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AUTHOR'S PREFACE.

The following discourses were stenographically reported, ard by me revised for publication, expressly for Messrs. J. Fairbanks & Co., Chicago, Ill., who are the only authorized publishers.

T. DEWITT TALMAGE.

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PUBLISHER'S PREFACE.

In issuing the “ MASQUE TORN OFF” from our press we do it to "he profound conviction that the Christian community and the great American Public in general will appreciate these soul-stirring discourses on the temptations and vices of city life, by Dr. Talmage as seen by him in his midnight explorations in the haunts of vice of New York City, with his exposure of the traps and pitfalls that tempt our youth from the path of rectitude. They are written in his strongest descriptive powers, sparkling with graceful images and illustrative anecdotes; terrible in their earnestness; uncompromising in denun. ciation of sin and wickedness among tho high or low, sparing neither rich nor poor; and are Dr. Talmage's best efforts in his earnest, aggressive warfare against the foes of society, every page burning with eloquent entreaty for a better, purer life, and are of intense, soulabsorbing interest to all who look for the advancement and higher development of the human race. This work is the ONLY REVISAD AND AUTHORIZED publication of Dr. Talmage's sermons.

THE PUBLISHERS

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