History of the Great American Fortunes, Volume 1

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On Sept 4, 1946 I said: "Stayed up till 12:30 AM to finish first volume of 'Great American Fortunes'--a bitter tirade against the rich guys who, according to the author, were worse than devils Astor ... Read full review

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Page 94 - gave this picture which forms both a contrast and a sequel to the accumulations of multimillionaires, of which Girard was then the archtype : A STARK CONTRAST PRESENTED. "Thousands of our laboring people travel hundreds of miles in quest of employment on canals at 62^ cents to 87^ cents per day, paying $1.50 to $2.00 a week for
Page 135 - probably has ever been so harassed, so trampled upon, so plundered by that sordid and licentious class of infringers known in the parlance of the world, with no exaggeration of phrase as 'pirates.' The spoliation of their incessant
Page 195 - 7 No facts are available as to the private fortunes in Boston and other cities. Occasionally the briefest mention would appear in the almanacs of the period of the death of this or that rich 7 " Wealth and Biography of the Wealthy Citizens of Philadelphia." By a Member of the Philadelphia Bar, 1845.
Page 39 - expression to me, and that often repeated, too, what man will be such a fool as to become a base tenant to Mr. Dellius, Colonel Schuyler, Mr. Livingston ( and so
Page 261 - In those parts of this work relating to great fortunes from railroads and from industries, this phase of commercial life is specifically dealt with. The enormities brazenly committed during the Spanish-American War of 1898 are sufficiently remembered. Napoleon had the same experience with French contractors, and the testimony of all wars is to the same effect.
Page 181 - They dressed fastidiously, went to church, uttered hallalujahs, gave dainty receptions, formed associations to dole out alms and — kept up prices and rents. Notwithstanding the general distress, rents in New York City were greater than were paid in any other city or village upon the globe. 20
Page 259 - in Conway, Mass., in 1835. When twenty-one he went to Chicago and worked in a wholesale dry goods house. In 1860 he was made a partner. During the Civil War this firm, as did the entire commercial world, proceeded to hold up the nation for exorbitant prices in its
Page 116 - Indian Agent at Green Bay to the Superintendent of Indian Affairs (or Indian Trade) : " Mr. Kinzie, son to the sub Indian Agent at Chicago, and agent for the American Fur Company, has been detected in selling large quantities of whisky to the Indians at and near Milwaukee of Lake Michigan." — Senate Docs., First Session, Seventeenth Congress, 1821-22, Vol. I, Doc. No.
Page 119 - Congress, ii : 23-24. William Clark, at that time Superintendent of Indian Affairs. In his report, