"Harvard means a lot to me," cried the late Francis W. Adams '78 as he willed his $70,000 estate to the University on April 9, 1937.
This testimony was delivered on Monday by George E. Leslie, male nurse at the trial of the contest of the former Harvard graduate's will at the Suffolk probate court. Leslie testified further, "Adams was accustomed to call up his friends during the early morning hours and summon them to his apartment on the plea that he was dying, although he wasn't and he knew he wasn't.
Under cross examination Leslie revealed that Adams had made four wills quite close together in point of time. In addition to the will which names Harvard the chief beneficiary there are bequests which give the $70,000 estate to Henry Gordon Thistle, male nurse and masseur employed by Adams, and to Jesse D. Crook, an old friend and associate in the practice of law.
It is up to Judge William M. Prest to decide which of the four wills should be admitted to probate.