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USEFUL INFORMATION

EMBRACING

MORE THAN 100,000 Facts, FIGURES AND FANCIES, DRAWN FROM
EVERY LAND AND LANGUAGE, AND CAREFULLY CLASSI-
FIED FOR THE READY REFERENCE OF TEACHERS,

STUDENTS AND THE FAMILY CIRCLE.

COMPILED UNDER DIRECTION OF

J. C. TIIOMAS,

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY

FRANK A. FITZPATRICK,

SUPERINTENDENT CITY SCHOOLS, OMAHA, NEB

CHICAGO
THE WERNER COMPANY

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PUBLISHERS' PREFACE.

The aim of this Manual is to present in accessible form facts and figures of general interest to teachers and scholars; to the man of affairs, the student and the people at large. It contains not one useless or superfluous sentence. The grain has been sifted from the chaff; the precious metal extracted from the ore. In it will be found terse answers to thousands of questions, the solution of which is a matter of daily need to busy men. The work is designed as a compendium of useful knowledge, of problems not covered by other books, or of information that, to seek out personally, would require the possession of many volumes. The ruling idea in its preparation has been to furnish in as few words as possible such data as would be of service to men of inquiring minds, to scholars and to their instructors. Matters of general interest, scattered through scores of reference books; and facts and figures from a hundred technical works are here collated and arranged in such a manner as to render the “Manual of Useful Information” a work of great intrinsic value to all classes of readers. Whether for the school, the home or the office; for the educator, the parent or the professional man, this volume will be found alike interesting and instructive.

It does not cover the entire domain of art and science, of literature and history, but the most important facts have been culled from the world's great storehouses of knowledge with much painstaking care, and these have been judiciously classified and systematically arranged so that it offers an epitome of general information at once accessible, accurate and needful-constituting an invaluable aid to the seeker of light. The work has involved the tillage of a wide field, and it is hoped that the garnered product may prove a serviceable contribution to the literature of our time. 2.51669

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