This report- P. 306 (J-96)- should never have gone through, for Otto was far from ""simple-witted"", even though his father referred to him as a ""simple child"". For young Otto was a gallant and intrepid lad, and stood up against the robber barons that plagued his land. It cost him his hand -- but never his courage -- and he grew to manhood and marriage with the girl of his choice, staunchly true to his ideals and his goals. This is still- as it was through the half century since its writing- probably the best picture of the period for the junior reader. I read it at ten with zest; it doesn't bore adults. So choose with a view to reader readiness. Now available in a more convenient size, complete as to text and with the original illustrations.... Let's hope Harper plans to do a companion volume with their property- Men of Iron.