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The evening gazette. (Port Jervis, N.Y.) 1869-1924, November 18, 1924, Image 6

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■ / SIX TH£ EVENING GAZETTE PORTERVIS.N.Y. TDEa&AY. NOVEMBER 18, \m FIGHT 100 YEARS FOR $100,000,000 Death May End Legal Bat­ tle Waged Many Years. Berlin.^—Heir to more than ^IQO,- 000. 000, lying ready in the Bank of England, and yet having to live on alms of $1.50 a week. That is the queer fate of Bernhard G o e tze of L e ip z ig, who- just now is the principal in a weird inheritance fight Which has strained the legal appara­ tus of three continents and has stretched through nearly a whole cen­ tury. The story of this fight is told by the Neue Leipziger Zeitung, which says it bases It oh legal documents. The fortune was amassed by three bearers, of the name of Goetze who left Germany between 1787 and 1819. One, Johann Friedrich Goetze, went to ■ Batavia, amassed a fortune in lands and ships valued at $4-0,000,000. When he died he left it all to his widow. The- widow married a cousin of her husband, Joann Christoph Goetze, who -'i also gone to Batavia, had entered 1. e Dutch army service and had be- <cuie governor of Batavia and com­ mander of the Dutch troops. Get Second Fortune. The couple quit Batavia and went to Cape Town, where they arrived just' in time to receive the inheritance left . to them by Johann Christian Goetze, . another cousin. This cousin Imd gone to the Orange Free State, had dug for gold, and had found 16,000 pounds of It, all of which, in blinking bar gold, now went to the former governor of Batavia. This Croesus died in Cape Town in 1831,- leaving his immense fortune in -gold, in lands, in ships and. mines to . h is. parents and brothers and sisters In Germany. But these never learned Of their good fortune. Finally in 1867, a sister, Mrs. Erd- mnthe Goetze, who had married her cousin of the same name, learned of the inheritance through a newspaper notice. Immediately, the hunt after the in­ heritance began. More than 317 bear­ ers of the name of Goetze laid claim to it. After years of legal battles, il •W’as decided that the heirs were Mrs. Erdmutlie Goetze and her children, of whom two were still alive, Bernhard Goetze and Mrs. Louise Teichmann. The government of Saxony took a hand in tlie case. In agreement with the British crown treasury, under whose management the estate had in­ creased to $lOO,OOO,O0O, a Doctor Mueller of the Saxon courts was in­ stalled as administrator. In 1872, he was relieved' of that, however, because It was charged that he furthered Interests, not or me rehi neirs, out those of 'another branch. Later the English consul general at Leipzig, Charles Grove, took tlie mat­ ter in hand, but made little progress because the heirs could not agree among themselves. Proves Her Claim. In 1875 Mrs. Ei*d'muthe Goetze went to London where she received docu­ ments i>roving that the Cape Town courts had awarded the inheritance to her and her children, but received no money. ’ A trip to Mrs. Teichmann at London also proved vain. In 190O a man named Bode received a part of tlie inheritance. This led' to another legal battle, in which Bode’s lawyer won. Four trips of Berahard Goetze to London proved fruitless because he was unable to present his claims in a form that the English courts would accept. A complaint to the then Prime Min­ ister Balfour brought the reply that he should employ an English lawyei, but as Goetze is penniless, this Is vain service. Mystery is added to the case by the fact that documents in the files show Mrs. Teichmann had died in the mean­ time. Goetze maintains, however, his sister is still living as wife of a bank director in Stuttgart AVaiting and fighting for' his in­ heritance, Bernhard Goetze meanwhile has grown to be seventy-nine years old; He is supported in his fight by a “Goetze association,\ w'hicli Wiis founded in 1911 and consists of about thirty members. Every member paye 5 cents a week, which goes to Goetze and op which this heir to millions lives. In return, however, the association Is to' get 10 per cent of Goetze’S in­ heritance—if he ever gets it. Goetze himself says only the con­ viction of his legal right keeps him going and he firmly believes that some day the $100,000,000 will come to him. Accounting for Proverb One of the best-known proverbs ia “A miss is as good as a mile.