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Oscar The Boy Who Had His Own Way   By: (1822-1859)

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The Aimwell Stories

OSCAR:

Or The Boy Who Had His Own Way.

by

WALTER AIMWELL,

Author of "Clinton," "Boy's Own Guide," Etc.

With Illustrations.

[Frontispiece: Winter Scene on Boston Common.]

[Title Page: Vignette.]

Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 69 Washington Street. New York: Sheldon and Company. Cincinnati: Geo. S. Blanchard. 1861. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by Gould and Lincoln, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court, of the District of Massachusetts

PREFACE.

In the story of OSCAR is portrayed the career of a bright but somewhat headstrong boy, who was over indulged by his parents, and who usually managed to "have his own way," by hook or by crook. The book is designed to exhibit some of the bad consequences of acquiring a wayward and lawless spirit, and of falling into indolent, untruthful, and disobedient habits. These are its main lessons, intermingled with which are a variety of others, of scarcely less importance to the young.

Winchester, Mass.

ADVERTISEMENT.

"PRECEPTS MAY LEAD BUT EXAMPLES DRAW."

"THE AIMWELL STORIES" are designed to portray some of the leading phases of juvenile character, and to point out their tendencies to future good and evil. This they undertake to do by describing the quiet, natural scenes and incidents of everyday life, in city and country, at home and abroad, at school and upon the play ground, rather than by resorting to romantic adventures and startling effects. While their main object is to persuade the young to lay well the foundations of their characters, to win them to the ways of virtue, and to incite them to good deeds and noble aims, the attempt is also made to mingle amusing, curious, and useful information with the moral lessons conveyed. It is hoped that the volumes will thus be made attractive and agreeable, as well as instructive, to the youthful reader.

Each volume of the "Aimwell Stories" will be complete and independent of itself, although a connecting thread will run through the whole series. The order of the volumes, so far as completed, is as follows:

I. OSCAR; OR, THE BOY WHO HAD HIS OWN WAY. II. CLINTON; OR, BOY LIFE IN THE COUNTRY. III. ELLA; OR, TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF. IV. WHISTLER; OR, THE MANLY BOY. V. MARCUS; OR, THE BOY TAMER. VI. JESSIE; OR, TRYING TO BE SOMEBODY.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

A KITCHEN SCENE.

Bridget and her little realm A troop of rude intruders An imperious demand A flat refusal Prying investigations Biddy's displeasure aroused Why Oscar could not find the pie Another squabble, and its consequences Studying under difficulties Shooting peas Ralph and George provoked A piece of Bridget's mind Mrs. Preston George's complaint Oscar rebuked A tell tale Oscar's brothers and sisters His father and mother.

CHAPTER II.

OSCAR IN SCHOOL.

Oscar's school The divisions and classes Lively and pleasant sights Playing schoolmaster Carrying the joke too far to be agreeable Oscar's indolence in school Gazing at the blackboard A release from study, and an unexpected privilege Whiling away an hour Doing nothing harder work than studying A half learned lesson A habit of Oscar's A ridiculous blunder Absurd mistakes of the British government about the great lakes Oscar less pardonable than they Another blunder Difference between guessing and knowing Oscar detained after school His recitation Good advice Remembering the blackboard Willie Davenport A pounding promised.

CHAPTER III.

PAYING OFF A GRUDGE.

Whistler Why Ralph liked him Why Oscar disliked him A caution A sudden attack An unexpected rescue The stranger's advice A brave and manly answer Whistler refuses to expose Oscar's name The boys separate George's report of the scene, and Ralph's explanation Oscar's return His sister's rebuke His mother's inquiries Misrepresentations Willie exonerated Forgiving enemies An unpleasant promise called to mind Mr. Preston's action in the matter Oscar refuses to punish himself The chamber A surprise Falsehood Exposure The account settled Silence Late rising and a cold breakfast What Mrs... Continue reading book >>




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