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Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Laborer Offers To Sell One Eye For Family's Sake."

This blog post originally appeared 10/2/2007.

We mentioned before that we come across some interesting items in doing reference work. A reference staff member came upon this article on the front page of the Wednesday, August 31, 1955 edition of the Clarion-Ledger (which, by the way, cost five cents):

Laborer Offers to Sell One Eye for Family's Sake

ALEXANDRIA, La. August 30. -- A 40-year-old Louisiana man offered today to sell one of his eyes for funds to keep his family of five together.

L.C. Thompson said that he has two good eyes, but that he needs more than the $30 a week he gets at a shaping machine in a box factory where he works.

He said: "I want to sell my eye because I have a large family, and can't find a good paying position here to provide for them in the right way."

Unfortunately, she did not see any follow-up to this story in later issues.

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