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Compositor Skinner's Luck

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The wisdom of obeying the injuaction, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers," is illustrated in the case of John K Skinner, at present a compositor in a Xew Haven printing-office. Years ago, while Skinner was a youth of 1 5, he shared his meager snbstance with a youth named Antoine Mnrcer, who represented that he had been banished frotn the homo of a wealthy uncle in the ïslaud of St, Thomas. The vrncle looked upon yomig Meroer as his heir till the latter was discovered to have pledged his lovc to i mulatto girl. Tlien the mielo sent him forth to care for himself. Ho drifted to New York, found employment as a printer, became dissipated, lost his situation, was taken in and cared for by young Skinner at Port Jeffcrson, Ij. I., and finally deeamped with the best clotlies of bis friend's fathor. Years passed and nothing was baard from Mercer till a few days ago, when a West India papel' was received by John E. Sluimer, containing the announcement of the death of Antoine Mercer, and the statement tbat bis will devised his fortune "to bis old friend, John E. Skinner, who had befriended him at Port Jeft'erson, L. I., as i mark of regard and appreciation of his kind acts toward him." The paper statcd that the fortune carne to Mercer from an nncle, deceased at St. Thomas. Mr. Skinner bas taken steps to secure the fortune which seems to be his, but is so fiir from losing bis bead in the meanwbile that he continúes to work at his case as usual.


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Michigan Argus