Early or First Edition (contemporary ads for this book list the price at $1.00, whereas the jacket flap lists $1.25. Possibly an 1890's or even early 1900's printing). Bolton wrote extensively for the press, was one of the first corresponding secretaries of the Woman's national temperance union, was associate editor of the Boston "Congregationalist" and traveled for two years in Europe, studying profit-sharing, female higher education, and other social questions. Her writings encourage readers to improve the world about them through faith and hard work. "Short sketches of the lives of Peter Cooper, Johns Hopkins, the poet Whittier, William Hunt, Thomas Edison, John Wannamaker and a few others. Mrs Bolton has done her work charmingly uniting the events of typical lives for which the world is better that they have lived in it with the strong impressive lesson of the supremacy of character over mere achievement and that the only worthy achievements are those wrought from high purpose and noble motive. One of the most interesting of these sketches is that of William Hunt. Of his class teaching in Boston Mrs. Bolton says his presence was magnetic. One of his pupils Miss Helen M Knowlton, now a well known artist, used to jot down on bits of paper in the class room some of his brilliant words and suggestions and so important were they that in book form they have been heartily welcomed both in Europe and America. The volume is used as an art text book in some of the art normal schools." Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, spine faded, remnants of a sticker price at front panel.