A Parisian stock-broker, just before his death, laid a wager on
parole with a rich capitalist; and a few weeks after his death, the latter

visited the widow and gave her to understand that her late husband had lost

a wager of sixteen thousand francs. She went to her secretary, took out her

pocket-book, and counted bank notes to the stated amount, when the

capitalist thus addressed her: "Madame, as you give such convincing proof

that you consider the wager binding, _I_ have to pay you sixteen thousand

francs. Here is the sum, for _I_ am the loser, and not your husband."

During the speculations of 1837-38, Mr. C., a young merchant of

Philadelphia, possessed of a handsome fortune, caught the mania, entered

largely into its operations, and for a time was considered immensely rich.

But when the great revulsion occurred he was suddenly reduced to

bankruptcy. His young wife immediately withdrew from the circles of wealth

and fashion, and adapted her expenses, family and personal, to her altered

circumstances. At the time of Mr. C.'s failure, his wife was in debt to

Messrs. Stewart and Company, merchants of Philadelphia, about two hundred

dollars for articles which she had used personally. This debt, she had no

means of liquidating. However after the lapse of twelve years, and when the

creditors had of course looked upon the debt as lost, Mrs. C. was able to

take the principal, add to it twelve years' interest, enclose the whole in

a note and address it to Messrs. Stewart and Company. Messrs. Stewart and

Company, upon the receipt of the money, addressed a note in reply to Mrs.

C., in which they requested her acceptance of the accompanying gift, as a

slight testimonial of their high appreciation of an act so honourable and

so rare as to call forth unqualified admiration. Accompanying the letter

was sent a superb brocade silk dress, and some laces of exquisite texture

and great value.

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