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A Promise Well Kept.

Recently a working man named Thomas Kelp, residing at Worksop, and at present employed as carter by the Worksop Cooperative Society, has been rewarded in a singular manner for a service rendeied by him to a young lady some fifteen years ago. It appears that Kelk was formerly a soldier, and in the autumn of 1874, although he had then left the army, he went to Stockton-on-Tees in his regimentals to have his photograph taken. While there he noticed a carriage stop in one of the principal thoroughfares. The coachman got down from the box, but had scarcely reached the ground when the horse dashed off at a terrific pace, dragging the carriage behind it, in which was seated a girl six years of age. It was evident to all who saw the runaway that unless he was stopped the child would in all probability be killed. Kelk walked into the middle of the road, waited till the advancing horse reached him, and sprang at its head. He was carried about 100 yds hanging on to the horse's head, but succeeded eventually in stopping it. The child, who was very much frightened, thanked the man again and again, took his address, and told him that she could not reward him for his bravery then, but would do so when she came of age, and told him he would hear from her in the future. True to her promise, on attaining the age of twenty-one a few weeks ago, she made inquiries as to the whereabouts of Kelk; but her efforts for a time were unavailing, until a commercial traveller happened to know the man Kelk at Workßop, and promised to make inquiries as to whether he was the man sought for. His investigations proved the Worksop man was the one wanted. The family was communicated with, and Kelk received a letter asking him to go to a station near Manchester this week. He did so, and was met by a carriage and pair and taken to the home of the child—now a woman—whose life he had saved. Arrived there he was hospitably entertained, and before leaving was presented with a handsome gold watch, a gold guard and seal, and LBO likewise in gold. The watch bore the following inscription: " Presented to T. Kelk for his bravery at Stockton-on-Tees in 1874." Needless to say, the affair has created quite a sensation in Worksop, and the townspeople are loud in the praises of the young lady who had so faithfully kept her promise.

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A Promise Well Kept., Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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A Promise Well Kept. Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889