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Coolidge awoke to see a stranger go through his clothes, remove a wallet and a watch chain. 
    Coolidge spoke, “I wish you wouldn’t take that. ”
    The thief, gaining his voice, said, “Why?”
    “I don’t mean the watch and chain, only the charm (表坠). Take it near the window and read what is impressed on its back, “ the President said. 
    The thief read, “Presented to Calvin Coolidge. ”
    “Are you President Coolidge ? “ he asked. 
    The President answered, “Yes, and the House of Representatives (众议院) gave me that watch charm. I’m fond of it. It would do you no good. You want money. Let’s talk this over. ”
    Holding up the wallet, the young man said in a low vioce, “I’ll take this and leave everything else. ”
    Coolidge, knowing there was $80 in it, persuaded the young man to sit down and talk. He told the President he and his college roommate had overspent during their holiday and did not have enough money to pay their hotel bill. 
    Coolidge added up the roommate and two rail tickets back to the college. Then he counted out $32 said it was a loan (借款). 
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