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LABRAHAM JACOB JO
DE SOTO SCOTT
CW PEALE - 1775
The pre-eminence of Washington suggests that his likeness, taken at
different dates, be made central among “ Beacon Lights.” See Bio-
HISTORIC INCENTIVES TO VIRTUE AND
IN PROSE AND VERSE, WITH NOTES.
Dedicated to American Youth.
HENRY B. CARRINGTON, U.S.A., LL.D.,
AUTHOR OF THE BATTLES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION," “INDIAN
OPERATIONS ON THE PLAINS," CRISIS THOUGHTS," ETC., ETC.
SILVER, BURDETT AND COMPANY,
SINCERE desire to contribute toward a higher
grade of thought and sentiment among the youth of America has prompted the preparation of this volume.
Incentives to virtue and good citizenship have had expression in prose and verse, throughout human experience. The imagination and reason have been tasked to find words sufficiently terse, dramatic, and eloquent, by which to give to that expression a deep and abiding effect. Our own language has not failed to furnish the medium for a clear comprehension of all such literature and history. Themes so grand and inspiring find a quick response in the minds of youth. To re-fashion memorial utterances in simpler forms would only dishonor their source, and rob them of both beauty and value. Hence, a partial vocabulary of significant words has been added. Even this might seem needless, since even the newsboys on our streets announce, daily, the latest tidings from all foreign as well as domestic countries; and many youth know more of geography, current history, and political economy to-day than their fathers did at manhood's full maturity. Young America catches quickly the meaning even of “hard words," if inspired by motive. This volume seeks to minister to this real capacity and enterprise, and quicken the search after knowledge that will make him most useful and happy.
All passionate utterances of the periods when brethren were temporarily estranged, are excluded; but all material has been welcomed which breathes the spirit of genuine