"The book is not more for young men-than for old men. The Calabria was wrecked "the last day out." Nor is the book more for men-than for women. The best being that God ever made is a good woman-and the worst that the devil ever made is a bad one. If anything herein shall be a warning either to man or woman-I will be satisfied." Reverend Dr. Thomas De Witt was a preacher and clergyman who was one of the most prominent religious leaders in the United States during the mid- to late-19th century, equaled as a pulpit orator perhaps only by Henry Ward Beecher. During the last years of his life, Dr. Talmage stopped preaching and devoted himself to editing, writing, and lecturing. For years his sermons were published regularly in more than 3,000 journals, through which he reach 25,000,000 readers.