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

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