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BLIND WIDOW WAITS FOR FORTUNE OWED BY
Mrs. Norton Sits Silently In Her Room, Waiting Patiently For Uncle Sam to
Pay the Debt He Owes Her.
BY KENNETH W. PAYNE
New York, April 7. Blind, widow
ed and broken-hearted, she sits rock
ing back and forth in her humble
home here the little old lady whom
Uncle Sam owes and has owed for
half a century ONE MILLION DOL
LARS! She is Mrs. Elmira D. Norton. She
is past 80, but still waiting for the
government to pay its debt to her.
Every day YOU see the black bars
that are at the heart of this great
tragedy! They are the post marks
on the letters YOU receive!
Marcus P. Norton of Troy, N. Y., .
invented in 1853 the machine by .
which postal clerks, with one deft M VI
blow, both cancel the postage stamp
and postmark the letters that pass
through their hands.
The device, the government itself
has admitted, has saved taxpayers
Yet its inventor and his heirs have