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"The Young Adventurer" is the initial volume of a series of four stories relating to the Pacific coast and the intervening country. Horatio Alger's novel presents the story of Tom Nelson, the brave hero. Tom Nelson braves thieves, outlaws and Indians on his journey to California to seek his fortune. In the Pacific Series. Mark Nelson, a New England farmer with a wife and four children, has a $2,000 mortgage and is unable to remain solvent. His oldest son, Tom, aspires to help his father financially by heading for the California mine fields. Tom leaves by train for Pittsburgh. He meets Nicholas Waterbury, a kind Cincinnati businessman, and the two travel together to Cincinnati. Tom then leaves for St. Joseph, Missouri, where he and a friend, Mr. Ferguson, join a wagon train for the long trip to California. Out on the plains, Tom and his friend are sent on horseback to recover a horse that had wandered off. They succeed, and Tom returns to the wagon train, which finally arrives in California

This edition of the book contains the original illustration, rejuvenated, and nine additional place-, time- and subject-relevant illustrations that are unique to this edition.

A great example of personal success story-telling from the master, Horatio Alger. Alger wrote to instill the principle of Strive and Succeed, Personal Growth and Achievement-to attain the American dream. He inspired countless millions of young people world-wide and was the Mark Victor Hanson and Tony Robbins of his era. "Horatio Alger Jr. was the biggest American media star of his day. [when] the sale of 10,000 volumes was deemed a publishing triumph in those days-readers bought at least 200 million copies of his books, placing him in the Stephen King category"...Stefan Kanfer

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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