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The Magic Walking Stick

Two Timer

by Frederic Brown

Here is a brace of vignettes by the Old Vignette Master ... short and sharp ... like a hypodermic!

The Trap

by Betsy Curtis

She had her mind made up—the one way they'd make her young again was over her dead body!

The Ethical Way

by Joseph Farrell

There is a way around every tabu, knock on wood—but just watch out that the wood doesn't knock back!

John Bull on the Guadalquivir

Lease to Doomsday

by Lee Archer

The twins were a rare team indeed. They wanted to build a printing plant on a garbage dump. When Muldoon asked them why, their answer was entirely logical: ''Because we live here.''

Freudian Slip

by Franklin Abel

Things are exactly what they seem? Life is real? Life is earnest? Well, that depends.

A Transmutation of Muddles

by Horace Brown Fyfe

An experienced horse-trader, bargain-haggler, and general swapper has a very special talent for turning two headaches into one aspirin pill....

The Canterbury Pilgrims

Confidence Game

by James McKimmey

Cutter demanded more and more and more efficiency—and got it! But, as in anything, enough is enough, and too much is …

The Christmas Porringer

by Evaleen Stein

An earthenware porringer, bought by a little Flemish girl of Bruges as a gift for the Christ child and stolen by Robber Hans, finally brings much happiness to her and her grandmother, the lace maker.

The Aggravation of Elmer

by Robert Andrew Arthur

The world would beat a path to Elmer's door—but he had to go carry the door along with him!

The Ancestral Footstep

Minor Detail

by John Michael Sharkey

General Webb had a simply magnificent idea for getting ground forces into the enemy's territory despite rockets and missiles and things like that. It was a grand scheme, except for one minor detail.

The Lily's Quest

Master of None

by Lloyd Neil Goble

The advantages of specialization are so obvious that, today, we don't even know how to recognize a competent syncretist!

The Flirt

Th Blindman's World

Fair and Warmer

by E. G. von Wald

Tensor's melancholia threatened to disturb the entire citizenry, and that was most uncivil! So—if these peculiar aliens caused him this distress, by provoking his intellectual curiosity, the remedy was for...

Ramsey Milholland