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TOPICS OF THE WEEK. BAD news for French spendthrifts. A Itateraal Government has discovered that it lias a right to restrain prodigality on the part of its subjects, and where a spendthrift is de- termined to dissipate his patrimony to the detriment of his next heir, to have a curator or um.<¡et1 judiciaire appointed in behalf of the sufferer. The power of,interference is, it seem? a peculiarity of the Freilch iavv adopted or in- herited from the lloman legislative code. The age of the prodigal is quite immaterial. In the «ye of the law he is an infant all his life long. Doe notice having been given, no debt he may contract is recoverable by law, unless the sanc- tion of the trustee appointed by the Court has first been obtained. M. Raymond Seilliere a lneniber of the M ell-known firm of bankers and army contractors, by whose efforts this fact has been revealed, is a spendthrift whose name will have a very high place on Fume's eternal bede-roll" of prodigals. He is a splendid fellow. At 40, on taking stock, he finds that he has succeeded in throwing away a trifle short of half a million of ready money, and £ 200,000 which othar people have been silly enough to lend him. But he his come to the end .or his tether. His brother has stepped in, made the necessary application successfully, and, heigh pre3to M. Raymond, in the full enjoyment ot liis capacity for spending money, becomes an u infant" once a: ore. Cr

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