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August 08 , 2010

A Boy's Fortune (Illustrated)

The Strange Adventures of Ben Baker


Ben Baker, 16, leaves his widowed mother in Connecticut, to seek his fortune in New York City. Five years earlier, Ben’s father received an inheritance in bonds, then died suddenly while visiting his brother-in-law, Nicholas Walton.  When he arrives in New York, Ben calls on his Uncle Walton, who rebuffs him. Ben is offered job as a personal secretary if he will take the name "Philip Grafton" because he bears a strong resemblance to a real Philip Grafton, who had died. The real Philip’s guardian, Major Richard Grafton, fraudulently continues to receive a stipend as Phillip’s guardian. The Major then "adopts" Ben to replace the deceased Philip.  To perpetuate the fraud, the Major takes Ben to Europe. When the scheme is about to be exposed, the Major has Ben committed to an insane asylum in Switzerland. Ben must escape to uncover the theft before it is too late.

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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.

* This e-book is a true representation, hand-transcribed from a high-definition scan of a pre-1923 print version of the book. Unlike other e-copies of the book, it was not produced by using Optical Character Recognizion (OCR). OCR-scanning old books is seldom, if ever, error-free. This often results in an e-book with many **, ^^, >> and typographic errors when OCR can't read the word or punctuation correctly.

* "True representation" means that if the print version has any inscriptions or previous owner's name in the front of the book, this e-book might as well. Blank pages that often separate chapters might also be left in. And pages that may have a folded corner or other, similar damage might be included, too.

* In other words, no changes or as few as possible have been made to either illustrations or text in order to bring you an e-book that is as close to the original as possible.

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