\ It is possible that the original proverb rend: “Amis is as good as Amile.\ Amis ■ind Amije were legendary soldiers of Oharleinagne, and. besides being great friends, were considerably like one an­ other in appearance. They were fa­ mous as the heroes of a widely known song. Later they entered into the tra-,, ditions of the church and were In-» roked indifferently. Hence the prov­ erb. C o m fort in This Another good memory test is to try to remember the things you worried about yesterday. Se!k Blood To Pay College Expenses, Btovm i m Star Persuadedl To Save Strength for Football I- Adlbph Eckstein, center on the Brown eleven, is working his way through college and to add to a iiit^ager income he sells his blood fen*. transfusion purposes at $50 a pint. Last year he sold six pints and this fall he had sold two pit*is; before th e footb a ll coach e s per­ suaded him to quit so that he., would not weaken himself. Eck-| stein is said to be a center wiilli All-American qualifications. J ' Biggest W aves The tides are simply vast wavef with a length from crest to crest equal to half the earth’s circumference. As the tidal wave approaches the shor« the water encroaches more and more on the land until the crest arrives when it is high tide. Similarly, thf arrival of the trough of the tidal wave brings low tide. Acres’\ Five hundred acres have been de* voted in southwest Georgia to the Lord. The tract, mostly cotton land, -ieems immune do the ravages of the loll weevil, and the stalks are taller ind bear more bolls than cotton in idjoining fields. The land has been lamed the “Lord’s Acres.” Profit From Experience Experiences are stepp'ng stones in life’s progress, said Em^soh, but be implied that one must pi(;fit from ex­ periences in order to. advance. ' The great trouble with most people wfto ^tand 'Jtill is that ,rhe.v do nor profit as they should.—-Grir:* LOOK YOUR BEST I M?SMcGmis I BEAUTY PARLOR I Masonic Bldg. . 114 Pike St. | Phone 510 I \ B WHITNEY’S S Yi (Successor to Whitney & Denton). I I i SPECIAL SELLING OF SILK PARTY DRESSES Our New York representative has sent us an as- sortrnent of party dresses, in the evening shades— consisting of crepes and crepe back satins. These dresses were made to retail from $20 to $25, Our sale price will be $ 10.00 56-inch all wool Jersey Tubing — $1.98 DRESS FLAIWELS 58 inch dress flannels—^$3.98 36 inch dress flannels—r '' inels—^$3.98 U| nels— $2.25 J. M. DEWITT 83-85 Pike Street Port Jervis, N. Y. Copyright 1924 Hart Schaffner & Marx You^ll need an overcoat from now on until spring that means a good one That overcoat you buy now is going to have a long hard grind. It has to be a good one or it won’t come through ready for another season. Our coats are made by Hart Schaffner & Marx; made to stand long hard wear and look well while they’re doing it. The prices are right, too. $35.00 AND $45.00 This little dollar goes to market Every year every family of your acquaintance spends about 70 per cent of its income just for living, exclusive of rent—so economic experts tell us. Think what this means—seven dollars out of every ten invested in food, clothing, household utilities and all the multi­ tude of things that keep a family comfortable and happy. It’s a big job to spend so much money wisely and well. It re­ quires careful business methods to get the best possible returns from each dollar that leaves the family purse. The clever woman goes for help to the advertisements of her daily paper. .There she finds,a directory of buying and selling. She learns about the offerings of merchants and manufacturers. She com­ pares values. She weighs quality and price. She takes this oppor­ tunity of judging and selecting almost everything she needs to feed, clothe, amuse, instruct and generally bring up her family. Do you read the advertsiements? You will find them willing and able to serve you in, the daily business of purchase, , Advertisements are guardians of your pocketbook— Read them carefully. ¥

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