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or, the Trials and Triumphs of Harry West. A Story for Young Folks

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Author: Oliver Optic (William Taylor Adams)
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 50,382 / 146 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 382
Added to site: 2010.01.25
mnybks.net#: 26437
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Young Readers
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ood way to contend with the trials to which all are subjected; but he had not yet learned that sorrow and adversity are as necessary for man as joy and prosperity. Besides, it was a turning point in his life, and it seemed to him that Jacob Wire's house would be the tomb of all his hopes.

CHAPTER II

IN WHICH HARRY FINDS A FRIEND, AND A PRACTICABLE SCHEME FOR RESISTANCE

My young readers will probably desire to know something about Harry's "antecedents"; and while the poor fellow is mourning over the hard lot which Squire Walker has marked out for him, we will briefly review his previous history.

Unlike the heroes of modern novels and romances, Harry did not belong to an ancient, or even a very respectable family. We need not trace his genealogy for any considerable period, and I am not sure that the old records would throw much light on the subject if we should attempt to do so. The accident of birth in our republican land is a matter of

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