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Pen Pals Send Chain Letters Via Bottle

June 11, 2003

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) _ Addie Devine found a pen pal after she put a message in a bottle and tossed it into the sea along the Maine coast last summer.

Now the bottle is being used to carry a sort of seagoing chain letter.

Addie, an 8-year-old who lives in Cumberland, Maine, tossed the bottle into the Atlantic near Maine’s Acadia National Park last July.

Mike Rumph found the corked wine bottle last month in mud behind his Sullivans Island house and found two notes inside.

``Hello, who ever gets this note, please write back. This note comes from the Saddleback Island cabin ... Hope you get this,″ said Addie’s note, written July 6, 2002.

It included her address and the names of her parents, Suzette and John Devine.

The second note was from Kristine and Charlie Perry of Jacksonville, Fla., who found the bottle last August as they were boating near Deer Island off the Maine coast.

Kristine Perry said they thought Addie’s note was cute and, on their way back to Florida, added a second note asking whoever found the bottle to write. They tossed the bottle overboard about three miles off the South Carolina coast last Sept. 15.

The Rumphs called both the Devines and the Perrys to tell them they found the bottle. And the youngest of the Rumphs’ three daughters, 7-year-old Abby, wrote Addie Devine and included some drawings of her pets.

The bottle isn’t finished carrying messages.

The Rumphs are putting a third message in the bottle with the others. Mike Rumph plans to drop it into the Gulf Stream during an upcoming fishing tournament.

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