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Mark Mason's Victory The Trials and Triumphs of a Telegraph Boy   By: (1832-1899)

Mark Mason's Victory The Trials and Triumphs of a Telegraph Boy by Horatio Alger

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[Transcriber's note: This etext is based on the A.L. Burt publication of 1899 and differs from etext30387, which is the post 1900 version published by M. A. Donohue & Co., in that it contains the last seven chapters before the "Conclusion" chapter which are missing from the later version; it is also illustrated. (the images are visible in the html version only)]

[Illustration: "'Why, Uncle Solon, is that you?' exclaimed Mark." Page 7. Mark Mason's Victory. ]

MARK MASON'S VICTORY

THE TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS OF A TELEGRAPH BOY.

BY Horatio Alger, JR.,

Author of "Joe's Luck," "Tom the Bootblack," "Dan the Newsboy," "The Errand Boy," etc., etc.

ILLUSTRATED.

NEW YORK: A. L. BURT, PUBLISHER.

Copyright, 1899, by A. L. BURT.

MARK MASON'S VICTORY.

BY HORATIO ALGER, JR.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. Two Strangers from Syracuse 1

II. Where Mark Lived 10

III. An Unexpected Call 17

IV. A Night at Daly's 25

V. Mark as a Hero 34

VI. "The Evening Globe" 42

VII. The Great Mr. Bunsby 50

VIII. A Scene in Mrs. Mack's Room 57

IX. An Adventure in a Fifth Avenue Stage 65

X. An Important Commission 74

XI. Mr. Hamilton Schuyler is Astonished 78

XII. Mr. Schuyler has a Bad Time 90

XIII. Mark Starts on a Journey 99

XIV. The Telltale Memorandum 108

XV. A Railroad Incident 116

XVI. Mark as a Detective 124

XVII. Mark Makes a Call on Euclid Avenue 132

XVIII. A Midnight Visit 140

XIX. At Niagara Falls 149

XX. A Newspaper Paragraph 157

XXI. Mark Returns Home 165

XXII. A Crafty Schemer 178

XXIII. Mark's Good Luck 182

XXIV. The Two Sisters Meet 190

XXV. Maud Gilbert's Party 199

XXVI. An Important Commission 207

XXVII. Last Instructions 215

XXVIII. Mark at Omaha 219

XXIX. Nahum Sprague and his Orphan Ward 223

XXX. A Circus in Mr. Sprague's Yard 229

XXXI. Philip Finds a Friend 239

XXXII. Nahum Sprague's Surprise 247

XXXIII. A Change for Philip 255

XXXIV. On the Way Home 264

XXXV. Edgar Gets into Trouble 272

XXXVI. At the Fifth Avenue Hotel 281

XXXVII. Solon Talbot's Plans 290

XXXVIII. The Mining Stock is Sold 299

XXXIX. Conclusion 302

MARK MASON'S VICTORY.

CHAPTER I.

TWO STRANGERS FROM SYRACUSE.

"THAT is the City Hall over there, Edgar."

The speaker was a man of middle age, with a thin face and a nose like a Hawk. He was well dressed, and across his vest was visible a showy gold chain with a cameo charm attached to it.

The boy, probably about fifteen, was the image of his father. They were crossing City Hall Park in New York and Mr. Talbot was pointing out to his son the public buildings which make this one of the noted localities in the metropolis.

"Shine?" asked a bootblack walking up to the pair.

"I'd like to take a shine, father," said Edgar. "What do you charge?"

"Five cents, but I don't object to a dime," replied the bootblack.

"Can I have a shine, father?"

"Why didn't you get one at the hotel?"

"Because they charged ten cents. I thought I could get it for less outside."

"Good boy!" said the father in a tone of approval. "Get things as low as you can. That's my motto, and that's the way I got rich. Here, boy, you can get to work."

Instantly the bootblack was on his knees, and signed for Edgar to put his foot on the box.

"What's your name, boy?" asked Edgar with a condescending tone.

"No, it ain't boy. It's Tom."

"Well, Tom, do you make much money?"

"Well, I don't often make more'n five dollars a day."

"Five dollars? You are trying to humbug me."

"It's true though. I never made more'n five dollars in a day in my life, 'cept when I shined shoes for swells like you who were liberal with their cash."

Edgar felt rather flattered to be called a swell, but a little alarmed at the suggestion that Tom might expect more than the usual sum... Continue reading book >>




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