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The Art of Writing Well.

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The Ledger.....

66

Peamanship.

17 The Stock Account..

67

Practice...

18 The Merchandise Account.

Writing Materials.

18 | The Cash Account......

Position of the Writer..

20 The Expense Account..

67

How to Spell Correctly..

22 The Bank Account..

67

How to Use Capital Letters..

24 The Interest Account...

68

How to Punctuate Correctly..

24 Bills Receivable Account....

68

Rules of Punctuation....

25 Bills Payable Account...

68

Underscoring.....

29 Specimen Pages of Ledger

68

General Principles of Grammar.. 30 Opening a Set of Books..

71

Construction of Sentences

33 Posting the Books..

71

Style .....

34 The Trial Balance..

72

The English Language..

36 Closing the Books..

73

Common Errors in Writing and Speaking. 38 | The Balance Sheet...

74

List of Synonymes....

47 Specimen Balance Sheet.

75

Monthly Statements...

75

The Theory and Practice of Book-

Bills Payable and Bills Receivable........ 76

Keeping.

Specimen Pages of Merchants’ Bill Book. 77

Table Showing How Many Days a Note

Necessity and Advantages of a Knowledge

Has to Run

78

of Book-keeping ...

53

The Proper System to be adopted.. 54

The System of Single Entry.....

54

The Balance Sheet by Single Entry.. 55

Business Forms.

Specimen of a Balance Sheet by Single

Entry.....

55

The System of Double Entry.

56 | Mercantile Terms.....

79

The Golden Rule of Double Entry 56 Promissory Notes. Various Forms.

83

The Cash Book.....

56 | Business Laws in Daily Use....

Specimen Sheets of a Cash Book......60, 61 Matters Relating to Interest .

The Petty Cash Book....

62 | Interest Table. Six Per Cent...

90

The Day Book....

62 Interest Table. Seven Per Cent.

92

Posting the Day Book....

63 | Interest Table. Eight Per Cent.. 92

The Merchandise Account..

64 Interest Table. Ten Per Cent.... 93

Specimen Sheet of Day Book..

65 Interest Laws of all the States and Terri-

Specimen Page of Merchandise Account tories in the United States...

94

in the Day Book.....

66 Statutes of Limitations...

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Legal Forms Used in Business.

Table showing the Principal Events in the

Forms of Agreements or Contracts..... 96 History of the United States.......... 167

General Form of Agreement....

97 Table showing the Principal Events in the

General Form of Contract for Mechanic's

History of the Dominion of Canada. . 175

Work....

98 Table showing the Principal Events in the

Agreement for a Warranty Deed.

98

History of England......

178

Contract for Barter or Trade .....

99 Table showing the Principal Events in the

Agreement Between a Merchant and his

History of France....

.... 183

Clerk...

99 Table showing the Principal Events in the

Agreement to Cultivate Land on Shares.. 100 History of Spain...

190

Agreement for Building a House.

Table showing the Principal Events in the

Bills of Sale. Various Forms.

103 History of Italy......

193

Bonds.

104 Table showing the Principal Events in the

Mortgages.

107

History of Austria....

196

Chattel Mortgages.“

Table showing the Principal Events in the

Deeds.

113

History of Germany...

... 198

The Rights and Duties of Landlords and

Table showing the Principal Events in the

Tenants.....

117 History of Prussia .....

Leases. Various Forms..

119 Table showing the Principal Events in the

The Law of Partnership..

125

History of Russia.....

203

Form of Partnership Agreement... 127 Herschel's Weather Table..

205

Last Wills and Testaments. Various

Table showing the Date of Admission or

Forms.

129 Organization, Area, and Increase of

The Law of Agency....

134

Population of the States and Terri.

Power of Attorney. Various Forms... 134 tories....

206

Apprentices

136 Table showing the Expenditures and Pub-

Form of Articles of Apprenticeship.. 137 lic Debt of the United States from the

Assignments. Various Forms... 138 Formation of the Federal Government

Arbitration.

139 to the Present Time...

207

Subscriptions ...

140 Capacity of Cisterns or Wells...... 207

Form of Subscription Paper..

List of the Presidents of the United States

and their Cabinets, from the Formation

The Collection of Debts.

of the Government......

... 208

Limit of Justices' Jurisdiction.......

The Native and Foreign Population of the

141

Suits in Justices' or Magistrates' Courts.. 141

United States, according to the Census

of 1880.....

The Electoral Vote..

The Collection and Exemption Laws

of the Various States of the Union, Foreign Governments..

and the Provinces of Canada.

Population of the Principal Cities of the

Old World.....

Summary of the Laws of the Various

States ...,

Number of Plants per Acre..

144

How to Estimate Crops per Acre..

Summary of the Laws of the Provinces of

A Mile Measure ....

Canada......

156

The Creeds of the World....

212

Statistical Tables for Reference.

Cities and Towns of the United States,

with a Population of 10,000 and over.. 213

Table showing the Principal Events of Height of Noted Buildings and Monu-

Ancient History.

157 ments..

