Mr. Edward Tredgold sat in the private office of Tredgold
and Son, land and estate agents, gazing through the
prim wire blinds at the peaceful High Street of Binchester.
W. W. Jacobs, remembered today almost exclusively for his horror story "The Monkey's Paw" (The Lady of the Barge, 1902), was one of the most popular English humorists of the early twentieth century. H...