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The Man Who Helped

A number of years ago a black man was walking along Forty-second Street in New York, from the terminal to the hotel, carrying a heavy suitcase and a heavier valise.  Suddenly a hand took hold of the valise and a pleasant voice said, "That's a heavy load, brother. Why don't you let me help? I'm going your way."
 
The black man resisted, but finally allowed the young white man to assist him carrying his burden.  For several blocks they chatted like old friends until they reached the hotel.
 
"And that," said Booker T. Washington years afterward, "was the first time I ever saw Theodore Roosevelt."  (Edmund Fuller, ed. 2500 Anecdotes for All Occasions. New York: Wings Books, 1970, p. 44)

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