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"Broadbrim" m his New York letter writes :— A singular case came to light m the Snrroßate's Court this week whlofa might furnish groundwork for a noTel by Wilkie Collins or Harrison Ainsworth, A few years ago an old merohant named Peck died, leaving a fortune of about a hundred thousand dollars to his widow. The oouple never had any children, but had lived with each other m a very humble way, rolling up the dollars whleh are now the subject of tt tuit, till death tapped at the door, and Mr Peck answered the oall, When Mr Peok was safely deposited be« neath ihe daisies. Mrs Peck felt exceedingly lonesome, but lonesome as she felt she showed no great desire to find a successor to the depa-.ted Peck, nor indeed were there many applicants for the vacanoy, for after Mr Peck's demise Mrs P. began to d ; apl&y an inordinate love for good old rye, and as she lived all alone m her big house without even the companion' ship of a cat, or a dog, or a dioky bird, eho rud nothing to do but get up In the moralag, fill herself up like « demijohn, »od when she was foil He down on the floor or any other oonvenlent plaoo, and prepare herself for » seoond dose. What few relations she had gave thq old lady • pretty wide berth ; for when she was In her tantrums even the butoher boy hardly dared look over the fence for It washer hablttolet drive a skillet, « pot lid, or whatever oame handy at apy one she fuund looking at her. The only poison who enjoyed any kind of Immunity was the doo'or, and at she wai lv a very 1 qoiaddled oondltfon all the time! thed?otor propaeded to feather his neat. He Induoed tho old lady to make a will, giving hJm all, her property, and when the will wns finished he tried to get her committed to a lunatio asylum so that she could never make another. When the will was made the old lady pat It. away, and refused to let the dootor take oare of it, bat he was equal to the occasion, and stole the will, offarlng It for probate after Mrs Pock'o death. Thoro Is no doobt but t ie will mast be rejected, and that the property wIU go to Mrs Pack's relatives. who aro very poor. Moral : if any of ¥05? rlah relations ate dying keep yoaf 9ye 6n tbV4-<o l .os. • • * " V .<.

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THE DOCTOR DISHED, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2233, 23 September 1889

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THE DOCTOR DISHED Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2233, 23 September 1889

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