A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 26, 1951

Since you may be helping to make Francesco Marinosci a tired but happy barber, you should know what has happened since TIME told his story three weeks ago.

By any business standards, his barber shop in The Bronx was a failure. It cleared $15 a week. In the 40 years since he, a boy of 17, left the Italian village of Francavilla Fontana, Francesco had been swallowed up by the city.

But in at least six impoverished towns of Italy Frank's address had become a symbol of hope. Nuns at orphanages spoke almost as if...

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