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Our hero, Andy is the son of a poor widow, who works as a janitor at the local school to earn his education. Andy is an excellent student, which earns him the enmity of fop Herbert Ross, the rich and spoiled son of a wealthy lawyer. This version of the book contains 10 illustrations of the period.

The first episode occurs in the schoolhouse; Andy is sweeping before class begins. Herbert enters and spitefully kicks Andy's pile of dust. Henry then attacks Andy, who in defending himself soundly beats Henry before their teacher, Dr. Euclid, breaks up the fight. Euclid sides with Andy; Henry goes to his father, a trustee of the school, and persuades him to go to Euclid to order Andy's dismissal. Though Mr. Ross falsely accuses Andy of initiating the fight, Euclid refuses to fire Andy. Mr. Ross returns home unsatisfied and desirous of his own vengeance.

The book continues with many episodes of danger and heroism, and whether Andy will prevail in the end isn't revealed until very close to the end.

This is the original or one of the very closest first editions of "Andy." One of the later versions is quite different, much shorter, for example, with lots of the plot minimized and entire chapters omitted. For instance, this version has 44 chapters, while one of the later editions has only 17.

Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many formulaic juvenile 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 America during the Gilded Age.

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