15 stories by the author (Otto Feige aka Ret Marut) who later became famous as B. Traven (Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Death Ship etc), written during the years when he was an itinerant actor and journalist in Germany before and during WW1. Most of these stories first appeared when Marut was editing an obstreperous anarchist anti-war magazine, 'Der Ziegelbrenner ('The Brickburner') in Munich. They foreshadow many of the themes and philosophy which characterise such great works as: 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre', 'The Death Ship', 'The White Rose', 'The Bridge in the Jungle', and other novels and stories Traven wrote later in Mexico.
This collection includes such tales as 'The Story of a Nun', in which a doctor marries a doomed woman whom he first meets as a ghost, and 'The Silk Scarf', a simple story with an acidulous ending. Other stories deal with such subjects as pretension, fashion, greed, exploitation, and the price of success, all themes that Traven further developed in his subsequent work. The title story, 'To the Honourable Miss S...', is a romantic love story told against the backdrop of trench warfare in WWI. The vivid realism of the war scenes is reminiscent of
Erich Maria Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front'.