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OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

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POLICE SEE A JEAN VALJEAN; BENEFACTOR’S FAITH, CASH GONE

Adrian M. Vin Zant couldn’t go to work as usual on the Dodge street bus line this morning because he had a big heart and wanted to help a 15-year-old boy get an education.

As Vin Zant turned his bus at Omaha University for the last run back to town Tuesday, the boy stepped aboard. He said he had been to Boys Town but there wasn’t room enough for him there.

Vin Zant was a citizen of Boys Town himself 18 years ago. He thought the boy ought to have a chance, so he took Bill to his home at 2619 Cuming street.

All this week Bill lived with the Vin Zants, convinced them he was an industrious, ambitious youth. He went to Webster school to take intelligence tests, was prepared to enter school despite his admission he had never been to school before.

Adrian M. Vin Zant … on short end of morning Jean Val-jean story.

BILL DISAPPEARS

He applied at The World-Herald branch office at 2629 Cuming street for a paper route. Although the Vin Zants have three small children, they were duly impressed by Bill’s energy and wanted to help him.

“We couldn’t offer him very much,” Mrs. Vin Zant said today, “but we did thin we could give him a home and an education.”

Last night the Vin Zants went to a movie. When they returned, Bill had disappeared, and so had Vin Zant’s cash box, containing about $7, his punch, changer and bus tokens–all of which will cost Vin Zant about $25 to replace. This morning he was look-

ing for the cash to start work again.

POLICE JOB NOW

Father Demers of Boys Town, in refuting Bill’s story said: “He was at Boys Town for three days,” he explained, “and left without telling us that he wished to go. He said his father lives in the east, is intemperate and has no fixed residence. We never told Bill he had to leave. He left of his own volition.”

So today the police are looking for Bill, who is in the same position as Jean Valjean after he stole the bishop’s candlesticks.

EVENING OMAHA WORLD-HERALD Dec. 3, 1938

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