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YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT.

[Francis, Samuel Ward, 1835-11

DONATED BY THE

MERCANTILE LIBRARY ASSOCIAT

NEW YORK CITY

NEW YORK:

Carleton, Publisher, Madison Square.

LONDON: S. LOW & CO.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871,

By GEORGE W. CARLETON,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.

CORRECTION.--For 50,000 Erie (page 3), read 5,000 Erie.

For 50,000 of different parties, read 5,000 of different parties.

LIFE AND DEATH.

CHAPTER I.

Ir was four o'clock in the afternoon, and Eugene Tipsell had not yet gone to lunch. Something was on his mind, and he couldn't get rid of it. He tried to write, but it was no go. Then he took up a paper and endeavored to read it out of his head, but the news seemed stale, and he flung it aside. Next he lit a cigar, and walked up and down his room in a stealthlike manner, while his clerk busied himself copying some letters; for you must know Eugene was a broker, and assumed a business if he had it not.

Though a first-class scoundrel, he was received everywhere, for he had not yet been found out. Besides, he came of a good family, and the mere momentum of respectability often carries itself through two or three generations of unworthies. He was not tall, but well-made

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