The Young Minor

Horatio Alger

Continue the journey with Tom Nelson as he tries to strike it rich in California.

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Tom Nelson was part of the California “gold rush” and worked hard panning for gold. He never struck it rich by hitting a bonanza, yet he was reasonably successful because he was such a hard worker. He also saved his money and planned for the future, so by the end of this second novel in the two-volume series, he had become a wealthy merchant in San Francisco. To get there, Tom dealt with a number of challenges, including thieves, a down-and-out gambler and the wealthy squire back in New Hampshire who kept trying to force his father into poverty.

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.”

From The Young Miner

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