Sometimes curious episodes were related in the correspondence. These brief reports may sometimes give a better picture of the Jewish way of life than in much longer correspondence. For example, there is this correspondence from Krasnepole: A rumour spread that the rabbi of . Had pronounced a charm against a threatening epidemic directed against children. He said that a scarlet silk ribbon should be bound around their necks and wrists. It is not known if this was a trick of the storekeepers but the stores were soon emptied of their silk goods 
Here is an example of another curious incident: In Suwalk, the Chief of Police was an anti-Semite but he had a Jewish appearance. One night he took a walk and a gang of hoodlums attacked him and almost killed him thinking him to be a Zhid. After this 'lesson' the Chief of Police became more humane and said that now he knew who was behind the unrest in town : - the anti-Semites 
There are just plain interesting little anecdotes too.
Yosef Yosifon, a scribe in Suwalk, sent a specially written scroll of Law to Baron Jacob Rothschild in Paris. The Baron sent him 600 francs for the gift.
Eighty year old Elkanah Gladshteyn, who was blind, fell into a deep well. When he was pulled out, he was barely alive. After he was treated for the various injuries he had received, he began to see.
The winner of the great lottery in 1888 was Mrs. L. Ahrnzan of Suwalk. She won 40,000 rubbles. And so on, and so on. Pieces of a beautiful Jewish life which lasted for a long time and went later up in the smoke of the crematoria of Auschwitz and Treblinka.
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