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WITH

OTHER SKETCHES AND PAPERS

DESCRIPTIVE OF

THE YOUNG MEN OF GERMANY

AND

THE OLD BOYS OF AMERICA.

BY

STEPHEN POWERS.

PHILADELPHIA:

J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by

STEPHEN POWERS,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.

PREFACE.

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NLY four of the five legends have their action on

the banks of thel Muskingum, and to none other than one native there, perhaps, would they seem entitled

to christen the book. The scenes of the few simple

stories told in these pages range from the Elbe to the

Sacramento, but among all the included streams there is

none to me half so dear as the little Indian river, the

little “winking river," which flows past my father's

house.

In explanation of the word young, as applied to the Germans in the title, I have only to say that if an American, wearied and disgusted with the janglings of home politics, will visit the continent of Europe for a season, he will find himself greatly refreshed by the youthfulness of political discussions and platforms. And, in their enthusiasm for all noble learning, are not the Germans ever

young? To Franklin, I believe, is attributed the remark

that a people never grows younger in crossing the ocean.

If one will compare the Americans in California, who

may be said, in a certain sense, to have made the entire

circuit of the globe, with the Chinese, who have remained almost stationary near the origin of the human race, he will feel that our countrymen are, in many respects, the

oldest people in the world.

S. P.

SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 1871.

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