The tales in this collection have been gathered in various parts of Canada. They have been selected from a larger collection of folk-tales and folk-songs made by the writer for more academic and scientific purposes. They are not the product of the writer's imagination; they are the common possession of the "folk." Many of them are still reverently believed by the Canadian Indians, and all are still told with seriousness around camp fires in forests and on plains, upon the sea and by cottage hearths. The dress in which they now appear may be new, but the skeleton of each story has been left unchanged.
Young Benjamin Franklin, by Nathaniel Hawthorne -- A Hard Word -- A Song, by James Whitcomb Riley -- The Journey of Life. An Allegory -- What I live for -- Try Again!, by Charlotte Elizabeth -- True Manliness -- The Miller of the Dee, by Charles Mackay -- and many more!