Gerald O'Grady's Grit
Full Title: Gerald O'Grady's Grit; or, The Branded Irish Lad
Author: Allyn Draper
Published: New York, October 21, 1903
Description: This story follows a young man named Gerard O’Grady who joins the British military, only to be tormented by both the tyrannical Colonel Costello and his old schoolmate, Oscar. Fed up with the abuse, Gerald retaliates against his oppressors only to be flogged and branded for his transgressions. He vows to one day take revenge, all while planning to marry the Colonel’s daughter (and Oscar’s sister), Fannie. Grady then escapes prison and heads to America, unbeknownst to the fact that his enemies have followed him, intent on murdering him. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game between Grady and his enemies that can only end in retribution... or death.