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The Peddler's Boy Or; I'll Be Somebody   By: (1812-1859)

The Peddler's Boy Or; I'll Be Somebody by Francis C. Woodworth

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

[Illustration: THE PEDDLER AND HIS GRANDCHILDREN.]

UNCLE FRANK'S BOY'S & GIRL'S LIBRARY,

BY

FRANCIS C. WOODWORTH, EDITOR OF WOODWORTH'S YOUTH'S CABINET.

[Illustration]

THE PEDDLER'S BOY;

OR,

"I'LL BE SOMEBODY."

With Tinted Illustrations.

BY UNCLE FRANK, AUTHOR OF "A PEEP AT OUR NEIGHBORS," "WILLOW LANE STORIES," "THE DIVING BELL," ETC., ETC.

BOSTON: PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & CO., PUBLISHERS.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

C.W. BENEDICT, STEREOTYPER AND PRINTER, 201 William st., N.Y.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

A BIRD'S EYE GLANCE, 7

PEDDLERS AND PEDDLING, 14

THE OTHER SIDE, 32

DEACON BISSELL, 36

THE YOUNGEST BOY, 48

A NOBLE RESOLUTION, 60

A TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE, 75

THANKSGIVING AND TEMPTATION, 80

PATRIOTISM AND POWDER, 89

THE GLASS OF GIN, 100

LIFE IN A FACTORY, 111

A GLANCE AT FREDERICK, 120

SAMUEL IN BOSTON, 132

THE FLOUR STORE, 140

THE WINDING UP, 152

ILLUSTRATIONS.

THE PEDDLER AND HIS GRANDCHILDREN, (Frontispiece)

VIGNETTE TITLE PAGE, 1

SAMUEL AND THE SCHOOLMASTER, 52

LOOKING THROUGH THE TELESCOPE, 65

A TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE, 74

THE YOUNG DRUMMER, 93

THE DRUNKARD, WITH HIS FATHER, 128

MR. BISSELL AND HIS CHILDREN, 147

THE PEDDLER'S BOY.

CHAP. I.

A BIRD'S EYE GLANCE.

Among the many beautiful villages near Boston, there is one quite as beautiful as any, situated but a few miles from that busy metropolis, called but I must not mention its name; that is of very little consequence. A few rods from the Common, the pride of the Bostonians, is the depot of the railroad which passes through this place; and one has only to jump into the cars, and in less than fifteen minutes he is there. Uncle Frank has some dear friends in this village, and choice spirits they are, in his estimation. How much this fact has to do with his opinion of the beauty of the place, he does not pretend to say. He has scarcely settled it in his own mind. Nor is it much matter, as the story about to be related will neither lose nor gain much in its interest, by the good or ill opinion which the reader may happen to have of the village itself; though I may be pardoned for adding that I should put rather a low value upon the taste of that man, or woman, or child, who could visit this part of the country, when Nature has her best dress on, and not pronounce it one of the most delightful spots, in his or her opinion, that the sun or moon ever shone upon... Continue reading book >>




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