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Title: The Story of Baden-Powell
'The Wolf That Never Sleeps'
Author: Harold Begbie
Release Date: December 13, 2005 [EBook #17300]
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'The Wolf that never Sleeps'
'... A name and an example, which are at this hour
inspiring hundreds of the youth of England....'
Major-General R.S.S. Baden-Powell.ToList
To SMITH MAJOR
If amid the storm and stress of your academic career you find an hour's relaxation in perusing the pages of this book, all the travail that I have suffered in the making of it will be repaid a thousandfold. Throughout the quiet hours of many nights, when Morpheus has mercifully muzzled my youngest (a fine child, sir, but a female), I have bent over my littered desk driving a jibbing pen, comforted and encouraged simply and solely by the vision of my labour's object and attainment. I have seen at such moments the brink of a river, warm with the sun's rays, though sheltered in part by the rustling leaves of an alder, and thereon, sprawling at great ease, chin in the cups of the hand, stomach to earth, and toes tapping the sweet-smelling sod, your illustrious self—deep engrossed in my book. For this alone I have written. If, then, it was the prospect of thus pleasing you that sustained me in my task, to whom else can I more fittingly inscribe the fruits of my labour? Accept then, honoured sir, this work of your devoted servant, assured that, if the book wins your affection and leaves an ideal or two in the mind when you come regretfully upon 'Finis,' I shall smoke my pipe o' nights with greater pleasure and contentment than ever I have done since I ventured the task of sketching my gallant hero's adventurous career.
I have the honour to be, sir,
Your most humble and obedient servant,
Page CHAPTER I. An Introductory Fragment 1 CHAPTER II The Family 6 CHAPTER III Home Life and Holidays 16 CHAPTER IV Carthusian 37 CHAPTER V The Dashing Hussar