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In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

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Thirteen short stories by one of the most famous writers in his day. Robert Barr was a British Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland. In London of the 1890s Barr became a more prolific author - publishing a book a year - and was familiar with many of the best selling authors of his day, including Bret Harte and Stephen Crane. Most of his literary output was of the crime genre, then quite in vogue. When Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were becoming well known, Barr published in the Idler the first Holmes parody, "The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs" (1892), a spoof that was continued a decade later in another Barr story, "The Adventure of the Second Swag" (1904)(For these two stories, see in LibriVox Barr's The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont). Despite the jibe at the growing Holmes phenomenon Barr and Doyle remained on very good terms. Doyle describes him in his memoirs Memories and Adventures as, "a volcanic Anglo - or rather Scot American, with a violent manner, a wealth of strong adjectives, and one of the kindest natures underneath it all."

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IN A STEAMER CHAIR

AND

OTHER SHIPBOARD STORIES

BY ROBERT BARR (LUKE SHARP)

[Illustration: He played one game.] A PRELIMINARY WORD.

As the incidents related herein took place during voyages between England and America, I dedicate this book to the Vagabond Club of London, and the Witenagemote Club of Detroit, in the hope that, if any one charges me with telling a previously told tale, the fifty members of each club will rise as one man and testify that they were called upon to endure the story in question from my own lips prior to the alleged original appearance of the same.

R. B.

CONTENTS

IN A STEAMER CHAIR

MRS TREMAIN

SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE

AN INTERNATIONAL BOW

A LADIES' MAN

A SOCIETY FOR THE REFORMATION OF POKER PLAYERS

THE MAN WHO WAS NOT ON THE PASSENGER LIST

THE TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE OF PLODKINS

A CASE OF FEVER

HOW THE CAPTAIN GOT HIS STEAMER OUT

MY STOWAWAY

THE PURSER'S STORY

MISS MCMILLAN

IN A STEAMER CHAIR

THE FIRST DAY.

Mr. George Morris stood with his arms folded on the bulwarks of the steamship City of Buffalo , and gazed down into the water... Continue reading book >>


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