and the among those present at the parties all bought the paper and were immensely gratified to see their names.
So everybody was happy, and Edward Bok, as a fullfledged reporter, had begun his journalistic career.
It is curious how deeply embedded in his nature, even in his earliest years, was the inclination toward the publishing business. The word curious is used here because Edward is the first journalist in the Bok family in all the centuries through which it extends in Dutch history. On his fathers side, there was a succession of jurists. On the mothers side, not a journalist is visible.
Edward attended the Sunday-school of the Carroll Park Methodist Episcopal Church, in Brooklyn, of which a Mr. Elkins was superintendent. One day he learned that Mr. Elkins was associated with the publishing house of Harper and Brothers. Edward had heard his father speak of Harpers Weekly and of the great part it had played in the Civil War; his father also brought home an occasional copy of Harpers Weekly and of Harpers Magazine. He had seen Harpers Young People; the name of Harper and Brothers was on some of his school-books; and he pictured in his mind how wonderful it must be for a man to be associated with publishers of periodicals that other people read, and books that other folks studied. The Sunday-school superintendent henceforth became a figure of importance in Edwards eyes; many a morning the boy hastened from home long before the hour for school, and seated himself on the steps of the Elkins house under the pretext of waiting for Mr. Elkinss son to go