Other Publishers of Original Short Stories CWS

Allied Newspapers; Blackie & Son; Dean & Son; Hutchinson & Co.

Like the Oxford University Press, these four publishers also purchased original short stories. The only difference is that they did not purchase as many.

The publishers are listed alphabetically. For each publisher, the stories are chronological.

ALLIED NEWSPAPERS LTD

Panty at the Market. Illus. by Gowell. "Allied Newspapers annual." 1928. Reprinted, 1933, Allied Newspapers Limited, Withy Grove, Manchester in "The Joy Book," pp 41-44, 95-100.

Cover of Annual
The information about the first publication is from the work diary. The publisher asked Savery for more "adventure stories" like this one. Uncle Andrew is too occupied with his studies to care for his wards, but now and again he takes the best-behaved one with him to the market. Panty is too fat to get into mischief, so Tony and Elizabeth are always the ones to stay at home until Elizabeth tells Panty that if he were really nice, he would be naughty for once.

In the end, Uncle Andrew wakes up to find that taking three nice children to the market is rather a fun thing to do.

The Orange. Illus. by Rosalee. Manchester: Allied Newspapers Limited, Withy Grove, Manchester in "The Joy Book." 1931, pp 57-62. Reprinted, 1949, STORY PARADE.

Not every story in "The Joy Book" carries the author's name, so Savery is fortunate in that respect.

Taffery and Wuff [Redcap and Bluecap in the reprint, which has colored illustrations] "were tiny wood-dwellers," and one of the few persons who ever came near was a wicked merchant. Spying a silver groat on their table, he seized it and left a red-and-blue wishbone in its place. When Taffery and Wuff use it to wish for a ball, they get instead an orange, that rolls against and blocks their front door.

The rest of the story tells how the unselfish wood-dwellers unblock their door while endearing themselves to the other wood creatures and enriching themselves. There is a nice moral which Savery, characteristically, does not state.

The Magic Hoop. Illus. by Anne Rochester. Manchester: Allied Newspapers Limited, Withy Grove, Manchester in "The Joy Book." 1933, pp 105-110.

This is something of a magic story, highly recommended! Savery's name is not given, presumably because Panty at the Market is in the same annual. There is a manuscript copy, and the title is listed in the work diary, so she certainly wrote it.

After Agnes, Paul, and Cicely go to live with Cousin Cherry, they take to rolling hoops on the white paths of the nearby wide common, and Agnes conceives the notion that if she can jump through her hoop while it is rolling, she will be transported to a magic land. This proves difficult, so she practices her running until she can go first as fast as Cicely and then as fast as Paul. Finally she is ready for another trial.

Cicely and Paul are reading, so Agnes rolls her hoop alone on the misty common. When she jumps through the hoop, everything goes dark, and she wakes with a bruise on her head in an old lady's comfortable room by a fire. When Agnes has recovered, the old lady's grown-up son, Martin, takes her home, where her cousin is skeptical of her magic land, though impressed by the gifts with which she returns.

Puffball and Spoon. Illus. unsigned. Manchester: Allied Newspapers Ltd, Withy Grove, Manchester in "The Happy Annual." 1934 or 1935, pp 15-20.

Cover of Annual
In 1961, this story was sold along with three other 'Mink stories' to Paul Hamblyn, publisher of Books for Pleasure and Spring Books. The collection was called "Fairy Cousins", and Puffball and Spoon was retitled The Magic Cupboard.

Puffball and Spoon keep a magic shop from which mischievous Mink is excluded; however, Mink manages to get in while they are away and pokes into their great-great-grandmother's fairy cupboard, which contains magic potions. Mink experiments and turns the trees and grass around the shop red, scarlet, pink, and blue.

Fortunately, Puffball and Spoon remember enough magic to undo the spell, and Mink is forgiven.

The Magic Garden. Illus. by Mountfort. Manchester: Allied Newspapers Ltd, Withy Grove, Manchester in "The Happy Annual." 1934 or 1935, pp 113-117.

This is another instance in which the Allied Newspapers editor, Olive Searle, declined to identify Savery as the author because she had another story, Puffball and Spoon, in the same annual. Fortunately, Savery mentions the story in her work diary, and it is also mentioned in her correspondence with Searle. The story was written in December of 1927 and revised, probably for younger readers, for submission to "The Happy Annual." The story's original title was "Blind Garden."

