Sam Franklin's Savings Bank

Sam Franklin's Saving Bank by Hesba Stretton.

This story was published alone and as part of the book: The Christmas Child and other stories.

This short story is thought provoking regarding saving money or giving to charity. Sam Franklin liked to secretly keep money hidden away. He had no faith in banks, so he kept the money at home. He would not even tell his wife, for fear she would find out. When his wife, Ann, mistakenly sold the article that was his bank, the truth came out and answers were sought.—Curiosmith (2010)


  • Chapter 1 — Sam's Old Waistcoat
  • Chapter 2 — Johnny's Little Fortune


  • Sam Franklin — the main character.
  • Ann Franklin — his wife.
  • Johnny Franklin — the son.
  • Little Bell—the upstairs girl.

 Important Scriptures:

  • 1 Timothy 6:10—For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
  • Matthew 6:24—No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
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