Hadleyburg prides itself on its virtue. When a mysterious stranger the town once insulted arrives carrying a sack of gold and a plan to teach them a lesson, the town is set abuzz. He leaves the money to whomever can identify themselves as his benefactor by writing the phrase that's kept inside the sack. Soon all of Hadleyburg's first citizens are submitting their claims. Written by
Did You Know?
The original short story first appeared as a serialization in Harper's Monthly in December 1899, and was subsequently published as part of an anthology of Mark Twain
short stories entitled "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories and Sketches" mid-year 1900. See more