Helping Himself; Or, Grant Thornton's Ambition cover

Helping Himself; Or, Grant Thornton's Ambition

Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899)

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

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    “wish we were not so terribly poor, Grant," said Mrs. Thornton, in a discouraged tone. "Is there anything new that makes you say so, mother?” Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, most famous for his novels following the adventures of bootblacks, newsboys, peddlers, buskers, and other impoverished children in their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of respectable middle-class security and comfort. His novels about boys who succeed under the tutelage of older mentors were hugely popular in their day. This book, a true rags-to-riches novel, follows Grant, the oldest of three children that their mother, a widow is struggling to feed and clothe. His determination to succeed is fierce and yet he never cheats or follows the easy path to success.