Modern Europeans; A Biographical School Reader for the Upper Grades

Modern Europeans; A Biographical School Reader for the Upper Grades

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...of the common soldiers. Consequently the facts of his life are simple, honest, and open. Born in the south of France, almost on the Spanish border, he grew to early manhood among a bright, gay, laughter-loving people whose greatest pleasure was in their homes. He was rather quiet as a boy, and all the villagers remarked that, since he cared so much for school, he would probably some day become the village schoolmaster. This worried him because, while he enjoyed his studies, he did not think he wanted to teach. Neither did he think he could be a cooper like his father and make strong, fine barrels that sold well in the market. He was sorry, for he would have liked to be as great a business man as his father. Such were the dreams of the little boy as he went back and forth to school. He loved his parents, his home, his friends, and the warm land of the South, "The Midi," the French say. Thus, regretful that he had no special talents, he went on studying, played with his boy friends, and was cherished byhis parents. He could not know that nearly sixty years later, in 1914., while the people of Paris knelt in the churches praying prayers of thanksgiving because the Germans had been driven back across the Marne, that in a tiny town of the Midi, where the air is blown by winds from the blue Mediterranean, old men and women would gather flowers and go in the early morning to garland them about the steps of a little old house. This is the house in which Joseph Joffre was born in 18 52 and from which he went out to rise step by step until he became Generalissimo of France. After he finished the village school his teachers suggested that he go to a higher school. Accordingly he followed their advice and studied faithfully, always half...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123687286X
  • 9781236872869