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This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please improve this article by introducing more precise citations where appropriate. (July 2011) Alger, Jr. Paul the Peddler, or the Fortunes of a Young Street Merchant is a novel by Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899), first serialized in Student and Schoolmate in 1871 and released as a book by A. K. Loring the same year. It was the second volume in the Tattered Tom First Series. The book was dedicated to Charles Davies Scudder, a physician-friend of Alger's who specialized in veneral diseases. The story follows Paul Hoffman, a street peddler of candy, as he raises funds to buy a profitable necktie stand on Broadway. A pawnbroker tries to cheat him of his mother's diamond ring but he knows the ring's worth and refuses to be gulled. The ring is stolen, but recovered after many adventures. Paul sells the ring to Tiffany's for $250 and buys the necktie stand. A subscriber to the magazine praised the serial and author: "Paul the Peddler is well-written ... so lifelike, simple and affecting that it causes the sympathetic tear to start in behalf of struggling honorable poverty. My compliments to the author. His is the pen of genius." Edwin Hoyt points out that Paul is unlike Alger's other street children. He is not a runaway or a homeless waif, but has a home with his mother in a Pearl Street tenement that is clean and neat. Hoyt compares Paul's lame little brother to characters in Dickens, observing that the two authors were not unlike one another. Alger however was writing for the demands and limitations of the juvenile market. Edwin Hoyt writes, "What the story of Paul the Peddler lacked in social significance it made up for in adventure. Though a vast departure from the sociological overtones of Ragged Dick, it was eminently satisfactory to [Alger's] youthful audience." Paul would reappear in Slow and Sure: From the Street to the Shop, an 1872 Student and Schoolmate serial, and would make a cameo appearance in a third tale. References Hoyt, Edwin P. (1974). Horatio’s Boys: The Life and Works of Horatio Alger, Jr. Chilton Book Company. 111-4, 116. ISBN 0-8019-5966-7. Scharnhorst, Gary with Jack Bales. (1985). The Lost Life of Horatio Alger, Jr. Indiana University Press. pp. 93, 129. ISBN 0-253-14915-0. External links Paul the Peddler at Project Gutenberg