Bright Boys, Or, Climbing the Ladder of Fame

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Educational Publishing Company, 1896 - Artists - 291 pages

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Page 56 - ... length, between my eye and the stars ; sliding the beads upon it till they hid such and such stars from my eye, in order to take their apparent distances from one another; and then, laying the thread down on a paper, I marked the stars thereon by the beads, according to their respective positions, having a candle by me.
Page 113 - Then you can put words together !" ' Yes, sir." ' Then," said the master, " you may take your slate and go out behind the school-house, and there you can find something to write about, and then you can tell what it is, what it is for, and what is to be done with it ; and that will be a composition.
Page 83 - I was formerly a bookseller and binder, but am now turned philosopher,* which happened thus: — Whilst an apprentice, I, for amusement, learnt a little chemistry and other parts of philosophy, and felt an eager desire to proceed in that way further. After being a journeyman for six months under a disagreeable master, I gave up my business, and through the interest of a Sir H.
Page 140 - I arrived at Oxford with a stock of erudition that might have puzzled a doctor, and a degree of ignorance of which a schoolboy would have been ashamed.
Page 263 - Oh, very well," replied the other, " I will ride behind you, so mount." He mounted accordingly, and away they rode. " This is the last ride I shall have," said his companion, " for some time. To-morrow I am to be apprenticed to a tailor." " A tailor!" exclaimed West; " you will surely never be a tailor ?" " Indeed but I shall," replied the other ;
Page 268 - This boy is now (Feb. 1780) nearly ten years and a half old; but at the age of nine, without the most distant instruction from any one, he was capable of copying historical pictures in a masterly style, and also succeeded amazingly in compositions of his own, particularly that of Peter denying Christ.
Page 3 - Heaven is not reached at a single bound, But we build the ladder by which we rise From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies, And we mount to its summit round by round.
Page 178 - I never saw such an idle boy as you are: take a book or employ yourself usefully ; for the last hour you have not spoken one word, but taken off the lid of that kettle and put it on again, holding now a cup and now a silver spoon over the steam, watching how it rises from the spout, catching and counting the drops it falls into; are yon not ashamed of spending your time in that way?

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