by Arthur Cheney Train
(1906) Humor (whimsical) /Short story (magazine)
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- Voltaire McCartney is, shall we say, a reckless, devil-may-care scoundrel.
- He has a big heart for the down and out, but not for the scrooge or bar room sucker.
- He can win against an adversary who also plays the game.
- His skills are tested with a man with a truly miserly constitution.
From \'Metropolitan Magazine\' April 1906.
although not stated, I believe the title makes reference to:
F. Villon: From Wikipedia: \'French poet of the late Middle Ages.
A ne\'er-do-well who was involved in criminal behavior
and got into numerous scrapes with authorities\'.
by Ellis Parker Butler
(1910) Humor (Inventor) / Short story
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- A hatter and inventor, has a daughter who is in love.
- His daughter's boyfriend has a problem, at first misunderstood, which makes him walk with a stagger.
- The hatter invents a hat with a gyroscope inside, which should cure his problem.
- The inventor makes some rather embarrassing self tests.
- At last it is tested on the boy.
- The results are favorable, but not for the reasons expected.
by Robert Hichens
(1897) Occult (Possession) / Romance
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- Two men experiment with sole transfer through a series of psychic sittings.
- It works to some extent, but not as expected.
- Perhaps a third predominant sole can intervene, if one sole is weak.
- Can yet a forth sole, a loving one, really be the predominant one.
- Does a departed sole represent itself as an elusive flame, or are the visions of such, all in the mind?
- The sixth and last sitting will tell all.
by Louis Tracy
(1904) Mystery / Detective
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- Fifty one diamonds, from a foreign Prince's collection, are stolen at Albert Gate.
- Several men are killed.
- The man responsible for bringing the jewels to England to be cut, is also missing.
- Reginald Brett, Barrister and notable detective, is put on the case.
- There are at least two mysteries. Where are the jewels and was the missing man, a victim or participant in the crime?
- It's off to Europe to find the solution.