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Desk and Debit or, The Catastrophes of a Clerk   By: (1822-1897)

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THE UPWARD AND ONWARD SERIES.

DESK AND DEBIT; OR, THE CATASTROPHES OF A CLERK.

By

OLIVER OPTIC,

AUTHOR OF "YOUNG AMERICA ABROAD," "THE ARMY AND NAVY STORIES," "THE WOODVILLE STORIES," "THE BOAT CLUB STORIES," "THE STARRY FLAG SERIES," "THE LAKE SHORE SERIES," ETC.

WITH FOURTEEN ILLUSTRATIONS.

BOSTON: LEE AND SHEPARD, PUBLISHERS. NEW YORK: LEE, SHEPARD AND DILLINGHAM. 1871.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, By WILLIAM T. ADAMS, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

ELECTROTYPED AT THE BOSTON STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY, 10 Spring Lane.

TO THE MEMORY OF

MY GOOD NATURED AND VERSATILE YOUNG FRIEND

EDWIN A. FARWELL ,

WHO, SINCE THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN, HAS PASSED AWAY FROM THE SCENES OF EARTH, LOVED AND RESPECTED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM,

THIS BOOK

IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.

THE UPWARD AND ONWARD SERIES.

1. Field and Forest ; OR, THE FORTUNES OF A FARMER.

2. Plane and Plank ; OR, THE MISHAPS OF A MECHANIC.

3. Desk and Debit ; OR, THE CATASTROPHES OF A CLERK.

IN PREPARATION :

4. Cringle and Cross Tree ; OR, THE SEA SWASHES OF A SAILOR.

5. Bivouac and Battle ; OR, THE STRUGGLES OF A SOLDIER.

6. Sea and Shore ; OR, THE TRAMPS OF A TRAVELLER.

PREFACE.

"DESK AND DEBIT" is the third of "THE UPWARD AND ONWARD SERIES," in which Phil Farringford appears as a clerk. The principal events of the story are located in Chicago and on Lake Michigan the latter, perhaps, because the author finds it quite impossible to write a story without a boat, which also involves the necessity of a broad sheet of water, or a long river. In this, as in its predecessors, evil minded characters are introduced, to show the contrast between vice and virtue; but the hero, in whom the sympathies of the reader are supposed to be centred, is still faithful to his Christian duties, still reads his Bible, and "prays without ceasing."

Young and old are injured only by the precept and example of those whom they love, respect, or admire; and the writer has no fear that his readers will love, respect, or admire Charles Whippleton or Ben Waterford, or that they will fail to condemn their errors and their vices. The author hopes and expects that his young friends, while they follow Phil in his exciting experience in the counting room, and in the "Marian" on Lake Michigan, will love and respect his virtues as well as his courage and resolution.

HARRISON SQUARE, BOSTON,

June 7, 1870.

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CHAPTER I. IN WHICH PHIL HAS A TALK WITH HIS FATHER, AND REVIEWS HIS PAST HISTORY. 11

CHAPTER II. IN WHICH PHIL STARTS FOR CHICAGO, AND HEARS A FAMILIAR NAME. 22

CHAPTER III. IN WHICH PHIL MAKES THE ACQUAINTANCE OF MRS. WHIPPLETON. 33

CHAPTER IV. IN WHICH PHIL IS CHIVALROUS, BUT HAS HIS EYES OPENED. 44

CHAPTER V. IN WHICH PHIL TAKES A ROOM AT MRS. WHIPPLETON'S BOARDING HOUSE. 56

CHAPTER VI. IN WHICH PHIL IS ENGAGED AS ENTRY CLERK FOR COLLINGSBY AND WHIPPLETON. 67

CHAPTER VII. IN WHICH PHIL TAKES HIS PLACE AT THE DESK, AND IS ENGAGED FOR A YEAR. 79

CHAPTER VIII. IN WHICH PHIL TAKES A SAIL ON THE LAKE WITH MR. WHIPPLETON. 90

CHAPTER IX. IN WHICH PHIL ATTEMPTS TO MAKE OUT A TRIAL BALANCE. 102

CHAPTER X. IN WHICH PHIL IS PERPLEXED ABOUT CERTAIN INVOICES. 113

CHAPTER XI. IN WHICH PHIL TAKES CHARGE OF MRS. WHIPPLETON'S EARTHLY TREASURE... Continue reading book >>




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