General Gordon

A Christian Hero

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Author: Seton Churchill
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,173 / 237 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.1
LoC Categories: DA, CT
Downloads: 387
Added to site: 2009.05.13
mnybks.net#: 24142
Genre: Biography
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n the Victoria Cross, had they been performed in an English campaign; yet the sufferings of a child, or even of an animal, caused him the greatest grief. He had a keen sense of humour, and might have cultivated the mere pleasure-seeking part of his nature, and become socially very popular. It has been well said that "Humanity wants more than this; it craves to have its best and noblest powers called into play, and exercised into action that will tend in some way to promote the general good." It is for this reason that his example is such a noble one to set before young men. Most young fellows who are worthy of the name of men have within them a spirit which admires all that is manly, noble, and chivalrous; and for such it is a grand thing to have a high ideal, even if they do not attain to it. As it is true of men that they cannot habitually think mean thoughts without becoming mean, or set before themselves a low ideal without lowering themselves, so is it true that men cannot adopt a high ideal without inst

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