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Ahead of the Show

The Adventures of Al Allston, Advance Agent

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Author: Fred Thorpe
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,295 / 128 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 96.7
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,015
Added to site: 2012.09.18 31459

e whom it will be worth your while to know."

"Who is she?--for it is a woman, of course."

"Yes, sir, it is a woman; she is the wife of the mayor."

"The wife of the mayor of Boomville stage-struck?"

"In the worst way, Mr. Wattles; she believes herself the only legitimate successor of Charlotte Cushman."

"They all do. Well, what has all this to do with your scheme?"

"A good deal. Mrs. Anderson--that is her name--is very anxious to appear on the professional stage."

"Of course."

"Why can't you give her a chance?"

"Eh? I? How?"

"Send her word that one of your actresses has been taken suddenly ill, and ask her to take her place. She'll do it, take my word for that, and all Boomville will go to see her."

"Well, you must be crazy, young man," said Mr. Wattles, in a tone of disgust. "So that is your scheme, is it?"

"That is part of it."

"Well, it won't work."

"Why not?"

"For a dozen reasons. If I had two or three

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Henry L. Ratliff

(1897) Adventure (Boy Hero)

R: * * *

Plot bullets

  • Stage shows in the 1800's, that moved from town to town with their performances, employed an advanced man to arouse interest in the upcoming show, in the next town.

  • Al, a young boy, thinks he has the stuff, to be such and advanced agent, and works for and succeeds in getting just such a job.

  • He is energetic, honest, trustworthy, brave, etc. etc, and does well.

  • However, he makes enemies and his life is in danger, as he utilizes travel to hopefully find his long missing sister..

  • There are gains and pitfalls for one who places himself: Ahead of the Show.

This borders on a Young Readers genre, but does have a few 'damns' in it.



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