Originally published as a serial in The Captain in 1909, Mike Jackson goes
to America to play for an MCC side, with his friend Psmith accompanying him
'in a private capacity'. While Mike goes off to Philadelphia to play
cricket, Psmith stays in New York and becomes the hero of this novel.
There is no heroine. In a New York restaurant Psmith meets the acting
editor of the weekly Cosy Moments, and, through him and the office boy, the
cat-loving leader of the Groom Street Gang, Bat Jarvis. As the real editor
is away and out of contact, and the proprietor in Europe, Windsor (the
acting editor) and Psmith (amateur sub-editor) decide to jazz up the paper
and, amongst other campaigns, to attack the unknown landlord of some
York slum tenements. The anonymous landlord threatens reprisals to Windsor,
Psmith and the paper. With the help of Bat Jarvis and his gang they fight
die gangs that the landlord hires to beat them up. There is some shooting
and Psmith has to get a new hat as a result.
Psmith, with the help of a legacy from an uncle, and his father in
Switzerland, buys Cosy Moments from its proprietor. The owner of the slum
property turns out to be a politician running for City Alderman. He is made
to repent and to make great improvements in the houses for his tenants.
Psmith calls back the old stagnant staff and hands the paper back to them,
while remaining owner (apparently) after he and Mike go back to Cambridge.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.