Phil, the Fiddler is the story of Phil, a twelve-year-old Italian boy whose poor parents sold him to The Padrone who has a gang of boys who he sends out each day with the edict that they earn $2. Phil earns his money by playing his fiddle. Horatio Alger, Jr. authored about seventy books. He was the son of a clergyman, graduated from Harvard. His stories are pure, inspiring and as endearing today as they were when first published.