Main Fiction: “Wanted: A Wife” by Carlotta M. Hardy, first published in All Story Weekly, August 19, 1916.
Narrator: Goldeen Ogawa.
“I’ve got to have a wife inside of an hour.”
“A wife!” she repeated in a bewildered voice, “inside of an hour!”
She stared at him, a shade in her candid eyes, a hint of something in her face that made him stare back.
“Of course I haven’t known you long,” he stumbled on somewhat blindly, “but I wonder if—you’ll help me out.”