1919: 50 Cents Gets His Gold Out of Collection Basket

Young Man Who Gave Coin in Mistake For Penny Settles With Church Treasurer.

Middletown, Conn., Nov. 4.–When the treasurer of the First Baptist church was counting the offering after the evening service yesterday a young man approached him considerably perturbed and explained that he had intended to put a penny into the contribution but had dropped a $5 gold piece in by mistake instead. He asked if he might not have it back. The treasurer demurred.

“I need the money,” urged the young man.

“So does the church,” answered the young man.

Finally the young man offered the treasurer 50 cents in exchange for the gold piece, and the church official reluctantly made the exchange.

From the Salisbury Evening Post (Salisbury, North Carolina), Wednesday, November 5, 1919.
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