The octogenerian economist and educator surprises us again with a second volume of short stories and sketches within two years (cf. The Battle of the Wild rkey). This is again much in that vein, preserving the pioneer Nebraska of Johnson's boyhood with the refreshing slant of a crusading sociologist. The title story concerns itself with the possibility of Negro throwbacks born to a white couple unsure of its ancestry. However, some of the romantic dialogue is false, and the turn-of-the-century style may find less willing ears today. Memorabilia however bring the ook to sporadic life like his ""pitcher of cool beer from the cellar"".