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Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks

Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks

Horatio Alger, Jr.

Update: 2020-04-22

Preface

  • "Ragged Dick" was contributed as a serial story to the pages of the
  • Schoolmate, a well-known juvenile magazine, during the year 1867. While in
  • course of publication, it was received with so many evidences of favor that it
  • has been rewritten and considerably enlarged, and is now presented to the
  • public as the first volume of a series intended to illustrate the life and
  • experiences of the friendless and vagrant children who are now numbered by
  • thousands in New York and other cities.
  • Several characters in the story are sketched from life. The necessary
  • information has been gathered mainly from personal observation and
  • conversations with the boys themselves. The author is indebted also to the
  • excellent Superintendent of the Newsboys' Lodging House, in Fulton Street, for
  • some facts of which he has been able to make use. Some anachronisms may be
  • noted. Wherever they occur, they have been admitted, as aiding in the
  • development of the story, and will probably be considered as of little
  • importance in an unpretending volume, which does not aspire to strict
  • historical accuracy.
  • The author hopes that, while the volumes in this series may prove interesting
  • stories, they may also have the effect of enlisting the sympathies of his
  • readers in behalf of the unfortunate children whose life is described, and of
  • leading them to co-operate with the praiseworthy efforts now making by the
  • Children's Aid Society and other organizations to ameliorate their condition.
  • New York, April, 1868