Religion: No Better Dead

The distinction between rich and poor may end at the grave, but in France, where some churches offer ten classes of funerals, it does not end a moment before. About $10 will send the French workingman to his maker in a dignified but austere manner; a minimum of $1,500 gives eminent members of the bourgeoisie a church bedecked inside and out with black silk draperies embossed with the initials of the deceased, plus a chorus of 30 voices accompanied by harps, trumpets, violins and cellos, and an elaborately carved casket resting on an ornate...

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