His First and Last Appearance

Francis J. Finn, S.J. (1859 - 1928)

The scene of the story is laid partly in Milwaukee, partly in New York. It describes the trials of the orphaned Lachance children. The boy hero is of a loving and lovable disposition and wins the hearts of all. The author has combined pathetic incidents with religious consolations, and gives zest to the whole by diffusing his genial humor throughout.

From the author of Tom Playfair, Percy Wynn, But Thy Love and thy Grace, and many more. (Summary from Dominicana Magazine, 1900)

Genre(s): Family, Religion

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Showing How Philip Lachance Sing a Song, How He is Rewarded, and How Policeman Spencer is Troubled by the Presence on His Beat by a Very Suspicious Character Maria Therese
Play 02 02 - Showing How Philip and Mr. Dunne, Becoming Friends, Pass an Agreeable Half Hour and How Mr. Dunne Gets an Idea, Which He Discreetly Keeps to Himself Maria Therese
Play 03 03 - In Which the Reader, Going Back to the Month of November, and the City of New York, is Witness to a Music Lesson that was Never Finished Maria Therese
Play 04 04 - In Which Isobel Lachance Finds and Loses Her Vocation Maria Therese
Play 05 05 - In Which Mrs. Lachance Gives Isobel a Strange Order, and Dies Maria Therese
Play 06 06 - In Which Isobel Announces Her Resolution, and Professor Himmelstein Creates a Scene Maria Therese
Play 07 07 - In Which the Lachances Make Their Farewells and Go to Milwaukee Maria Therese
Play 08 08 - In Which Philip Tells Isobel About Mr. Dunne, and, Finding a Dollar in His Pocket, Thinks Himself Rich Maria Therese
Play 09 09 - The Concert, the Face at the Window, and the Mystery of the Overcoats Maria Therese
Play 10 10 - Isobel's Hour of Desolation Maria Therese
Play 11 11 - A Morning Walk with Surprising Results, Which, As the reader Shall Presently Learn, Have Much to do With the Fates and Fortunes of the Lachances Maria Therese
Play 12 12 - In Which Some Very Pleasant Characters Make Their Appearance, and the Day, Begun So Sadly, Is Ushed Out to the Merry Jingle of Sleigh-Bells and the Happy Laughter of Joyous Youth Maria Therese
Play 13 13 - Farewell to Milwaukee! The 'Anarchist' Again Attracts Attention Maria Therese
Play 14 14 - Philip Meets an Old Friend, and Gets a Surprise Which Literally Takes Away His Breath Maria Therese
Play 15 15 - In Which Professor Himmelstein Gives an Account of Himself and Restores Philip to Perfect Good Humor Maria Therese
Play 16 16 - In Which Marion Philippo is Prepared to Astound a Most Cultured Milkwaukee Audience Maria Therese
Play 17 17 - An Old Friend Appears on the Scene Again, and the Audience is Treated to its First Pleasant Surprise Maria Therese
Play 18 18 - In Which the Audience is Surprised Beyond the Wildest Dreams of Professor Himmelstein, and Philip is the Most Astounded Boy That Ever Sang in Public on the Stage Maria Therese
Play 19 19 - A Chapter of Recognitian and Surprises, Philip Decides to Remain in Milwaukee, and Isoble Gets a Gladsome Message Maria Therese
Play 20 20 - In Which There is a Joyful Homecoming, and Mr. Hammond, Obeying His Grandchild, Arises and Goes to His Father's House Maria Therese
Play 21 21 - Isobel Hears the Angels Calling Maria Therese