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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Rufus and Rose, by Horatio Alger, Jr This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Rufus and Rose The Fortunes of Rough and Ready Author: Horatio Alger, Jr Release Date: July 4, 2008 [EBook #25967] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK RUFUS AND ROSE *** Produced by David Edwards, Mary Meehan and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net (This file was produced from scans of public domain material produced by Microsoft for their Live Search Books site.) RUFUS AND ROSE; OR, THE FORTUNES OF ROUGH AND READY. BY HORATIO ALGER, JR. AUTHOR OF "RAGGED DICK," "FAME AND FORTUNE," "MARK, THE MATCH BOY," "ROUGH AND READY," "BEN, THE LUGGAGE BOY," "CAMPAIGN SERIES," "LUCK AND PLUCK SERIES," ETC. PHILADELPHIA: PORTER & COATES. To MY YOUNG FRIENDS, HENRY AND EUGENE, THIS VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED PREFACE. In presenting to the public the last volume of the "RAGGED DICK SERIES," the author desires to return his thanks for the generous reception accorded, both by the press and the public, to these stories of street life. Several of the characters are drawn from life, and _nearly all_ of the incidents are of actual occurrence. Indeed, the materials have been found so abundant that invention has played but a subordinate part. The principal object proposed, in the preparation of these volumes, has been to show that the large class of street boys--numbering thousands in New York alone--furnishes material out of which good citizens may be made, if the right influences are brought to bear upon them. In every case, therefore, the author has led his hero, step by step, from vagabondage to a position of respectability; and, in so doing, has incurred the charge, in some quarters, of exaggeration. It can easily be shown, however, that he has fallen short of the truth, rather than exceeded it. In proof, the following extract from an article in a New York daily paper is submitted:-- "As a class, the newsboys of New York are worthy of more
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