Excerpt from Perthshire in Bygone Days: One Hundred Biographical Essays No one can accuse me of stabbing in the dark. Indeed, I do t intend to stab at all. There cant possibly be a more gratuitous task than writing a man down, because, if he deserves it, he is t worth it; and, as an inevitable corollary, if he is worth it, he does t deserve it. I do t pretend to have found mankind all alike. Nay Many men are driven by necessity to do deeds that their better nature puts far from them and I have also discovered that amount of riches or prosperity will bestow heart where all is originally empty as the bubbles that boys blow at school. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.