A small boy named Ion gets over a back wall via a plum tree into the adjacent garden, where he finds a grey-haired blind lady, becomes frightened, and runs home. On subsequent visits he gets closer and closer, but remains too timid to speak. When he finally gets close enough to touch her skirt, the lady--blind no longer--snatches him by the overall, and when he gets free and hides, she climbs the plum tree to cut off his escape.

BLACKIE & SON, LTD.

A Lesson on the Virginals. Illus. by W. W. Lendon. London : Glasgow: Blackie & Son, Ltd., 50 Old Bailey, London; 17 Stanhope St., Glasgow. 1938, pp 50-59 in "Blackie's Girls' Annual."

Cover of Annual
Savery knew that this story was accepted, but did not know that it was published. Consequently, she kept the manuscript, which was passed on to me by Agneta Thomson. When it is compared with the printed story, there are a great many differences. It is not known if Savery or a Blackie editor made the changes. The story is of special importance to Savery fans of Green Emeralds for the King, since it brings back that book's hero, Miles Farringdon, and its villain, Richard Brambleshaw, both very much in character. I donated my typescript of the manuscript to the de Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi along with a copy of the annual in which it was published.

Two young ladies, Mistresses Roxy and Deb, halfway through their hated music lesson, are making the time go faster by tormenting Mr. Hollis, the music master. Promising retribution, he stalks off into the rain. A few minutes later, Cousin Peter, Roxy's lover, arrives. A Royalist carrying dispatches, he has lost his mount, lamed his foot, and is hotly pursued by the Roundhead soldiers. With no place to hide, he agrees unwillingly to don Mr. Hollis's cape and pretend to be the music master. When Farringdon and Brambleshaw appear, Peter acts so ineptly that the girls are sure he will be discovered. Just in time, Mr. Hollis returns, dressed in the clerical clothes he has borrowed at the vicarage after his walk in the rain. Assuming the role of the Vicar, he rescues Peter. The story is suspenseful and entertaining, and it is one of the very few Savery short stories with an historical setting.

The Oranjorica Treasure. Illus. by D. L. Mays. London : Glasgow: Blackie & Son, Ltd., 50 Old Bailey, London; 17 Stanhope St., Glasgow. 1938, pp 181-189 in "Blackie's Girls' Annual."

Barbara is a romantic who is unhappy that her modern High School contains no crypts or secret passages in which to discover hidden treasures. When she is unsuccessful in persuading her father to send her to a traditional boarding school, her brother Oliver points out that she might have been sent to one of the few boarding schools that don't have a treasure. Barbara agrees that would be horrible, but considers it unlikely. Her treasure hunting becomes a mania, and her siblings are at their wits' ends to end it. When an "oranjorican" chest that belonged to their rich great-great-grandfather is donated to the school, Barbara is sure there must be treasure in one of its secret drawers, but is dismayed when the yellowed paper she finds turns out to be her great-great-grandfather's last will, which disinherits her family. All of the characters are nicely drawn, and this is an amusing story.

The Polite Letter Writer. Illus. by W.S. London : Glasgow: Blackie & Son, Limited, 66 Chandon Place, London or 17 Stanhope St., Glasgow, in "The Girl's Storybook".Cover of Annual

1950, pp 50-55.

Petronilla Dare received permission to write letters to her guardian, Mr. Sanderton, without having them first read by the head mistress of Miss Pegram's Select School for the Daughters of Gentlemen; however, the permission was granted because Mr. Sanderton had also complained about the poor quality of Petronilla's correspondence. In desperation, she began a new round of letters, heavily inspired by The Lady's Pocket Magazine for 1825, which, according to Miss Pegram, "...transgressed every canon of decorum." Undismayed by Petronilla's plagiarism, Mr. Sanderton takes her home. The letters are amusing, but this is a rather slight story.

DEAN & SON

Thomas's Green Tent. Illus. by E. H. Davie. London: Dean & Son, Ltd., 61, High Path, Merton, S.W.19, in "Monster Book for Children." 1941.

