Take Heart: Conscience at Work

Delightful! A conscience that works! Fifty years after they were due, someone returned two library books, along with a money order to cover the accumulated fines. AP reports this account from Phoenix.

PHOENIX — A high school librarian in Phoenix says a former student at the school returned two overdue books checked out 51 years ago along with a $1,000 money order to cover the fines.

Camelback High School librarian Georgette Bordine says the two Audubon Society books checked out in 1959 and the money order were sent by someone who wanted to remain anonymous.

Bordine says the letter explained that the borrower’s family moved to another state and the books were mistakenly packed.

The letter said the money order was to cover fines of 2 cents per day for each book. That would total about $745. The letter says the extra money was added in case the rates had changed.

Bordine says the money will buy more books, and the overdue books will be returned to the shelves.

Neat, huh. I thought of that person at length this morning, and those two books that sat around somewhere for 50 years, and that smote his/her conscience every time they were viewed. Finally, it was enough. The books were bundled up, taken to the post office, the money order was purchased, and today on this Sunday as I write, someone’s conscience is freed.

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