214

Time Required to Roast Various Articles Principal Cities. Their Distance from New

of Food .....

214 York, with the Difference in Time.... 228

Time Required to Boil Various Articles Legal Holidays in the Various States.... 228

of Food....

214 Railroad Signals..

228

Capacity of Noted Churches and Halls.. 214 Measuring Land....

229

Strength of the Army of the United States How to Lay Off a Square Acre.

229

during the Civil War....

215 Principal Exports of Various Countries. . 229

The Number of Men Furnished to the Garden Seeds for Half an Acre.... 230

United States Army by each State and Foreign Measures Reduced to the Ameri-

Territory during the Civil War. ....... 215 can Standard ......

230

Table showing the Area and Population of Weights of a Cubic Foot of Various Sub-

the Principal Divisions of the Globe.. 215 stances, from which the Bulk of a Load

A List of Modern Abbreviations Used in of One Ton may be Easily Calculated. 231

Writing and Printing

216 Bulk of a Ton of Different Substances... 231

Lengths of the Principal Rivers of the Box Measures.....

231

Globe ...

217

Government Land Measure.....

231

Strength of the Christian Sects...... 217 Table showing the Principal Divisions of

Table showing the Principal Countries of the World, Arranged According to Size 232

the World, their Population, Religion Meaning of Latin Words and Phrases in

and Government ....

218 Common Use......

232

Periods of Digestion of Various Substances 218 Meaning of French Words and Phrases in

Names and their Significations..... 219

Common Use......

236

The Quantity of Garden Seeds Required

Letter Writing.

to Plant a Given Space.

Price of Hay per Cwt. at Given Prices per General Principles......

238

Ton.....

222 Proper Mode of Addresses .

239

Number of Rails, Stakes, and Riders Re- Letter Paper and Envelopes...

241

quired for each 10 Rods of Fence ... Form of the Letter

244

Number of Drains Required for an Acre Business Letters. Various Forms.. 246

of Land......

223 | Applications for Situations. Various

Facts About Weeds.

223

Forms...

250

Number of Loads of Manure and the Num- Letters of Recommendation. Various
ber of Heaps to Each Load Required to Forms....

255

Each Acre, the Heaps at Given Dis- Letters of Introduction. Various Forms. 256

tances Apart.....

223 Letters Asking Favors.

260

Number of Rails and Posts Required for Letters of Excuse.

261

Each Ten Rods of Post and Rail Fence. 223 Letters of Advice.

262

Foreign Gold and Silver Coins...... 224 Letters Accompanying Presents.

266

The Highest Mountains of the World.... 225 Letters of Congratulation. Various 269
How to Make a Barometer or Weather- Letters of Sympathy.

271

Glass ...

225 Friendly and Family Letters. “

274

Oceans, Bays, Seas and Lakes.

226 Invitations, Notes of Ceremony, etc. “ 286

Value of Foreign Money.

226 | Love Letters,

Various

291

Velocity of Sound and Light..
226 Wedding Cards, Invitations, etc.

301

Weight of Grain.....

227

Wedding Anniversaries,

Facts About the Bible,

227

Origin of Plants..

227 The Wooden Wedding......

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Parliamentary Law.

Lyceums and Debating Societies.

Rules of House of Representatives of the

United States,

Form of Constitution for Lyceum or De-

326

bating Society..

Touching the Duty of the Speaker....

326

309

Of the Clerk and Other Officers..

How to Organize a Society.

328

309

Preamble ....

Of the Members......

331

309

Of Calls of the House...

Constitution..

332

310

On Motions, Their Precedence, etc......

Name

332

310

Order of Business of the Day..

Objects...

335

310

Of Decorum and Debate...

Membership..

337

310

Of Committees ....

Officers......

338

310

Duties of Officers.

To Consist of Five Members Each...... 345

310

Of Committees of the Whole.....

Election of Officers,

347

311

Of Bills....

Committee, ....

348

312

Local or Private Business,.

Removals from Office..

351

312

Of Bills on Leave and Resolutions...

Amendments.

351

312

Or Petitions and Memorials.....

By-Laws....

352

Of the Previous Question..

Meetings

352

Of Admission to the Floor.

Quorum...

353

312

Of Reporters.....

Membership..

354

312

Unfinished Business of the Session.

Initiation Fee......

354

Miscellaneous..

Inavguration of Officers.

354

313
Initiation of Members .

313

Dues....

313

Form for Conducting the Deliberations

Arrearages

313

of a Society.

Tax..

314
Fines

314

Method of Procedure....
Appeals..

315
Resignation.

315

Suspension and Expulsion...

315

Questions for Discussion by Societies.

Trial..

315

Committees.

316 One Hundred and Eight Subjects, with

Badge..

Lists of Books giving Information upon

Library..

316

each Subject.....

362

Rules of Order...

316
Order of Debate.
Rules of Debate..

319 Forms for Resolutions, Petitions, etc.

Order of Business.

Of Fraternal Courtesy.

320 Resolutions, Various Forms..

376

Constitution for an Agricultural Society.. 320 Petitions, Various Forms.

376

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