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A Young Inventor's Pluck

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[Illustration: Cover]

[Illustration: "I'LL TRY MY BEST," REPLIED JACK, TAKING UP HIS KIT OF TOOLS.]

A Young Inventor's Pluck

OR

THE MYSTERY OF THE WILLINGTON LEGACY

BY Arthur M. Winfield,

Author of "THE ROVER BOYS AT SCHOOL," "THE MISSING TIN BOX," "SCHOOLDAYS OF FRED HARLEY," etc.

NEW YORK -- AKRON, O. -- CHICAGO THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING CO. 1901

COPYRIGHT, 1901, BY THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING CO.

INTRODUCTION

_My Dear Boys and Girls:_--

"A YOUNG INVENTOR'S PLUCK" relates the adventures of a wide-awake American lad of a mechanical turn of mind, who suddenly finds himself thrown upon his own resources and compelled to support not only himself, but likewise his sister.

Jack Willington's path is no easy one to tread. The bank in which the sister and brother have their little store of money deposited fails, and with this comes the shutting down of the tool works in which our hero is employed. To add to the lad's troubles, there is a large fire in the town and the youth is accused of incendiarism.

But Jack and his sister Deb are not without friends, and the fact that the boy is an inventor and has almost ready the model of a useful and valuable invention, aids him to secure his release, and then he goes forth to run down his enemies and to solve the mystery connected with a rich family legacy.

Generally speaking, life in a factory town is thought to be dull and monotonous, whereas the truth is, that it is usually full of interest and not devoid of excitement of a peculiar kind. In this tale I have tried to picture life in such a place truthfully, with all of its lights and its shadows, and I hope that my story will prove more or less instructive in consequence.

Affectionately your friend, ARTHUR M. WINFIELD.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. THE SHUT DOWN

CHAPTER II. FOR THE SAKE OF HOME

CHAPTER III. A RESULT OF A FIRE

CHAPTER IV. BAD NEWS FOR DEB


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