Is There A Meaner Man Alive?
The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook - February 4, 1892


FAIRHAVEN, Vt., Feb. 4. —This town now claims the meanest man in the United States. Two of his family were taken ill recently, and a week or so ago one of them died, while the death of the other, who had remembered the old man to the extent of $20,000, was expected. The old man went to the undertaker and drove a sharp bargain for two coffins at a reduction under the retail price. One was used, but the other remains in the best room covered up with a sheet, while the relative is still living and gives promise of recovering, in which case the old man will keep his coffin and doubtless lose the $20,000.

From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair

Dreadful Sentiments...