Early in the 19th century, two boys sat in the same classroom in Steubenville, Ohio. One boy grew up to be the most powerful secretary of war in American history, at least before modern times; at his president's murder he said, "Now he belongs to the ages." The other boy became a country-newspaper editor. His son became the most celebrated American novelist between Mark Twain and Henry James, a writer noted for his realism and depiction of "the American girl." Name the cabinet officer and the novelist.

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Answer to Book Bag #449: The heroines of the books mentioned are as follows: (1) The Count of Monte Cristo -- Mercedes; (2) Cyrano de Bergerac -- Roxanne; (3) A Farewell to Arms -- Catherine; (4) The Golden Bowl -- Charlotte; (5) The Great Gatsby -- Daisy; (6) Green Mansions -- Rima; (7) Little Women -- Jo; (8) Middlemarch -- Dorothea; (9) Tom Jones -- Sophia; (10) Ulysses -- Molly; (11) Vanity Fair -- Becky; (12) War and Peace -- Natasha; and (13) Wuthering Heights -- Catherine. Winner: Patricia Burt, Rockville, Md.