Excerpt from A Sketch of John F. Hagen: Hero of the Schuylkill Tragedy and Rescuer of Eight LivesJohn Francis Hagen, the subject of this little book, is no doubt already well known to many of its readers. Some, who will read it, have known him upMoreExcerpt from A Sketch of John F. Hagen: Hero of the Schuylkill Tragedy and Rescuer of Eight LivesJohn Francis Hagen, the subject of this little book, is no doubt already well known to many of its readers. Some, who will read it, have known him up through his childhood, while, as a poor unimportant boy he earned a meagre livelihood upon the banks of the Schuylkill River, and there are those, who have only known this young man, who has so suddenly been brought into public notice, from that time, when on the third day of February, 1884, he became the hero of this same Schuylkill River, by risking his own life to save the lives of others.Everybody does not possess courage and presence of mind in moments of sudden danger.
When a person who does possess these qualities exercises them in the saving of human life, he is sure to call forth for himself the admiration, esteem and sympathy of the eye witnesses of such a scene as that which occurred upon that winter Sunday upon the ice-covered Schuylkill - a scene which so thrilled the hearts of the lookers-on, and which has for the last two or three weeks made so conspicuous the poor, obscure youth, and rendered him a hero - the subject of fireside conversation and praise, - of newspaper articles innumerable, and the recipient of favors of a more practical and tangible character.Our Hero is American born but of Old Country parentage, and much credit is he, to the race and blood from which he springs- proving as he has done, that he has in his character a large amount of that Irish pluck and grit, which at the present time is giving John Bull so much trouble, by everlastingly shaking the Shamrock of St.
Patrick into the face of the British Lion. That Irish pluck and grit which holds such undying faith in an Ireland free, - in a grand future for the land of Emmett, of OConnell, of Parnell, of the Emerald Isle.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy.
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