Slow and Sure is a volume of the stories of New York street life chronicling the advancement of Paul, a young street merchant, from the sidewalk to the shop. Paul rises from the existence of a street waif, who has been brought up by burglars without being wholly spoiled by his corrupt. He struggles between gratitude and duty on one hand, and loyalty to his vicious guardians on the other. Horatio Alger, Jr. authored about seventy books. He was the son of a clergyman, graduated from Harvard. His stories are pure, inspiring and as endearing today as they were when first published.