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Spanish Monks

THE Monks in Spain have introduced a custom which is very useful to them. It is, that the money to pay the masses which a dying man orders to be said for him, must be paid out of the estate he leaves, in preference to all his debts. The Spaniards, who seem to have a terrible dread of his Satanic Majesty, order frequently so great a number of masses, that too often there remains little or nothing for their unfortunate heirs and creditors. On these occasions, they say, in their humorous way—“Mr. Such-an-one has left his Soul his heir.” A Spanish monarch ordered 100,000 masses to be said for him.