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A Practical Treatise
ETIQUETTE AND DRESS
BEST AMERICAN SOCIETY.
REVISED BY S. L. LOUIS.
Few to good breeding make a just pretense ;
SOLD ONLY BY SUBSCRIPTION.
UNION PUBLISHING HOUSE,
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1881, by
C. L. SNYDER, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
So much has been written on the subject of etiquette and dress, that it would seem almost impossible to say anything new. In the preparation therefore of this work the author has drawn largely from all the best available authorities on the subject, believing that the combined thoughts and observations of the best thinkers and writers, would be far more valuable than anything emanating from the pen of any one person.
No one however influential, or occupying a position however exalted, could presume to dictate rules for the conduct of others, and at the same time retain their esteem and friendship; for this reason the name of the author of this book is withheld. And yet, no one will question the necessity and utility of a work of this kind. Its object is not only to give the usages of our best American society, to disregard which (though many of them seem—and are arbitrary) would subject the offender to the epithet of