Ben, the Luggage Boy

or, Among the Wharves

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Published: 1876
Language: English
Wordcount: 52,770 / 157 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.1
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,221
Added to site: 2009.07.05
mnybks.net#: 24620
Origin: gutenberg.org

In presenting "Ben, the Luggage Boy," to the public, as the fifth of the Ragged Dick Series, the author desires to say that it is in all essential points a true history; the particulars of the story having been communicated to him, by Ben himself, nearly two years since. In particular, the circumstances attending the boy's running away from home, and adopting the life of a street boy, are in strict accordance with Ben's own statement.

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CHAPTER II.

HOW BEN COMMENCED HIS STREET LIFE.

One pleasant morning, six years before the date at which this story commences, a small coasting-vessel drew up at a North River pier in the lower part of the city. It was loaded with freight, but there was at least one passenger on board. A boy of ten, dressed in a neat jacket and pants of gray-mixed cloth, stood on deck, watching with interest the busy city which they had just reached.

"Well, bub, here we are," said the captain as he passed. "I suppose you know your way home."

"Yes, sir."

"Are you going on shore now?"

"Yes, sir."

"Well, good luck to you, my lad. If you are ever down this way, when I'm in port, I shall be glad to see you."

"Thank you, sir; good-by."

"Good-by."

Ben clambered over the side, and stepped upon the wharf. In the great city he knew no one, and he was an utter stranger to the streets, never before having visited it. He was a

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Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **
2010.08.27
Henry L. Ratliff
**...

The story of how a run-a-way boy lives and survives in the big city.
Must be read with a sugar pill.
It was written for young readers, but is stark and very revealing into
the big city street urchins of 100 years ago.


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