Where is thy Sting-1916 Pre-anniversary Shorthand

Where is They Sting (1920) was serialized in the Gregg Writer magazine in 1916 Pre-anniversary shorthand in August and September 1922.

There is an Anniversary version serialized in the Gregg Writer magazine from March to May 1936. (I believe that this version was posted elsewhere on this blog.)

This story was published in All-Story magazine (1920). It was written by Charles Lee Swem. I see that man’s name all over the Gregg Writer. I don’t recall what he was known for. Can someone please fill in the blanks.

Here is the link to the pre-anniversary version:


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  1. Charles Lee Swem was a Gregg writer who served as personal stenographer and secretary to Woodrow Wilson during his campaign and presidency.  Swem was about 20 years old when he started working for Wilson.  He won the pen stenography contests held by the National Shorthand Reporters' Association in 1923 and 1924. I believe his speed and accuracy records were, on average, the highest ever attained in that contest until beaten in 1925 by Martin J. Dupraw.  A few years later he became a court reporter at the Supreme Court of New York.  He also authored a horror-mystery novel called "Werewolf", which is unfortunately not considered much of a classic.  (Disclaimer: I haven't read the book, so I have no personal opinion about it.)

  2. I just read this story in shorthand. It is a well-written mystery story. I don’t get the connection between the title and the story. From that title, I thought I was going read a sermon.

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