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London Rag Dealer Leaves £150,000 Fortune

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

David Makeworth. known to the residents of Whitechapel as “David Shmate” because he collected old clothes and rags (shmates) in London’s Jewish quarter for the past forty years, died here.

On his death-bed, David summoned a few Jewish neighbors and disclosed to them that he had in his possession a fortune of £150.000. wrapped in pieces of the old cloth in which he dealt.