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A Modern Croesus.

A statistician has compiled some curious facts concerning Mr Jay Gould's fortune, which capitalised, is said to be worth £60,000,000. If this sum "were in £5 notes, and the noies were fastened end to end, the strip of paper would be long" enough to reach from London to Moscow. If the sum were in sovereigns, the coins, piled singly one upon another, would r.each to a height of nearly 73 miles. The weight of the column would be about 570 tons, or enough load for 57 railway trucks, or for, an army of 11,400 porters, each charged with a> hundredweight of gold." If the fortune were in penny pieces, and if ten men, working night and day without intermission, were set to count them at the rate of 100 a minute, the operation would last more than 27 years. Mr Gould, it is further computed, is rich enough to give a shilling to each person at present alive in the world ; but to dis^ tribute the shillings at the rate of ten a minute, would occupy 230 years. Finally, this colossal fortune is enough to supply 3000 with an income of £1000 a year apiece for ever. Mr Gould, is, it is believtd, not only the richest man of the day, but the richest man who has ever lived.—" Cossell's Saturday Journal."

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A Modern Croesus., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890

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A Modern Croesus. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890

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