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Anecdotes for Boys   By: (1803-1863)

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ANECDOTES FOR BOYS.

[Illustration: MRS. S. C. HALL'S RESIDENCE BROMPTON. See page 118. ]

ANECDOTES FOR BOYS.

ENTERTAINING NARRATIVES AND ANECDOTES, ILLUSTRATIVE OF PRINCIPLES AND CHARACTER.

BY

HARVEY NEWCOMB, AUTHOR OF "HOW TO BE A LADY," "HOW TO BE A MAN," ETC.

SIXTH THOUSAND.

BOSTON: GOULD AND LINCOLN, 59 WASHINGTON STREET. 1851.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847,

BY GOULD, KENDALL AND LINCOLN,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

STEREOTYPED BY S. N. DICKINSON, BOSTON.

PREFACE.

I have noticed that young people are fond of reading anecdotes, narratives, parables, &c. This taste of theirs sometimes leads them to devour all the trash that comes in their way, with no other object than mere amusement. But, if properly guarded, it may be the means of conveying truth to their minds in a form not only more attractive, but more readily understood. The design of this book is, to supply reading of this kind, which shall be not only entertaining but instructive . I never write for the amusement of the reader merely. But I am glad if he is entertained at the same time that he is instructed.

This book is not a mere compilation of stories. Its main object is to illustrate truth and character. No anecdote has been admitted but such as could be turned to this account; and if suited to this purpose, the question has not been asked whether it was new or old. But nearly every one has been entirely rewritten, presented in a new dress, and made to bear on the object in view. The work was suggested, while writing my last two publications, "How to be a Man," and "How to be a Lady." I had designed to illustrate the topics there treated of, in this manner, but could not find space. The favor with which these works have been received, has encouraged me to undertake something of the kind separately. I have prepared two volumes, one for boys and one for girls, but the matter in each is entirely distinct. The same anecdote is in no instance introduced into both books; though in some cases the topics are similar. They form a pair , for the rising youth of both sexes; and if they shall contribute in any degree towards forming their characters, after the true model, my object will be attained.

Grantville, Mass., Sept. 1847.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

THE BOY MAKES THE MAN. Benedict Arnold George Washington Gov. Ritner Roger Sherman. 9

CHAPTER II.

FILIAL PIETY. George Washington obey God rather than man a son's love filial piety rewarded filial tenderness filial impiety punished think how you will feel when your parents are gone benefit of obedience reward of disobedience conscientious obedience cheerful obedience, sullen obedience, and disobedience. 16

CHAPTER III.

SOCIAL VIRTUES AND VICES. Brotherly affection the golden rule gratitude and benevolence manners overcome evil with good use of the tongue contention punctuality. 31

CHAPTER IV.

BAD COMPANY AND BAD HABITS. Green, the reformed gambler profaneness playing truant ruin of a deacon's son bad books intemperance going to the theatre gaming 70

CHAPTER V.

INDUSTRY LABOR, &c. An Indian story business first and then pleasure industry. 90

CHAPTER VI.

TRUE GREATNESS. Anecdotes of President Jefferson, Chief Justice Marshall, Chancellor Kent, and Dr. Franklin. 97

CHAPTER VII.

ADVANTAGES OF HONESTY. Colbert two opposite examples fruits of dishonesty. 101

CHAPTER VIII.

PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE... Continue reading book >>




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