Paul the Peddler

Horatio Alger

Follow Paul on his journey to escape the harsh business of peddling prize packages on the streets of New York.

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Paul was the son of a successful German immigrant cabinet maker who died prematurely after being run over by a horse-drawn wagon that was loaded with heavy goods. After his death, Paul and his mother, and the youngest son Jimmy, found themselves struggling to make ends meet. Paul is ambitious to provide for the family, and he works hard selling ties from his own stand on the sidewalk. His mother is a seamstress and little Jimmy an artist, so Paul makes his stand a family business by asking Jimmy to paint the sign, “Paul Hoffman and Mother, Dealers in Neckties.” Throughout the story a number of people try to swindle Paul, or frame him for crimes he did not commit.

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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