A shoemaker with a tiny shop in a large city was able, after many sacrifices, to send to Italy for his sister and motherless child. One little girl, the daughter of one of his customers, presented him with a doll for little Marie and it was carefully put away with a wonderful pair of tiny shoes. But from the day of the coming of the steamer from Italy the shoemaker was a changed man. His sister came alone with the sad news that little Marie had died upon the ocean. The new country did not agree with Rosa, and before long she, too, had passed away. The happy shoemaker became morose and ugly. The children came no longer to his shop and their parents passed by to other cobblers who were more courteous and less ill-tempered. Soon he was without work and therefore hungry and penniless. In this condition he decided to end his life. Just as he was about to kill himself a package came addressed to his dead daughter from a child in the neighborhood who had moved away and did not know of his ...
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