We have more books available by this author! A young adult novel by the author of numerous 'rag to riches' stories in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of Alger's works were released in pulp paperback editions from to January 13, More information about this seller Contact this seller 3. Language: English. Brand new Book.
The speaker was a tall, pompous-looking man, whose age appeared to verge close upon fifty. He was sitting bolt upright in a high-backed chair, and looked as if it would be quite impossible to deviate from his position of unbending rigidity. Seller Inventory APC More information about this seller Contact this seller 4. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days.
More information about this seller Contact this seller 5. Squire Benjamin Newcome, as he was called, in the right of his position as Justice of the Peace, Chairman of the Selectmen, and wealthiest resident of Wrenville, was a man of rule and measure. He was measured in his walk, measured in his utterance, and measured in all his transactions. He might be called a dignified machine. He had a very exalted conception of his own position, and the respect which he felt to be his due, not only from his own household, but from all who approached him.
If the President of the United States had called upon him, Squire Newcome would very probably have felt that he himself was the party who conferred distinction, and not received it. More information about this seller Contact this seller 6. More information about this seller Contact this seller 7. Pictorial Hard Cover. Condition: Poor. Nd ca. Pictorial titles on tan cloth. Owner's penciled notes on frontis.
Text block detached from cover. Size: 12mo. More information about this seller Contact this seller 8. More information about this seller Contact this seller 9. Excerpt from Paul Prescott's Charge: A Story for Boys Han-nah I again called Squire Newcome, separating the two syllables by a pause of deliberation, and strongly accenting the last syllable, a habit of his with all proper names.
Hannah was the Irish servant of all work, who was just then engaged in mixing up bread in the room adjoining, which was the kitchen. Feeling a natural reluctance to appear before her employer with her hands covered with dough, she hastily washed them. All this, however, took time, and before she responded to the first summons, the second Han-nah delivered with a little sharp emphasis, had been uttered.
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More information about this seller Contact this seller Though wholly unlike the first volume, it is written in furtherance of the same main idea, that every boy's life is a campaign, more or less difficult, in which success depends upon integrity and a steadfast adherence to duty. How Paul Prescott gained strength by battling with adverse circumstances, and, under all discouragements, kept steadily before him the charge which he received from his dying father, is fully told; and the author will be glad if the record shall prove an incentive and an encouragement to those boys who may have a similar campaign before them.
Published by Createspace Independent Pub About this Item: Createspace Independent Pub, This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them. Published by Independently Published, United States Horatio Alger Jr. January 13, - July 18, was an American writer, 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 the United States during the Gilded Age. I told him that I could not fix a time. I said that I had been overwhelmed by a result so contrary to my anticipations, but I told him I would not rest till I had done something to satisfy his claim. He was always an unreasonable man, and reproached me bitterly for sinking his money in a useless speculation, as if I could foresee how it would end any better than he. Paul readily found the letter.
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John Prescott, Wrenville. SIR: I have been waiting impatiently to hear something about the five hundred dollars in which sum you are indebted to me, on account of a loan which I was fool enough to make you seven years since. I thought you an honest man, but I have found, to my cost, that I was mistaken. For the last year you have even failed to pay interest as stipulated between us.
Your intention is evident. I quite understand that you have made up your mind to defraud me of what is rightfully mine. I do not hesitate to say that if you had your deserts you would be in the Penitentiary. Let me advise you, if you wish to avoid further trouble, to make no delay in paying a portion of this debt.
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Yours, etc. The money is justly his, and it is a great sorrow to me that I must die without paying it. It will be a comfort to me to feel that there is some hope of the debt being paid at some future day. You will have to struggle hard enough as it is. No, Paul, recall your promise. I have made the promise and I mean to stick to it. Besides, it will give me something to live for.
I am young—I may have a great many years before me. For thirteen years you have supported me. It is only right that I should make what return I can. Prescott, solemnly.
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But, my dear, I feel tired. I think I will try to go to sleep. Their scanty stock of firewood was exhausted, and Paul was obliged to go into the woods near by, to obtain such loose fagots as he might find upon the ground. He was coming back with his load when his attention was drawn by a whistle.
Looking up he discovered Ben Newcome approaching him. She only likes to scold a little; it does her good. The two boys sat on the doorstep and talked while Paul ate the turnovers. Ben watched the process with much satisfaction. In about fifteen minutes Paul went into the house to look at his father. He was lying very quietly upon the bed. Paul drew near and looked at him more closely.
Ben, who in spite of his mischievous propensities was gifted with a warm heart, sat down beside Paul, and passing his arm round his neck, gave him that silent sympathy which is always so grateful to the grief-stricken heart. Poor Paul! It seemed to him a dream of inexpressible sorrow.
His father and mother both gone, he felt that he was indeed left alone in the world. No thought of the future had yet entered his mind. He was wholly occupied with his present sorrow. Desolate at heart he slipped away from the graveyard after the funeral ceremony was over, and took his way back again to the lonely dwelling which he had called home. As he was sitting in the corner, plunged in sorrowful thought, there was a scraping heard at the door, and a loud hem! Looking up, Paul saw entering the cottage the stiff form of Squire Benjamin Newcome, who, as has already been stated, was the owner.
I suppose you are aware that your deceased parent left little or no worldly goods. You will therefore accompany him without resistance. If you obey him and read the Bible regularly, you will—ahem! In fact there was nothing attractive in the appearance or manners of Mr.
He had a coarse hard face, while his head was surmounted by a shock of red hair, which to all appearance had suffered little interference from the comb for a time which the observer would scarcely venture to compute. There was such an utter absence of refinement about the man, that Paul, who had been accustomed to the gentle manners of his father, was repelled by the contrast which this man exhibited.
Anyhow, them as has no money may feel themselves lucky to get so good a home.
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Paul quietly submitted himself to the guidance of Mr. He was so occupied with the thought of his sad loss that he did not realize the change that was about to take place in his circumstances. About half a mile from the village in the bleakest and most desolate part of the town, stood the Poor House. It was bleak and comfortless to be sure, but on that very account had been purchased at a trifling expense, and that was, of course, a primary consideration. Connected with the house were some dozen acres of rough-looking land, plentifully overspread with stones, which might have filled with despair the most enterprising agriculturist.
However, it had this recommendation at least, that it was quite in character with the buildings upon it, which in addition to the house already described, consisted of a barn of equal antiquity and a pig pen. This magnificent domain was under the superintendence of Mr. Nicholas Mudge, who in consideration of taking charge of the town paupers had the use of the farm and buildings, rent free, together with a stipulated weekly sum for each of the inmates. How do you like it?
Mudge in a tone of mingled amazement and indignation. Mudge, in an injured tone.
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