The Nation: Auld Lang Syne

One of the week's few really engaging news items, permitting escape from Watergate, involves Douglas Stewart McKelvy, a Yale man who liked his liquor, his fellow topers and his own boozy sense of humor. When he died on March 14 of a liver ailment, at age 41, he left a will that extended his benevolence, posthumously, to all three. Along with bequests to his two children, he donated $6,000 to each of two favorite East Side Manhattan bars "to defray the cost of liquid refreshments for their patrons until such sums shall be exhausted." A millionaire by inheritance ("He didn't do...

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