Paul Palmer was a wide-awake boy of sixteen who supported his mother and sister by selling books and papers on the Chicago and Milwaukee Railroad. he detects a young man in the act of picking the pocket of a young lady. In a railway accident many passengers are killed, but Paul is fortunate enough to assist a Chicago merchant, who out of gratitude takes him into his employ. Paul succeeds with tact and judgment and is well started on the road to business prominence.
The story is laid in Peru, where Colonel Campion, his son, and Cyril Norton go through innumerable adventures among the wildest parts of the valleys of the Andes, the object of their travels there being the obtaining of seeds of the cinchona, in order to increase the world's supply of quinine. The many hair-breadth escapes of the adventurers are told with all Mr. Fenn's accustomed spirit. 'Real Gold' is an admirable story which the boys will not be slow to appreciate.