MAUGENDRE (M.), father of Madame Jordan; was a retired awning
manufacturer who had made a considerable fortune from his business.
He disapproved of his daughter's marriage, and refused to give her any
dowry, on the pretext that she would have his fortune intact when he was
dead and gone. He was a careful man, averse from speculation, but having
on one occasion made a small venture, he gradually became imbued with
the craze. The phenomenal success of the Universal Bank induced him to
purchase its shares more and more wildly, until, when the crash came,
he was so deeply committed as to be ruined. Jordan, who by this time had
met with some success in literature, came to his assistance. L'Argent.