Category: Humorous Stories

Gideon

By Wells Hastings (1878- ) [From The Century Magazine, April, 1914; copyright, 1914, by The Century Co.; republished by the author’s permission.] “An’ de next’ frawg dat...

How the Widow Won the Deacon

By William James Lampton ( -1917) [From Harper’s Bazaar, April, 1911; copyright, 1911, by Harper & Brothers; republished by permission.] Of course the Widow Stimson never...

Bargain Day at Tutt House

By George Randolph Chester (1869- ) [From McClure’s Magazine, June, 1905; copyright, 1905, by the S.S. McClure Co.; republished by the author’s permission.] I Just as...

The Duplicity of Hanrgraves

By O. Henry (1862-1910) [From The Junior Munsey, February, 1902. Republished in the volume, Sixes and Sevens (1911), by O. Henry; copyright, 1911, by Doubleday, Page & Co.; reprinted...

Colonel Starbottle for the Plaintiff

By Bret Harte (1839-1902) [From Harper’s Magazine, March, 1901. Republished in the volume, Openings in the Old Trail (1902), by Bret Harte; copyright, 1902, by Houghton Mifflin Company, the...

The Buller Podington Compact

BY FRANK RICHARD STOCKTON (1834-1902) [From Scribner’s Magazine, August, 1897. Republished in Afield and Afloat, by Frank Richard Stockton; copyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Reprinted by permission...

The Nice People

By Henry Cuyler Bunner (1855-1896) [From Puck, July 30, 1890. Republished in the volume, Short Sixes: Stories to Be Read While the Candle Burns (1891), by Henry Cuyler Bunner;...

The Hotel Experience of Mr. Pink Fluker

BY RICHARD MALCOLM JOHNSTON (1822-1898) [From The Century Magazine, June, 1886; copyright, 1886, by The Century Co.; republished in the volume, Mr. Absalom Billingslea, and Other Georgia Folk (1888),...

Elder Brown's Backslide

By Harry Stillwell Edwards (1855- ) [From Harper’s Magazine, August, 1885; copyright, 1885, by Harper & Bros.; republished in the volume, Two Runaways, and Other Stories (1889), by Harry...