Between the first chapter ("". . . there remains but enough to pay. . . your school bills, leaving you penniless"") and the last (""I am worth seventy five thousand dollars in money besides being owner of a large mining property in Montana"") Rodney Ropes, ""Last of the Alger Heroes"" is swatted by the combers of life. This Alger is appearing for the first time in book form after eighty years -- and he ain't changed a mite. With introduction by Ralph D. Gardner, another happy exhumation.