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Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President..
Table of Battles of the Revolution, giving the dates and places of
engagement, the commanding officer on each side, numbers eu-
commanding officers on each side, number engaged, and loss.... 165
manding officers, losing sta
What ihe Civil War cost. 1861-65..
Patents granted to each mechanical device, for example : 2,295
The Debts of twenty leading Foreign Nations as compared with that
On the 22d of February, 1732, or, as it was then des
ignated, the 11th of February, in a small, Birth of Wash- but comfortable farm-house on the shore lngton.
of the Potomac, in the county of Westmoreland, Virginia, was born the oldest child of Mary and Augustine Washington.
Little did the parents imagine that the name which they should select for this boy would become celebrated in history, oratory, and poetry, and be a household word in many lands and in many languages. There was nothing in the outward appearance to indicate such a glory. The Washingtons were, indeed, a respectable family of the English aristocracy. The great-grandfather of the little boy was an English knight, who, however, made no use of his title after coming to the wilds of Virginia. They possessed large estates and a plenty of servants, and commanded all the comforts that could well be secured v the new province so far away from the centres of civilized life. But there was no prospect that this little American infant would inherit a title of nobility, and the prophecy of his achieving a distinction that should leap over national boundaries, and command the eulogies of the best minds in all countries, would have been regarded as the foolish fancying of a necromancer unworthy of a moment's hearing But at this time there was a notable American who
was soon to be regarded as the foremost Benjamin philosopher of his generation, Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin. Already he had struggled up through great difficulties and made himself an accomplished scholar. His “Poor Richard's Almanac" was in thousands of homes. He was improving the fire department and the government of Philadelphia. He was planning for the foundation of a university. He was just about to enter upon some investigations of that mysterious force which attracts light bodies to amber and glass when rubbed, then repels them, and was soon to succeed in quietly drawing down Jove's thunderbolt from heaven, and thus write his name in the sky, to be read of all men. But the little infant,. whom we have left, as yet unnamed, knew nothing of all that. Like other babies, he was passing through the first of the Seven Ages of man:
• Mewling and puking in his parse's arms."