Historic Boys

Historic Boys
Their Endeavours, Their Achievements, and Their Times

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Historic Boys by Elbridge Streeter Brooks

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Their Endeavours, Their Achievements, and Their Times

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Marcus of Rome -- Brian of Munster -- Olaf of Norway -- William of Normandy -- Baldwin of Jerusalem -- Frederick of Hohenstaufen -- Harry of Monmouth -- Giovanni of Florence -- Ixtlil' of Tezcuco -- Louis of Bourbon -- Charles of Sweden -- Van Rensselaer of Rensselaerswyck.

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d up as a model boy? Manly boys, with good principles, good manners, and good actions, are young gentlemen always, whenever and wherever they may live; and quickly enough, as did young Marcus of Rome, they find their right place in the regard and affections of the people about them.

Well, the days of waiting have passed. The great festival to Jove, the Feriæ Latinæ, has drawn all the high magistrates to Mount Albanus, and in their stead, as prefect of the city, rules the boy Marcus. In one of the basilicæ, or law courts of the great Forum, he sits invested with the toga of office, the ring and the purple badge; and, while twelve sturdy lictors guard his curule chair, he listens to the cases presented to him and makes many wise decisions--"in which honor," says the old record, "he acquitted himself to the general approbation." It was here no doubt that he learned the wisdom of the words he wrote in after life: "Do not have such an opinion of things as he who does the

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