Hell, I got paid for every farm job I ever had with a cash envelope. My first indoor job, now that I think of it, (1963 Bess Eaton Donuts) paid us in cash on Saturday nights and so did the GrandWay Supermarket.
Grandway showed that that had paid my union dues of .86 each week.
I think the first job I ever had that paid me with a check was the United States Air Force. (1967)
And I thought it was a big pain in the ass to have to go down to Credit Union to get some walking around money.
I worked for an oil field machinery manufacturer who gave everybody the option of getting a check or getting cash. Friday night at the Town Pump, there was a lot of take-home being turned into drank-away.
Back to the subject of the thread. The writer would have been in cash at the newspaper office.
The question then is, did he have to sign anything to get it.?
Joe(we always did.)Nation