Phil the Fiddler

Horatio Alger

The second in the Paul the Peddler series follows Phil, a New York street fiddler.

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Phil is an Italian immigrant to New York who is enslaved by a Padrone, which is another word for master or, more recently, a Mafia boss. Phil had been sold by his father for $100. Phil plays the fiddle on street corners to raise money that he then has to turn over to the Padrone. But when someone steals his fiddle, it turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Phil has a cheerful personality and he makes friends easily. Follow his exciting adventures as he is chased and hunted and, somehow, after collapsing in the snow on the side of the street, nearly dead, he is rescued just in time.

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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