The Young Adventurer

Horatio Alger

Tom Nelson embarks on the journey of a lifetime in an effort to put his maturity and hard work to the test.

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Thomas Nelson leaves the family farm in New Hampshire and travels 3,000 miles to San Francisco. We follow his exploits as he travels by train, steamboat and horseback, all when he is barely 16 years old. This was an era before planes and automobiles had even been invented. Tom begins his journey with less than a dollar to his name, but Horatio Alger tells us about the qualities of his character and body that were sure to guarantee success: he had “a stout heart, a pair of strong hands, an honest face, and plenty of perseverance — not bad equipment for a young adventurer.”

Classic Excerpts

“A boy who is thrown upon his own guardianship and his own resources develops manliness and self-reliance sooner than at home.”

From The Young Adventurer

“Suddenly Andy made a spurt and forged ahead of Conrad. The young aristocrat could hardly believe his eyes when he saw Valentine’s boat, impelled by a competitor whom he had despised, take the leading place. He flushed with vexation and made a desperate effort to regain his lost position.”

From Andy Grant’s Pluck

“You must remember, my dear boy, that hard work is better than luck, and more to be relied upon. Don’t expect to make your fortune all at once by finding a big nugget, but work steadily, and you will meet with more or less success.”

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