I have just finished reading Carl Sandburg’s delightful account of his boyhood and youth, Prairie-Town Boy. Sandburg apparently dropped out of school to help support his family while his sister Mary was making her way through high school. Then at age seventeen he “rode the rails,” working at odd jobs wherever he could find someone willing to pay him. He worked from the time he was eleven: he delivered newspapers, he delivered milk, he worked in a dairy, he shone shoes, he worked backstage at an opera house, he did gardening, baled hay, hammered railroad ties, cleaned brick from demolished

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