Humorous Short Stories

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Alexander Jessup

THE LITTLE FRENCHMAN AND HIS WATER LOTS (1839)

George Pope Morris

THE ANGEL OF THE ODD (1844)

Edgar Allan Poe

THE SCHOOLMASTER’S PROGRESS (1844)

Caroline M.S. Kirkland

THE WATKINSON EVENING (1846)

Eliza Leslie

TITBOTTOM’S SPECTACLES (1854)

George William Curtis

MY DOUBLE; AND HOW HE UNDID ME (1859)

Edward Everett Hale

A VISIT TO THE ASYLUM FOR AGED AND DECAYED PUNSTERS (1861)

Oliver Wendell Holmes

THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY (1865)

Mark Twain

ELDER BROWN’S BACKSLIDE (1885)

Harry Stillwell Edwards

THE HOTEL EXPERIENCE OF MR. PINK FLUKER (1886)

Richard Malcolm Johnston

THE NICE PEOPLE (1890)

Henry Cuyler Bunner

THE BULLER-PODINGTON COMPACT (1897)

Frank Richard Stockton

COLONEL STARBOTTLE FOR THE PLAINTIFF (1901)

Bret Harte

THE DUPLICITY OF HARGRAVES (1902)

O. Henry

BARGAIN DAY AT TUTT HOUSE (1905)

George Randolph Chester

A CALL (1906)

Grace MacGowan Cooke

HOW THE WIDOW WON THE DEACON (1911)

William James Lampton

GIDEON (1914)

Wells Hastings

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The Nice People, by Henry Cuyler Bunner, is republished from his volume, Short Sixes, by permission of its publishers, Charles Scribner’s Sons. The Buller-Podington Compact, by Frank Richard Stockton, is from his volume, Afield and Afloat, and is republished by permission of Charles Scribner’s Sons. _Colonel Starbottle for the Plaintiff_, by Bret Harte, is from the collection of his stories entitled Openings in the Old Trail, and is republished by permission of the Houghton Mifflin Company, the authorized publishers of Bret Harte’s complete works. The Duplicity of Hargraves, by O. Henry, is from his volume, Sixes and Sevens, and is republished by permission of its publishers, Doubleday, Page & Co. These stories are fully protected by copyright, and should not be republished except by permission of the publishers mentioned. Thanks are due Mrs. Grace MacGowan Cooke for permission to use her story, A Call, republished here from Harper’s Magazine; Wells Hastings, for permission to reprint his story, Gideon, from The Century Magazine; and George Randolph Chester, for permission to include _Bargain Day at Tutt House_, from McClure’s Magazine. I would also thank the heirs of the late lamented Colonel William J. Lampton for permission to use his story, How the Widow Won the Deacon, from Harper’s Bazaar. These stories are all copyrighted, and cannot be republished except by authorization of their authors or heirs. The editor regrets that their publishers have seen fit to refuse him permission to include George W. Cable’s story, “_Posson Jone’_,” and Irvin S. Cobb’s story, _The Smart Aleck_. He also regrets he was unable to obtain a copy of Joseph C. Duport’s story, The Wedding at Timber Hollow, in time for inclusion, to which its merits—as he remembers them—certainly entitle it. Mr. Duport, in addition to his literary activities, has started an interesting “back to Nature” experiment at Westfield, Massachusetts.

[Footnote 1: This I have attempted in _Representative American Short Stories_ (Allyn & Bacon: Boston, 1922).]

[Footnote 2: Will D. Howe, in _The Cambridge History of American Literature_, Vol. II, pp. 158-159 (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1918).]

[Footnote 3: A History of American Literature Since 1870, p. 317 (The Century Co.: 1915).]

[Footnote 4: A History of American Literature Since 1870, pp 79-81.]

[Footnote 5: “The Works of Bret Harte,” twenty volumes. The Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston.]

[Footnote 6: The Cambridge History of American Literature, Vol. II, p. 386.]

[Footnote 7: See this Introduction.]

[Footnote 8: The Cambridge History of American Literature, Vol. II, p. 385.]

[Footnote 9: Fred Lewis Pattee, in The Cambridge History of American Literature, Vol. II, p. 394.]

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To:CHARLES GOODRICH WHITING, Critic, Poet, Friend...
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