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t has been well said by a recent writer that "happiness is an invaluaactor in right living and wholesome development," and “to make boys girls happy first, and, through this happiness, to lead them to higher, , nobler living" has always been and will always be the special aim purpose of ST. NICHOLAS—“the best-loved of magazines.” How well it has succeeded in this endeavor is attested by a cloud of sses that no man can number, extending over two or three generations. ask the successful men of today, in whatever field of activity, the rs of thought and action, whether they know ST. NICHOLAS, and eply in nine cases out of ten, will be: “Know it? Why, I was brought o it!" As one prominent journalist asserted not long ago: "I gained from ST. NICHOLAS than from all my schooling. Garden City, N. Y.

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INGSTERS love to hear about the doings of other children. Reading of the ad

ventures kiddies have had in by-gone days!-why, it's as real as if the experiences were their own. In the Little Folks Series published by THE ABINGDON PRESS the stories are told as well as any Mother could tell them, and it's very much easier for Mother to read than to make up tales. Other interesting ABINGDON books for children and for grown-ups are described in a catalog-sent on request.



“Not many know the story of the boy leader of
the children's crusade, Stephen of Cloys. The 'boy
who stood on the burning deck' is a little more famil-
iar, and the story of Casabianca is finely told. Jac-
queiine, the bravest little maid of Holland, and
Pocahontas share equal honors among the heroines
whose deeds are recounted. The Little Queen of
Scotland, Mary Stuart, and Edward VI, the little
white King, are two of the royal babies told of;
and Mozart, Audubon, Nightingale, James Watt and
Helen Keller are the little folks who did great things.
-Leader-Republican, Gloversville, New York.


By DOROTHY DONNELL CALHOUN These delightful stories differ from other Bible narratives in that they are not the tales of great deeds or of great heroes of the Bible, but of real children for real children to read. The old characters come before us like modern young people, and the scenes in which they played a part are made vivid by descriptions and incidental allusions possible only to an accomplished writer. “Little Folks of the Bible presents the familiar child characters of the book. The stories are told in appropriate tone. The entire collection may be warmly commended.”The New York Evening Post,

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ORTUNES OF WAR" is a story of the sea, and it

is as tense and thrilling as "Lost Island," last year's success of these authors. It deals with the adventures and misadventures that befall an enterprising boy

of the Maine coast, who, with an older "pal,” is enabled purchase a schooner, hire a crew, and undertake to make the voyage to France, th a cargo of valuable lumber, through the dangers of the submarine zone. The apters recounting the fights on, and for, the vessel, and its final fate, will hold the eathless interest of every patriotic American, boy or girl, man or woman, who is tunate enough to read them. The authors never told a more thrilling story.

12 mo, 352 pages. Illustrated. Price $1.50

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A thrilling story of the adventures of a Brooklyn boy who could not resist e call of the sea. He fares forth on his own account, and circumstances send n around the world. Difficulties and dangers confront him, but he meets them ways with steady courage; and finally his adventures lead to a sunken ship's asure more precious even than gold.

389 pages. Illustrated. Price $1.50 Books by Ralph Henry Barbour


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In Mid-Pacific, lacking food or water, under blazing suns
by day, storm-wracked by night, among dying and dead
companions, this 16-year-old wireless operator lived to tell
his thrilling, terrible tale to The American Boy readers.
You have never read a more romantic or remarkable story
than the true story that 16-year-old Theron Bean, wireless
operator of Portland, Ore., tells himself in the October
American Boy.
An emergency operator in the U.S. Merchant Marine, self-
educated in the elements of radio operation, Theron Bean
went along as operator on the wooden steamer Damaru,
from Seattle for the Philippines with gasoline and dyna-
mite. A bolt of lightning destroyed the ship. With 31
others, few of whom survived the frightful ordeal, Theron
tossed in an open whaleboat on an open sea for days, 'til
washed ashore among semi-savage natives.
But get it all from him at first hand in his own words in the October
American Boy, just out. Get one at your news-stand-ask Dad to
bring it home for you. He'll enjoy this story, too. Don't miss this
remarkable story or The American Boy this month-eight pages
larger than any other ever!

20c a copy on news-stands, $2.00 a year by mail THE SPRAGUE PUBLISHING COMPANY

Dept. 69, Detroit, Mich.

Other big stories this


"The Well of Ourir" A French boy's exciting adventure in an African desert.

“Tired Bull's Busy Day" Thrilling and funny, both.


on, too, with "High Benton" and "Catty Atkins" in this October, the biggest number of The American Boy ever published.

“The Telegraphic Laugh"
How a messenger boy
extricates himself from
a ticklish plight on the
Mexican border.

"Yankee Ingenuity"
Two boys' thrilling ex-
periences on a cannibal
island. A knowledge of
electricity saved them.

“The Burning Arrow" Anew Jimmy May series, showing Jimmy in an outlaw hunt through southern swamps.

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