PERSEVERANCE AND ENTERPRISE
must go hand in hand if permanent success is to be achieved. The
highest talent is wasted if the will is weak; and the patient worker, even
if possessed of only moderate abilities, often reaches the goal which a
more brilliant but less persevering aspirant fails to attain. The
following biographical sketches of the achievements of men famous in many
fields of enterprise, and distinguished by the perseverance they
exhibited, will, it is hoped, stimulate the youthful reader to attempt to
follow in their footsteps.
THE TRIUMPHS OF PERSEVERANCE.
(ED.—the pictorial illustrations contained in the
original edition of Cooper's book are of poor quality and are not all reproduced
in the following text for that
reason. Images of superior quality - most more modern - providing a
comparable degree of illustration have been substituted.)
Sir William Jones—Dr. Samuel Lee.
Canova—Chantrey—Salvator Rosa—Benjamin West.
Handel—John Sebastian Bach.
SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERERS AND MECHANICIANS.
Sir Humphry Davy—Sir Richard Arkwright—Dr. Edmund Cartwright—James
Watt—Columbus—Sir Isaac Newton—Sir William Herschel—Reaumur—Hon. Robert
Boyle—Michael Faraday—Robert Fulton—Robert Dick.
MEN OF BUSINESS.
Sir Thomas Gresham—Lackington.
John Howard—William Lloyd Garrison.
THE TRIUMPHS OF ENTERPRISE
Enterprise—a distinguishing trait of civilization.
Enterprise as displayed in overcoming natural difficulties in visiting new
Regions of the Earth—Travels of the African Discoverers, Major Denham, Dr.
Oudney, Captain Clapperton, Dr. Livingstone, and H. M. Stanley—Arctic
Travellers, Dr. Edward Daniel Clark, Captain Cochrane—Perils of Mr.
Temple's journey from Peru to Buenos Ayres.
Enterprise as displayed in Maritime Discovery—Increased dangers attending
the Voyage—Perilous condition of Ross and his companions—Terrors of an
Iceberg—Wearisomeness of an Arctic Winter—Departure from the Ship across
the Ice—Singular return to his Vessel—Wretched plight of himself and
companions—Drake's Voyage round the World—Safe return and knighthood by
Explorations in Australia—Journey of Mr. Eyre from South to West
Australia—Sturt's Explorations Northwards—Dr. Leichardt, the Lost
Explorer—Australia crossed from North to South—The fate of Burke and
Wills—Forrest's successful journeys—Other explorers.
Belzoni's Discoveries in Egypt.
Assyrian discoveries by Botta, Layard, Rawlinson, Smith, and Rassam.
Enterprise as displayed in the construction of Roads, Harbours, Bridges,
Light-houses, &c.—Gibbon's description of the great Roman Highways—Bell's
Account of the Great Wall of China—Famous Slide of Alpnach in
Switzerland—Monument to the memory of Peter the Great—Eddystone
Lighthouse— Plymouth Breakwater—Ferdinand de Lesseps and the Suez Canal.