Viewing Melville Davisson Post: "A St. Valentine's Adventure" (1912).
"A St. Valentine's Adventure" is the story of a young widow who seeks Randolph Mason's aid to return $25,000 left by her husband, who was the clerk of a circuit court in a Western state. This money was deposited with him by a railroad corporation to pay owners of land it was awarded in condemnation proceedings. After his death, she found the money, kept it, and planned to move to France. But in New York City she became plagued by guilt, decided to return the money and face the consequences. Citing a rule of law on the status of money given to a clerk when his court is in recess, Randolph Mason tells her to keep it and embark for Cherbourg.