GREAT BRITAIN: Two Fifty Eight

For days things had been going from bad to worse with Major Charles St. John Rowlandson of London. He had debts that must be paid at once. On a £50,000 life insurance policy, relic of a happier day, he had already borrowed nearly £7,000. And, worst of all, his policy would lapse entirely unless he could rake and scrape together £1,500 to pay an overdue premium by 3 o'clock one afternoon last fortnight.

At 2:30 p. m. Major Rowlandson made a last effort to pay off his creditors. He...

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