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A Benevolent Parsee.

The gift of one lakh, or in other words 106,000 rupees, towards the founding of a leper hospital at Bombay by the "Hon. Sir Dinshaw Manqckjee Petit, is the latent of those benefactions whioh have made the Parsee community of Western India famous throughout the world. This is not the first-occasion on which Sir Dinshaw Manockjee Petit has exhibited a noble munificence. Born in 1823, the ohfef representative of one of the oldest Parsee families} which obtained its surname from the French sobriquet of Petit, owing to thqir short stature, Sir Dinshaw acquired Ills" English education at a school kept by a pensioned sergeant named $ykes. At 17 he entered an English firm as clerk, at the same time trading on his qwn account with the. rest of Jndia and with China. Some time after he inherited about 120 lakhs in the death of his father In 1859, he took full advantage of the ! American civil waroo invest all his capital in the extension of the cotto,n industry,' jind sijcjh were, hjs energy 1 and prud^ ence that lie not only " mcrgasecf his fortune, but succeeded in preserving it intact during the worst crisis of the share mania. He deserved all the credit for haying acted as the pioneer of that milling jndustry which jia.s. turned Bombay into .an Asiatic Lancashire, Ife is now the chief owner of seven of the. largest mills in his Presidency, and is considered to be* one of the wealthiest men in India. In 1887 he received the honor of knighthood on the occasion of the Queen's Jubilee, and in the folloAving year he was appointed member oi fch'e Viceroy's Judicial Council; a'post which he recently resigned, owfng I to the pressure of his other engagements. ■ During the last twenty-five years, Sir Dinshaw has dispensed large sums in public and private charity, principally the latter, and the amount of these, benefaction/3 is stated qn reliable authority to exceed £200,000. Qne of 'the most notable of his latest gifts w^s, to. priose.nt the freehold of the land on which thg Victoria Jubilee Technical Instituto has been { erected.

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A Benevolent Parsee., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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A Benevolent Parsee. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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