Reader wishes to re­turn some lost ‘trea­sures’

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

DEAR AN­NIE: About 10 years ago, I was work­ing on a remodel project and dis­cov­ered a hid­den “trea­sure”: three dusty books stashed above some duct­work. Two were per­sonal jour­nals, and an­other was an art book with sexy pho­to­graphs from the 1980s.

I briefly glanced at the jour­nals and no­ticed they dealt with some ro­man­tic breakups. I didn’t read past that. Since I didn’t know who the owner was, I put all three books back, fig­ur­ing they were not meant for public con­sump­tion.

I re­cently re­turned to the same house and told the owner about the items. We de­bated whether or not to track down the au­thor or let the dog sleep. I think enough time has passed that the au­thor might be in­ter­ested in hav­ing th­ese things for sen­ti­men­tal rea­sons. What do you say?

— Al

Dear Al: If it were only the book with sexy pho­to­graphs, we’d say leave it alone. But two jour­nals might be of value to some­one, and we think you should make an ef­fort to re­turn them. You al­ready know that th­ese things be­longed to some­one who lived in the house post- 1980, which should make trac­ing the au­thor eas­ier with­out pour­ing over the per­sonal con­tent. But it also means re­open­ing the wall with the duct­work, so you will need the cur­rent owner’s per­mis­sion.

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