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Honesty a virtue

To the Times of Ti: A group of us visited Schroon Lake two weeks ago and our accommodations were at the Schroon Lake Bed and Breakfast. My brother-in-law was in the group. This is the finest place that I have stayed in all my travels, he said. I agreed. The innkeepers, Jane and Jack, are the very best hosts. At breakfast, we met a family from Dallas, Texas. They us told the following story On Sept. 29, they drove to Vermont to visit the Woodstock area. Upon their return, they stopped to take a picture of one of New Yorks beautiful landscape scenes. The camera would not stay still as the family wanted all members in the picture; the husband used his wallet as a device to keep the camera from tipping forward. He remembered to take the camera from the roof of the car but forgot the wallet. Off he drove. The wallet was seemingly lost along the highway. But as it often does, luck can change on a dime. In a car not far back was the family of Sonny and Susan Harper of Crown Point. They spotted the wallet and the credit cards splattered all over the highway. They stopped, picked up the wallet, and immediately started to see if they could locate the owner. The Harpers saw a receipt that indicated that the owner had just purchased gas. They tried to see if any one at the gas station had heard where these people might be staying, but no luck. (Did I fail to mention that the wallet had plenty of cash?) A call to the New York State Police required a wait but finally a trooper arrived and a telephone number was discovered, so a call was made to Dallas. Later, when the Texans called their answering machine back in Dallas to check phone messages, they listened to the wonderful message. Later, the state trooper returned the wallet and all its contents to the owner. You can bet this gentleman, his wife and his college-age son will tell their fellow Texans that the people of upstate New York are not only wonderful, but they are also honest folks. Honesty, what a wonderful virtue! Mr. and Mrs. Harper of Crown Point are what makes America great. Jim Callahan
Middlebury, Vt.

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