The Stolen White Elephant

The Stolen White Elephant
The following curious history was related to me by a chance railway acquaintance. He was a gentleman more than seventy years of age, and his thoroughly good and gentle face and earnest and sincere manner imprinted the unmistakable stamp of…

The £1,000,000 Bank Note

The £1,000,000 Bank Note
(1893) When I was twenty-seven years old, I was a mining-broker’s clerk in San Francisco, and an expert in all the details of stock traffic. I was alone in the world, and had nothing to depend upon but my wits…

The Signal-Man

The Signal-Man
“Halloa! Below there!” When he heard a voice thus calling to him, he was standing at the door of his box, with a flag in his hand, furled round its short pole. One would have thought, considering the nature of…

An Old Acquaintance

An Old Acquaintance
(Prince Nekhiludof Relates how, during an Expedition in the Caucasus, he met an Acquaintance from Moscow) Our division had been out in the field. The work in hand was accomplished: we had cut a way through the forest, and each…

The Imp and the Crust

(1886) A POOR peasant set out early one morning to plough, taking with him for his breakfast a crust of bread. He got his plough ready, wrapped the bread in his coat, put it under a bush, and set to…