Americana: Ham, Sausage--and Tears

When Mattie Schultz was caught in a San Antonio market, slipping $15 worth of ham, sausage and butter into her purse, she had a simple explanation: "I was hungry. I was desperate." Mrs. Schultz, 91, subsists on $233 a month, from Social Security and her late husband's military pension. She had once saved $5,000, but all except $10 was taken from her in 1973 by a swindler. Last month, after paying her rent and utilities, she had nothing left for food.

Out of pride, the widow has refused food stamps and welfare. So, when arrested, she was too embarrassed to give her...

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