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The Nugget Library

Hamilton's contribution to the Nugget Library was minimal - only two stories in 508 issues and both reprints from the Union Jack. However the Nugget Library is an interesting publication and merits a section of it's own.

The first series was published by James Henderson and ran from October 1905 to December 1907, a total of 108 issues. Very little is known of this publication - it didn't even merit a mention in the Lofts and Adley Old Boys Books Catalogue.

The Second (New) series ran from 1908-1916, a total of 330 issues, before becoming yet another casualty of the War time paper shortage. Again this is a relatively rare publication but a few issues do crop up for sale from time to time.

The third series of the Nugget Library (better known as the 3d Nugget Library) ran from May 1919 to March 1922, a total of 70 issues and was initially published by James Henderson before being taken over by the Amalgamated Press. In the Henderson era most of the stories were by S.H. Agnew and Lucas Reed but after the takeover (issue 3/20) more familiar names from the AP stable of writers started to appear.

Nelson Lee was well represented in the latter issues with no less than 26 stories appearing in the 3d Nugget library . The Nelson Lee (detective) and Nelson Lee (St Frank's) stories were both published on the 15th of the month and advertise themselves as "Companion Volumes". The St Frank's tales were reprinted from the Boys' Realm and many of the stories are by substitute authors and not by E. S. Brooks. The Detective stories claim to be original.

The following table has been pulled together from a number of sources but the majority of the data is taken from the following-

The Nelson Lee listings are based on The Nelson Lee Library and Bibliography of the writings of E. S. Brooks by Robert C. Blythe, revised by Mark Caldicott 1995. You can find Mark's website here

The remainder of the story titles for the 3d library are from an article by  Robert Blythe based on the research of Jack Murtagh and was published in the Collectors Digest Issue 56.

The 3d Nugget Library merged with the Boys Friend Library after 70 issues.


The Nugget Library - Series 3. More commonly referred to as "The 3d Nugget Library"
Cover No Title Author Source Notes
  Issue 3/1
May 1919
Earthquake Island G. D. Interl (sp?)    
  Issue 3/2
May 1919
The Seven-Handed Death
(Peter Flint, Detective)
     
  Issue 3/3
June 1919
Stand and Deliver A Huntingdon    
  Issue 3/4
June 1919
The Serpent Dog
(Peter Flint, Detective)
S. H. Agnew    
  Issue 3/5
July 1919
Sons of the Sea Frank Earl    
  Issue 3/6
July 1919
The Black Museum
(Peter Flint, Detective)
     
The Knave of Diamonds
(Peter Flint, Detective)
     
  Issue 3/7
August 1919
The Masked Boxer Lucas Reed    
Issue 3/8
August 1919
The Skeleton Gang and the Human Idol
(Peter Flint, Detective)
     
  Issue 3/9
September 1919
The Isle of Gold Capt. Holmcliffe    
Issue 3/10
September 1919
The Schoolmaster Crook and the Red Glove Mystery
(Peter Flint, Detective)
     
  Issue 3/11
October 1919
The Roped Square Lucas Reed    
  Issue 3/12
October 1919
The Masked Tawareks and the Plague of Spiders Lucas Reed    
  Issue 3/13
November 1919
The Mysterious Forward Lucas Reed    
  Issue 3/14
November 1919
The Great Seaside Panic S. H. Agnew    
  Issue 3/15
December 1919
Dick Dare, Gentleman Outlaw Frederick Ratcliffe    
  Issue 3/16
December 1919
The Football Cap Mystery S. H. Agnew    
  Issue 3/17
January 1920
The Silent Forward Lucas Reed    
  Issue 3/18
January 1920
The Golden Gang S. H. Agnew    
  Issue 3/19
February 1920
Marooned Derwent Miall    
  Issue 3/20
February 1920
The Boxing Detective A. H. Agnew    
  Issue 3/21
March 1920
For the Old Club Lucas Reed   Taken over by Amalgamated Press
  Issue 3/22
March 1920
The Man of Dread Rex Arnold    
  Issue 3/23
April 1920
Rob Jeffries Fights Lucas Reed    
Issue 3/24

