Very truly yours, GEORGE W. MARTIN
From the Denton (Maryland) Journal, June 18, 1892, P. 1, col. 4. Title: "EASIER THAN WORKING," subtitled: "A Clever Scamp in College Raises Money in an Ingenious Way. " Three years ago a sophomore college student started a letter to raise money to finish school. He sent it to ten women in a small western town. He got a 'very large sum of money' and letters of advice. Some ministers recommended it to their congregation. Some sent stamps, some dimes wrapped in paper, some sent fifty cents, a dollar, a few even five." E. J. Barnes in the New York Press. Original probably had the number 1 at the top. "Three years ago" would mean the letter started in 1889, as many charity letters did. Article discovered around 1998 by Neal Coulter of Chattanooga, TN.
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