Excerpt from The House of a Thousand Cobwebs and Nine Other Fables And so I have chosen the language of the people to get over some observations on the foibles and frailties of humankind; and, more especially, some sidelights on those who play more or less important r61es in the Romance of Business. We are apt to underrate the moral quality of a man's regular vocation, his daily task, his business; to look somewhere apart from this for his opportunity to achieve character and do good. But, to those who have the eye to see and the ear to hear, there is much that is fine, much that is characterful, and much that is serio-comic in the daily routine of the workaday world. To tap the rich vein of mirth that runs through the lighter side of America 's business life; to bring out the high-lights and the bright spots that lurk in human nature - this has been my object in writing these Fables that teach without preaching and that serve a moral purpose even as they entertain. 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.