This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ... of a rough sort. Every thing about him, and his manner of living, seems very bare and scanty; and would look wretched, but for his own happy contented spirit, and his host of happy little faces. And he has his shop crowded with bird-cages, and baskets for his cat and kittens, and young birds, and other animals;--any thing he can help to make happy! The place is full of life and cheerfulness. But you must go and see him; and he will tell you all about it himself; for he dearly loves to talk about all his doings, to any one that will listen. He has a very independent spirit, and a most benevolent heart; indefatigable in doing good; but all in the humblest way; most unpretending, and obscure. Mrs. E, of A, calls him a philanthropist! She says, he's an honour to mankind!"--with a smile. "We took her to see him once, in the midst of his busy little school; cobbling, and teaching his scholars! And she was highly delighted. She calls him--a public benefactor!--She has repeatedly sent a bundle of their children's cast-off clothes for his poorest scholars; which he has always received very gratefully, and made the best use of for them. He will accept any thing for the poor children; but nothing for himself." "Has he kept this school long?" "Yes, many years. But you must not expect to find it much like a school. It is more of a gathering together as many children as his shop will hold; with nothing like system or classification. His crowd of little boys and girls cluster about him like a swarm of bees!--and with very much of the same sort of constant hum and buzz!--all at their ease! It is quite a pleasant sight to see them; they all look so happy together. And yet he has some of the roughest of the rough. But he has a way of attaching them to...
Author: Henry Hawkes