Mr. Whiting Made No Charge to the Soldier

by Laurel | May 24th, 2010

May 24, 1901

A soldier’s letter comes to The Republican from the Philippine Islands as follows:–

The writer wishes to thank William Whiting, paper manufacturer of Holyoke, for a rare act of kindness to a stranger in the Philippines. About three months ago I sent $2 to the Whiting paper company of Holyoke for writing paper, saying that I was a soldier of the United States hospital corps in Luzon, and that paper here was very expensive and so it is yet. I was not a little surprised yesterday, (April 14) to receive a very polite letter from Mr. Whiting returning my money, registered accompanied by a neatly done up box of his best letter paper and envelopes, all the paper I had asked for and a great deal more. Such a favor to a soldier in the faraway Philippine Islands, and who is entirely a stranger to Mr. Whiting is too much a pleasant surprise and a treat not to thank the kind sender through the columns of your paper, and to let the public know that Mr. Whiting is one of the few manufacturers in the rush of business who stops to think seriously of a soldier. Mr. Whiting will be surprised to read this because by the contents of his brief but very courteous note he never meant to have his act of kindness made known outside of his office.

From The Springfield Republican.

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