THE STORY OF THE LITTLE MAN Hanging by your toes on the sheer face of a mountain of ice, waiting to slip into space, probably isn’t exactly the kind of half-hour’s exercise most of you would pick out—if you had your choice. Tying a man around your waist and then wondering when the avalanche is going to cut loose, doesn't help much. But it makes good reading—especially in the way Jack London tells it. THE HANGING OF CULTUS GEORGE When men in the gold-country go gold-mad lives are cheap. Starvation, accident, sudden death go hand in hand. Fate plays no favorites. But the life of a "quitter" is dirt-cheap. Cultus George was a “quitter”—and had a mistaken idea that he could get away with it. He couldn’t. It was a tough trail the others had to hit to save the lives of two hundred starving human beings—and curiously enough Cultus George went along. How? Read the story. It is one of Jack London's best. THE MISTAKE OF CREATION Would you be willing to pay a thousand dollars for a potato—and let the seller pick it out in the dark? The lure of chance that guides strong men into the North gold-country led Smoke and Shorty up a snow-covered trail to the adventure of their lives——and they paid a thousand dollars for one potato—raw. Why? That's the story. Read it. It is the real Jack London type, the kind you can't afford to miss—and won’t forget. A FLUTTER IN EGGS In this story Smoke and Shorty take a perilous “hike" into high finance. THE TOWN-SITE OF TRA-LEE In this one Smoke and Shorty have a lot of fun with a camp full of hungry money-hunters. WONDER OF WOMAN Smoke has been rich and poor; has lived on the fat of the land, cheated death by an eyelash, fallen under the spell of a girl of the snows, and, with Shorty, followed many a trail that the less adventurous soul would have shunned.
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Jack London (1876-1916) was an American writer who produced two hundred short stories, more than four hundred nonfiction pieces, twenty novels, and three full-length plays in less than two decades. His best-known works include The Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, and White Fang.
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