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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... FROM THE APENNINES TO THE ANDES Edmondo De Amicis [One of the best known of recent Italian writers is Edmondo de Amicis. He was born in 1846 at a town on the coast of Italy not far from Genoa. As a boy he longed to be a soldier, so his family sent him to a mili 5 tary academy to study. When he had finished his work at the academy he was made a lieutenant and served for some years in the Italian army. He was also the editor of a military paper in Florence and wrote many short stories of army life which made him famous. Then he 1o gave up his position in the army and began to write books. He took several long sea voyages and described the things which he saw. The best known of all his books is one which he wrote for schoolboys and which he called " Cuore," or " Heart." That means all the brave, kind, and noble acts 15 that spring from the heart. The book tells what happened during one year of the life of an Italian schoolboy. It tells about the new schoolmaster; about the boy who had his foot crushed in saving the life of a little child; about the boy who was willing to be punished for 20 a thing he did not do, because he wanted to shield a comrade. Once every month the master used to tell the boys a story. The story which follows is one of these.] I Many years ago a Genoese lad of thirteen, the son of a workingman, went from Genoa to South America, all alone, to seek his mother. She had gone two years before to Buenos Aires, the chief city of Argentina, thinking that she could soon earn enough to get her family out of debt and s to make them comfortable. The poor mother had wept bitterly at parting from her children -- one was eighteen, the other eleven -- but she had set out full of courage and hope. The voyage was pleasant. When she arrived in Buenos Aires she ...
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