, and all the other Armstrongs
became his warm and trusted friends.
None stood readier than they to rally to his support, none more willing to lend a helping hand.
appreciated their friendship and support, and in after years proved his gratitude by saving one member of the family from the gallows.
The business done over Offut's counter gave his clerk frequent intervals of rest, so that, if so inclined, an abundance of time for study was always at his disposal.
had long before realized the deficiencies of his education, and resolved, now that the conditions were favorable, to atone for early neglect by a course of study.
Nothing was more apparent to him than his limited knowledge of language, and the proper way of expressing his ideas.
Moreover, it may be said that he appreciated his inefficiency in a rhetorical sense, and therefore determined to overcome all these obstacles by mastering the intricacies of grammatical construction.
Acting on the advice of Mentor Graham
he hunted up one Vaner, who was the reputed owner of Kirkham
's Grammar, and after a walk of several miles returned to the store with the coveted volume under his arm. With zealous perseverance he at once applied himself to the book.
Sometimes he would stretch out at full length on the counter, his head propped up on a stack of calico prints, studying it; or he would steal away to the shade of some inviting tree, and there spend hours at a time in a determined effort to fix in his mind the arbitrary rule that “adverbs qualify verbs, adjectives, and other ”