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A French Miser.

A rather remarkable miser," named Durand, has just died in .the town of Rodez, France. He was 86 years old, and according to the French estimate of fortune was a triple millionaire, his magot being worth in cash and paper £120,000, or 3,000,000f. Durand used to go about the town like a mendicant—so much so that people often offered him alms, but were grinned at for their proffered generosity. ITc was known to have had but one .suit of tailor-made clothes during his long years ol residence in ilodez, but on the days when he wont to draw his dividends at Ihe local bank he generally donned a garment intended to be ceremonious, which seemed to be a compromise between a blouse and a sack. The miser lived alone in a big house, the doors of which were doubly locked, and occupied himself with mending his clothes and boots, cooking, washing his linen, and counting up hi.s money—this last I ask boing his daily delight and pastime. Durand has left his house and the bulk of his bullion to a female fishmonger—a widow—who sometimes visited him: To his own relatives, .some of whom art) in poverty, the miser has not left a penny. . .

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2431, 16 May 1890

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A French Miser. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2431, 16 May 1890