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Gain new perception into the lifetime of necessary American inventor Thomas Alva Edison with this complete biography. Delving deeply into the non-public lifetime of "The Wizard of Menlo Park," writer Frank Lewis Dyer bargains a desirable glimpse into Edison's notable brain and memorable ambition.

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Gain new perception into the lifetime of crucial American inventor Thomas Alva Edison with this entire biography. Delving deeply into the private lifetime of "The Wizard of Menlo Park," writer Frank Lewis Dyer bargains a desirable glimpse into Edison's outstanding brain and memorable ambition

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The CHAPTER IV 35 corporal was absolutely certain I came into the cellar, and couldn't see how I could have gotten out, and wanted to know from my father if there was no secret hiding−place. On assurance of my father, who said that there was not, he said it was most extraordinary. I was glad when they left, as I was cramped, and the potatoes were rotten that had been in the barrel and violently offensive. The next morning I was found in bed, and received a good switching on the legs from my father, the first and only one I ever received from him, although my mother kept a switch behind the old Seth Thomas clock that had the bark worn off.

I walked right up to the young men. One asked me what I had. ' He promptly threw them out of the window, and Nicodemus settled. Then I came in with cracked hickory nuts, then pop−corn balls, and, finally, molasses candy. All went out of the window. −−I had no more chance! I had sold all I had. Finally I put a rope to my trunk, which was about the size of a carpenter's chest, and started to pull this from the baggage−car to the passenger−car. It was almost too much for my strength, but at last I got it in front of those men.

The term of probation thus referred to did not end until 1868, and while it lasted Edison's wanderings carried him from Detroit to New Orleans, and took him, among other cities, to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Memphis, some of which he visited twice in his peregrinations to secure work. From Canada, after the episodes noted in the last chapter, he went to Adrian, Michigan, and of what happened there Edison tells a story typical of his wanderings for several years to come. "After leaving my first job at Stratford Junction, I got a position as operator on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern at Adrian, Michigan, in the division superintendent's office.

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