evangelist .

359 Milton, John.

SUMNER, CHARLES.
The Freedom of the Press

172
Progress of Humanity .

453 Truth ..

198

Scott, Sir WALTER. MOSELEY, LITCHFIELD

Rebecca Describes the Siege 539 The Charity Dinner .

326 Making Love in a Balloon . 590

TALMAGE, Rev. T. DE WITT, D. D. PABK, Mungo.

Dress Reform.

550 African Hospitality.

66
Mother's Vacant Chair

555 PARKER, THEODORE.

Grandmother's Spectacles. 675
The Beauty of Youth .

697
Shooting Porpoises .

704

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