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Found A Big Fortune

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The finding of George J. Hiller's safe last week 111 a hole at the rear of 123 Jefferson ave., Detroit, recalls to mind the terrible boiler explosión at the old Journal office building on Nov. 5, 1895, by wbieh a former Washtenaw citizen lost his life. George J. Hiller forruerly lived at Ypsilanfci where he worked at his trade of bookbinding for a n amber of years. It was in that city also that ha married his wife, she being the danghter of Charles J. Conrad, who was for many years a resident of Ypsilauti and later of Dexter. Mre. Hiller is a sister of Mrs. Thomas Snay and Mrs. Charles W. Stebbins of Dexter. George was always steady, industrions and saving and had accumulated considerable propcrty. This so far as it was invested in his bindery was a total loss, for the reason that it was destroyed by the explosión and not by flre and henee the insnrance could not be secnred. His family consisting of the wife and two yonng daughters was left. therefore, with little means except his life insnrance. When the safe. was opened last week no money was found bnt the safe contained 25,000 in bonds and mining stocks. There was found fl 0,000 in bonds of the Lake Superior Graphite Co., 76 shares of the Detroit and Eureka Mining Co. stock and 20 shares of the Star Mountain Mining Co.Játock signed by George A. Douglas, formerly of this city. The property has been turned over to the estáte and the many friends of the family in this county hope that the other stock is worth much more than the Star Mountain stock, with which many of onr citizens have had experience and that a handsome suru may be realized froin these stocks and bonds. Since the above was in type, the Detroit Journal claims that the safe was discovered three years ago and that everything of value was taken from it, the $25,000 worth of stocks and bonds being considered entirely worthless.