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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Ben, the Luggage Boy;, by Horatio Alger 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.net Title: Ben, the Luggage Boy; or, Among the Wharves Author: Horatio Alger Release Date: March 21, 2009 [EBook #28381] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK BEN, THE LUGGAGE BOY; *** Produced by Taavi Kalju, Woodie4, Joseph Cooper and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net (This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Archive/American Libraries.) Transcriber's notes: Captions have been added to the illustration markers for the convenience of some readers. These have been indicated by an asterisk. A list of some of the author's other books has been moved from the front papers to the end of the book. [Illustration: Front cover]* [Illustration: Title page: RAGGED DICK SERIES BY HORATIO ALGER JR. BEN THE LUGGAGE BOY] BEN, THE LUGGAGE BOY; OR, AMONG THE WHARVES. BY HORATIO ALGER, JR., AUTHOR OF "RAGGED DICK," "FAME AND FORTUNE," "MARK, THE MATCH BOY," "ROUGH AND READY," "CAMPAIGN SERIES," "LUCK AND PLUCK SERIES," ETC. THE JOHN C. WINSTON CO., PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO, TORONTO. TO ANNIE, THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED In Tender Remembrance, BY HER _AFFECTIONATE BROTHER_ PREFACE. In presenting "Ben, the Luggage Boy," to the public, as the fifth of the Ragged Dick Series, the author desires to say that it is in all essential points a true history; the particulars of the story having been communicated to him, by Ben himself, nearly two years since. In particular, the circumstances attending the boy's running away from home, and adopting the life of a street boy, are in strict accordance with Ben's own statement. While some of the street incidents are borrowed from the writer's own observation, those who are really familiar with the different phases which street life assumes in New York, will readily recognize their fidelity. The chapter entitled "The Room under the Wharf" will recall to many readers of the daily journals a paragraph which made its appearance within two ye
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