Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
money, uttered a great cry. The
man piled up bundle after bundle
of crisp green bank notes.
"Shove them up against the
glass where they will show," or
dered the stranger. "Only don't
pay out any of this heap. You
won't need to. That pile, the real
cash paid out right along, will
soon tame that unruly mob."
Ten o'clock," announced the
dumbfounded cashier. "Open
The stranger drew to one side,
as if enjoying the scene. The as
tounded Webster was soon too
busy to notice him. The eager
crowd filed in; everybody was
paid promptly. The sight of the
great bundles of bills began to
have an effect. Some, shamed,
redeposited their money. Others,
catching the infection of restored
confidence, did not ask for their
money at all. Within an hour the
news went all over town that the
bank was safe.
With a great sigh of relief Ran
dal Webster beckoned the
stranger into his private room.
"Now, then." he said, "what
does this all mean?"
The stranger laughed. Then
he seized the banker's hand in a
"You don't know me, eh?" he
said. "Well, I'm bringing you
back some of the bread you cast
upon the waters five years ago."
"I don't understand you," mur
mured the puzzled banker.
"You was a lawyer then, and
you defended in the city a mem
ber of a gang of counterfeiters.
Now do you remember?"
"Why, yes," answered Web
"My name was Dallas not
now. I've changed it. You got
me free, you gave me a good lec
ture. It was my life chance, and
I improved it. I went to my folks
fifty miles from here. A relative
left me a fortune. I have kept
track of you. I heard of your
"And you have saved the
bank!" cried the grateful Web
"The grangf believed a largfe
amount of their counterfeits de
stroved. T saved the satchel con
taining them." went on the man.
"I buried it. That show money
I took from the satchel is coun
terfeit. The real money I drew
from my bank earlv todav to loan
to vou. We will burn the coun
terfeits now they have served
An hour later the bank mes
senger came rushing un in an au
tomobile, with plenty of money to
safely tide the bank over.
Webster paid back his grateful
friend in need. He did not tell
even Ethel the story. Down deep
in his heart, however, he fervent
ly cherished the gratitude of the
reformed criminal who had saved
the bank at a critical juncture.
Suggestion creates symptoms.
It does not create disease. -Deny
vourself the self-indulgence of
THINKING the first and you
may double your reserve power to
cope with the second.