Inside the letter, was a $100 bill, a generous gift from her parents.
Sister Ruth smiled at the gesture, pondering what to do with the money, since living in the convent she didn’t really need any.
As she read the letter, sitting by the window, she noticed a shabbily dressed stranger leaning against the lamp post below.
Quickly, she wrote, “Don’t despair. Sister Ruth“, on a piece of paper.
She then wrapped the $100 bill in it, managed to catch the man’s attention, and tossed the paper out of the window to him.
The stranger picked it up, then with a puzzled expression on his face and a tip of his hat, off he went down the street.
The next day, Sister Ruth was told that a man was at the door of the convent and he insisted on seeing her.
She went downstairs, where she found the stranger waiting for her.
Without a word, he handed her a huge wad of $100 bills.
“What’s this?” she asked, puzzled and confused.
“That’s the $8,000 you have coming Sister”, the man replied. “Don’t Despair won the race at 80:1 odds!”
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