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[Illustration: ALEXANDER THE GREAT.]



Author of "Stories of Remarkable Women," "Echoing and Re Echoing," "Those Boys," "Dr. Deane's Way," "Couldn't be Bought," "Mrs. Deane's Way," "What Fide Remembers," etc., etc.



Copyright, 1887,


D. Lothrop and Company.


Chapter. Page

I. Alexander the Great 7

II. Addison, Joseph 12

III. Agassiz, Louis John Rudolph 17

IV. Bacon, Francis 21

V. C├Žsar, Caius Julius 27

VI. Disraeli, Benjamin 31

VII. Everett, Edward 35

VIII. Farragut, David Glasgow 40

IX. Gordon, Charles George 45

X. Hannibal 51

XI. Irving, Washington 57

XII. Judson, Adoniram 61

XIII. Knox, John 69

XIV. Lincoln, Abraham 75

XV. Morse, Samuel Finley Breese 81

XVI. Newton, Sir Isaac 86

XVII. Obookiah, Henry 91

XVIII. Penn, William 98

XIX. Quincy, Josiah 103

XX. Rush, Benjamin 105

XXI. Savonarola, Girolamo 109

XXII. Tennyson, Alfred 115

XXIII. Ulfila 120

XXIV. Vincent, Rev. John H., D.D. 123

XXV. Webster, Daniel 129

XXVI. Xenophon 134




Where shall we begin? With "A" of course, but there are so many great men whose names begin with A, I don't know how to select. However, I might as well go back a good way in the world's history, and say Alexander the Great. Since he was so great that they added the word to his name, perhaps he ought to head the list. Though mind, he is not my idea of a great man, after all.

Who was he, what was he, and when did he live? Three questions in one, and questions which when well answered tell a great deal.

He was the son of King Philip of Macedonia, and was born at Pella three hundred and fifty six years before Jesus came to this earth. His father was a strong brave soldier, and his mother was a strong fierce woman, and their son is said to have been like them both. When he was thirteen years old he had one of the greatest men in the world for his teacher. This man's name was Aristotle.

Another "A," you see; but I shall have to leave you to discover his greatness for yourselves.

When Alexander was sixteen, his father left him to manage the country while he himself went to war.

When he was eighteen he won a great victory in the army. Very soon afterwards his father was killed, and Alexander with his great army fought his way into power, and made people recognize him as ruler of the Greeks.

From that time on, for years, his story might be told in one word, War. Battle after battle was fought and won; cities were destroyed; in Thebes, just one house was left standing, which belonged to a poet named Pindar. I know you are curious to hear why his house was spared, and I know that the industrious ones will try to look it up, and the lazy ones will yawn and say, "Oh, never mind; what do I care?"

Alexander's next wish was to conquer Persia. I am sure you would be interested to read the account of his triumphant march. The people were so afraid of him that they would run when they heard that his army was coming; sometimes without an attempt to defend their cities; and all that Alexander would have to do when he reached the town would be to march in and take possession... Continue reading book >>

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