All Menon's patient's are to-day set out upon the road
to recovery. Hipponax, his rival, has been less fortunate. A wealthy and
elderly patient, Lycophron, died the day before yesterday. As the latter
felt his end approaching, he did what most Athenians may put off until
close to the inevitable hour—he made his will, and called in his friends
to witness it; and one must hope there can be no doubt about the
validity, the signets attached, etc., for otherwise the heirs may find
themselves in a pretty lawsuit.
The will begins in this fashion: "The Testament of
Lyophron the Marathonian.
May all be well:—but if I do not recover from this sickness, thus do I
bestow my estate." Then in perfectly cold-blooded fashion he proceeds to
give his young wife and the guardianship of his infant daughter to
Stobiades, a bachelor friend who will probably marry the widow within
two months or less of the funeral. Lycophron gives also specific
directions about his tomb; he gives legacies of money or jewelry to
various old associates; he mentions certain favorite slaves to receive
freedom, and as specifically orders certain others (victims of his
displeasure) to be kept in bondage. Lastly three reliable friends are
names as executors.