Sam Franklin's Savings Bank by Hesba Stretton
Sam Franklin liked to secretly keep money hidden away. He had no faith in banks, so he kept the money at home and he would not even tell his wife. As the money grew so did his concern for it. But when his wife mistakenly disrupted his plans, the truth came out. The Biblical moral principles are "love of money," and "charitable giving."
Paperback 4X6, 2 illustrations, 46 pages. ISBN 9781941281222; Pocket Moral Stories.
SARAH SMITH (1832-1911) was born in Wellington, England. She had the good fortune of being able to read books from her father's bookshop, a printer of evangelical literature. Her mother was a strong evangelical, but died when Sarah was young. In the March 19th, 1859 issue of Household Words, a publication conducted by Charles Dickens, she published her first short story called The Lucky Leg. It is an intriguing story about a man who wanted to marry a woman with a missing leg. It was more secular, but her talent was recognized. Hesba Stretton became her pen name, Stretton coming from the name of a neighboring village, and Hesba coming from the initials of her siblings. H (Hannah or some sources Harriett), E (Elizabeth), S (Sarah), B (Benjamin), and A (Annie).