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The Printer Boy. Or How Benjamin Franklin Made His Mark. An Example for Youth.   By: (1820-1898)

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[Transcriber's Note: Every effort has been made to replicate this text as faithfully as possible, including obsolete and variant spellings and other inconsistencies. Text that has been changed to correct an obvious error is noted at the end of this ebook.]

The

PRINTER BOY.

OR

HOW

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MADE HIS MARK.

AN EXAMPLE FOR YOUTH.

BY

WILLIAM. M. THAYER

AUTHOR OF "THE BOBBIN BOY", "TALES FROM THE BIBLE", ETC.

[Illustration: Medallion of Benjamin Franklin.]

ILLUSTRATIONS BY JULIAN PORTCH

ENGRAVED BY BALE & HOLMAN.

LONDON JAMES HOGG & SONS

[Illustration: "How much did you give for your whistle!" See page 4.]

PREFACE.

This book is designed to illustrate the familiar maxim, that "THE BOY IS FATHER TO THE MAN." The early life of Franklin is sketched from his childhood to the time he was established in business, thus showing what he was in boyhood and youth; and the achievements of his manhood are summed up in a closing chapter, to substantiate the truth of the above proverb.

The author believes that the lives of distinguished men may be incorporated into a story, uniting narrative and dialogue so as to be more attractive to the young. John Bunyan was the first to adopt this style, and his inimitable Pilgrim's Progress charms the young reader, not only by its graphic imagery, but also by its alternation of narrative and dialogue. Since his day, others have adopted a similar style, particularly in works of fiction, with success. Why may not truth appear in such a dress as successfully as fiction? Why may not actual lives be presented in this manner as vividly as imaginary ones? The young mind will seize upon a truth or fact that is conveyed in a story, when it will remain wholly indifferent to it as it appears in a simple statement. So the life of an eminent man may engage the attention of this class, if he is made to speak and act for himself, when they would not be interested in it, if it were presented to them in a plain summary of facts.

In this volume, the actual, early life of Franklin is wrought into a story. The imagination has done no more than weave the facts of his boyhood and youth into a "tale of real life." It makes Benjamin and his associates speak and do what biographers say they spoke and did. It simply paints the scenes and acts of which other writers have told .

A conspicuous place is given in the work to the maxims of Franklin, for the purpose of conveying important lessons in regard to the formation of character, and thus stimulating the young in the path of well doing. Whole volumes of meaning are condensed into many of his wise and pithy sayings.

W. M. T.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I.

THE WHISTLE.

The Holiday The Coppers in Benjamin Franklin's Pocket Inquiry Bounding Out The Toy Shop Then and Now The Boy and his Whistle Resolved to Purchase The Bargain Going Home Making Music Discussion about the Price A Pocketful of Good Things Benjamin crying over his Whistle A Benefit What Franklin said of it Sixty Years after Boys do not Learn from the Past Other Ways of paying too dear for a Whistle Deceit and Falsehood Tippling Worldly Pleasure 1 8

CHAPTER II.

AT SCHOOL.

Talk about School Brothers at Trades Benjamin for the Church Early learned to Read Long Process of Preparation for the Ministry "Uncle Benjamin's" Remarks and Offer Who is "Uncle Benjamin" A Hundred Years Ago When Benjamin was Born Baptized on Same Day he was Born The Record Description of his Birthplace Early Love of Books His Father's Violin Poor but Industrious Seventeen Children Decision to Enter School Where it was, and by Whom kept His Rapid Progress Mr. Franklin's Trust in Providence At the Head of his Class The Boy Father to the Man Daniel Webster David Rittenhouse and George Stephenson Hopes of Benjamin 9 18

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