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PREFACE
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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.

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CONTENTS

TO

THE TRIUMPHS OF PERSEVERANCE.
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(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.)



CHAPTER I.
LINGUISTS.
Sir William JonesDr. Samuel Lee.


CHAPTER II.
AUTHORS.
JohnsonGiffordGibbon.


CHAPTER III.
ARTISTS.
CanovaChantreySalvator RosaBenjamin West.


CHAPTER IV.
MUSICIANS.
HandelJohn Sebastian Bach.


CHAPTER V.
SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERERS AND MECHANICIANS.
Sir Humphry DavySir Richard ArkwrightDr. Edmund CartwrightJames WattColumbusSir Isaac NewtonSir William HerschelReaumurHon. Robert BoyleMichael FaradayRobert FultonRobert Dick.


CHAPTER VI.
MEN OF BUSINESS.
Sir Thomas GreshamLackington.


CHAPTER VII.
PHILANTHROPISTS.
John HowardWilliam Lloyd Garrison.
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CONTENTS

TO

THE TRIUMPHS OF ENTERPRISE
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INTRODUCTION.

Enterprise—a distinguishing trait of civilization.



CHAPTER I.

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.



CHAPTER II.

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 Queen Elizabeth.



CHAPTER III.

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.



CHAPTER IV.
Belzoni's Discoveries in Egypt.



CHAPTER V.

Assyrian discoveries by Botta, Layard, Rawlinson, Smith, and Rassam.



CHAPTER VI.

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.

 



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