Biographical Stories

Biographical Stories

From 'True Stories from History and Biography'

Excerpt: llow ochre and a

piece of indigo, and with brushes made of the black cat's fur.

"Verily," said Mr. Pennington, "the boy hath a wonderful faculty. Some

of our friends might look upon these matters as vanity; but little

Benjamin appears to have been born a painter; and Providence is wiser

than we are."

The good merchant patted Benjamin on the head, and evidently considered

him a wonderful boy. When his parents saw how much their son's

performances were admired, they, no doubt, remembered the prophecy of

the old Quaker preacher respecting Ben's future eminence. Yet they

could not understand how he was ever to bccome a very great and useful

man merely by making pictures.

One evening, shortly after Mr. Pennington's return to Philadelphia, a

package arrived at Springfield, directed to our little friend Ben.

"What can it possibly be?" thought Ben, when it was put into his hands.

"Who can have sent me such a great square package as this?"

On taking off the thick brown paper which enveloped it, beho