TOM TRACY by Horatio Alger .
The Trials of a New York Newsboy
ILLUSTRATED - A New York newsboy befriends a hermit and resists the schemes of his rich uncle to cheat him out of some valuable property. Tom Tracy is the sole supporter of his widowed mother and younger brother. Tom's uncle, Dudley Weeks, is the administrator of Tom's grandfather's estate. He and Tom's mother are the only heirs. Mr. Weeks informs Tom's mother that the only part of the estate to be divided is a worthless tract of land in Pennsylvania. One day Tom meets Noah, an eccentric hermit. Noah has confidence in Tom and sends him to Pennsylvania to restore funds he had stolen from a bank years earlier. Tom meets Mr. Duncan, sent there by Weeks to ascertain the value of the land. Mr. Duncan, treated poorly by Weeks, decides to inform Tom that a rich vein of coal had been discovered on the land. Meanwhile, Mr. Weeks, believing that he could buy the half-share owned by Tom's mother, has formed a coal company and sold off shares. Mr. Duncan must find a way to right the financial wrongs that Weeks has long inflicted on the Tracy’s.