But the writer has a deeper purpose in this book, and in all the books of this series. It is to interest young people in history and heroic records, and especially in the present political history of the countries to which the journeys are supposed to be made. Young people should be made intelligent about the politics of other lands. The writer has endeavored to give, in this volume, as clear a view as possible of the present aspects of the Eastern questions, and of the governments of the countries of the Levant; so that when a young reader of the book shall see telegrams from the East in regard to political movements, he may better understand them, and be able to follow current history as it shall be recorded by the telegraph. A like aim underlies the stories and narratives of all this series of books, to lay the foundation for better reading, for a broader political intelligence. The writer is indebted to Mrs. A ndrews, of Hamilton, N. Y., for the descriptive parts of the two chapters on Greece. H. B. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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