Number One; Or, the Way of the World, by Frank Foster

 
9780217025812: Number One; Or, the Way of the World, by Frank Foster
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862. Excerpt: ... and start their machine from the top instead of the bottom of the hill, the concern soon reaches its final resting-place. Reckless, Venture and Bounce were only eighteen months in driving their great establishment from the top of Prospect Hill down the entire decline of their commercial existence, which terminated in a well-known Court in Basinghall Street. Beyond the outside of this Court their old and faithful servant, the present recorder, has no desire to follow them. The foregoing is a true account of the life and death of the great commercial house of Reckless, Venture, and Bounce. As a short distance only divides commercial from family mistakes, I may briefly refer to the affair in which I was concerned--not legally--in the case of GENTILITY AND POOR FARE, VCrSUS INDEPENDENCE AND PLENTY. Before I close the present chapter, let me turn for a few moments from a commercial to a social picture--from a hastily drawn sketch on the busy mart of commerce to the rough but not less truthful outline of a scene in the domestic drama of life. The incident I am now about to relate originated through my connexion with the house, the life and death of which have just been recorded. It is not, however, on this account the subject is deemed worthy of note, but because the story itself is illustrative not only of what has long been, and still continues to be, a social evil,--or at least a family error--but that it at the same time suggests a remedy for the thing complained of. During my connexion with the eminent house of Fountain, Pillar and Branch, I was lodged and boarded in the establishment. But my engagement with the opposition house, and consequent elevation in pay and position (?), made it incumbent on me to provide apartments and partial board on my own acco...

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