Re: New Idea
Regarding Matthias' occupation:It might be possible he was a "traveling" salesman and carried on two separate lives.
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Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
1 (also ship chandler) a dealer in supplies and equipment for ships and boats.
2 historical a dealer in household items such as oil and groceries.
chandlery noun (pl. chandleries).
– origin ME (denoting a candle maker or candle seller): from OFr. chandelier, from chandelle (see chandelier).