A young New-Yorker of twelve lately heard an appeal for the Fatherless Children of France, and his heart was touched. He had no money, but he resolved to give his spare time and his utmost energy to support a “kid in France.” The French child needed ten cents worth of extra food each day, in order to grow up with strength and courage. The little American godfather earned those ten cents; he sold newspapers at the subway entrance, after school hours, and undertook an amazing variety of more or less lucrative odd jobs. Sometimes business was slow, and it was hard to keep up the game; but he did. He is still, in the true American expression “making good” for his deer godchild, and doing it with a broad and brotherly grin. He is James P. Jackson Jr. His letters to and from the kid in France are published just for fun—and yet in the hope of encouraging more “dear benefactors” to join our large family and help along, in the same spirit and with the same joy.
November 27, 1916.
Deer miss Secretary
How are you? It is al-rite about the french orfan and I wood like a boy between ten and twelve if it is the same to you. At fust dad sed I coodnt have him because there was plenty of rich godfathers who wood take him if I didn’t, but mother told him of the apeel you made and that I was goin to raze the money myself, and he sed well I guess you are rite and if he can raze enuf money to raze a kid on he is well come to it, and she sed I guess that is the rite spirit. And so I am sending you 85cts. which is 70cts, fer the fust weak, and you can keep the change which is 15cts, fer the next weak, so I will only send 55cts, fer the fust weak after that. The 85cts. is my birthday money which was on thanksgiving day and I guess the folks will be glad to give me work when they no I am suporting a kid in france.
Hoping you are well and I am the same I will, close.
James Prendergast Jackson Jr.
P.S. I shood like his name to be Bill or Pete in french and not one of those girly names if it is the same to you.
To Mr. James Prendergast Jackson Jr.
According to your instructions, we have assigned to you Andre Leblanc, aged 11, No. 18 rue d’Autancourt, Paris, as your godchild for one year. Thanking you for your interest in this worthy cause, we beg to remain
Very truly yours,
The Junior Committee for the Fatherless
Children of France.
Greenville Falls, N.Y.
Dec, 1st, 1916.