Art: The Barrister & the Beauties

Baltimore Bachelor Alfred Jenkins Shriver was a legal expert who prided himself on his skill with wills and his eye for beauty. He left behind, after his death in 1939, a dilly of a will to prove both points of pride. Not counting 235 bottles of scotch, 165 bottles of champagne, 15 gallons of pure alcohol and one bottle "of Howard County applejack (all of which went down the drain to avoid tax complications), he left a round $900,000 to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, to build Shriver Hall of materials "the best obtainable in the world." And he tied...

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