I am reminded of the Mark Twain spoof which is hard to find on line.
This is the only one I have found so far. Skim down a little bit.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I will return them next Saturday.
I come to bury Caesar because the times are hard
And his folks can’t afford to hire an undertaker.
The evil that men do lives after them
In the shape of their progeny
Who reap the benefit of their life insurance.
Thanks, Ruy. Not aware of this tome at all, but scanning through it, it sounds like a splendid book to read with lots of amusement (from 1899).
So this is what people did in their spare time before motion pictures and TV. Pretty neat.