April 1920
The Panic Plunderers
(Gripton Court)
Anon
(James Edward Crabtree)
   
The Green Gem
(Sexton Blake)
Anon    
  Issue 3/25
May 1920
The Great Gold Hunt Derwent Miall    
Issue 3/26
May 1920
Black Magic
(Gripton Court)
Anon
(James Edward Crabtree)
   
  Issue 3/27
June 1920
The Boy Pugulist John G. Rowe    
  Issue 3/28
June 1920
The Arch Rival
(Gripton Court)
Anon
(James Edward Crabtree)
   
  Issue 3/29
July 1920
The Land of Fortune Alfred Judd    
  Issue 3/30
July 1920
Kit Kemble, Call boy Henry T Johnson    
  Issue 3/31
August 1920
The Red Raider A. S. Hardy    
Issue 3/32
August 1920
The Secret of the School
(St Cynthia's)
Charles Hamilton Story of the same name, reprinted from Union Jack issue 2/76, 1905

 
  Issue 3/33
September 1920
Branded a Coward Gordon Wallace    
  Issue 3/34
September 1920
Frank Falcon's Double Reginald Wray    
  Issue 3/35
October 1920
The Honour of St. Frank's
(St Frank's)
Anon
(E. S. Brooks)
Nugget Weekly
1-8
First St Frank's Story
  Issue 3/36
October 1920
Useful Jack F. Delmere    
  Issue 3/37
November 1920
Circus Jack Edmund Harfield    
  Issue 3/38
November 1920
Square Deal Sanderson Richard Randolph    
  Issue 3/39
December 1920
The Black Rover      
  Issue 3/40
December 1920
Cock of the School Reginald Wray    
  Issue 3/41
January 1920
The Lone Trail      
  Issue 3/42
January 1920
The New Boy's Secret
(St Frank's)
Anon
(E. S. Brooks)
Boy's Realm
12-19
 
  Issue 3/43 The Master of the Remove
(St Frank's)
Anon
(E. S. Brooks)
Boy's Realm 28-35  
Issue 3/44 The Right Sort or The Boy Emigrants Anon    
  Issue 3/45 The White Men's Secret
(Nelson Lee)
Anon   First Nelson Lee and Nipper detective story
  Issue 3/46 The Man in the Copper Casket
(Nelson Lee)
Anon    
Issue 3/47 The Bridge Builders
(Nelson Lee)
Anon  
  Issue 3/48 The Sign of the Red Claw
(Nelson Lee)
Anon    
Issue 3/49

The Amazing Schoolboy
(St Frank's)
Anon
(E. S. Brooks)
Boy's Realm 37-38,41-44 Story introduction states By the Author of "The Honour of St Frank's," "The Master of the Remove," etc., etc.
  Issue 3/50 The Case of the Two Impostors; or Nipper’s Wager
(Nelson Lee)
    Issue 49 advertises this issue as a detective story featuring Nelson Lee and Nipper v Count Carlac and Professor Kew. It also claims this story is specially written for the Nugget Library
Issue 3/51

The Outsiders Anon
(R. T. Eves)
Boy's Realm 54-62 The introduction states that this story is by the Author of "The Amazing Schoolboy," "The Honour of St Frank's," "The Master of the Remove," etc., etc. but official AP records unearthed by Bill Lofts show RT Eves as being the author - see P19 of Collectors Digest 219
  Issue 3/52 Rogues of the River
(Nelson Lee)
Anon   Issue 51 advertises this issue as a detective romance of adventure and intrigue in London, introducing Nelson Lee, Nipper and the River Police. Again it claims to be specially written for the Nugget Library.
  Issue 3/53 Expelled From St. Franks
(St Frank's)
Anon
(R. T. Eves)
Boy's Realm 63-67 The introduction states that this story is by the Author of "The Amazing Schoolboy," "The Honour of St Frank's," "The Master of the Remove," etc., etc. but official AP records unearthed by Bill Lofts show RT Eves as being the author - see P19 of Collectors Digest 219
Nelson Lee's Good Turn Anon
(E. S. Brooks)
   
