In the 40's, we lived in New
Mexico, and I was a member of the New Mexico Folklore Society.
At one of the meetings, a little
old lady was scheduled to tell a story. And as well as I can
remember it, it went like this:
"My father was a banker
in Kansas, and one day Mother gave him her precious watch to
drop off at the jeweler's to have it cleaned. Arriving at the
bank, he placed it on his desk and was attending to business,
when Jesse James and his gang came in to rob the bank.
Among other things, they
took my mother's watch. She was desolate.
About two weeks later, a
small parcel was delivered to my mother, and inside were the
watch and a note. The note said: 'Am sorry to have inconvenienced
you, Mrs. [ ],
And the little old lady at
the meeting, reaching into her purse, said: "And here's
The applause was loud and long.