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Many years ago, on a stormy night, to get rid out of the rain, an elderly man and his wife entered a small hotel in Philadelphia. They approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.

"Could you possibly give us a room here?" the husband asked. The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile said, "All of our rooms are taken". But I can't send a nice couple like you out into the rain at 1 o' clock in the morning. Would you be willing to stay in my room although it is not an exactly a suite, but it will be quite good enough to make you comfortable for the night."

When the couple turned down, the young man continued. "Don't worry about me; I'll make out just fine," the clerk told them. So the couple agreed. As he paid his bill the next morning, the elderly man said to the clerk, "You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States. Maybe someday I'll build one for you." They all had a good time and the couples left the hotel.

Two years passed. The clerk had roughly forgotten the incident when he received a letter from the old man for a meet. The old man met him in New York and led him to the corner of a street. He then pointed to a great new beautiful building, a palace of reddish stone thrusting up to the sky.

"That is the hotel I have just built for you to manage." said the older man. His name was William Waldorf Astor (an American-British financier), and the magnificent structure was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt.
 

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A great story reminds me that one should be kind to strangers cos we never know when we are entertaining angels. That young man surely entertained his guardian angel and was paid back a thousand fold.
 

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I am from an Italian background and there is a proverb my dear parents, God bless their souls, used to recite to me in Italian. It obviously won't rhyme in translation but goes along the line as ... Do good and forget about it ... do bad and think about it ... If you do good, it is remembered by those who have received it and will be repaid back.
 

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mamiepooh said:
http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/
You can visit the Boldt castle started by Mr Boldt for his wife Louise. The castle was abandonned when she died. The city took it over. It's spectacular. Have at least a virtual visit following the link above. Enjoy !
Oooh I could live there :)
 

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Scottish lass was simply saying a story,a lovely one at that.i don't see you should question my honesty.but why should you have the right to spoil this story.im a very honest person I just don't spoil things for others.
 
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