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Library book returned to Rogers High School 65 years later

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Gone With the Wind returned to Rogers High School after 65 years Gone With the Wind returned to Rogers High School after 65 years
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Gone with the Wind was gone without a trace for the last 65 years from Rogers High School in Spokane.  A woman named Betty checked it out and returned it in 1949, so the school was understandably surprised when they received a letter and a package from Carmel, Maine, with the copy of the book. 

A man named Wayne found the classic in his father's cellar. He saw that it was selling for hundreds of dollars online, but he decided to return the book to its proper owners. His one condition? 

"He put a P.S. in here saying, 'Hey I'll send you the book as long as you don't charge me the $470,' because he saw that it was a two cents late fee for every day it was late. He did the math and added it all up, it was so funny," Rogers Principal Lori Wyborney said.

Wayne has no idea how the book ended up in his father's possession, since Betty was the last person to have it. Betty passed away years ago, but when her family saw a story on the book in the local paper, they were filled with fond memories. 

"They said it was a real big surprise because her mom was an avid reader, and they have great memories of her reading at the Hillyard library. It's so cute," Wyborney explained.

As for Wayne's one request? "We're not charging him the $470," Wyborney said laughing, "We would never do that."

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