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confederate bonds. When the downfall of the Confederacy7 came he
lost all except his lands. He has made his money by raising- cotton.
He has an interesting family, five children, all w7ell educated and
highly respected. He has a summer resort in the mountains and is
altogether delightfully situated.
THE RICHEST COLORED MAN IN THE UNITED STATES.
HE richest colored man in the United States probably7 is Tony7
Lafon, a quadroon of Creole decent—that is to say7, of French
Lauisiana blood. The lowest estimate of Mr. Lafon's wealth
is $1,000,000, and he is more frequently rated at double that amount.
He inherited a moderate fortune, speculated successfully7 in real
estate, and passed gradually7 to the condition of money7-lender and
note broker. Like most men of that class, he cannot be said to be
popular, and the colored people do not rety upon him as a political
leader. Indeed, he is in polities rather more conseA7ative than an
old-fashioued white planter, and not at all desirous of seeing the col¬
ored people rule the State. He is seventy-three years of age, and
even anxious to increase his wealth.
WEALTH OF SOUTHERN NEGROES.
fHE wealth of the Negroes in the several Southern States is as
follows: Alabama, $9,200,125; Arkansas, $8,010,315; Florida.
$7,900,400; Georgia, $10,415,330 ; Kentucky, $5,900,010 ; Louisi¬
ana, $18,000,528; Mississippi, $13,400,213; Missouri, $6,600,345;
North Carolina, $11,010,635; South Carolina, $12,500,000; Texas,
$18,000,500; Tennessee, $10,400,200; Virginia, $4,900,000.
There are nearly 2,000 women practicing medicine in the United