'The Kidnapping of Phil Altamore' is a humorous story of a young man who has inadvertently made an ill-advised marriage proposal to a chorus girl in Paris. When the girl appears in London, he has more or less forgotten about the obligation...but his willingness to go through with the marriage induces close family friend and busybody Mrs. Jack Ormesby to save him from this dreadful fate by kidnapping him and smuggling him to Russia.
Ella Hepworth Dixon (1855-1932) was a British short story writer, journalist and novelist. 'The World's Slow Stain' is the story of a reconciliation which goes catastrophically wrong. Adela Buller and Anthony Mellingham, whose love affair ended badly 10 years earlier meet again and agree to marry. But after they broke up the first time, Adela published a bitter novel under a pseudonym in which she modelled the lead character - a dreadful cad - on Mellingham.