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Brave Men and Women

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Brave Men and Women
The Project Gutenberg EBook of Brave Men and Women, by O.E. Fuller This eBook is for the use of anyone
anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re\u2212use it

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Title: Brave Men and Women Their Struggles, Failures, And Triumphs
Author: O.E. Fuller
Release Date: November 3, 2004 [EBook #13942]
Language: English
Character set encoding: ISO\u22128859\u22121
*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ***
Produced by Kevin Handy, John Hagerson, and the the PG Online Distributed Proofreading Team
BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN
THEIR STRUGGLES, FAILURES, AND TRIUMPHS.
BY

Brave Men and Women
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O.E. FULLER, A.M.
"_Find out what you are fitted for; work hard at that one thing, and keep a brave, honest heart_."
* * * * *
COPYRIGHT By O.E. FULLER 1884 All rights reserved.
* * * * *
PREFACE
Struggle, failure, triumph: while triumph is the thing sought, struggle has its joy, and failure is not without its
uses.

"It is not thegoal," says Jean Paul, "but thecourse which makes us happy." The law of life is what a great orator affirmed of oratory\u2212\u2212"Action, action, action!" As soon as one point is gained, another, and another presents itself.

"It is a mistake," says Samuel Smiles, "to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener
succeed through failure." He cites, among others, the example of Cowper, who, through his diffidence and
shyness, broke down when pleading his first cause, and lived to revive the poetic art in England; and that of
Goldsmith, who failed in passing as a surgeon, and yet wrote the "Deserted Village" and the "Vicar of
Wakefield." Even when one turns to no new course, how many failures, as a rule, mark the way to triumph,
and brand into life, as with a hot iron, the lessons of defeat!

The brave man or the brave woman is one who looks life in the eye, and says: "God helping me, I am going to
realize the best possibilities of my nature, by calling into action the beneficent laws which govern and
determine the development of each individual member of the race." And the failures of such a person are the
jewels of triumph; that triumph which is certain in the sight of heaven, if not in the eyes of men.

"Brave Men and Women," the title of this volume, is used in a double sense, as referring not only to those whose words and deeds are here recorded, or cited as examples, but also to all who read the book, and are striving after the riches of character.

Some of the sketches and short papers are anonymous, and have been adapted for use in these pages. Where
the authorship is known, and the productions have been givenverbatim, the source, if not the pen of the
editor, has been indicated. Thanks are due to the press, and to those who have permitted the use of
copyrighted matter.

In conclusion, the editor lays little claim to originality\u2212\u2212save in the metrical pieces, and in the use he has
made of material. His aim has simply been to form a sort ofmosaic or variegated picture of the Brave
Life\u2212\u2212the life which recognizes the Divine Goodness in all things, striving through good report and evil
report, and in manifold ways, which one is often unqualified to judge, to attain to the life of Him who is "the
light of the world."

THE AUTHOR.
* * * * *
CONTENTS
Brave Men and Women
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CHAPTER I.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.\u2212\u2212HIS FAME STILL CLIMBING TO HEAVEN\u2212\u2212WHAT HE HAD DONE AT
FIFTY\u2212TWO\u2212\u2212POOR RICHARD'S ADDRESS
CHAPTER II.
DEFENCE OF A GREAT MAN.\u2212\u2212WAS DR. FRANKLIN MEAN?\u2212\u2212JAMES PARTON'S ANSWER
CHAPTER III.
SIR WALTER SCOTT AND HIS MOTHER.\u2212\u2212THE MOTHER'S EDUCATION\u2212\u2212THE SON'S
TRAINING\u2212\u2212DOMESTIC LOVE AND SOCIAL DUTIES
CHAPTER IV.
ABIGAIL ADAMS.\u2212\u2212THE WIFE OF OUR SECOND PRESIDENT\u2212\u2212THE MOTHER OF OUR SIXTH
CHAPTER V.
TWO NEIGHBORS.\u2212\u2212WHAT THEY GOT OUT OF LIFE
CHAPTER VI.
HORACE GREELEY.\u2212\u2212THE MOLDER OF PUBLIC OPINION\u2212\u2212THE BRAVE JOURNALIST
CHAPTER VII.

WENDELL PHILLIPS.\u2212\u2212THE TIMES WHEN HE APPEARED\u2212\u2212"WHO IS THIS FELLOW?"\u2212\u2212A FLAMING ADVOCATE OF LIBERTY\u2212\u2212LIBERTY OF SPEECH AND THOUGHT\u2212\u2212POWER TO DISCERN THE RIGHT\u2212\u2212THE MOB\u2212BEATEN HERO TRIUMPHANT

CHAPTER VIII.
MARY WORDSWORTH.\u2212\u2212THE KINDLY WIFE OF THE GREAT POET
CHAPTER IX.
MADAME MALIBRAN.\u2212\u2212HER CAREER AS A SINGER\u2212\u2212KINDNESS OF HEART
CHAPTER X.
GARFIELD MAXIMS.\u2212\u2212GATHERED FROM HIS SPEECHES, ADDRESSES, LETTERS, ETC.
CHAPTER XI.
WHAT I CARRIED TO COLLEGE.\u2212\u2212A REMINISCENCE AT FORTY\u2212\u2212PICTURES OF RURAL LIFE
CHAPTER I.
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