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The E-Sylum (9/5/2010)

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Dick Johnson submitted this non-numismatic-but-nevertheless-interesting item about an honest newsboy from 1910. The article was recounted in a blog post of "Yesterday's News" from Minnesota. -Editor

“Morris,” the energetic proprietor of the news stand at Fourth street and Nicollet avenue, spent an anxious two hours yesterday trying to locate the owner of $4.99 that had come into his possession. In the rush of early morning business someone gave the young news vendor a $5 gold piece for a penny in buying a Morning Tribune. In the first lull in business Morris looked over the morning receipts and was surprised to find the yellow coin in the collection of coppers.

“Some guy might need that,” Morris said to himself, and proceeded to go over in his mind the customers likely to have made such a mistake. Soon an inspiration came to the lad and he dashed a few doors down Fourth street and breathlessly entered a restaurant where a number of his patrons are in the habit of taking breakfast. Morris went direct to the man he suspected and soon ownership of the gold piece was proved to the newsboy’s satisfaction and the money turned over. Morris received a penny in exchange for the $5 coin.

The Honest Newsboy?

Big tipper. You'd think he'd have been given more than the cost of the newspaper for all his trouble. The blog included the above image, which just might include our young hero Morris: "If you look closely, you can see a newsboy striding toward the camera in this 1910 photo of Fourth and Nicollet in downtown Minneapolis."

Great photo. And as a numismatist, I can't help but wonder what numismatic treasures passed through the hands of the people shown here. -Editor

To read the complete article, see: Sept. 3, 1910: An honest newsboy

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