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Best American Humorous Short Stories

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.]
 
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