Excerpt from Good Things for Railway Readers: One Thousand Anecdotes of Convivialists, Wits and Humourists; Oddities and Eccentricities; Strange Occurrences; Lawyers and Doctors; Painters and Players; Politicians and Soldiers; And Men of Letters
This has been observed as the rule in the selection and composition of the present Anecdote Library, which, it may be as well here to state, is not borrowed bodily from other Collections of Anecdotes 3 but the incidents or narratives are condensed and in part re-written, mostly from biographical works and historic memoirs, special regard being had to their personal interest.
Instead, however, of following the well-beaten track in which Anecdotes have been sought time out of mind, the Compiler and Author of the present Collection has betaken himself to fresh fields and pastures new 3 and has availed himself occasionally of the current journals of the day, so as to give the work more of the interest of the Present than anecdote-books ordinarily possess.
Original sources have been turned to account 3 and many of these good things have never before appeared in print Whilst original comments are added to the narratives of others.
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