I have been trying for days to try check this paper wallet to see if it has a balance so I can know if it is safe to move more ethereum to it please My public address 0x9826eb8a401e88e121243e879e6f5442e4ec09de
You can always check on online blockchain scraper like Etherscan. Here's the list of transactions against the address you provided: https://etherscan.io/address/0x9826eb8a401e88e121243e879e6f5442e4ec09de
While this method is "pretty safe," it's not as safe as waiting until your local node sync and getting the transactions directly from that node (as your local wallet -- probably Mist -- does). The trouble with the local wallet, especially when you first enter the space, is that it takes a very long time to sync the whole blockchain.
The trouble with the remote (centralized) Etherscan is that it's centralized, and therefore potentially open to manipulation (although I've never seen anything to suggest that in the case of EtherScan.
What we all really need is a fully decentralized blockchain scraper, but that's not yet available...