INDIA: $120,000,000 Mother

Fearful that Death might snatch him away from his large fortune before he could make it colossal, shrewd Armenian Merchant Eli Amirhanian drafted a strange will, died peacefully in 1882.

The will cut off Merchant Amirhanian's children, created a trust fund which a group of Anglo-Indian lawyers were instructed to build up during the next 50 years. This year the half-century is up and prudent investments (chiefly in Indian real estate) have swelled Miser Amirhanian's fortune to the colossal total of $120,000,000. Diligent, the trustees called at Alexandria, Egypt upon white-haired, tremulous Marianne Djanikian, 80, told her that as the...