Stories collected from the middle Atlantic states, these range from the humorous to the philosophical, and include laughs, drama, superstitions, and ""pure livin'"". At times, the tales have the quality of rollicking folk song. Not only have they the gift of yarning characteristic of folklore, but they recapture a note of authenticity through the author's sense of dialect, language and the minds and spirit of the people from whom they come. In giving that sense of history and our country's growth of which folk material is a part, this book provides many sided interests for its readers. There are bits of legendary interest, stories that explain names of places, ghost yarns, dialect stories, bits of history grown out of recognition, tall tales, anecdotes of people and planes. One realises that folk tales are as rich in historical lore and regional flavor in the staid states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, as in the reputedly rich regions of the South and West. Moritz Jagendorf has done signal service in this collection.