Ghetto Silhouettes

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byDavid Warfield

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902. Excerpt: ... The letters were collected by a young lady and taken to the post-office, which consisted of a little window in the door leading into the next room. Here they were examined by the postal-clerks, who were the committee conducting the affair. Paddy's letter was answered by a knife, which was placed in an envelope with Paddy's name upon it. Sully's letter was read by the pianist. She gave a sigh as she read it, and said to herself, "Oh, the seas of trouble down in this district," and then noticed the Hebrew characters at the bottom of the page. "I wonder what this is," she said. "It must be the most important part of the letter." Then, speaking aloud to the committee, she asked, "Is there anyone here who can read this?" It went the round of nearly all before it reached two young men, friends of the pianist, who had dropped in out of curiosity. One was a senior from Columbia University, and the other a downtown lawyer. They looked at it, puzzled a moment, and then broke out laughing. "This is written by a little RussianJewish boy, and it is easy to see what is going on in his mind. There is sickness at home, his brother being probably the sufferer and being also out of a job; his mother has been pawning everything in the house, and he has come here in the hope of getting something for them. He is a conscientious young rascal and is afraid that his being a Jew will shut him out from Santa Claus's good offices. By the way, he calls him Sandy Claws as if he were a kind of a crab, and then the young beggar writes in Yiddish to prevent any narrow-minded, ignorant man from reading what he says." There was a narrow-minded, ignorant man on the committee, who disclosed himself by the remark, "Well, I don't believe that we ought to give Christmas presents to such childr...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902. Excerpt: ... The letters were collected by a young lady and taken to the post-office, which consisted of a little window in the door leadin...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217219462

ISBN - 13:9780217219464

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