Sir Walter Raleigh
THERE once lived in England a brave and noble man whose
name was Walter
I will tell you about it.
When Raleigh was a young man, he was one day walking along
a street in London. At that time the streets were not paved,
and there were no
sidewalks. Raleigh was dressed in very fine style, and he wore a
As he passed along, he found it hard work to keep from
stepping in the mud, and soiling his
As he was thinking what he should do, he
Young Raleigh, when he saw who was coming, forgot about himself. He thought only of helping the queen. There was only one thing that he could do, and no other man would have thought of that.
He took off his scarlet cloak, and spread it across the puddle. The queen could step on it now, as on a beautiful carpet.
She walked across. She was safely over the ugly puddle, and her feet had not touched the mud. She paused a moment, and thanked the young man.
As she walked onward with her train, she asked one of the
"His name is Walter Raleigh," said the
"He shall have his reward," said the queen.
Not long after that, she sent for Raleigh to come to her
The young man went, but he had no scarlet cloak to wear. Then, while all the great men and fine ladies of England stood around, the queen made him a knight. And from that time he was known as Sir Walter Raleigh, the queen's favorite.
Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Humphrey Gilbert, about whom I
have already told you, were
When Sir Humphrey made his first
But those whom he sent found only great forests, and wild
But he found two things in this country which
the people of England knew very little about. One was the
If you should ever go to Ireland, you may be shown the place
where Sir Walter planted the few
Sir Walter had seen the Indians smoking the leaves of the
One day as he was sitting in his chair and
He ran out for some water. He found a pail that was quite full. He hurried back, and threw the water into Sir Walter's face. Of course the fire was all put out.
After that a great many men learned to smoke. And now tobacco is used in all countries of the world. It would have been well if Sir Walter Raleigh had let it alone.