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Eclectic School Readings: Stories from Life   By: (1848-1924)

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ECLECTIC SCHOOL READINGS: STORIES FROM LIFE

A BOOK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

BY

ORISON SWETT MARDEN

AUTHOR OF "ARCHITECTS OF FATE," "RUSHING TO THE FRONT," "WINNING OUT," ETC, AND EDITOR OF "SUCCESS"

PREFACE

To make a life, as well as to make a living, is one of the supreme objects for which we must all struggle. The sooner we realize what this means, the greater and more worthy will be the life which we shall make.

In putting together the brief life stories and incidents from great lives which make up the pages of this little volume, the writer's object has been to show young people that, no matter how humble their birth or circumstances, they may make lives that will be held up as examples to future generations, even as these stories show how boys, handicapped by poverty and the most discouraging surroundings, yet succeeded so that they are held up as models to the boys of to day.

No boy or girl can learn too early in life the value of time and the opportunities within reach of the humblest children of the twentieth century to enable them to make of themselves noble men and women.

The stories here presented do not claim to be more than mere outlines of the subjects chosen, enough to show what brave souls in the past, souls animated by loyalty to God and to their best selves, were able to accomplish in spite of obstacles of which the more fortunately born youths of to day can have no conception.

It should never be forgotten, however, in the strivings of ambition, that, while every one should endeavor to raise himself to his highest power and to attain to as exalted and honorable a position as his abilities entitle him to, his first object should be to make a noble life.

The author wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Miss Margaret Connolly in the preparation of this volume.

O.S.M.

CONTENTS

TO DAY "THE MILL BOY OF THE SLASHES" THE GREEK SLAVE WHO WON THE OLIVE CROWN TURNING POINTS IN THE LIFE OF A HERO: I. THE FIRST TURNING POINT II. A BORN LEADER III. "FARRAGUT IS THE MAN" HE AIMED HIGH AND HIT THE MARK THE EVOLUTION OF A VIOLINIST THE LESSON OF THE TEAKETTLE HOW THE ART OF PRINTING WAS DISCOVERED SEA FEVER AND WHAT IT LED TO GLADSTONE FOUND TIME TO BE KIND A TRIBUNE OF THE PEOPLE THE MIGHT OF PATIENCE THE INSPIRATION OF GAMBETTA ANDREW JACKSON: THE BOY WHO "NEVER WOULD GIVE UP" SIR HUMPHRY DAVY'S GREATEST DISCOVERY, MICHAEL FARADAY THE TRIUMPH OF CANOVA FRANKLIN'S LESSON ON TIME VALUE FROM STORE BOY TO MILLIONAIRE "I WILL PAINT OR DIE!" THE CALL THAT SPEAKS IN THE BLOOD WASHINGTON'S YOUTHFUL HEROISM A COW HIS CAPITAL THE BOY WHO SAID "I MUST" THE HIDDEN TREASURE LOVE TAMED THE LION "THERE IS ROOM ENOUGH AT THE TOP" THE UPLIFT OF A SLAVE BOY'S IDEAL "TO THE FIRST ROBIN" THE "WIZARD" AS AN EDITOR HOW GOOD FORTUNE CAME TO PIERRE "IF I REST, I RUST" A BOY WHO KNEW NOT FEAR HOW STANLEY FOUND LIVINGSTONE THE NESTOR OF AMERICAN JOURNALISTS THE MAN WITH AN IDEA "BERNARD OF THE TUILERIES" HOW THE "LEARNED BLACKSMITH" FOUND TIME THE LEGEND OF WILLIAM TELL "WESTWARD HO!" THREE GREAT AMERICAN SONGS AND THEIR AUTHORS I. THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER II. AMERICA III. THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC TRAINING FOR GREATNESS THE MARBLE WAITETH

STORIES FROM LIFE

TO DAY

For the structure that we raise, Time is with materials filled; Our to days and yesterdays Are the blocks with which we build.

Longfellow.

To day! To day! It is ours, with all its magic possibilities of being and doing. Yesterday, with its mistakes, misdeeds, lost opportunities, and failures, is gone forever. With the morrow we are not immediately concerned. It is but a promise yet to be fulfilled. Hidden behind the veil of the future, it may dimly beckon us, but it is yet a shadowy, unsubstantial vision, one that we, perhaps, never may realize. But to day, the Here, the Now, that dawned upon us with the first hour of the morn, is a reality, a precious possession upon the right use of which may depend all our future of happiness and success, or of misery and failure; for

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