Way up on the northern side of the borough of Manhattan, in the town of Washington Heights, New York, the librarians in the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library received a surprise 55 years in the making.
A biography on the life of St. Francis Xavier was finally returned.
Daily News has the scoop,
A mystery Good Samaritan is giving the library its dues — returning a book 55 years after it was borrowed.
An uptown branch of the New York Public Library finally got “Fire of Francis Xavier” back — more than five decades after the biography of the 16th-century priest was checked out.
The dusty, dog-eared tome arrived Monday wrapped in a plain brown envelope, said Jennifer Zarr, manager at the Fort Washington branch in Washington Heights.
Inside the book was a check for $100 and nothing else.
St. Francis Xavier said that about reading written books, Don, because folks didn’t have public libraries back in his day. We have Benjamin Franklin to thank for that invention, you see. Plus, he had to travel “light,” you understand.
I just might have to check the book out via inter-library loan. Heaven knows I can’t afford it otherwise. Amazon knows this fact too.
This story made me think of one of my favorite films from 2011. The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore. Enjoy!