  Issue 3/54 The Sign of the Shepherd’s Crook
(Nelson Lee)
Anon    
  Issue 3/55 The Pet of St. Franks
(St Frank's)
Anon
(R. T. Eves)
Boy's Realm 81-84 Official AP records unearthed by Bill Lofts show RT Eves as being the author - see P19 of Collectors Digest 219
The Boy from India Anon
(E. S. Brooks)
Boy's Realm 36  
  Issue 3/56 Meshes of Mystery
(Nelson Lee)
Anon    
  Issue 3/57 Rebels of St. Franks
(St Frank's)
Anon
(R. T. Eves)
Boy's Realm 75-80 Official AP records unearthed by Bill Lofts show RT Eves as being the author - see P19 of Collectors Digest 219
  Issue 3/58 The Case of the Heavyweight Champion
(Nelson Lee)
Anon    
  Issue 3/59 The Scapegrace of St. Franks
(St Frank's)
Anon
(R. T. Eves)
Boy's Realm 71-74 Official AP records unearthed by Bill Lofts show RT Eves as being the author - see P19 of Collectors Digest 219
  Issue 3/60 The Diamond Mountain W. Murray Graydon    
  Issue 3/61 The Outcast of St. Franks
(St Frank's)
Anon   Official AP records unearthed by Bill Lofts show RT Eves as being the author - see P19 of Collectors Digest 219
  Issue 3/62 Lost - A Football Team
(Nelson Lee)
Anon
(R. T. Eves)
Boy's Realm 85-90  
  Issue 3/63 The Mystery of St. Franks
(St Frank's)
Anon
(R. T. Eves)
Boy's Realm 91-96 Official AP records unearthed by Bill Lofts show RT Eves as being the author - see P19 of Collectors Digest 219
  Issue 3/64 Rivals of the Fifth
Fernley College
Charles Hamilton Reprint of "The Fifth Form at Fernley" from the Union Jack issue 2/106 1905

 
  Issue 3/65 The Boy Without a Friend Ralph Simmonds    
  Issue 3/66 The Case of the Arab Footballer
(Nelson Lee)
Anon    
  Issue 3/67 The St. Franks’ Professional
(St Frank's)
Anon
(R. T. Eves)
Boy's Realm 99-103 Official AP records unearthed by Bill Lofts show RT Eves as being the author - see P19 of Collectors Digest 219
  Issue 3/68 Nelson Lee in India or The Rajah’s Secret
(Nelson Lee)
Anon    
Issue 3/69 Nipper’s Circus Chum
(St Frank's)
Anon
(R. T. Eves)
Boy's Realm 105-109 Official AP records unearthed by Bill Lofts show RT Eves as being the author - see P19 of Collectors Digest 219
  Issue 3/70 The Treasury Notes Mystery
(Nelson Lee)
Anon    

There is very little information available for the Nugget Library Second (New) series. The following table is rather sparse but will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Nugget Library - Second (New) series
Cover No Title Author Source Notes
Issue 2/2 Round the World in a Motor Car      
Issue 2/5 Schoolboy Three      
Issue 2/10 Deep in the Mine      
Issue 2/11 The Brigands of the Black Car      
Issue 2/39 Out of Bounds or The Mystery of Bedbury School      
Issue 2/40 The Boy Trick Rider      
Issue 2/44 The Mystery of Greyfriars Castle      
Issue 2/45 Roy Maitland's Schooldays
orThe Boy Who Wasn't Wanted
     
