THE [RALPH OF THE] RAILROAD
|In this series, young Ralph
Fairbanks battles malevolent millionaire Gasper and dastardly bully Ike as
he works his way up the ladder to career success on the Great Northern
Railway line. His rise in life is accelerated by his penchant for stopping
runaway trains, rescuing kidnapped relatives of the railroad president,
foiling train robbers, etc. A continuing theme throughout the series is
Ralph's struggle to reclaim his late father's fortune, appropriated by the
wily millionaire. If you're fond of Alger- or Frank Webster-type books,
you'll like this series.
"Railroad stories are dear to the heart of the American boy, and these are certain to become deservedly popular. Clean and clear from cover to cover. Ralph is determined to be a "railroad man." He starts in at the foot of the ladder; makes both friends and enemies; but is full of manly pluck and "wins out." There is abundance of stirring incident in these tales, the characters are all natural, and the tone is altogether breezy and wholesome. Well printed and illustrated and bound in cloth, stamped in colors." --from Grosset & Dunlap advertising, courtesy of Thomas Duffy.
"In this line of books there is revealed the whole
workings of a great American railroad system. There are adventures in
abundance--railroad wrecks, dashes through forest fires, the pursuit of a
"wildcat" locomotive, the disappearance of a pay car with a large
sum of money on board--but there is much more than this--the intense rivalry
among railroads and railroad men, the working out of running schedules, the
getting through "on time" in spite of all obstacles, and the
manipulation of railroad securities by evil men who wish to rule or ruin."