Eleven short stories, three of them told by Mr Mulliner, all eleven about
Dronesmen (Freddie Widgeon, Archibald Mulliner, Pongo
Twistleton-Twistleton, Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps and such). Two of the best
(The Amazing Hat Mystery and Uncle Fred Flits By) were based on ideas
supplied to Wodehouse by his friend Bill Townend.
It's our first meeting with Pongo's irrepressible Uncle Fred, Lord
Ickenham, least haughty of earls. He will get star billing in Uncle Fred in
the Springtime (1939), Uncle Dynamite (1948), Cocktail Time (1958) and
Service with a Smile (1962).
In another of the best stories, Tried in the Furnace, there is a
heart-breaking girl, a country vicar's daughter, Angelica Briscoe, loved at
first sight by two Dronesmen, engaged to somebody else, who turned up
again, still young and inexplicably unmarried, thirty-eight years later in
the last Bertie/Jeeves novel Aunts Aren't Gentlemen (1974).
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.