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A PROMISE WELL KEPT

A BOMANTXO STORY. Lately a working man named Thomas Kelk, residing at Woiksop, and at present employed m a carter by the Workaop Go-operative Soolety, has been rewarded m a singular manner foe a service rendered by htm to a young lady some fifteen years ago. It appears tbat Kalk was formerly a soldier, and In the autumn of 1874, although he had then left the army, he #e*bt to Stockton on Tees In his regimentals to have hts photograph taken. While there he noticed a oarrlage stop In one of the prlnolpal thoroughfares The ooaohman got down from the box, but had scarcely reaohed the ground when the horse dashed iff at a terrific pace, dragging the oarelage behind it, In which was seated a girl six years of age. Is was evident to all who saw the runaway that unless he was stopped the child would Id all probability be killed. Kelk walked Into the middle of the road, waited till the advanolng horse reaohed him, and then sprang at its head. He was carried about 100 yards hanging on to the hone's head) but inooeeded eventually In stopping It. The child, who was very muoh frightened thanked the manag»iu and again, took his address, and told him tbat sue could not reward him for his bravery then, but would do so when she oame of age j and told him he would he»r from her In the future, True to her promise, on attaining the age of twenty-one a few weeka ago, she m»de Inquiries as to the where•boots of Koik, bat her efforts fof a time were DnavailiDg, until ft commercial traveller happened to know the man Kelk at Workshop and promised to make inquiries as to whether be was the man sought for. His investigations proved that the Workeup man was the one wanted. The family was communicated with, and Kelk received a letter asking him to go to a station near Mauohester. He did so and was met by a carriage »nd pair, and taken to the home of the oblld — novr a woman—whoso life he bad saved, Arrived there be was hospitably entertained, and before leaving was presented with a handsome gold watch, a gold guard and seal, aad £80 likewiaa m gold. The watoh bjre the following inscription : — " Prosented to T. Kelk for his bravery at Stookton-ou-Tees m 1874." Needless to »»y the aff»lr has Created quite a. sensation at Worfcoop, and the townspeople »re hud m the praises of the yoang lady who had so faitofully kept her promise.

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A PROMISE WELL KEPT, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889

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A PROMISE WELL KEPT Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889

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