He was born to a 17-year-old girl in North Carolina. Her father convinced her to give up the baby. The father-in-law took the baby in a satchel and promised he would be adopted. ON the train ride to Raleigh, the father-in-law threw off the satchel in a river as the train crossed. He was floating in the satchel and in so happened that a farmer was hunting frogs that night and heard a baby cry. He said, "Like Moses in the reeds, I found a baby." He took the baby home to his wife, who was of child-bearing age but could not bear a child of her own. The biological mother grew up to become editor of a famous journal. The child became an aspiring write who submitted a story to the journal. He went to Asheville, the home base of the journal, and conned his way into the office of the editor, who happened to be this same biological mother. The story became a success. He convinced her to travel to his hometown to meet his father. In the meantime, the mother who had raised him died. The father brought out the satchel to give the son some clothes and she recognized the satchel. She said "you are my son" and the father confessed the whole story.