Luck chain letter.  Ancient Prayer.  "Read carefully and well the underwritten."   US, 1910.
Read carefully and well the underwritten. Make your wish while writing it. Oh Lord Jesus, I implore thee to bless all mankind. Keep us from all evil and take us to dwell in eternity with thee. This is an exact copy of an ancient prayer. Copy it and see what will happen.
It is said in Jerusalem that he who will copy this prayer for nine days, and send it each day to nine different friends will the 9th day experience some great joy and be delivered from calamity.
But he who will not copy this prayer will meet with misfortune. Beginning this day make a wish while writing and do not break the chain. The prayer must not be signed.

From: Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California), 17 Aug. 1910, p.2.  Title: "Chain Prayers in Santa Cruz" "That fools in Santa Cruz are not yet dead is apparent from the great number of chain players, similar to the one appended, which are in circulation in Santa Cruz at the present time." 
Editing: "joy" was "day", "take us" was "tokens". Entered by DWV, Sept. 16, 2014.           


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