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comes only when one performs to the best of his ability some piece of the necessary work of the world. Work, because it is creative, is inherently cheerful, and young people will miss much of the joy of life if they do not learn to work cheerfully.

A text on the subject of work has a place in all schools, regardless of their classifications, whether commercial, or academic, or technical, or industrial, for the basis of life is work, and the language of occupations should need no interpreter. Such literature seems the essential core of the English curriculum, to which must be added the literature of æsthetic delight.

Stella Scento

NEW YORK, November, 1919.


For the use of copyrighted material the author extends grateful acknowledgment to the following publishers and authors: The Curtis Publishing Company for Shipping, by Archie Austin Coates; the American Magazine for The Man Within Him, by Edna Ferber; Angela Morgan for Work: a Song of Triumph; the Book Supply Company for selections from The Winning of Barbara Worth, by Harold Bell Wright; The Touchstone for Nora, by Elizabeth West Parker; Doubleday Page and Company for selections from The Four Million, by William Sidney Porter, The Pit, by Frank Norris, Blazed Trail Stories, by Stewart Edward White, and Cappy Ricks, by Peter B. Kyne; the Outlook Company for Sap-Time, by Elizabeth Woodbridge; D. Appleton and Company for selections from The Cruise of the Cachalot, by Frank T. Bullen, and Cape Cod Ballads, by Joseph C. Lincoln; Charles Scribner's Sons for The Open Hearth, by Herschel S. Hall, Work, by Henry van Dyke, and the selections from Kipps, by Herbert George Wells; Frederick A. Stokes Company for selections from Fanny Herself, by Edna Ferber, and Cotton as a World Power, by James A. B. Scherer; the Saalfield Publishing Company for the selection from The Delights of Delicate Eating, by Elizabeth R. Pennell; Harper and Brothers for the selections from Your United States, by Arnold Bennett, The Silver Horde, by Rex Beach, The Iron Woman, by Margaret Deland; The Woman and Her Bonds, from Wall Street Stories, by Edwin Lefevre; Dodd, Mead and Company for the selection from The Life of the Bee, by Maurice Maeterlinck; the Independent for the diagram by Henry J. Fischer. The selections from Brunel's Tower and Old Delabole, by Eden Phillpotts, from A Step-Daughter of the Prairie, by Margaret Lynn, from The Business of Being a Woman, by Ida M. Tarbell, and from A Son of the Middle Border, by Hamlin Garland, are used by permission of, and special arrangement with, the Macmillan Company, Publishers. The selections from the works of Henry Sydnor Harrison and Nathaniel Hawthorne are used by permission of, and special arrangement with, Houghton, Mifflin Company, the authorized publishers of their works. Acknowledgment of other copy

righted material is made in connection with the selections in the manner prescribed by the publishers. Grateful acknowledgment is also made to Mr. Joseph Pennell for the privilege of reproducing three of his drawings with the accompanying legends; to the Metropolitan Museum for Rodin's Thinker, and to Avery Library, Columbia University, for generous permission to photograph the reproductions of the works of Constantin Meunier in Etudes sur Quelques Artistes Originaux-Constantin Meunier, by Camille Lemounier, and also Le Marteleur in bronze.

For most of the biographical data the editor is indebted to Who's Who.

In addition, the editor wishes to express her sincere thanks to her colleagues and friends whose generous assistance and advice have made the assembling of this book a pleasure.


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