It was nearly high-water, and the night-watchman,
who had stepped aboard a lighter lying alongside the
wharf to smoke a pipe, sat with half-closed eyes enjoying
the summer evening. T...
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...