Sixteen-year-old Paul Palmer, who sells newspapers and magazines on the train to support his widowed mother and younger sister, achieves financial prosperity after spoiling the unsavory schemes of several swindlers.
Sixteen-year-old Philip Brent leaves his small hometown to seek his fortune in 1880s New York after his spiteful stepmother reveals that instead of being his late father's beloved only son, he is of unknown parentage and must fend for himself.
Orphaned and poor at age fourteen, Frank Fowler is determined to make a living for himself and his foster sister. He obtains work as a cash boy (i.e., carrying cash between customers and the cashier's desk) at a large retail store. After losing this job, Frank is tricked by an enemy and held prisoner. This action backfires against his enemy, because it enables Frank to find his true identity. Throughout, young Frank demonstrates his mature independence and courageous determination to struggle against heavy odds.
CHAPTER I. WALTER SHERWOOD'S LETTER. CHAPTER II. DR. MACK GETS SOME INFORMATION. CHAPTER III. A COLLEGE BANQUET. CHAPTER IV. THE DAY AFTER THE FEAST. CHAPTER V. WALTER TAKES MATTERS PHILOSOPHICALLY. CHAPTER VI. TRUE FRIEND AND FALSE. CHAPTER VII. WALTER'S EXPERIMENT BEGINS. CHAPTER VIII. WALTER BUYS A WATCH. CHAPTER IX. AN INGENIOUS SCHEME. CHAPTER X. AT THE INDIANA HOUSE. CHAPTER XI. THE MAN FROM DAKOTA. CHAPTER XII. IN SEARCH OF EMPLOYMENT. CHAPTER XIII. A YOUNG INSURANCE AGENT. CHAPTER XIV. AN EXCITING ENCOUNTER. CHAPTER XV. THE EXCITEMENT DEEPENS. CHAPTER XVI. WALTER GOES INTO A NEW BUSINESS. CHAPTER XVII. WALTER'S VISITORS. CHAPTER XVIII. WALTER IS TURNED ADRIFT. CHAPTER XIX. WALTER MEETS PROFESSOR ROBINSON. CHAPTER XX. ON THE ROAD. CHAPTER XXI. MISS LONGWOOD'S PARTY. CHAPTER XXII. AN ADVENTURE. CHAPTER XXIII. WALTER AND THE HIGHWAYMAN. CHAPTER XXIV. AN ATTEMPT TO RECOVER THE REVOLVER. CHAPTER XXV. DICK RANNEY'S SCHEME. CHAPTER XXVI. THE EVENTS OF A NIGHT. CHAPTER XXVII. WALTER BECOMES A CAPITALIST. CHAPTER XXVIII. WALTER GOES OUT OF BUSINESS. CHAPTER XXIX. WALTER BUYS A HORSE. CHAPTER XXX. WALTER FINDS HIMSELF IN A TIGHT PLACE. CHAPTER XXXI. IN THE LOCKUP. CHAPTER XXXII. AN AWFUL MOMENT. CHAPTER XXXIII. WALTER SAVES ANOTHER'S LIFE. CHAPTER XXXIV. A TERRIBLE ORDEAL. CHAPTER XXXV. THE EMPTY JAIL. CHAPTER XXXVI. COLONEL RICHARD OWEN. CHAPTER XXXVII. WALTER IS VINDICATED. CHAPTER XXXVIII. AN OPENING AT SHELBY. CHAPTER XXXIX. THE NEW MASTER. CHAPTER XL.. BEN IS SUBDUED. CHAPTER XLI. CONCLUSION.
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCES THE CRUMPS. CHAPTER II. THE EVENTS OF AN EVENING. CHAPTER III. THE LANDLORD'S VISIT. CHAPTER IV. THE NEW YEAR'S PRESENT. CHAPTER V. A LUCKY RESCUE. CHAPTER VI. WHAT THE ENVELOPE CONTAINED. CHAPTER VII. EIGHT YEARS. IDA'S PROGRESS. CHAPTER VIII. A STRANGE VISITOR. CHAPTER IX. A JOURNEY. CHAPTER X. UNEXPECTED QUARTERS. CHAPTER XI. SUSPENSE. CHAPTER XII. HOW IDA FARED. CHAPTER XIII. BAD COIN. CHAPTER XIV. DOUBTS AND FEARS. CHAPTER XV. AUNT RACHEL'S MISHAPS. CHAPTER XVI. THE FLOWER-GIRL. CHAPTER XVII. JACK OBTAINS INFORMATION. CHAPTER XVIII. FINESSE. CHAPTER XIX. CAUGHT IN A TRAP. CHAPTER XX. JACK IN CONFINEMENT. CHAPTER XXI. THE PRISONER ESCAPES. CHAPTER XXII. MR. JOHN SOMERVILLE. CHAPTER XXIII. THE LAW STEPS IN. CHAPTER XXIV. "THE FLOWER-GIRL." CHAPTER XXV. IDA IS FOUND. CHAPTER XXVI. "NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND." CHAPTER XXVII. CONCLUSION.
The man pointed out to Harry as his guardian was tall, loosely put together, with a sharp, thin visage surrounded by a thicket of dull-red hair. He came forward as Harry jumped to the ground after descending from the elevated perch, and said: "I reckon this is Harry Vane?"
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