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ISRAEL PUTNAM.

BY FANNY GREYE BRAGG.*

HERE is a type of New England manhood upon which changes have been rung again and again without tiring

THE

life and achievements of a man whose
characteristic qualities and rise by his
own efforts from obscurity into deserved
eminence, demon-
strate him to have
been a Yankee of
Yankees. Israel Put-
nam, successful far-
mer and able soldier,
exhibited in the mo-
tives which prompted
his actions in every
emergency, the in-
herent traits of
Yankeeism. Where
else but in a Yankee
could be found the
intrepid daring which
almost amounted to
recklessness; the
courage, moral and
physical, often
stronger than discre-
tion;
the abhorrence
of dissimulation, the
frank, sensitive spirit,
and the sound judg-
ment which at all
times distinguished
the patriot general?

reader or listener; a type whose very ap-
pellation was made, as early as 1713, a
synonym for excellence and one which
finds its most fitting embodiment in the

January 7, 1718, he was born on his father's farm in Salem, now Danvers, Mass.; there he imbibed a love for agriculture which followed him through life. The tenth of eleven children, he

Awarded the Prize offered in our January number for the best article on Major General Putnam.

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MAJOR GENERAL ISRAEL PUTNAM.

(From the painting in the Governor's room, State Capitol.)

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