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The _Jewish Daily Forward_ ran the following letter in 1906: "...I worked in a shop, and as I was no millionaire, my brother and his friend became our boarders. Then the trouble began. The friend began earning good money. He began to mix in the household affairs and to buy things for my wife." Astute urban historians may be able anticipate what happened next , but for those who remain puzzled, it may be useful to know that the letter concludes: " I hope my wife will read my letter in the _Forward_ and that she will blush with shame. "With respect, your reader who longs for his wife and dear children, BR" Isaac Metzker, ed. _A Bintel Brief: sixty years of letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward_ (New York: Ballantine Paperback edition, 1972), 44-45. Of course in poor neighborhoods around the country, lodgers are still being accommodated, legally and otherwise. And for the upwardly mobile proto-yuppies, Craig's List facilitates boarding and lodging. Sharing of tight space in cities may be an evil, but it is also can be an agreeable way for lonely people to make friends and more. Jim Wunsch SUNY Empire State College