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Around The Tea-Table   By: (1832-1902)

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AROUND THE TEA TABLE.

BY T. DE WITT TALMAGE,

Author of "Crumbs Swept Up," "Abominations of Modern Society," "Old Wells Dug Out," Etc.

PUBLISHED BY THE CHRISTIAN HERALD, LOUIS KLOPSCH, Proprietor, BIBLE HOUSE, NEW YORK.

BY LOUIS KLOPSCH.

PREFACE.

At breakfast we have no time to spare, for the duties of the day are clamoring for attention; at the noon day dining hour some of the family are absent; but at six o'clock in the evening we all come to the tea table for chit chat and the recital of adventures. We take our friends in with us the more friends, the merrier. You may imagine that the following chapters are things said or conversations indulged in, or papers read, or paragraphs, made up from that interview. We now open the doors very wide and invite all to come in and be seated around the tea table.

T. DEW. T.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. I. The table cloth is spread II. Mr. Givemfits and Dr. Butterfield III. A growler soothed IV. Carlo and the freezer V. Old games repeated VI. The full blooded cow VII. The dregs in Leatherback's tea cup VIII. The hot axle IX. Beefsteak for ministers X. Autobiography of an old pair of scissors XI. A lie, zoologically considered XII. A breath of English air XIII. The midnight lecture XIV. The sexton XV. The old cradle XVI. The horse's letter XVII. Kings of the kennel XVIII. The massacre of church music XIX. The battle of pew and pulpit XX. The devil's grist mill XXI. The conductor's dream XXII. Push & Pull XXIII. Bostonians XXIV. Jonah vs. the whale XXV. Something under the sofa XXVI. The way to keep fresh XXVII. Christmas bells XXVIII. Poor preaching XXIX. Shelves a man's index XXX. Behavior at church XXXI. Masculine and feminine XXXII. Literary felony XXXIII. Literary abstinence XXXIV. Short or long pastorates XXXV. An editor's chip basket XXXVI. The manhood of service XXXVII. Balky people XXXVIII. Anonymous letters XXXIX. Brawn or brain XL. Warm weather religion XLI. Hiding eggs for Easter XLII. Sink or swim XLIII. Shells from the beach XLIV. Catching the bay mare XLV. Our first and last cigar XLVI. Move, moving, moved XLVII. The advantage of small libraries XLVIII. Reformation in letter writing XLIX. Royal marriages L. Three visits LI. Manahachtanienks LII. A dip in the sea LIII. Hard shell considerations LIV. Wiseman, Heavyasbricks and Quizzle LV. A layer of waffles LVI. Friday evening

SABBATH EVENINGS.

LVII. The Sabbath evening tea table LVIII. The warm heart of Christ LIX. Sacrifice everything LX. The youngsters have left LXI. Family prayers LXII. A call to sailors LXIII. Jehoshaphat's shipping LXIV. All about mercy LXV. Under the camel's saddle LXVI. Half and half churches LXVII. Thorns LXVIII. Who touched me?

AROUND THE TEA TABLE.

CHAPTER I.

THE TABLE CLOTH IS SPREAD.

Our theory has always been, "Eat lightly in the evening." While, therefore, morning and noon there is bountifulness, we do not have much on our tea table but dishes and talk. The most of the world's work ought to be finished by six o'clock p.m. The children are home from school. The wife is done mending or shopping. The merchant has got through with dry goods or hardware. Let the ring of the tea bell be sharp and musical. Walk into the room fragrant with Oolong or Young Hyson. Seat yourself at the tea table wide enough apart to have room to take out your pocket handkerchief if you want to cry at any pitiful story of the day, or to spread yourself in laughter if some one propound an irresistible conundrum.

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