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December 8, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(23):1922. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520230058007

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Our London correspondent refers to a recent peculiar bequest to the Barnardo Homes which is likely to give the trustees or administrators some troublesome consideration—assuming, as we must, that they are upright, conscientious men. It appears that a man owning a large number of shares in two "patent-medicine" concerns bequeathed them to the Barnardo Homes under condition that they should not be sold, but should be made the foundation of a new English limited liability company devoted to the sale of the nostrums. It would require a rather extraordinary casuist to justify the acceptance of such a bequest. It is not always practicable to exclude the possibility of unworthy methods in the acquirement of money that is given for benevolent purposes and we can allow much latitude in some cases. Here, however, it is a condition that the evil measures shall be perpetuated and that the Homes shall become practically

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