EZEKIEL AND DANIEL
 TWO boys once lived on a hilly little farm in New
Hampshire. They were brothers. The name of the elder
was Ezekiel, and that of the younger was Daniel.
The father of these boys was anxious that both should
be well educated, for he believed that education was
necessary to fit any person for success in life. But
he was a poor man and had not the means to send both to
Ezekiel had many good qualities. He was sturdy and
manly and industrious. He would, no doubt, succeed
well with whatever he should undertake to do.
But Daniel was not strong. He was a slender child and
very delicate. It was thought that he would never be
able to make his living by hard work. Yet his mind was
wonderfully bright and he was very quick to learn.
"Boys," said the father, "there is nothing in the
 world that I wish so much to do as to give you both a
fine education. But I shall never have enough money to
send you to college. You shall have to stop short of
"Then let Daniel be the scholar," said Ezekiel, "and I
will help you on the farm."
Daniel was the pet of the family and a great lover of
books. His brother was always ready to give up
anything that he possessed in order to make him happy.
And now he was ready to give up his chances of a fair
schooling if he could help Daniel to a better
The father thought of the matter in this way: Would it
not be better to give one of the boys a thorough
education, than to limit both to just a little
schooling? And if he could send only one to college,
why should it not be that one which gave the greatest
promise of success?
It was decided, therefore, that Daniel should be the
scholar. And Ezekiel, without a murmur, went to work
with a will to help earn the money to pay his brother's
expenses at college.
Every one in the family was pleased with the
arrangement. Daniel was sent to a preparatory
 school, and in due time was admitted to Dartmouth
College. To his father, his mother, his brother, no
sacrifice seemed too great if only they could help him
to gain that education which they felt would be of so
much use to him.
During all this time, however, the one thing that
troubled Daniel was the thought of his brother toiling
at home. He knew that Ezekiel had great abilities. He
knew that he was not fond of farm work, and that he was
anxious to study for a profession. This brother had
given up all his dearest plans in order that Daniel
might be favored; and Daniel, although very grateful,
was pained to think of it.
Once, when Daniel was at home on a vacation, he said,
"Zeke, this thing is all wrong. Father has mortgaged
the farm to money to pay my expenses at school, and you
are making a slave of yourself to pay off the mortgage.
It isn't right for me to let you do this."
Ezekiel said, "Brother Dan, I am stronger than you are,
and if one of us has to stay on a farm, of course I am
"But I want you to go to college," answered
 Daniel. "An education will do you as much good as me."
"I don't know about that," said Ezekiel.
"Well, I know about it, and I will see father about it
this very day," said Daniel.
He did see him.
"I told my father," said Daniel afterward, "that I was
unhappy at my brother's prospects. For myself, I saw
my way to knowledge, respectability, and
self-protection. But as for Ezekiel, all looked the
other way. I said that I would keep school, and get
along as well as I could—that I would be more
than four years in getting through college, if
necessary, provided that he also could be sent to
The matter was referred to Daniel's mother, and she and
his father talked it all over. They knew that it would
take all the property they had to educate both the
boys. They knew that they would be obliged to do
without many comforts, and that they would have a hard
struggle for a living while the boys were studying.
But the mother said, "I will trust Ezekiel and Daniel."
It was settled, therefore, that the elder brother
 also should have a chance to make his mark in the
He was now a grown-up man. He was tall and strong and
ambitious. He entered college the very year that
As for Daniel—well, if it had not been for his
brother's generous self-sacrifice, his history might
have been quite different from what it was. And
Ezekiel Webster's golden deed made him forever a sharer
of Daniel Webster's fame.
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