“Count no man happy until the end is known,” Solon advised. The latest confirmation of this wisdom can be found in the example of A. Mercer Pell, a descendant of King Edward I of England born into one of the oldest and wealthiest Knickerbocker families, and blessed with a brilliant and ambitious businesswomen wife, but an irremediable spendthrift forced to rely on the charity of his brother H. Archibald Pell during the past five years since his divorce, and who was found dead yesterday in his shabby room with two cents to his name. The New York Tribune has the details.
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