Famous Americans of Recent Times eBook

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by agents and other means.  Among others, I called upon you, then a bookseller in Chatham Street.  After some conversation on the subject of my errand, a contract was soon entered into between us,—­you to sell and I to furnish the said pills; but,’ continued he, ’these pills will be of no use to me or any one else unless they can be made known to the public, or rather the great herd of the people; and that can only be done by advertising through some paper which goes into the hands of the many.  Can you point out to me any such paper, published in the city?’ After a short pause I in substance said that there had lately started a small penny paper, which had been making a great noise during its existence; and I had reason to believe it had obtained a very considerable circulation among that class of people which he desired to reach by advertising, and so concluded that it would be the best paper in the city for his purpose, provided he could make terms with the owner, who, I had no doubt, would be well disposed, as in all probability he stood in need of patronage of this kind.  ‘I immediately,’ continued the doctor, ’adopted your advice, went directly to Mr. Bennett, made terms with him for advertising, and for a long time paid him a very considerable sum weekly for the use of his columns, which tended greatly to add to both his and my own treasury.  The editor of the Herald afterwards acknowledged to me that but for his advertising patronage he would have been compelled to collapse.  Hence,’ said he, ’had I never called on you, in all probability I should not have had my attention turned to the New York Herald; and, as a consequence, that sheet would never have had my advertising; and that paper would have been a thing of the past, and perhaps entirely forgotten.’”]


The copy before us, of Mr. Goodyear’s work upon “Gum-Elastic and its Varieties,” presents at least something unique in the art of book-making.  It is self-illustrating; inasmuch as, treating of India-rubber, it is made of India-rubber.  An unobservant reader, however, would scarcely suspect the fact before reading the Preface, for the India-rubber covers resemble highly polished ebony, and the leaves have the appearance of ancient paper worn soft, thin, and dingy by numberless perusals.  The volume contains six hundred and twenty pages; but it is not as thick as copies of the same work printed on paper, though it is a little heavier.  It is evident that the substance of which this book is composed cannot be India-rubber in its natural state.  Those leaves, thinner than paper, can be stretched only by a strong pull, and resume their shape perfectly when they are let go.  There is no smell of India-rubber about them.  We first saw this book in a cold room in January, but the leaves were then as flexible as old paper; and when, since, we have handled it in warm weather, they had grown no softer.

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