The Devil a landowner

A correspondent at Helsingfors writes:- The following singular case is troubling the heads of the Finnish lawyers at present.

A man died a week or two ago in Pielisjarvi, in the interior of the country, who was said to have led a bad and ungodly life.

He had always been known to be well off, but nobody knew how he had gained his possessions.

There were many strange stories afloat, but one which was more credited than all the rest was to the effect that Huolarinen, as was his name, had, in his early days, been on an intimate footing with “Wihtahausu” (the “Evil One”), with whom he had several transactions of a commercial character. When Huolarinen’s will was opened it was found that he had bequeathed all his landed property and possessions to the devil.

The family naturally protest against the will, and the question now arises how this ticklish matter is to be settled.

Everybody seems anxious not to offend any of the parties concerned. There can be no doubt that the devil is thus a landowner, by legal right, in Finland.

The Sheffield Evening Telegraph, August 1, 1888.

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