TO THE READER
 AS you open this book you will probably ask,
"What is a golden deed?"
Let me tell you. It is the doing of something
for somebody else doing it without thought of
self, without thought of reward, fearlessly,
heroically, and because it is a duty.
Such a deed is possible to you, to me, to
everybody. It is frequently performed without forethought
or definite intention. It is the spontaneous
manifestation of nobility, somewhere, of mind or
heart. It may consist merely in the doing of some
kind and helpful service at home or at school. It
may be an unexpected test of heroism a warning
of danger, a saving of somebody's life. It may
be an act of benevolence, or a series of such acts,
world-wide in application and results.
This little volume is only a book of samples.
Here are specimens of golden deeds of various
kinds and of different degrees of merit, ranging
 from the unpremeditated saving of a railroad train
to the great humanitarian movement which carries
blessings to all mankind. To attempt to tell of
every such deed, or of every one that is eminently
worthy, would fill a multitude of books. The,
examples which I have chosen are such only as have
occurred on American soil, or have been performed
by Americans, thus distinguishing the volume from
Miss Charlotte Yonge's "Book of Golden Deeds,"
published for English readers fifty years ago.
While some of these narratives may have the
appearance of romance, yet they are all believed
to be true, and in most cases the real name of the
hero, or of the lover of humanity, is given.
Instances of doing and daring have always a
fascination for young people, and when to these
is added the idea of a noble underlying motive
the lessons taught by them cannot fail to be beneficial.