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Hot corn: Life Scenes in New York Illustrated   By: (1803-1880)

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[Illustration: HOT CORN, LIFE SCENES IN NEW YORK ILLUSTRATED.]

HOT CORN:

LIFE SCENES IN NEW YORK ILLUSTRATED.

INCLUDING

THE STORY OF LITTLE KATY,

MADALINA, THE RAG PICKER'S DAUGHTER,

WILD MAGGIE, &c.

WITH ORIGINAL DESIGNS, ENGRAVED BY N. ORR.

BY SOLON ROBINSON.

"Bid that welcome Which comes to punish us."

"A beggar's book outworth's a noble's blood."

"Of every inordinate cup beware, Or drink, and with it misery share."

NEW YORK: DE WITT AND DAVENPORT, PUBLISHERS, 160 & 162 NASSAU STREET. 1854.

ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by DE WITT & DAVENPORT, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York

W. H. TINSON, Stereotyper, &c., 22 Spruce Street, New York.

R. CRAIGHEAD, PRINTER, 53 Vesey St, N. Y.

TO

HORACE GREELEY,

AND HIS CO LABORERS,

EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TRIBUNE;

The Friends of the Working Man; The Advocates of Lifting up poor trodden down Humanity; The Ardent Supporters of, and Earnest Advocates for the Maine Law; The Wishers for Better Rewards for Woman's Labor, And All Honest Industry,

This Volume is

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED, BY YOUR FRIEND AND FELLOW WORKER,

THE AUTHOR.

INTRODUCTION.

The growing taste for works of this kind works intended to promote temperance and virtue, to lift up the lowly, to expose to open day the hidden effects produced by Rum, to give narratives of misery suffered by the poor in this city has induced the Publishers to offer liberal inducements to the author to use his powerful pen, and words of fire, to depict his "Life Scenes," and embody them in a volume, which, we are satisfied, will prove one of the most acceptable to the moral portion of the community, ever published. It is a work of high tone, that must do good. The peculiar style of the author is as original as the tales of truth which he narrates. It is unlike that of any other author, and every page is full of fresh interest and thrilling narrative.

As a temperance tale, it has no equal. As such, we hope it may prove but the commencement of a series. As an exposé of life among the poor in this city, it will be read with deep and abiding interest, in all parts of this country. It is a work for the fireside of every family; a book that commends itself to the heart.

No one who has read the "HOT CORN STORIES," as they appeared in the Tribune , but will rejoice to have the opportunity to possess them, and many more like them, all complete and connected, in one handsome volume, such as we now offer.

To a moral and religious public; to all who would promote temperance; to all who would rather see virtue than vice abound; to all who have a heart to feel for other's woes; to all who would have their hearts touched with sympathy for the afflictions of their fellow creatures, "Life Scenes," as depicted in this volume, are respectfully commended, by

THE PUBLISHERS.

AUTHOR'S PREFACE.

"Oh, pshaw," says pretty Miss Impulsive, "I hate prefaces." So do I. Nobody reads them; that is, nobody but a few old fellows with spectacles. I would not write one, only that some folks think a book looks not well without. Well, then, I have written a great deal in my life travels, tales, songs, temperance stories, some politics, a good deal upon agriculture, much truth, and some fiction, always in the newspapers, never before in a book. I know that many, very many, have read what I have written with pleasure, or else "this world is awfully given to lying," for they have said so. Will they read my book ? That we shall see. If they do, they must not criticise too closely. Remember that some of the most thrilling sketches were written amid the daily scenes and avocations of a city editor's office, for the paper in which they first appeared, without any thought or design on the part of the author of making a book; that was the thought of the publishers... Continue reading book >>




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