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Grit A-Plenty: A Tale of the Labrador Wild

Dillon Wallace

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . his father’s estate was settled, and the store and the home were sold, and he left the village, he had barely enough money in his pocket to meet his first year’s expenses at college. But he had vowed to make his way, as his mother had wished, and also to be her ideal of a man.

The years that followed were years of struggle, for it was not easy with bare hands to finish his education. But in those days he had brains and hope and courage, and the basic tenacity that will not surrender. And he was inspired in those early years by a profound belief that his mother was near him. He could not see her, but her spirit walked with him and watched over him. It gave him courage to feel her near him, and kept him straight when he[Pg 38] was tempted to do wrong, for he would permit himself then to do nothing of which his mother would disapprove.

But somehow, later on in life, he had drifted away from her. He did not think of her so often, and with passi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A fictional work written for the Boy Scouts in 1918. Much emphasis on values, such as the need to respect one's mother. The emphasis is on the need for "grit" in pushing through the obstacles of life. Another theme is the idea that worrying about possible future problems can be needless as they may