JAMES FRENCH AND COMPANY.
NEW YORK: J.C. DERBY.
PHILADELPHIA: T.B. PETERSON.
Now that the most serious
effects of this (for six years) alarming epidemic have
passed away from among us, and when "the people" who
have been called upon to pay the cost of its support,
and for the burial of its victims, can look back upon
the scenes that have in that period transpired with a
disposition cooled by experience, I have thought that a
volume like this might prove acceptable to the hundreds
and thousands of those who once "took an interest in the
hen trade,"—who may have been mortally wounded,
or haply who have escaped with only a broken wing; and
who will not object to learn how the thing has been
done, and "who threw the bricks"!
readers shall be edified and amused with the perusal of
this work as much as I have been in recalling these past
scenes while writing it, I am content that I have not
thrown the powder away. I have written it in perfect
good-nature, with the design to gratify its readers, and
to offend no man living.......................