Knowing Uncle Sam is about to come knocking, 21-year-old Jimmy Franks saves the government the cost of a stamp and preemptively enlists in the Navy. He loads up on stationery and pens, and with a heavy heart kisses his lovely bride good-bye. Leaving his precious Suzy is the hardest thing he's ever had to do. Pregnant and left alone to deal with their feuding families, Suzy Franks is heartbroken when Jimmy ships out for the Mariana Islands.
L. Frank Baum is the famed author of the Wizard of Oz series. In this short story, he brings us the tale of young Mary-Marie who sets out on an adventure to become a good witch. But first she is given a series of tasks to complete.
When a successful painter gives up his passion to paint at the height of his popularity, an old friend of his decides to pay a visit and find out why. Originally published in 1908.