Thirteen early short stories, written in America. One, Extricating Young
Gussie is important because it introduces Bertie (though his surname seems
to be Mannering-Phipps), Jeeves and Aunt Agatha. Gussie Mannering-Phipps,
head of the 'very old and aristocratic' family now that his father,
Bertie's Uncle Cuthbert, keen drinker, unsuccessful gambler, big spender,
has died, has gone to America and is involved with a girl on the New York
vaudeville stage. Aunt Agatha sends Bertie over to extricate Gussie. Bertie
is unsuccessful, and all ends happily, with Gussie marrying the vaudeville
girl, his mother, herself ex-vaudeville, remarrying, this time to an old
vaudevillian adorer, and Bertie staying on in New York with Jeeves for fear
of meeting Aunt Agatha's wrath.
Otherwise mostly sentimental apprentice work. One story, The Mixer, is
told by a dog, another is about a cat; one, One Touch of Nature, is about
a rich American forced by his society-minded wife to live in England, but
longing to see baseball games again. One, The Romance of an Ugly
Policeman, is about a pretty cook in London courted by the milkman,
falsely accused of theft by the lady of the house, being marched off by a
policeman and, after doing her thirty days, finding the policeman, not the
milkman, waiting for her. The Making of Mac's could almost have been
written by 'Sapper'.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.