Mike Flannery, the Westcote agent of the Interurban Express Company, leaned over the counter of the express office and shook his fist. Mr. Morehouse, angry and red, stood on the other side of the counter, trembling with rage. The argument had been long and heated, and at last Mr. Morehouse had talked himself speechless. The cause of the trouble stood on the counter between the two men. It was a soap box across the top of which were nailed a number of strips, forming a rough but serviceable cage. In it two spotted guinea-pigs were greedily eating lettuce leaves.
Beloved humor writer Ellis Parker Butler hits it out of the ballpark with his first full-length novel, Kilo. Traveling salesman Eliph' Hewlitt finds the love of his life in Kilo, Iowa and decides to settle down there -- but Sally Briggs, the woman whom he's fixated on, doesn't feel the same way.
Iowa-born farm boy Ellis Parker Butler turned to writing as a teenager to help support his family, and his folksy, charming tales about salt-of-the-earth characters were an instant popular success. This collection of three of Butler's stories is a worthwhile introduction to his body of work.