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A ROMANCE OF THE WAR. I Officer Leaves Fortune to Chorus Girl. One of the most romaaitic stories of the war has just been disclosed, which con- cerns Miss Pa.t Peel, a chorus girl in a revue, and Lieutenant Edward Ross Mul- ock, of the Gordon Highlanders, who was killed at Neuve Chapelle. By the will of the officer, made in an Army pay-book the lady inherits property worth. £ 15,000. Miss Peel, a dark, vivacious girl, is a member of the company playing "Keep to the Right," one of the many revues now popular. None of the other ladies of the company suspected that Miss Peel drawing as she does each Saturday the same unpretentious salary as themselves, W'},s heiress to a fortune. None of them connected her with a lady who was plain- tiff in a case heard in the Probate Court last November wherein the judge decided in favour of a will, although the pay- book in which it was inscribed could not be found. She herself remained silent as to the facts until certain considerations caused her to tender her resignation to the manager of the revue company, Mr. Ber- tram Seabrook, at the Clapham Theatre, where she was playing In her dressing-room at the theatre she said she met Lieutenant Mulock—who has made her heiress to the fortune con- tingent upon the death of his mother— about three years ago (says "Lloyd's News"). "He was a master at a school in Streat- ham," she added, "and we became very friendly. Shortly after the outbreak of war he went to France with his regi- ment, the Artistes' Rifles, off which he had been a member for six years. Even- tually he was granted a commission in the Gordon Highlanders, and came back to England at the end of January, and showed me the will at the back of, his pay-book. "It said, so far as I can remember, that in the event of his death he gave all his property and effects to me. ltAlthough, he made the will, he himself was very optimistic as to his future, de- spite the danger he was in. 'Nothing will ever happen to me.' he would say. 'Brownie' (the name by which I called him) will always turn up.' However, he fell at Neuve Chapelle. and the first in- timation I had of his dea.th was the casualty lists in the papers. "His chum who had witnessed the was also killed, and the captain who had promised to return to England to give evidence on my behalf in the courts was also killed before the case caipe on. The pay-book itself has never been found, but the case was not contested by Lieutenant Mulock's mother, and the judge unhesi- tatingly pronounced for the will." INCOME OF C600 A YEAR. I It is estimated that the estate, which includes railway stocks and shares and house property.. produces an income of about L600 a year. This, of course, Miss Peel cannot touch until the death of Mrs Mulock. In the bank, however, there was a deposit of C200 to the lieutenant's cre- dit, to which she was entitled. In the courts a friend of Miss Peel deposed that w hen on leave at the be- ginning of 1915 Lieutenant Mulock said I do not want her to go back to the stage. I will make provision so that she will not have to go. I will put her beyond all want. A fellow-schoolmaster of the dead offi- cer also declared that the latter said to him, in the course of conversation "I have left her all my property." Upon the witness chaffing him about making the will, Lieutenant Mulock replied "Oh, yes, we have all done it. I have mine at the end of my Army pay-book, where there is a form."

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