Paul the Peddler: Or, the Adventures of a Young Street Merchant

Paul the Peddler: Or, the Adventures of a Young Street Merchant

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Paul the Peddler: Or, the Adventures of a Young Street Merchant

Paul the Peddler: Or, the Adventures of a Young Street Merchant

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In pursuance of my intention to describe different phases of street life in New York, I have selected, as the hero of the present volume, one of those young peddlers, found by hundreds in the city streets, who earn a precarious living by vending their wares to such customers as can be prevailed upon to purchase. Some of these juvenile merchants are active and enterprising, and display qualities which would insure success in business operations of greater magnitude. As a rule, they are sharp, and know how to turn a penny as well as their elders. Though the integrity of some is not above suspicion, I am afraid the same thing may be said of some older merchants, who do business on a considerably larger scale.

If my hero, Paul Hoffman, is above the average of his class, it may be attributed, in part, to the influence of a good mother. Like hundreds of street boys, he is the main support of his family; and, no doubt, this responsibility helps to make him manly and self-reliant.

New York, Oct. 25 18 . . .

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