The night watchman had just returned to the office
fire after leaving it to attend a ring at the wharf
bell. He sat for some time puffing fiercely
at his pipe and breathing heavi...
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...