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AMERICAN HUMOUR

In Prose and Verse

Selected by
JOHN HAMER

Cassell and Company, Limited
London, Paris, New York and
Melbourne. MCMIII

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May 5, 1934)
Thomas dixon Carver

BRARY

CASSELL'S STANDARD LIBRARY.

The Woman in White By WILKIE COLLINS.
Barnaby Rudge . - . By CHARLES DICKENS.
Charles O'Malley . . By CHARLES LEVER.
The Last of the Barons · By LORD LYTTON.
Tales of the Borders - By J. M. WILSON.
The Sketch Book · · By WASHINGTON IRVING.
Adam Bede- . - · By George ELIOT.
Westward Ho! . . . By CHARLES KINGSLEY.
The Old Curiosity Shop · By CHARLES DICKENS.
Ivanhoe . . . . By Sir Walter Scott.
The Last Days of Pompeii By LORD LYTTON.
Pride and Prejudice • By JANE AUSTEN.
The Mill on the Floss · By George Elior.
The Last of the Mohicans By FENOMORE COOPER.
American Humour. • Selected.
Jane Eyre · · · · By CHARLOTTE BRONTË.
Handy Andy . . . By SAMUEL LOVER.
Uncle Tom's Cabin · · By Harriet BEECHER STOWR.
The Prince of the House of David

By the Rev. J. H. INGRAHAM.
The Ingoldsby Legends · By the Rev. Richard H.

BARHAM.
Rienzi . . . . . By Lord LYTTON.
The Scarlet Letter . . By NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE.
Oliver Twist . . . By CHARLES DICKENS.
The Heart of Midlothian By Sir WALTER SCOTT.

Cassell & Company, Limited, London; Paris, New

York & Melbourne.

PREFACE.

IN making a selection from the humorous writers of America, I have been guided mainly by my own likes and dislikes. Hence this poume lays no claim to being either exhaustive or representative. I believe, however, that some of the very choicest bits of Yankee humour will be found in these pages, though I have been compelled to omit much that I should have been glad to include.

To all who love to “laugh and grow fat,“ to the happy thousands to whom it is given as a priceless boon to be able to see the ridiculous aspect of ailars, I present this book with the greatest confidence that it will be heartily welcomed and enjoyed.

For those to whom exaggeration and the grotesque have no charm, I have only one word of advice : Don't attempt to understand these pages. You won't succeed, and you will only end by being disappointed with the work, and angry with me for compiling it.

It is not necessary for me to say anything as to the strong method many of my authors have of calling a spade

everer

a spade. I have not laid an impious hand upon what some might call their impiety-I have not done so because I firmly believe their apparent lack of reverence is only a natter of form-in spirit these men are more earnest and nearer the deepest truths of life than are many people of “nice sentiments but nasty thoughts."

I have to acknowledge with thanks the courtesy of Messrs. Chatto and Windus, by whose permission I have been able to use extracts from Mark Twain's “A Tramp Abroad” and “The Stolen White Elephant.”

JOHN HAMER.

SAVAGE CLUE, LONDOX.

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