Madge Alden was an orphan. Four years prior to the opening of our story she had lost her mother, her surviving parent, and since had resided with her elder sister Mary, who was several years her senior, and had married Henry Muir, a merchant of New York City. This
gentleman had cordially united with his wife in offering Madge a home, and his manner toward the young girl, as far as his absorbed and busy life permitted, had been almost paternal.
A novel by Edward Payson Roe, an American author of the nineteenth century.
Edward Payson Roe (1838-1888) was the most popular American novelist during his lifetime. His books sold more copies than even those of Mark Twain. At the height of his popularity, barely 50 years old, he died of a sudden heart attack.