GREAT BRITAIN: Threadneedle's Benefactor

Mourned by the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street was Edwin Thomas Howes, an eccentric Londoner who stinted himself on food and lived in a miser's lodgings but, until his death last week, lit his pipe every morning with a £1 Bank of England note, thus burning up each year £365 ($1,825) of the Old Lady's obligations.

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