Jim Travis is a bartender who rents the room next to Ragged Dick and Fosdick. Much like many of the bootblacks Dick encounters, Travis is a lazy man, always looking to get rich quick in order to avoid working. He serves, in essence, as an example of the kind of man that people like Micky Maguire grow up to be. Nevertheless, he acts far more hospitably to Dick and Fosdick than does Maguire. Travis often makes small talk with the boys and invites them to his bar for a drink, even though they are too young. This hospitality ends, however, when Travis overhears Dick discussing his bank account and seeks to rob the boy of his savings. His thieving side exposed, Travis is ultimately sentenced to time in prison before he can embark on his next get-rich-quick attempt in California.
Jim Travis Character Timeline in Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
The timeline below shows where the character Jim Travis appears in Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 21: Dick Loses His Bank-book
Chapter 22: Tracking the Thief
Chapter 23: Travis Is Arrested