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Sturdy and Strong How George Andrews Made His Way   By: (1832-1902)

Sturdy and Strong How George Andrews Made His Way by George Alfred Henty

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STURDY AND STRONG

G. A. HENTY

[Illustration: "SURLY JOE SAT WITH A CHILD ON EITHER SIDE, TELLING THEM SEA STORIES." Frontispiece. Sturdy and Strong. ]

STURDY AND STRONG OR How George Andrews Made His Way

BY G. A. HENTY

AUTHOR OF "THE YOUNG CARTHAGINIAN," "WITH CLIVE IN INDIA," "IN FREEDOM'S CAUSE," "THE LION OF THE NORTH," "FACING DEATH," ETC., ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK THE FEDERAL BOOK COMPANY PUBLISHERS

PREFACE.

Whatever may be said as to distinction of classes in England, it is certain that in no country in the world is the upward path more open to those who brace themselves to climb it than in our own. The proportion of those who remain absolutely stationary is comparatively small. We are all living on a hillside, and we must either go up or down. It is easier to descend than to ascend; but he who fixes his eyes upwards, nerves himself for the climb, and determines with all his might and power to win his way towards the top, is sure to find himself at the end of his day at a far higher level than when he started upon his journey. It may be said, and sometimes foolishly is said, that luck is everything; but in nineteen cases out of twenty what is called luck is simply a combination of opportunity, and of the readiness and quickness to turn that opportunity to advantage. The voyager must take every advantage of wind, tide, and current, if he would make a favorable journey; and for success in life it is necessary not only to be earnest, steadfast, and true, but to have the faculty of turning every opportunity to the best advantage; just as a climber utilizes every tuft of grass, every little shrub, every projecting rock, as a hold for his hands or feet. George Andrews had what may be called luck that is, he had opportunities and took advantage of them, and his rise in life was consequently far more rapid than if he had let them pass without grasping them; but in any case his steadiness, perseverance, and determination to get on would assuredly have made their way in the long run. If similar qualities and similar determinations are yours, you need not despair of similar success in life.

G. A. HENTY.

CONTENTS.

STURDY AND STRONG: PAGE I. ALONE, 1 II. TWO FRIENDS, 25 III. WORK, 48 IV. HOME, 74 V. AN ADVENTURE, 97 VI. FIRE! 117 VII. SAVED! 142 DO YOUR DUTY, 165 SURLY JOE, 231 A FISH WIFE'S DREAM, 257

STURDY AND STRONG.

CHAPTER I.

ALONE.

"You heard what he said, George?"

"Oh, mother, mother!"

"Don't sob so, my boy; he is right. I have seen it coming a long time, and, hard as it seems, it will be better. There is no disgrace in it. I have tried my best, and if my health had not broken down we might have managed, but you see it was not to be. I shall not mind it, dear; it is really only for your sake that I care about it at all."

The boy had ceased sobbing, and sat now with a white set face.

"Mother, it will break my heart to think that I cannot keep you from this. If we could only have managed for a year or two I could have earned more then; but to think of you you in the workhouse!"

"In a workhouse infirmary, my boy," his mother said gently. "You see it is not as if it were from any fault of ours... Continue reading book >>




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