I am trying to get into jquery/ajax and I can't even believe I can't get past this first test. I'm following an example I found at The Jquery API site and I followed it just about to a T.
I created a local folder on the desktop, and added 2 files.
$( "#stage" ).load( "list1.html" );
Try launching chrome / chromium with
--allow-file-access-from-files flag set