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PUBLISHER'S PREFACE.

In issuing this collection from our press we do it in the profound conviction that the Christian community and the great American Public in general will appreciate these soul-stirring discourses on the temptations and vices of city life, by Dr. Talmage as seen by him in his midnight explorations in the haunts of vice of New York City, with his exposure of the traps and pitfalls that tempt our youth from the path of rectitude. They are written in his strongest descriptive powers, sparkling with graceful images and illustrative anecdotes; terrible in their earnestness; uncompromising in denunciation of sin and wickedness among the high or low, sparing neither rich nor poor; and are Dr. Talmage's best efforts in his earnest, aggressive warfare against the foes of society, every page burning with eloquent entreaty for a better, purer life, and are of intense, soul-absorbing interest to all who look for the advancement and higher development of the human race. This work is the Only Revised And Authorized publication of Dr. Talmage's sermons.

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CHAPTER!*

▲ FBBflONAL EXPLORATION IN HAUNTS OF TTOB.

Ezekiel Commanded to Explore Sin in His Day—Divine Commis-

sion to Explore the Iniquities of Our Cities—" Wild Oats"—Criti-

cism of Papers—Three Million Souls for an Audience—Houses of

Dissipation—Moral Corpses—Cheapness of Furnishing—Music and

Pictures—The Inhabitants Repulsive—Surrounded by Music—

Young Men From the Country—Triumph of Sin—Blood of a

Mother's Heart—Cannot Hide Bad Habits—Fratricide and Matri-

cide—The Way of the Transgressor is Hard—Destroyed without

Remedy 89

CHAPTER II.

LKPKKS OP HIGH LIFE.

a Policeman, What of the Night ?"—Desperadoes In Jerusalem—

King Solomon's Household—Night of Three Watches—Two Elders

of the Church—Muscular Christianity—Pulpit Physical Giants—

Spiritual Athletes—Thomas Chalmers—Deepest Moral Slush of

his Time—Hue and Cry Raised—" Ye Hypocrites"—Men of Wealth

Support Haunts of Sin—Gospel for the Lepers of Society—A *Mo-

loch Temple—Heads of Families-^Public Officers—Obstacles in the

Way—Dens of Darkness—The Men who hare Forsaken their

Homes, — ..48

CHAPTER III.

THB GATES OF HKLL.

Gambling Houses— Costly Magnificence Untrue—Merciless Place
—Twelve Gates—Impure Literature—Novelette Literature—Wide
Gate—The Dissolute Dance—First Step to Eternal Ruin—Indiscreet
Apparel—Fashion Plates of the Time of Louis X VI.—Henry VIIL—
Modest Apparel—Fashion Plate of Tyre—Alcoholic Beverage—
License Question—Gates Swing In—Is there Escape t—Practical Use
of these Sermons—Holy Imbecility—Christmas Night at the Fftrifc
House—Poor Wanderer—"Oh! Mother.n •*. . M

CHAPTER IT.

WHO* I SAW AND WHOM I MISSED.

Genesis xir: 10—American Cities—Devil Advertising Free Gratis

—Purlieus of Death—Hard Working Classes Missed—Grand Trunk

Railroad—Fortunate Young Men—Vortex of Death—Midnight on

Earth—Sense of Piety—"Kept" Maelstrom of Iniquity—Aching

Hearts—Fragments of Broken Homes—Miserable Copy of European

Dissipations—Toadyism—Revolution Needed — Public Opinion-

Police Complicity—Edward Livingstone—The Printing Press-

John Bunyan, Richard Baxter, Five Oceans of Mercy—"Home,

Sweet Home.** 71

CHAPTER V.

UNDEB THE POLICE LANTEHN.

A Mighty City—Midnoon—Midnight—Clerical Reformers—The L"

Brave Charge—Mortal Fear—Tenement Houses—Ring the Bell-

Flash the Lantern—Night's Lodging—Silken Purse—Hear! Hear!?

—The Homeless—The Bootblack—The Newsboy — "You Miserable

Rat"—New Recruits—New Regiments—The Shipwrecked—The

Two Magic Lanterns—The Home—A Change of Scene—Another!

Still Another! I—Flowers—Greenwood—Poverty—Coroner—Potters*

Field—€lose the Two Lanterns. 88

CHAPTER VI.

SATANIC AGITATION.

Enemy of all Good—"Give me 500,000 Souls"—But a Short Time

~ Elevated Railroads—Crowded to Death—Underground Railroads-

Castle Garden—Jenny Lind—Trinity—New York Dailies— Mighti-

ness of the Press—" Nations Born in a Day"—Exhaustion of Health

—Newsboys Lodging House—Boys—Extra Romp and Hilarity-

Over the Doorway—Savings Banks—Western Fever Among Them—

Howard Mission—Good and Bad Amusements—Temptation—"Come

with Me"—Stinging Remorse—To Hesitate is to Die- 86

CHAPTER VII.

AMONG THIEVES AND AS8ASSTN1.

The Attack—Night of Theft and Assassination—"Wko is my

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