President Garfield And Daughter Molly



AT fourteen he was at work at a carpenter's bench.

At sixteen he was a boatman on the Ohio Canal.

At eighteen he was studying in the Chester, Ohio, Seminary.

At twenty-one he was teaching in one of Ohio's common schools, pushing forward with his own studies at the same time.

At twenty-three he entered Williams College.

At twenty-six he graduated from Williams with the highest honors of his class.

At twenty-seven he was a tutor at Hiram College, Ohio.

At twenty-eight he was principal of Hiram College.

At twenty-nine he was a member of the Ohio Senate, the youngest member of that body.

At thirty he was colonel of the Forty-second Ohio Regiment.

At thirty-one he was placed in command of a brigade, routed the rebels under Humphrey Marshall, helped General Buell in his fight at Pittsburg Landing, played a prominent part in the siege of Corinth and in the important movements along the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.

At thirty-two he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Army of the Cumberland, participated in the campaigns in Middle Tennessee and in the notable battle of Chickamauga, and was promoted to the rank of Major General.

At thirty-three he was in Congress, the successor of Joshua R. Giddings.

At forty-eight, having been continuously in Congress since he was thirty-three, he was elected to the United States Senate.

At forty-nine he was nominated for the Presidency of the United States. 

Albany Evening Journal.

Lucretia Garfield


IT is said that an ex-mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York, upon a certain occasion, gave every newsboy and bootblack in that city a new hat, inside the crown of which, in each case, were the following words neatly printed on circular pieces of black paper:

"Don't drink, don't swear, don't chew, don't smoke! Be industrious, work hard, play hard, and you will never be hatless.

"With the best wishes for your future welfare."


An old minister used to carry about a little book with only three leaves, and no words in it. 

The first leaf was black, the next scarlet, the last white. Each day he looked at it, and at last told what it meant, something in this way: 

"Here is the black leaf, that shows my sin and what it deserves. 

Then comes the red page, to tell me of Jesus' blood. I look at it, and weep, and look again. 

Lastly comes the white leaf, a picture of my dark soul washed in the cleansing fountain and made clean."