A nostalgic backward glance to the Nineties, a chronicle of lost virtues, as epitomized in ""the genial familiarity of our town (Wilmington, Delaware), its friendliness, its sense of a passing code, its respectability, its high estimate of character...a home town viewed by rather home-keeping boys, more adventurous in thinking than in rough and ready experience."" And again:- ""Our confidence was illusion...but because of our confidence there were values in living in the '90's which are simply unpurchasable now."" Genteel history, genteelly presented, for genteel people. Some of the chapters are appearing in the Saturday Review of Literature. Sale to contemporaries, to those who look backward rather than forward, to those who revelled in The Perennial Bachelor, to Wilmington and Philadelphia locale, and to towns similar in character to Wilmington.