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Bargains in Ancestors.
A mail-order business in distin guished ancestries, conducted cti'Sta - ten' Island, in" the name 'Of Gustavo ;Anjou, came to light as a result Of the ^ distribution of 24-page catalogues of genealogies at'the'price of 250 doUar.v v-for a somplete set of forefathers run ning back to the Crusades (reports a recent . issue cf ' the New York "Times"). The catalogue offers thf public iexcellent lines of forbears, -some traced'back a full 1,000 . years until finally lost in the' thickeninr gloom' of the dark ages. The fee of 250 dollars - includes, it is announced, pen- portraits or "small mographies" of each . ancestoiy-as far back as eacli
lineage can be: follc\yed into tlie night of time. The purpose of 'establishing the . mail-order business, according to the catalogue, is to place the'distribu tion of aiistocratic'pedigrees on a de mocratic basis: Formerly, according to Mr. 'Anjou, lie said his exclusive genealogies to the few for sums as high as 9,000 dollars each, but he haf< recently decided to' release his re searches "at a; price within the' reach of the many.'K
' "These family '. rccords," Mr. An jou states in Uie 'foreword of his cata logue, "'have' 'been compiled by and from material gathered by custodians of public and private records during the last-38 years. Many of'these -records have been destroyed, and while thi* greatest care has been taken to pre sent-error's we Rive no guarantee, ex pressed or implied, against mistakes, wrong statements, or conclusions. Nor can we- engage in any controversy or correspondence on the subjcct." The head of the pedigree house, Mr. An - jcu, is a well-groomed man of 60 year's, with grey hair, a waxed grey moustache with tumed-up ends, spats. tandlia foreign accent.- . The pedigree ; ki$g! scldc'm makes a personal appear .anpp, and orders for ancestors arc commonly, filled by a young woman rwho is; alsoirregular'in her business hours. The catalogue contains several hundred skeletonised genealogies , (some as cari!y as the ninth century), I and working forward to some well j known 'family, sometimes to a living
iman of considerable wealth, well abl<1 I to afford 250 dollars as the price of j linking himself to some ancient and
honourable house. Starting with the medieVal. founder the genealogy works forward,/generation by generation, un tii th<J lime of the settlement of Am