Fortune for a Marine
But Beneficiary Must Serve Out His Term and Another
Fargo—a fortune of $77,000 and a North Dakota homestead prevented Clarence Copeland from leaving service with the United States Marines. Copeland received word of the death of an uncle, John Copeland, who willed him his fortune on the condition that he remain in the service for the remainder of his present enlistment, and then imediately re-enlist. Copeland says that he is delighted to comply with the provisions of his uncle's will, saying that he would rather be in the service than out of it.
"To my nephew, this bequest is made, that he may not spend the savings of a lifetime in riotous living and that he may continue in the service of his country, reads a provision of the will.
Turtle Mountain Star, 5/30/1912