When we look on the lives of great men it is remarkable to note how few are born great. Indeed, those who have achieved the greatest fame are often those who possessed few early advantages.

Linnaeus was a great man. In natural history possibly, the greatest man that ever lived, yet his early advantages were extremely slim. His father was a country clergyman in a poor district in Sweden, and in a location where educational advantages, or even the advantage which cultured society gives, must have been very slim. Messrs. J. P. Englehard & Co., booksellers of Chicago, have recently published an historic account of the early life of the great naturalist, and have obligingly loaned us the annexed engraving of the house in which Linnaeus was born.

The Birthplace of Linnaeus.

The Birthplace of Linnaeus.

Thousands of boys have had better chances; and we have no doubt many would look on such a career as that of Linnaeus as owing to some good fortune. The fact is, the chance comes to every boy to be distinguished, if he has but the will to take hold of it.