DEAR ABBY: This is in regard to the person who wrote to you some time ago about the busboy who turned in an envelope containing $465 in cash. The owner was finally tracked down, hurried to the restaurant to pick up the money, and didn't give the busboy a penny. Well, you ain't heard nuthin' yet.

Several years ago, I found a Gucci purse containing $6,000 in $50 and $100 bills! There was also a five-carat emerald-cut diamond ring in the purse. Since there was an identification card in the purse, I immediately got in touch with the owner, who wasted no time in coming to my home to retrieve her purse. She was so overcome with joy, she cried.Guess what kind of reward I got? She said, "Thank you for saving my marriage. If I had lost all that stuff, my husband would have divorced me!" Then she left.

Abby, I think the good Lord sometimes sets us up in order to test us. Oh well, my conscience is clear. - SLEEPING WELL IN TACOMA

DEAR SLEEPING WELL: Virtue is its own (and sometimes its only) reward. And a clear conscience isn't a bad finder's fee. Pleasant dreams.

DEAR ABBY: I met a man I liked very much two years ago. My children are grown and I had been a widow for seven years. In the beginning, we decided we didn't need to be married, so he moved into my house. I own this home and am financially secure. He is not. He's been divorced for a long time and his kids have very little to do with him.

I see no advantage for me - and all the advantages for him - if we were to marry, but I told him I might consider it if he would sign a prenuptial agreement. He refused. I just wanted to protect myself against having him assume he's my common-law husband and ending up with community property - mostly all mine.

To tell you the truth, Abby, I am fed up with him. He is a gambler (my money), and he has taken to drinking so much that he's not good for anything anymore, if you know what I mean. I'm 57 years old and he's only 55, but looks old enough to be my father. He's taken money out of my purse and I don't trust him anymore.

If you were in my place, what would you do? - TIRED OF HIM

DEAR TIRED: I would immediately call my lawyer, explain the situation and find out if I had any legal obligations to this man. (Don't be surprised if you have to pay a little something to get rid of him.)

Then I'd give him three hours to get out of my house - and I'd help him pack.

DEAR READERS: Today we pay tribute to a great American, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His words of wisdom are even more meaningful today than they were 24 years ago, when he said: "One day, somebody should remind us that even though there may be political and ideological differences between us, the Vietnamese are our brothers, the Russians are our brothers, the Chinese are our brothers; and one day we've got to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

God bless America. And may we Americans, by our conduct, be worthy of God's blessings.

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