A collection of short stories, these are more properly sketches, sequences the Pacific Northwest's back country, of places with an untouched beauty, of people who remain unchanged with the years, kindly, homely, and a little naive. There's Him and Her, ""a-jowering and a-jawing"", but only ""cantankerous skin-deep""; Miss Smith who made buttonholes; old Bill, the deerhunter; the little old lady and her gray cat, her fl garden, and her lonely life; Martha with the growing hand; Uncle Syl who wanted to fi Stebbenger County in heaven, etc. etc. A leisure, a genuine lyricism here has given these stories an appearance in the Atlantic. the O. Henry collections, but the market will be conservative in taste and number.