About the Author
Before he was barely two, he was experimenting with writing, and long before he went to school for the first time, he was quite familiar with the English language, so much so, that he was reading his father's library. His father, incidentally, was a very learned man of royal Norwegian descent, who had degrees in law, psychology, physiology, and phrenology.
The author was the fifth of eight boys and girls, all strong lads and lassies, and it was quite natural for them to resent having a brother who was so studious.
At the tender age of five he constructed his first microscope using the eyepiece section from his father's te! lescope. By inserting it in a wooden frame made from a cigar box and a small piece of mirror, he was able to count the hairs on earthworms. At the age of six he performed an unusual and prodigious feat. Using his knowledge of Archimedean laws of fulcrums, levers and rollers, he moved an eight-by-twelve-foot coal shed, containing one-half a ton of coal, over a distance of approximately 200 feet, through an apple orchard and over soft ground to a new and more convenient location. This feat took him about three weeks to accomplish, and it was one that would have taxed the strength and endurance of a strong man. This accomplishment was carefully noted, day by day, by his father who would boastingly report the progress made to the townspeople.
It was also during this early period of life that he constructed a rabbit hutch which was vastly superior in design and workmanship to one constructed by an adult neighbor more than six times his age. This he did, using old rusted out, discarded tools.
Another time, at the age of seven, he bested his father in an argument i.e., that all energy was electronic. At present he is completely vindicated inasmuch as science today is resolving into this conclusion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.