Angel's Mining Camp's tavern. Smiley makes a bet with an old horse and dog
Summary: Written as entertainment but to inform readers that at the time there are better ways to write such literary pieces.
Characters: Cherokee Sal, Slumpy, Kentuck, Tommy "Luck"
Summary: The only woman in a mining camp dies during childbirth leaving a baby boy. Slumpy is elected to raise the baby and the town is changed morally. A flood whisks away the town and the baby dies in Kentuck's arms.
Characters: Miggles, Judge, Jim
Summary: Eight men approach an abandoned house to use for temporary lodging. Inside, Miggles, an attractive woman with the immoral past as a prostitute, is taking care of Jim, a stroke victim. ("Golden Heart")
Characters: Tennessee, Tennessee's partner
Summary: Tennessee finds a wife at a California restaurant, but she soon runs off with another man. Tennessee dies of a broken heart. His partner buries him and they later meet again in Heaven.
Characters: Peyton Farquhar, wife,
Summary: A run away child is lost and thinks it's comical and tries to play "war" with the soldiers in a battlefield. He finds his way home and notices his house is burning down and his mother had been shot. The child is deaf.
Characters: Editha, George
Summary: Looking for a melodramatic relationship, Editha pushes her husband to war in order to have the "hero" she's always dreamed of. George dies in war.
Characters: Calixta, Alcee
Summary: A storm begins and Calixta's family is separated before an old lover arrives. Being trapped together, Calixta has a secret affair and her family benefits.
Characters: Madame Valmonde, Desiree, Armand Aubigny
Summary: Due to abandonment after birth, there is much confusion about Desiree and her husband's baby's racial heritage.
Characters: Mrs. Mallard, Brentley
Summary: Finding out her husband was killed in a train wreck, Mrs. Mallard is strangely content until her husband returns home.
Characters: Grace Ansley, Alida Slade, Barbara Ansley, Jenny Slade
Summary: Mothers, Grace and Alida, are on vacation in Rome with their two daughters, Barbara and Jenny.