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TRUE STORIES OF GREAT AMERICANS

NATHAN HALE

BY

JEAN CHRISTIE ROOT

"O Beautiful! my Country! ..., What were our lives without thee? What all our lives to save thee? We reck not what we gave thee; We will not dare to doubt thee, But ask whatever else, and we will dare!"

Commemoration Ode , JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL

THE WORLD SYNDICATE PUBLISHING CO. Cleveland, O. New York, N. Y.

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

COPYRIGHT, 1915,

BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up and electrotyped. Published May, 1915. Reprinted August, 1925; March, 1929.

CONTENTS

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CHAPTER I NATHAN HALE'S EARLY YEARS 1

CHAPTER II COLLEGE DAYS 12

CHAPTER III A CALL TO TEACH 29

CHAPTER IV A CALL TO ARMS 44

CHAPTER V HALE'S ZEAL AS A SOLDIER 60

CHAPTER VI A PERILOUS SERVICE 71

CHAPTER VII GRIEF FOR THE YOUNG PATRIOT 91

CHAPTER VIII TRIBUTES TO NATHAN HALE 103

CHAPTER IX NATHAN HALE'S FRIENDS 114

THE REV. JOSEPH HUNTINGTON, D.D. 114 ALICE ADAMS 118 BENJAMIN TALLMADGE 125 WILLIAM HULL 129 STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD 133 ASHER WRIGHT 136 ELISHA BOSTWICK 137 EDWARD EVERETT HALE 140

CHAPTER X

ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF NATHAN HALE'S

PARENTS 143

CHAPTER XI ASSERTED BETRAYAL OF NATHAN HALE 147

CHAPTER XII CONTRASTS BETWEEN HALE AND ANDRÉ 152

CHAPTER I

NATHAN HALE'S EARLY YEARS

It is to day a recognized fact that no life worthy of our reverence, or even a life calculated to awaken our fear, is the result of accident. Whatever may be the character, its basis has been the result of long developing causes. This the life of Nathan Hale well illustrates. He was born at a time and under influences that were sure to develop the best qualities in him. He was an immediate descendant of the best of the Puritans on both sides of the sea. His great grandfather, John Hale, was the son of Robert Hale, who came to America in 1632. John Hale graduated from Harvard in 1657 and was the first pastor settled in Beverly, Massachusetts, remaining there until he died, an aged man. An ardent patriot, this John Hale, in 1676, gave about one twelfth of his salary, some seventy pounds, for defense in King Philip's War. When need arose in the French War, he went to Canada as a volunteer, for a threefold purpose, so that he might accompany a number of his own parishioners, act as chaplain for one of the regiments, and fight when his aid was needed.

Living during the witchcraft trials, he was one of the first to be convinced of the mistaken course pursued. We are not certain as to his approval or disapproval of the progress of the excitement in regard to witchcraft until it became intensely personal to his own family. His wife was, fortunately as the results proved, accused by some misguided person of being a witch. The well known nobility of her life, and her lovely character, at once convinced all who knew the circumstances that some terrible mistake had been made by her accuser... Continue reading book >>




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