Oliver Twist's mother dies after the birth of her child in a workhouse. The infant's father is unknown, and the orphan is placed in a private juvenile home. After nine years of mistreatment, the boy is returned to the workhouse for even more abuse. After representing his fellow sufferers in an attempt to get more food, Oliver is punished and is apprenticed to Sowerberry, an undertaker. Noah Claypole, a charity boy working for Oliver's master, goads Oliver to rebellion, for which Oliver is savagely flogged. Consequently, Oliver runs away and heads for London.
“Eighteen years ago I was in sore straits. Ill health had reduced my flesh until I resembled the living skeleton of a dime show. I realized that a few months more of city life would take me beyond the living stage, and that the world would have no further use for me except to adorn some scientific laboratory…”
This book gives readers a detailed insight into the Canadian history and belongs to the pen of a famous Canadian writer and economist Stephen Butler Leacock (1869-1944). At the beginning of his career he wrote a number of humor stories and novels. They were published in the most prominent Canadian and American magazines of his time and gained popularity among readers. However, later Leacock got interested in history, philosophy and political economy and his later works are devoted to these themes. Among some of his most famous books it is possible to name to following: Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912), Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich (1914), Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy (1915), Frenzied Fiction (1918), and The Hohenzollerns in America (1919). The Dawn of Canadian History : A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada represents different theories of the country's development since it was explored by the Europeans. Of course, some of the ideas presented in the book may seem out of date but it is definitely worth reading.
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III ROBERT BONNER ON SHOEING Robert Bonner was born in Londonderry, Ireland, April 28, 1824, and was brought up a strict Presbyterian. When fifteen years old, he came to the United States with his mother and brothers and sisters, and entered the printing office of the Cotirant at Hartford, Conn. He was ambitious to excel and worked over hours to learn as much as it was possible to learn about the business. He came to New York in 1844 and founded the New York Ledger, making a phenomenal success of it. He accumulated a large fortune and spent money generously to uplift humanity and to advance the interests of breeding. He despised shams and resolutely set his face against the foibles of fashionable society. His associates were the intellectual men, the dominating spirits of his day and generation. It was my good fortune to win his confidence, to study him behind the scenes as it were, to see him in all of his moods, and to closely advise with him. I always found him as true as the magnet to the pole, never stooping to deception, unflinchingly advocating what he believed to be right, never swayed by public clamor, and his word was in truth as good as his bond. There is much that I should like to write about him, whichI cannot do, because, although he has preceded me across the river which separates night from morning, the seal of confidence is still on my lips. And yet I feel at liberty to make extracts from the hundreds of letters in my possession. There was never a more enthusiastic horseman than Robert Bonner, and his heart was adamant when you sought to persuade him to deviate even a little from the policy which he had mapped out in the beginning. He was not the slave of Dogma, but he kept faith with the Church, while indulging a fancy for speed in light harness. He...