"William E. Emba"|
Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker, con men in
the O. Henry stories collected in this volume, are a bit
uncomfortable after scoring a really big scam. So they
retreat to the middle of nowhere, go into philanthropy, and
found a free university in the middle of nowhere, with a
faculty of six professors hired by mail order. They begin
instant heroes, and live the high life for a while.
the money is running low. Salvation comes in the form of a
mysterious seventh professor, James Darnley McCorkle, chair
of mathematics, who knows the right kind of mathematics.
First reprinted in THE GENTLE GRAFTER (1908)