The Nation: Well, Thanks Anyway

While fertilizing a soybean field last week, Lowell Elliott happened upon an American Airlines bag containing $500,000. The Peru, Ind., farmer had heard that authorities were looking for a skyjacker who had parachuted out of a Boeing 727, so he turned the money in to the FBI.

Airline officials got their money back shortly before the authorities nabbed the skyjacker. In gratitude to Farmer Elliott, American offered him and his wife a trip to Hawaii or whatever distant paradise piqued their fancy. Though he is demonstrably honest, Elliott, 61, also drives a hard prairie bargain. He did not much feel like a...

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