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BARNARD, Charles, author, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 13 February 1838. He attended the common schools until he was sixteen years of age, devoting his leisure hours to the assistance of his father, the Rev. C. F. Barnard, then in charge of the Warren street mission chapel, Boston. Then turning his attention to business, for a while he was employed as a clerk, but, this occupation being uncongenial, he began to study for the ministry, when ill-health compelled him to relinquish this intention, and he became a florist. At the age of twenty-one he undertook by private studies to educate himself, and has since devoted his attention almost exclusively to writing. As a journalist, he has filled at various times the place of assistant editor of the Boston "Journal of Commerce," editor of "Vox Humana," musical editor of the Boston " Post," editor of " World's Work Department" in the ".Century" magazine, and its only contributor for nine years. His short stories and articles, exceeding one hundred and fifty in number, have appeared in various periodicals, His principal books are : "My Ten-Rod Farm," "Farming by Inches," "The Strawberry Garden," and "A Simple Flower Garden" (Boston, 1869-'71) ; "The Tone Masters" (3 vols., 1871) ; "The Soprano" (1872) ; "Legilda Romanief" (1880) ; "Knights of To-day" (New York, 1881) ; "Co-operation as a Business " (1881) ; and "A Dead Town " (London, 1884). Mr. Barnard is superintendent of instruction to the Chautauqua town and country club, a branch of the Chautauqua University, and as such has published "Talks about the Weather" (1885), " Talks about the Soil" (1886), and "Talks about Our Useful Plants" (1886), all issued by the Chautauquan Press, Boston. He has written several operas and dramas for amateurs, among which are "The Triple Wedding," " Too Soon," " Eugenea, The Dream-Land Tree," and "Katy Neal" (New York, 1884-'5). He was also associated in the authorship of the play "We, Us, and county"
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