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The Ruling Passion

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■ me most remaníame insiance i ever heard oL, and which illustrates so f orcibly the 'ruling passion.' " saidJudge Jeíf Pollard to The Man About Town, "was a case in which I figured last week. I was called to write a will for a gentleman in this city, then on his deathbed. He was always a cautious, economical man, and had aecumulated some property and money. After the death of the owner there were several heirs to the property, all of whom were amrious to have the sick man make a will dividing it as he saw proper. "I called at the house and the will was duly written and signed by the old man, who was held in the arms of his f riends while the trembling hand traced his name upon the paper. After he was laid upon the bed he motioned me to hold my head so I could understand him, and in a piping, tremulous voice he asked, ' What do y ou charge?' "A voice at my elbow said softly, 'Teil hini a dollar or two.' " 'A dollar or two,' I shouted in his ear. (He was very deaf.) 'All right.' said he, 'if it had cost any more I wouldn't a-had it done,' hegasped. The death rattle had already begun in his throat. His fingers were purple and the shades of death were already settling upon his face; yet with all this, his greed was as manifest as when most busy in the accuniulation of the property. "I got my $10, though," said the judge, "but he never would have paid me more than$l."


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