That Office Boy

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

A new story by Father Finn! It will be glad news to many to learn that Father Finn has found time from his many duties to write a new story, and such a story! From the opening chapter to the last page of the book the interest never lags. The plot is very simple, turning on a prize contest for pianos offered by certain newspapers to the school, society or club that receives the greatest number of coupons. Of course, this calls for keen competition on the part of the young people of the city, and it is in this contest that Michael Desmond, "That Office Boy," figures prominently. The characters in the book are just those people that Father Finn delights in drawing—people that we meet every day, that we know intimately—good, straightforward folks and others, too, that we would not care to associate with. What the result of the contest is, who the successful competitors are, must be learned by reading the story.

Of course, there is a strain of Father Finn's delightful humor running through the book, with here and there a touch of genuine pathos that brings the tears to our eyes. Father Finn has so long been recognized as a master of fiction that he needs no words of commendation. Suffice it that "That Office Boy" is the equal of anything he has ever written. - Summary by American Catholic Quarterly Review

Genre(s): Family, Religion

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 In which Michael Desmond reads the morning paper, and, in consequence, is drawn into a series of adventures and undreamed-of complications Maria Therese
Play 02 In which Michael goes home, and the first skirmishes of the contest are narrated Maria Therese
Play 03 In which the troubles of Michael are multiplied by seventeen, and Father Carney goes without lunch Maria Therese
Play 04 Father Carney becomes a diplomatist, and creates a sensation Maria Therese
Play 05 Father Donnell entertains an angel unawares, and looks vainly for more heavenly visitants Maria Therese
Play 06 In which is given a true and unvarnished account of Policeman Jones and his experiences in attempting to disperse an army of small boys Maria Therese
Play 07 James Connell goes to confession, thereby saving two detectives from considerable trouble Maria Therese
Play 08 The Sunflowers begin to show their strength. Michael visits Father Carney and meets Colonel Bridwell Maria Therese
Play 09 A sad chapter, and therefore short. Michael becoming desperate, seeks counsel Maria Therese
Play 10 Michael carries a secret in his bosom. Enter a mysterious woman. The plot thickens. Maria Therese
Play 11 Eva Fagan walks in mystery, and Brother Fat leaves his supper untasted. Josephine is tempted to pray for life, and yields. Maria Therese
Play 12 The mysterious woman again. Miss Tennison faints, and the office force is shocked Maria Therese
Play 13 A chapter of surprises; Eva is taken ill, and Brother Fat makes a startling discovery Maria Therese
Play 14 St. Xavier School is always on top. Jerry sees the very latest thing in the way of a ghost Maria Therese
Play 15 In which Michael discovers his little secret, and dismays the 'Starboard' Contest Editor Maria Therese
Play 16 Colonel Bridwell, mindful of Christmas, acts as the dove of peace Maria Therese
Play 17 A little love and a case of scruples Maria Therese
Play 18 In which Christmas comes and everybody is happy Maria Therese