Charles Montgomery Skinner was an American writer, editor, dramatic and art critic, mostly known as a collector and rewriter of North American folklore. “The Tory's Conversion” is a short story entered in the collection “Myth and legends of our own land”. The action happens on Christmas eve in a house of Michael Kuch, an old farmer, and his daughter. Christmas night moves in joylessness, because farmer’s son is one of Washington's troopers and this moment resides in military camp. Suddenly the door flies open and admits a haggard, panting man who hastily closes it again, falls into a seat, and shaking from head to foot confesses that he has tried to shoot Washington… Start your familiar with American history and culture through the Skinner’s collection “Myth and legends of our own land”!