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During World War I a soldier faithfully wrote his mother every week so she would know he was all right. However, there was one week where she did not get a letter from him and immediately began to worry.

Within a few weeks she got a letter from the Army telling her that her son had been captured and was being held in a Prisoner-of-War camp. They assured her that they had no reason to believe the American prisoners were being mistreated in any way.

A few weeks later the woman received a letter from her son. It read: "Dear Mom, Try not to worry about me, they are treating me well and I'll be released as soon as the war is over. Make sure that little Teddy gets the stamp for his collection. Love you, Joe"

The woman was overjoyed to hear the news that her son was OK, but was confused because she had no idea who "little Teddy" was. She decided to steam off the stamp from the envelope and have a look.

When she did she saw that written on the back of the stamp was the words: "They've cut off my arm and leg". 



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