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Helping Himself, or Grant Thornton's Ambition

Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899)

1. 01 - THE MINISTER'S SON
2. 02 - GRANT MAKES TWO BUSINESS CALLS
3. 03 - GRANT WALKS TO SOMERSET
4. 04 - A TIMELY RESCUE
5. 05 - MRS. THORNTON'S PEARLS
6. 06 - GRANT GETS INTO UNEXPECTED TROUBLE
7. 07 - MRS. SIMPSON COMES TO GRIEF
8. 08 - GRANT TAKES A DECISIVE STEP
9. 09 - UNCLE GODFREY PARTS FROM GRANT
10. 10 - A DAY IN WALL STREET
11. 11 -GRANT MAKES A FRIEND
12. 12 - MRS. ESTABROOK'S PLANS
13. 13 - TWO VIEWS OF TOM CALDER
14. 14 - WILLIS FORD'S NEW FRIENDS
15. 15 - AN ARTFUL TRAP
16. 16 - GRANT FALLS UNDER SUSPICION
17. 17 - THE TELLTALE KEY
18. 18 - GRANT'S ENEMIES TRIUMPH
19. 19 - IMPORTANT EVIDENCE
20. 20 - AT THE FIFTH AVENUE HOTEL
21. 21 - THE THIEF IS DISCOVERED
22. 22 - WILLIS FORD AT BAY
23. 23 - JUSTICE TRIUMPHS
24. 24 - STARTLING NEWS
25. 25 - ANXIOUS INQUIRIES
26. 26 - A WESTERN CABIN
27. 27 - THE RIDE TO BARTON'S
28. 28 - HERBERT IS PROVIDED WITH A NEW HOME
29. 29 - INTRODUCES MR. BARTON
30. 30 - A MODEL HOUSEHOLD
31. 31 - THE HOUSEKEEPER'S CRIME
32. 32 - HOPE DEFERRED
33. 32 - THE JOURNEY BEGINS
34. 34 - MRS. BARTON'S SURPRISE
35. 35 - HERBERT BREAKS DOWN
36. 36 - GRANT RECEIVES A LETTER
37. 37 - WILLIS FORD FINDS THE RUNAWAYS
38. 38 - FORD TAKES A BOLD STEP, BUT FAILS
39. 39 - THE HOUSEKEEPER'S RETRIBUTION
40. 40 - CONCLUSION

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Helping Himself, or Grant Thornton's Ambition deals with the grit and determination of Grant, a 15 year old farmer's boy whose father is dead and in order to pay his minister father's debts, and to help his mother deal with their abject poverty young Grant postpones his college education to take a job as a Wall Street broker's clerk. The first step is to deal with the avaricious and greedy man who is keeping them from obtaining the meager amount due them and which will at least allow them to eat. Grant's wits, pluck and sheer determination are tested time and time again and each time he rises to the occasion. Read of his struggle to feed his mother and himself and then to rise in the world despite great odds. I can say with great confidence that in the end, he might succeed!