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The Golden Censer Or, the duties of to-day, the hopes of the future   By: (1850-1917)

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[Illustration: TIME.

"The mill will never grind with the water that has past."]

THE GOLDEN CENSER OR THE DUTIES OF TO DAY and THE HOPES OF THE FUTURE.

BY

JOHN McGOVERN, (OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.)

AUTHOR OF "HISTORY OF COMMUNISM," "WORLDS WITHOUT END," "CROWN JEWELS," "A PASTORAL POEM," ETC

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UNION PUBLISHING HOUSE.

CHICAGO, ILL. COLUMBUS, OHIO. KANSAS CITY, MO. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. LEXINGTON, KY. BUFFALO, N.Y.

1884.

[Illustration]

COPYRIGHTED BY M.B. DOWNER & F.C. SMEDLEY, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 1881 1882.

PREFACE.

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 inherited 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 approved by the general reader.

Wherever a writer versed in the deep mysteries 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.

CONTENTS.

Preface.

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.

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 Celebrated Piece of Verse. Page 21.

The Flights of Time.

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 Interest "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.

Home.

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... Continue reading book >>




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