Slow and Sure the Story of Paul Hoffman the Young Street Merchant

Author: Horatio Alger
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ISBN: 9781548395544
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SIX MONTHS AFTER. "It's most time for Paul to come home," said Mrs. Hoffman. "I must be setting the table for supper." "I wonder how he will like my new picture," said Jimmy, a delicate boy of eight, whose refined features, thoughtful look, and high brow showed that his mind by no means shared the weakness of his body. Though only eight years of age he already manifested a remarkable taste and talent for drawing, in which he had acquired surprising skill, considering that he had never taken lessons, but had learned all he knew from copying such pictures as fell in his way. "Let me see your picture, Jimmy," said Mrs. Hoffman. "Have you finished it?" She came up and looked over his shoulder. He had been engaged in copying a humorous picture from the last page of Harper's Weekly. It was an ambitious attempt on the part of so young a pupil, but he had succeeded remarkably well, reproducing with close fidelity the grotesque expressions of the figures introduced in the picture. "That is excellent, Jimmy," said his mother in warm commendation. The little boy looked gratified. "Do you think I will be an artist some day?" he asked. "I have no doubt of it," said his mother, "if you can only obtain suitable instruction. However, there is plenty of time for that. You are only seven years old." "I shall be eight to-morrow," said Jimmy, straightening up his slender form with the pride which every boy feels in advancing age. "So you will. I had forgotten it." "I wonder whether I can earn as much money as Paul when I get as old," said Jimmy thoughtfully. "I don't think I can. I shan't be half as strong." "It isn't always the strongest who earn the most money," said his mother. "But Paul is smart as well as strong." "So are you smart. You can read unusually well for a boy of your age, and in drawing I think Paul is hardly your equal, though he is twice as old." Jimmy laughed. "That's true, mother," he said. "Paul tried to draw a horse the other day, and it looked more like a cow." "You see then that we all have our different gifts. Paul has a talent for business." "I think he'll be rich some day, mother." "I hope he will, for I think he will make a good use of his money." While Mrs. Hoffman was speaking she had been setting the table for supper. The meal was not a luxurious one, but there was no lack of food. Beside rolls and butter, there was a plate of cold meat, an apple pie, and a pot of steaming hot tea. The cloth was scrupulously clean, and I am sure that though the room was an humble one not one of my readers need have felt a repugnance to sitting down at Mrs. Hoffman's plain table. For the benefit of such as may not have read "Paul the Peddler," I will explain briefly that Mrs. Hoffman, by the death of her husband two years previous, had been reduced to poverty, which compelled her to move into a tenement house and live as best she could on the earnings of her oldest son, Paul, supplemented by the pittance she obtained for sewing. Paul, a smart, enterprising boy, after trying most of the street occupations, had become a young street merchant....

Slow and Sure

Author: Horatio Alger Jr.
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ISBN: 9781540851239
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Horatio Alger Jr. January 13, 1832 - July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many young adult novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on America during the Gilded Age. All of Alger's juvenile novels share essentially the same theme, known as the "Horatio Alger myth": a teenage boy works hard to escape poverty. Often it is not hard work that rescues the boy from his fate but rather some extraordinary act of bravery or honesty. The boy might return a large sum of lost money or rescue someone from an overturned carriage. This brings the boy-and his plight-to the attention of a wealthy individual.

Slow and Sure Annotated and Illustrated

Author: Horatio Horatio Alger Jr.
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ISBN: 9781549677410
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*This Book is annotated (it contains a detailed biography of the author). *An active Table of Contents has been added by the publisher for a better customer experience. *This book has been checked and corrected for spelling errors."SLOW AND SURE" is a volume of the stories of New York street life inaugurated by Ragged Dick. While it chronicles the advancement of Paul, the young street merchant, from the sidewalk to the shop, a large portion of it is devoted to the experiences of a street waif, who has been brought up by burglars, and passed the greater part of his time among them, without being wholly spoiled by his corrupt surroundings. His struggles between gratitude and duty on the one hand, and loyalty to his vicious guardians on the other, will, it is hoped, excite the interest and sympathy of the reader. The author has sought to indicate some of the influences which make it difficult for the neglected street children to grow up virtuous and well-conducted members of society. Philanthropy is never more nobly employed than in redeeming them, and "giving them a chance" to rise to respectability.

The Horatio Alger MEGAPACK 70 Classic Works

Author: Horatio Alger
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 1479423750
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The Horatio Alger MEGAPACK® presents 70 Classic Works by the great 19th century author. Here are: ADVENTURES OF A TELEGRAPH BOY DIGGING FOR GOLD MARK THE MATCH BOY BOB BURTON ANDY GORDON THE BACKWOODS BOY A BOY'S FORTUNE A DEBT OF HONOR BERNARD BROOKS' ADVENTURES WAIT AND HOPE MARK MASON'S VICTORY ROBERT COVERDALE'S STRUGGLE BEN, THE LUGGAGE BOY RUFUS AND ROSE THE YOUNG ADVENTURER THE YOUNG MINER THE TIN BOX TOM, THE BOOTBLACK A COUSIN'S CONSPIRACY IN A NEW WORLD LUKE WALTON THE ERIE TRAIN BOY THE YOUNG OUTLAW SAM'S CHANCE BEN'S NUGGET SLOW AND SURE THE YOUNG BANK MESSENGER THE TELEGRAPH BOY CHESTER RAND FROM FARM TO FORTUNE THE YOUNG ACROBAT OF THE GREAT NORTH AMERICAN CIRCUS RAGGED DICK FAME AND FORTUNE RANDY OF THE RIVER YOUNG CAPTAIN JACK FRANK AND FEARLESS ADRIFT IN NEW YORK PAUL THE PEDDLER PHIL, THE FIDDLER JOE THE HOTEL BOY THE ERRAND BOY FRED SARGENT'S REVENGE THE SMUGGLER'S TRAP THE CASH BOY PAUL PRESCOTT'S CHARGE BRAVE AND BOLD DRIVEN FROM HOME CAST UPON THE BREAKERS FROM CANAL BOY TO PRESIDENT ANDY GRANT'S PLUCK MAKING HIS WAY FACING THE WORLD JOE'S LUCK BOUND TO RISE RISEN FROM THE RANKS HERBERT CARTER'S LEGACY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS WALTER SHERWOOD'S PROBATION NOTHING TO EAT HELPING HIMSELF TRY AND TRUST DO AND DARE HECTOR'S INHERITANCE THE YOUNG MUSICIAN STRUGGLING UPWARD ONLY AN IRISH BOY JACK'S WARD THE STORE BOY FRANK'S CAMPAIGN TIMOTHY CRUMP'S WARD If you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see more of the 300+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!

Phil the Fiddler

Author: Horatio Alger
Publisher: 1st World Publishing
ISBN: 1421821915
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Viva Garibaldi! sang a young Italian boy in an uptown street, accompanying himself on a violin which, from its battered appearance, seemed to have met with hard usage. As the young singer is to be the hero of my story, I will pause to describe him. He was twelve years old, but small of his age. His complexion was a brilliant olive, with the dark eyes peculiar to his race, and his hair black. In spite of the dirt, his face was strikingly handsome, especially when lighted up by a smile, as was often the case, for in spite of the hardships of his lot, and these were neither few nor light, Filippo was naturally merry and light-hearted.