City Cries: Or, a Peep at Scenes in Town 1850
Illustrated with twenty-four Designs by Croome.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by
GEO. S. APPLETON,
in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States,
in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
EVERY stranger from the country, who comes to the city, is astonished at the variety of noises which assail his ears on every side. Instead of the more quiet scenes which he is accustomed to, he now hears the constant rumbling of heavy drays, carts, and carriages over the pavement, and the bawling cries of all sorts of petty traders, and jobbers crying their commodities, or offering their services in the streets. He is amazed at this Babylonian confusion, and longs to return to the quiet of his home once more. But, before he returns he wishes to know what all this noise and confusion tends to, what it all means, where these crying, bawling people come from, and how they live.
Our little volume is designed to answer his questions, and to bring order and system out of all this din and chaos. By reading it, one perceives that these noisy people all perform important uses in society. They supply wants of the citizens, and earn an honest penny by the exercise of a very humble craft. In our little book, the denizen of the city will recognise many an old acquaintance, “done after nature,” “drawn to the life,” by that clever artist, Mr. Croome. We trust that every visitor from the country, and every resident of the city, will secure this pretty volume; and when read, we hope they will not forget to present their little friends with a copy for their libraries.