M. Alfred Motte, an inhabitant of Roubaix, who died recently, made a peculiar provision in his will.
He bequeathed the sum of 425,000f to the municipality, though the benefits are not to be realised yet.
The name of the benefactor is consequently to be immortalised a century hence, as a clause in the will directs that the legacy is to be invested in rentes and accumulate till 1987 as compound interest.
Whether Roubaix will continue to be the flourishing manufacturing city it is fast becoming, M. Motte’s foresight will have produced 20,000,000f, which sum is to be spent in constructing suitable dwellings for the artisan and working classes.
The Stamford Mercury, May 27, 1887.