Short stories published in 1926

Listing 14 stories.

A middle-aged widower dreams of asking a younger local woman to be his wife, but it has been years since his wife died and he has forgotten how to court a woman. As the woman continues to visit his cabin, he must work up the courage to tell her how he feels.

A young boy in 20th-century Illinois observes a woman from afar as she escapes an abusive relationship, gets married, and finds her calling.

A man suddenly realizes that he hates his wife, and resolves to free himself.

An old man in Italy tells the story of when he traveled to America and was wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.

A riverboat captain and shantyman engage in a flute-playing competition with life-or-death consequences.

A Navajo man tells the story of how he fell in love with an American woman and followed her to the northern mountains, consequently meeting her disapproving husband and breaching the boundary between American and Native American culture.

A farming town in Kansas contains a strange woman and her daughter, which seem to be connected with the earth and farming yields. When the daughter is taken from the town, the land seems to go barren.

On an island off the coast of South Carolina, two men quickly find themselves plagued by a mysterious spirit after one of them steals a flask from an African American man’s grave.

When a pair of hitmen enter a saloon looking for their latest victim, the saloon’s staff and customers must find a way to prevent a murder from taking place.

A middle-aged baby nurse goes from case to case, coping with feelings of paternal grief as she "loses" the children she works with. A middle-aged baby nurse takes on a new patient, but the price she must for the joy of a new baby is dealing with the unpleasantness of the baby's family.