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Twenty Years of Hus'ling   By: (1852-)

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Twenty Years of Hus'ling

BY

J. P. JOHNSTON,

AUTHOR OF "THE AUCTIONEER'S GUIDE."

PORTRAYING THE PECULIAR INCIDENTS, COMIC SITUATIONS, FAILURES AND SUCCESSES OF A MAN WHO TRIES ALMOST EVERY KIND OF BUSINESS AND FINALLY WINS.

FORTY EIGHT ILLUSTRATIONS

BY

DENSLOW

THOMPSON & THOMAS CHICAGO 1902

COPYRIGHT, 1887, BY J. P. JOHNSTON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

COPYRIGHT, 1900, BY THOMPSON & THOMAS.

TO THE "HUS'LERS" OF AMERICA, OR THOSE WHO ARE DETERMINED IN THEIR EFFORTS TO STRIKE FOR INDEPENDENCE AND SECURE SUCCESS BY ENERGY, PERSISTENCY, AND HONESTY OF PURPOSE, I RESPECTFULLY DEDICATE THIS VOLUME.

MY APOLOGY.

After finishing all that I had intended for publication in my book entitled "THE AUCTIONEER'S GUIDE," I was advised by a few of my most intimate friends to add a sketch of my own life to illustrate what had been set forth in its pages.

This for the sole purpose of stimulating those who may have been for years "pulling hard against the stream," unable, perhaps, to ascertain where they properly belong, and possibly on the verge of giving up all hope, because of failure, after making repeated honest efforts to succeed.

The sketch when prepared proved of such magnitude that it was deemed advisable to make it a separate volume. Hence, the "TWENTY YEARS OF HUS'LING."

J. P. JOHNSTON.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Date and place of birth My Mother's second marriage A kind step father Raising a flock of sheep from a pet lamb An established reputation Anxious to speculate Frequent combats at home How I conquered a foe What a phrenologist said A reconciliation Breaking steers Mysterious disappearance of a new fence My confession My trip to New York The transformation scene My return home with my fiddle.

CHAPTER II.

My mother wishes me to learn a trade My burning desire to be a live stock dealer Employed by a deaf drover to do his hearing How I amused myself at his expense and misfortune.

CHAPTER III.

Selling and trading off my flock of sheep Co partnership formed with a neighbor boy Our dissolution My continuance in business Collapse of a chicken deal Destruction of a wagon load of eggs Arrested and fined my last dollar Arrived home "broke."

CHAPTER IV.

Borrowing money from Mr. Keefer Buying and selling sheep pelts How I succeeded A co partnership in the restaurant business Buying out my partner Collapsed More help from Mr. Keefer Horses and Patent rights.

CHAPTER V.

Swindled out of a horse and watch More help from Mr. Keefer How I got even in the watch trade My patent right trip to Michigan and Indiana Its results How a would be sharper got come up with.

CHAPTER VI.

My new acquaintance and our co partnership Three weeks' experience manufacturing soap The collapse How it happened Broke again More help from Mr. Keefer A trip to Indiana Selling prize soap with a circus Arrested and fined for conducting a gift enterprise Broke again.

CHAPTER VII.

Eleven days on a farm How I fooled the farmer Arrived at Chicago Running a fruit stand Collapsed My return home Broke again A lucky trade.

CHAPTER VIII.

Three dollars well invested Learning telegraphy Getting in debt A full fledged operator My first telegraph office Buying and selling ducks and frogs while employed as operator My resignation Co partnership in the jewelry and spectacle business How we succeeded Our dissolution.

CHAPTER IX.

Continuing the jewelry and spectacle business alone Trading a watch chain for a horse Peddling on horseback Trading jewelry for a harness and buggy Selling at wholesale Retiring from the jewelry business.

CHAPTER X.

Great success as an insurance agent Sold out Arrived at Chicago Selling government goods Acquiring dissipated habits Engaged to be married Broke among strangers How I made a raise My arrival home... Continue reading book >>




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