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By Russell Baker

This Pulitzer Prize-winner is "the saddest, funniest, so much tragical but comical photograph of coming of age within the U.S.A. within the Depresson years and global battle II that has ever been written."—Harrison Salisbury.

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Her reward arrived December 20. “Dear Elizabeth, thank you wery a lot in your letter and the Packets I obtained this present day. I wont open up for it til Christmas I by no means du with any Precent, My spouse used to open up for every little thing ahead of the day and that i constantly scoled her, say you're a candy woman now Elizabeth, how you write me, and that i love it, you vill see whilst I come right down to you, we all know one another, and we vont be afraid, now I by no means was once of you, yet you was once a bit of me, and also you could be them days becouse you diddent be aware of me, yet now you do, and that i can nearly suppose how candy it vill be while I positioned my hands rown you. …” He additionally had excellent news. “To day a guy got here in our store from Gumbert Co in big apple, he acknowledged to me, vhat on the planet are you doing right here Oluf, I advised hem, then he acknowledged, write to our corporation and that i imagine they vill heire you, in order that is vhat I vill do, and that i wish I vill get a task, however it vont be til in January, vell back I needs you a Mery Christmas and thank you for your whole kindnes to me. …” January four, 1933: “I acquired a letter from this humans in big apple to day, however the similar tale, they vould like greatly to have me, however the melancholy is on, oh how I do wich it quickly vill be greater so i will get a task, yet rown the following it really is getting worce insted of higher. …” 4 days later his spirits have been excessive and he used to be counting his benefits. “This activity right here has been a very good adventure for me, you recognize vhat I suggest, i take advantage of to be a Baker however it is 8 years in the past on account that i used to be operating at it and a Fellow forgot all approximately operating in that point, yet now i'm fearly solid advert it back, i'm loosing in waith now, i will believe it while i am getting dressed up on Sundays, yet that's okay, simply because i used to be to fatt, don’t you're thinking that? Elizabeth isent it humorous all someone is going tru in the course of a lifestyles time you have got going tru plenty, yet i feel I a litle extra, simply because i'm older, yet back so long as we now have our wellbeing and fitness every little thing is fine, and we shouldent whinge. …” In mid-January one other activity prospect failed. “That Baker by no means spoke back, and that i spoce by no means will, it truly is humorous the way it is going. ” the tip of January: “I did write Jelke Co, and hat an answeer, I did write Echerson Co, however it is identical tale, they sjure want to have me, however the melancholy is on, it truly is affoul, I wont to return right down to you, and also you wont me to return and the following i'm greater than four hundred Miles away, and it's all from that melancholy. ” February 1, 1933: “Business is getting worce insteadt of higher. …” February nine: “That Baker in Baltimore by no means replied but, it's funy, he's the one that provided me one hundred twenty five money a week ef I merely whute come to hem, and it's not a lot over a yr in the past, now he wont even spend a 3 cent Stamp on me, I suggest telling me he cant use me, or whatever, a similar day I wrote to hem, I wrote to at least one in Boston, he provided me 50 funds a week a 12 months in the past, yet I dont imagine he'll spend a Stamp on me, good such is lifestyles, i feel I wrote over fifty Letters to differens Bakers a few task, yet merely replied me telling how sorry they the place they couldent use me.

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