Issue 2/49 Fighting it Out
or The Haverhouse College Mystery
     
  Issue 2/52 With Rupert's Cavaliers;
or, The Adventures of Digby Knighton
     
Issue 2/53 Under a Cloud
A Splendid School Story
     
Issue 2/54 The Boys of St John's
or For School and County
     
Issue 2/57 For His Chum's Sake
The Story of Two Amateur Detectives
     
Issue 2/60 The Haunted Study
A Stirring School Tale
Anon    
  Issue 2/65 Tom Smith at School
or The Wrong Boy
     
Issue 2/70 Tried by the School;
or Exciting Times at Barchester
     
Issue 2/88 Little Wideawake, the Detective
or, The Thames Coining Mystery
     
Issue 2/96 A Pair of Rogues;
or Nick Carter's Perilous Detective Duty
Anon    
  Issue 2/97 The School Treasure; or
The Boys of Lischester
     
Issue 2/115 The Three Red Men;
or The Chums of Pridewell Hall School
     
  Issue 2/121 The Junior Master; or
The Fourth Form at Manor House School
Horace Philips   abe
Issue 2/125 Six Chums and a Cheat
A Stirring Tale of Burnside College
Anon    
  Issue 2/131 The Captain's Brother Lucas Reid   abe
  Issue 2/132 Masons Mascot Horace Philips   abe
Issue 2/152 The Closed Wing;
Or, The Mystery of Haslehead College
     
  Issue 2/193 The School Feud      
  Issue 2/194 Tufty and the Imposter      
  Issue 2/195 Tom Lester and the Tidcome Case      
  Issue 2/196 Our Fellows at Dalehurst      
  Issue 2/198 Tufty and the Boatrace      
  Issue 2/195 The Hidden Treasure at Mereway College      
  Issue 2/199 The Mystery of Bengal Lodge      
  Issue 2/200 Tufty the Schemer      
  Issue 2/201 The Atherley School Robbery      
Issue 2/202 The Pirates of the Old Lighthouse      
  Issue 2/203 Tufty's Escapades      
  Issue 2/204 The "Yellow Hoop" Gang      
  Issue 2/205 The Boys of Meadhurst School      
  Issue 2/206 Tufty and the Two Colonels      
Issue 2/207 Tom Lester's Puzzling Case      
  Issue 2/208        
  Issue 2/209        
  Issue 2/210        
  Issue 2/211        
  Issue 2/212        
  Issue 2/213        
  Issue 2/214        
  Issue 2/215        
  Issue 2/216        
  Issue 2/217        
  Issue 2/218        
Issue 2/219 Tom Lester and the Explosion      
Issue 2/220 The School Ghost      
  Issue 2/221        
Issue 2/222 Tom Lester and the Haunted School      
Issue 2/223 The Helioplane
The Story of a Voyage to the Planets
Stanley Gray    
  Issue 2/224        
  Issue 2/225        
Issue 2/226 In The King's Service      
  Issue 2/227        
  Issue 2/228        
  Issue 2/229        
  Issue 2/230        
  Issue 2/231        
  Issue 2/232        
  Issue 2/233        
  Issue 2/234        
  Issue 2/235        
  Issue 2/236        
  Issue 2/237        
  Issue 2/238        
  Issue 2/239        
  Issue 2/240        
Issue 2/241

By Sword and Skill
A Stirring Story of the days of King Hal.
G. C. Wallis    
Issue 2/247 Hudson of the Fusiliers      
Issue 2/248 Tufty & Co's Christmas at School      
Issue 2/253 The Vampire Moon      
Issue 2/257 Tufty & Co at the Cliff Cave      
Issue 2/277 A Son of Empire      
Issue 2/298 Peter Flint and the Red Globe Mystery Anon    
Issue 2/313 Peter Flint & the Last of the Ogres Anon    
Issue 2/321 Buffalo Bill's Chum or
Little Grit The Wild Rider
Anon    
Issue 2/322 Buffalo Bill and Gold Plume the Mysterious
 
Anon