son of Rebecca H. Davis, was born in Philadelphia, where in 1886 he began the journalistic career that was to make him the leading reporter of his time. Letters reporting his journalistic tours of this period were collected in The West from a Car Window (1892), The Rulers of the Mediterranean (1894), Our English Cousins (1894), About Paris (1895), and Three Gringos in Venezuela and Central America (1896). As correspondent for New York and London papers, he reported the Spanish war in Cuba, the Greco-Turkish War, the Spanish-American War, the Boer War, the Russo-Japanese War, and World War I, whose vividly dramatized accounts were collected in several books. Beginning with Gallegher and Other Stories (1891) and Van Bibber and Others (1892) he published 11 volumes of stories which show adept craftsmanship but are journalistic, with more stress on effect and form than on substance. He also wrote slick, lively, and melodramatic novels and plays.