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The old-time rush light was even dimmer than parlor gas. Still, the young men of those days were well satisfied with it, and didn't call early to avoid the rush. Some time ago a wealthy man died in Brussels leaving nearly his entire fortune to a young woman who was unacquainted with him. The ' American Art Printer' explains that this is how it came to p ass : —" He was a very eccentric man, and set out, like Diogenes, in search of an honest man. His tub was an omnibus, and his lantern a small coin. In the omnibus he took his seat every day near the conductor, and always showed himself very obliging in passing up the money of passengers and returning the change, but to the latter he always managed to add a franc or half franc. Then he would watch those to whom it came. They would count it carefully, notice the extra coin, and invariably slip it into their pockets. No one thought of the poor conductor, whose meagre salary of three francs a day could ill support such a loss. But at last a young woman passed hers back with ' Conductor, you have given me half a franc too much.' Diogenes, delighted, followed her home, made inquiries, and, as the answers were satisfactory, made his will in her favor, though he never gave her warning that her half a franc was going to bring her half a million. However, as a lady friend remarked on perusing the foregoing, the honest man was not found after all, but a young woman ! "

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Evening Star, Issue 7925, 5 June 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7925, 5 June 1889

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