Wright's Directory Company / Wright's directory of Appleton for 1891-92 comprising an alphabetically arranged list of business firms and private citizens; a classified list of all trades, professions and pursuits; a miscellaneous directory of city and county officers, schools, churches, banks, incorporated institutions, societies, etc.
Introductory, pp. -12 PDF (402.7 KB)
INTRODUCTORY. T HE making of a I)irectory is a thankless task, at best. The unlucky comnpilcr, while reviled for the mistakes which occur, rarely receives credit for that which is good. The man who discovers an error, allows that fact to outweigh, in his mind, any positive benefit which lie has received, and the book is incontinently "dal'ned,"-and not with " faint prulise," either. And yet, how many ever stop to think of the difliculties in the way of accuracy which are actually overcome ? Did you, reader, never find yourself thinking one thing, and actually doing the opposite of what you intended ? l)id you never become con- scious of the fact that the members which give expression to thought, do not obey readily and itmlplicitly tile directing force, -the brain? l)id you never find your tongue speaking, or your hand w iting, the contrary of that which was in your mind ? If you are so fortunately constituted as never to have experienced this failing, you can not duly estimate the difficul- ties under which the ")irectory-man " labors. To this one constitutional defect is due nine-tenths of the mistakes in l)irect- ories ; and long experience has not yet found a means of over- coming it. To illustrate the process by which a name and address i'an be transformiel, say that we have Clason Leora, teacher 2d district school, res. 155 Spring.' The man who takes the name starts the mischief by getting the surname " (Clausen," and turning the somewhat unusual given name into what seenis to be more in keeping, " Lena ; ' the lady who keeps the boarding house, with her mind on a pos- sibly burning dinner, assenting to all his suggestive inquiries. Yet each would he willing to declar'e that the utuiost pains had been taken. Then the intelligent comapositor takes a hand. The handwriting is a trifle "mixed," and "2d" becomes "12th," while absent-iiuidedly the figures of the address are transposed, and become " 5,54. The proof-reader should cor-
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