A DANGEROUS FALL

For a few moments a deep silence ensued between the three, for they were sizing each other up keenly. The Mexican observed that Frank was a fine-looking young man, with an athletic figure, clad in a traveling costume. His handsome face showed a good disposition and a high order of courage. Ramey was the person with him, and he held a violin, upon which he had been playing a lively…

CHASING THE AIR-SHIP

Toward the close of a cool, pleasant day in September, 18—, the residents of the village of Readestown were startled by seeing a horseman come dashing furiously into the town. He was a middle-aged man, with dark, swarthy features, piercing black eyes, a black mustache and dark hair. His slender figure was clad in the costume of a native Mexican, and he rode like an expert. The man bestrode a…

WORK RELAXED: AND ORCHARDSON

A deal of ink had run from my pen in thirteen years—thirteen books had been turned out, and thousands of odd articles, there was hardly a paper or magazine in the country to which I had not contributed something. Work had become much easier with practice, and a certain amount of success—far, far more than I ever deserved—had come my way. During that busy time I wrote more words per…

BURIED IN PARCELS

“They can’t come in here—I tell you they simply can’t.” I was sitting eating my matutinal egg on a sleety January day in 1909, when I heard this altercation at the door. “They can’t come in here,” repeated the cook, “they simply can’t.” Thinking I had better go and see what it was all about, I ventured forth. On the doorstep stood two laughing postmen. “What is it?” I asked.…

MORE JOTTINGS: AND HYDE PARK

Geneviève Ward’s stories are endless and amusing. To mention only two of these. “A man arrived to have a tooth out. “‘Will it hurt much, sir?’ “‘Rather.’ “‘Real hurt?’ “‘Rather.’ “‘Well, I don’t think,’ began the man in a dither…. “‘Sit down, sir, sit down right there, and bear it like a woman!’” * * * * * Story number two. “Another man asked the dentist his charge. “‘Fifty cents.’…

ON JOTTINGS

Do you ever jot? If not, pray allow me to introduce you to one of the least expensive and most repaying domestic hobbies. I am myself a most inveterate jotter, both by pen and brush, for I have cases full of water-colour sketches, and bundles of maps, scraps, photos, and oddments. Plenty of entertainment for future years can be laid up in this way. Good stories; real plots too strange…

FROM GAY TO GRAVE

A truce to work. Even adversity has its sweets. After tasks should come whatever pleases best, the toiler has earned a play-hour. A lover of pageant, I will now describe what to me is one of the interesting sights in London, namely a reception at the Foreign Office. The invitations are issued “by His Majesty and His Ministers,” for ten-thirty, but before ten o’clock a line of carriages is slowly…

PRIVATE DINNERS

My dinner slips and their history would fill a volume, therefore they must be laid aside just now. Suffice it to say that as a bride I conceived the idea of asking celebrated men and women to sign my tablecloths. Now after twenty years there are over four hundred names upon these cloths, including the signatures of some of the most prominent men and women in London at the end…

PUBLIC DINNERS

At a public dinner the photographer said, “The people at the bottom tables buy the photos, the people at the top table steal the pencils.” Half the public dinners are attended by women nowadays, and yet women did not even dine at the tables of their lords and masters in the eighteenth century. They then took a back seat. Now in the twentieth century women with common interests bind themselves…

AMERICAN NOTES

America is a vast country, likewise a vast subject to tackle. Everything there is vast, its mercantile projects, its successes, its catastrophes—but, above all, it possesses a vast wealth in the warm hearts of its kindly people. I have so many friends on the other side of the “herring pond,” that my memory lingers with pleasure and interest in the United States. I wonder how many times since I returned…