By: Frank Tousey (1853-1902)
Fame and Fortune Weekly No. 1: A Lucky Deal; or The 'Cutest Boy in Wall Street
A Lucky Deal is a story of a young New York lad who, in the process of looking for a job, becomes a hero and lands a dream job as a messenger boy in Wall Street. This gives him access to people and information that he can use constructively to build himself up. Along the way, he has a powerful, saving influence on many of those around him.
Fame and Fortune Weekly No. 2: Born to Good Luck; or The Boy Who Succeeded
Dick Armstrong is an enterprising young man who works his way out of a slave-labor situation to become a successful businessman at only age 17. He shows through cool, reasonable understanding of business, an honest man can make something of himself if he takes advantage of the opportunities given him.
Fame and Fortune Weekly No. 3: Corner in Corn
Vance Thornton is a young man who works for a Corn Operator in Chicago. He picked up a lot of important skills by watching his boss, and now gets a chance to use them in trying to corner the market. Along the way, he shows the most important skill for success is his integrity. From this, all other opportunities availed themselves.
Fame and Fortune Weekly No. 4: A Game of Chance
Will Sommers is a talented young man who currently works in the Engine Room of a factory, but who is quickly becoming an Engineer. He uses his talents to benefit the company for which he works, but also to help himself, as he attempts to turn a swamp into an ice privilege. Will also demonstrates his great character in helping young Jessie Fairweather when she is confronted by the entitled son of the local Squire.
Fame and Fortune Weekly No. 5: Hard to Beat
Bob Brooks is a young messenger boy on Wall Street, who uses his business sagacity to take advantage of some serendipitous tips to get a career going as a Wall Street Speculator. He also puts his innate bravery to work not only in business, but also in helping the helpless, and overcoming evil enemies who would do him harm.
Fame and Fortune Weekly No. 6: Building a Railroad
Don and Gil Winthrop inherited their father's business to construct a railroad in a developing location in upstate New York. Engineers themselves, though young, they decided to carry on his work despite their inexperience. They have to fight their way through troubles instigated by a competing contractor, and a vindictive foreman of his who holds a dark secret of his own.
Fame and Fortune Weekly No 7 Winning His Way
The recent death of Frank Morris' father, Owner and Editor of the Green River Argus, has left his 18 year-old son, Frank to take up the challenge of running the paper. In the months preceding his death, Frank's father had hired a man, Mr. Jebb, to run the paper in his absence. Unfortunately Mr. Jebb had purposefully mishandled the paper to diminish its value so the local powerhead, Squire Roach, could purchase it at a bargain. Now Frank needs his wits, ingenuity, and salesmanship to help the Argus to regain its stature in the community.