The work diary states that this was published by Dean & Son in "one of their annuals," and there is a letter of acceptance dated Aug. 11, 1939. I have not been able to find the annual, but I have a seven-page carbon copy with handwritten corrections. In 2008, the illustrations for this annual were auctioned by Bloomsbury Auctions with this citation for Lot 337B:
Davie (E.H.) and others. Seventeen ink drawings for the "Monster Book for Children", 1941, including four large illustrations, two for "Their Luckiest Holiday"; two for "All because of Polly", 395mm. by 272mm., the smaller designs including three by E.H. Davie for "Thomas's Green Tent" by Constance Savery, two signed; one for "The Enchanted Garden" by Irene Pawsey, and three for "Taj and the Magic Carpet", all signed AR, various sizes.
These drawings were reproduced subsequently when the same lot was auctioned on eBay. Davie did not choose to draw a "brown-skinned" boy (see Sally... below) in the illustrations.

When Thomas comes with his parents to live in the country, he is lonely. Young Lord Wetherford is too grand, and there is no one else to play with. His parents buy him a green tent with which he can camp in the garden, but Thomas is inept at camping, and night after night the tent plays him tricks.

Eventually he finds a brown-skinned boy at a gypsy encampment who agrees to come camping, and they become instant friends.

I trust that additional corrections made the ending more of a surprise than the original manuscript does.

Uncles for Sale. London: Dean & Son, Ltd., 61, High Path, Merton, S.W.19, in "Monster Book for Children." 1943, pp 39-45. Cover of Annual

The work diary says that this was written in July of 1935 and accepted in July of 1941. Neither the book nor the inscription in my copy is dated. The British Library gives 1943. When grumpy Mr. Wilkinson moves, he lets his relatives in town know that he wants to be left alone, so he is not pleased when a young girl walks by every day to stare at him and his flowers. When he attempts to chase her away, she responds:
Please, I came to see you, Uncle Victor. I'm your niece, Sadie.
When he accuses her of wanting pocket money, she responds by telling him she only wants an uncle of her very own. Somewhat mollified, he allows her to come now and again, invites her for tea twice, and, eventually, gives her half a crown.

Their third tea-party is a disaster, for another guest is Sadie's guardian, Mr. Trevor, who assures Mr. Wilkinson that the orphaned Sadie has no relatives at all. Unabashed, Sadie explains that she has a receipt to prove that she has purchased her uncle from his nieces and nephews, who have sold him for
...three dolls and an engine and six books and a rose-pink tea-set and eighteenpence and a French franc and two balls and an aeroplane and some peppermint rock.

Sally Goes House-Hunting. Illustration unsigned. London: Dean & Son, Ltd., 61, High Path, Merton, S.W.19, in "Monster Book for Children." 1944(?), pp 30-36. Cover of Annual

The work diary says that this story and Tim's Menagerie, below, were paid for on Mar. 26, 1943. The annual is undated.

Young Sally had hoped that a nearby cottage would be available for her family to let, but it appears to have been spoken for by someone else. It may be just as well. There is a sign next to an adjacent stream warning that it contains crocodiles. Despite her fears, Sally knows what to do when a brown baby toddles into the infested water.

It is typical of Savery that the brown baby and its numerous brown siblings are presented without a trace of racial prejudice. The illustrator, for what it is worth, provides the toddler with a fair complexion.

Tim's Menagerie. Illustration by KB. London: Dean & Son, Ltd., 61, High Path, Merton, S.W.19, in "Bobby Bear's Annual." 1944 inscription, pp 82-84. Cover of Annual

Dean & Son may not have known in which of their many annuals it would be published when they purchased the story in 1943, and this may be why Savery's work diary omits the information. Fortunately, an eBay seller mentioned Savery's name when offering the annual for sale. The undated edition has a cover with Bobby Bear putting his head through a hole with a 'red indian' picture. Two different copies of the annual have 1944 inscriptions.

The story is short and intended for very young children. Timorous Auntie Lulu did not care for noise, and animals intimidated her, so Tim was surprised when he was allowed to acquire a lone rabbit. It did not remain alone for very long.

Those Awful Little Rabbits. London: Dean & Son, Ltd., 61, High Path, Merton, S.W.19, in "Ideal Book for Girls." ~1945, pp 31-38. Cover of Annual

Although easier to obtain than most annuals, this book has a cover that is frequently misidentified as 'girl playing tennis' or the like, when it is clear she is playing badminton. The story has a single undistinguished drawing, and the illustrator is not identified.

