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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Eben Holden A Tale of the North Country Author: Irving Bacheller Posting Date: December 8, 2008 [EBook #2799] Release Date: September, 2001 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK EBEN HOLDEN *** Produced by An Anonymous Volunteer, and Martin Robb EBEN HOLDEN, A TALE OF THE NORTH COUNTRY By Irving Bacheller PREFACE Early in the last century the hardy wood-choppers began to come west, out of Vermont.
They founded their homes in the Adirondack wildernesses and cleared their rough acres with the axe and the charcoal pit.
After years of toil in a rigorous climate they left their sons little besides a stumpy farm and a coon-skin overcoat.
Far from the centres of life their amusements, their humours, their religion, their folk lore, their views of things had in them the flavour of the timber lands, the simplicity of childhood.
Every son was nurtured in the love of honour and of industry, and the hope of sometime being president.
It is to be feared this latter thing and the love of right living, for its own sake, were more in their thoughts than the immortal crown that had been the inspiration of their fathers.
Leaving the farm for the more promising life of the big city they were as men born anew, and their second infancy was like that of Hercules.
They had the strength of manhood, the tireless energy of children and some hope of the highest things. The pageant of the big town--its novelty, its promise, its art, its activity--quickened their highest powers, put them to their best effort. And in all great enterprises they became the pathfinders, like their fathers in the primeva...

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