On the morning of her eleventh birthday Joyce reads in one of her gift books that she should aim to let not a day pass without performing some good act. Her father gives her five dollars just before she leaves for a stroll in the park with her maid. She steals away and slips the bill into the hand of an old man on one of the benches, fleeing from his protests. Her mother, learning of her actions in the park, reprimands her and warns her that old men steal little girls. She goes to the park next day to see if this is true. Finding her old friend, and assured by his denials, she gives him the collar from her dog with her address engraved upon it. She invites the old man to come to that address. When he does she secrets him in the attic. Her father and mother go to the opera and the maid steals away in their absence. Joyce goes to the attic and from the old man hears the story of how he left his little girl with friends years before, and when he returned, all trace of her had been lost. ...
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