Sheila St. John attends St. Veronica's, where the latest craze is miniature birds and animals to decorate desks. Only Sheila and the Head Girl, Jill Carstairs, have bare desktops. Jill is superior to bric-a-brac, and Sheila's little sister Peggy has had rheumatic fever, leaving little spending money for Sheila. When her Aunt Mary arrives with the convalescent Peggy, Sheila is embarrassed, because Peggy blurts out to Jill that the family has no money to send another girl to St. Veronica's, and Sheila wouldn't be there if Aunt Mary had not paid her tuition. Not long after the visit Sheila is further embarrassed, because Peggy sends her six home-made woolen rabbits to decorate her desk. Bravely, Sheila sets them out, leaving them there even after she hears the stylish Frances Daw call them 'those awful little rabbits!' Happily, Peggy has sent rabbits to Jill, too, so you can guess the ending.

HUTCHINSON & CO.

The Headmistress's Hat. Hutchinson & Co. 1935. In "Hutchinson's Girls' Annual." Reprint is undated with illus. by Saville Jumley. Cover of Annual London: New Century Press, 33-36 Paternoster Row, London E.C.4., pp 58-65, in "Schoolgirls' Adventure Book."

Despite a statement in the Encyclopædia of Girls' School Stories to the contrary, "The Girls' Annual" and "The Schoolgirls Adventure Book" do not have identical contents. The reprint is on very thick stock and unpaginated. Cover of Annual I have reproduced its bright cover rather than its worn wrapper. Their design is the same. The original annual is the only book I have seen with a full-page color illustration for a Savery short story.

When the girls return to the Form room following a memorable wigging in front of the whole school, they are dismayed to find the Headmistress's new hat on one of their desks. Unwilling to face the still simmering Miss Davis, they decide to conceal it for the moment and slip it into her room later unnoticed. By the time the Upper Third's Form-mistress has had her own words to add to their scolding, it is too late to return the hat anonymously, because Miss Davis has departed angrily for a wedding to give away the bride in a borrowed black hat. Though the beginning of this adventure is improbable and the ending is predictable, there is a lively romp in between.

To School through the Tunnel. Illus. by B. Spurr. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, London. 1935, pp 49-58 in "Hutchinson's Children's Annual," R. Brandon, ed.

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This annual is undated, but Savery lists 1935 in her work diary, and a 1950 letter to her from the publisher confirms that date. I have read many children's stories, good and bad, from this period, but this is the first I recall dealing in a serious way with claustrophobia. Without explaining or moralizing, Savery shows sympathy and understanding for her little hero.

The story is straightforward. When orphaned Mike is afraid to go to school with his cousins through an abandoned railway tunnel, his sympathetic Uncle Alex carries him the long way around on his bicycle, sometimes leaving work to get Mike home. Then, late one afternoon, shortly before Alex is expected to cycle home through the tunnel, there is a slip in the cliff, and the tunnel collapses at the children's end. The older ones hop on bicycles to pedal around the mountain to warn their father, but Mike knows they will not get there in time. Mike does, of course, and you know how.

Honor's Sample Post. Hutchinson & Co. 1936. In "Girls' Annual."

Correspondence from Hutchinson mentions the title, but not the annual in which it was printed. I have a twelve page, double-spaced, typed carbon copy with a handwritten thirteenth page.

After her aunt had entered her name at numerous booths at an exhibition, Honor began to receive samples by post, hoarding them from the greedy Draycott twins. Eagle-eyed Mrs. Worthington, quoting a school rule, drops Honor's casket of Rosebud Bloom into the waste-paper basket, and the rest of her hoard soon follows.

Leaving instructions that future samples must be thrown away, Mrs. Worthington departs to complete her convalescent leave, and Honor retrieves her possessions from Mrs. Worthington's office. As the term continues, she accumulates many more samples, and her unwillingness to share costs her the friendship of the twins.

Mrs. Worthington, returning for the end of the term, catches Honor's eye, though not Honor, and concludes that all is not well. Honor flees to the twins for help, bearing with her an umbrella and overcoat bulging with contraband. The neatly constructed conclusion ends with a mild surprise. This is one of the better school stories.