FEW people ever knew so many things as Franklin. Men said, "How did he ever learn so many things?" For he had been a poor boy who had to work for a living. He could not go to school at all after he was ten years old.
His father made soap and candles. Little Ben
He read the old story of
Another way he had of learning was by seeing things
with his own eyes. His father took him to see
As he was fond of books, Ben's father thought that it
would be a good plan to send him to learn to print
them. So the boy went to work in his brother's printing
office. Here he passed his spare time in reading. He
borrowed some books out of the stores where books were
sold. He would sit up a great part of the night
sometimes to read one of these books. He wished to
return it when the
Franklin at Study
It was part of the bargain that Ben's brother should pay his board. The boy offered to board himself if his brother would give him half what it cost to pay for his board. His brother was glad to do this, and Ben saved part of the money and bought books with it. He was a healthy boy, and it did not hurt him to live mostly on bread and butter. Sometimes he bought a little pie or a handful of raisins.
Long before he was a man, people said, "How much the
boy knows!" This was
He did not waste his time.
He read good books.
He saw things for himself.