HARRY CASTLEMON'S Elam Storm the Wolfer or The Nugget is a tale of adventure.... This tale belongs to the Lucky Series and tells of life in the West when a man wrung his sustenance from the woods and the earth by the sweat of his brow and protected himself from death by starvation or the tomahawk as best he could. Elam Storm, when a little boy, had been with his father and a train of Government guards, when the whole company had been wiped out of existence by robber desperadoes. The money the train carried had been divided, and a nugget belonging to Elam Storm's father had been buried somewhere. Elam alone had survived and this story tells of his for and discovery of the nugget lost, so long ago. - source "The Critic," Volume 26, June 22, 1895. This edition of the book contains the four original illustrations, rejuvenated, and six additional, iconic illustrations that are unique to this edition of the book. Charles Austin Fosdick (September 6, 1842 – August 22, 1915), better known by his nom de plume Harry Castlemon, was a prolific writer of juvenile stories and novels, intended mainly for boys. He was born in Randolph, New York, and received a high school diploma from Central High School in Buffalo, New York. He served in the Union Navy from 1862 to 1865, during the American Civil War, acting as the receiver and superintendent of coal for the Mississippi River Squadron. Fosdick had begun to write as a teenager, and drew on his experiences serving in the Navy in such early novels as Frank on a Gunboat (1864) and Frank on the Lower Mississippi (1867). He soon became the most-read author for boys in the post-Civil War era, the golden age of children's literature. Fosdick once remarked that: "Boys don't like fine literature. What they want is adventure, and the more of it you can get in two-hundred-fifty pages of manuscript, the better fellow you are." Fosdick served up a lot of adventure in such popular book series as the Gunboat Series, the Rocky Mountain Series, the Roughing It Series, the Sportsman's Club Series, and The Steel Horse, or the Rambles of a Bicycle.