Biding her time, Sam was waiting for her aunt to come pick her up. New York in the early 20th century was full of activity, so she had no shortage of entertainment.
As she was watching a shiny new motorcar passing, she caught sight of someone standing on the corner and walked forward to investigate.
A young Irish girl, no more than 9, was playing reels on a violin and tapping her feet to the beat. A case was open on the ground for passerby to toss coins in.
The girl looked up just as Sam reached her.
"Hello there," her Irish accent only just showed through her speech. "Can I help you?"
Sam shook her head and smiled.
"No, I was just listening to you play. You sound beautiful. How long have you been practising?
Twirling her bow around her finger, the girl scrunched up her nose in thought.
"My whole life, I guess. My Da taught me before we came over, which was 6 years ago yesterday."
"Could you play a jig for me?" asked Sam.
"Much obliged," replied the girl as she put her bow to the string.
Sam dug in her pockets for change to give, but, finding none, threw in a music button instead.
This caught the attention of the girl, who set her instrument down to examine it.
"Thank you!" she exclaimed, "I've never been given an award before."
She tucked inside her case for safekeeping.
Carefully Sam opened her trunk and pulled out her camera. She asked the girl to pose, and snapped a picture.
Then, thanking the girl, she turned and left.
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