Excerpt from The Forerunner Within the plate-glass front of his office, which bore in new gilt letters his name and the prevalent words Real Estate, Daniel Devin stood, looking out into the busy street and bestowing some final counsels upon his auctioneer. He had to use the strength of his deep voice, for opposite the window, in a band-wagon drawn up at the curb, a brass band was blaring out in trumpet tes the sentimental strains of Little Annie Rooney, with a tremendous crash of cymbals in the chorus. The driver of the band-wagon, however, was ready for the start. He had gathered up the reins over the four horses and was looking into the window for his signal. Daniel Devin glanced over the vehicle and the line of omnibuses behind it, all gay with flags, bunting, and signs. A fair number of people had seized the chance offered by the signs, of a free ride and a free lunch, and were already seated in the omnibuses. The procession in its course through the main streets of the city would doubtless gather in a good many more. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.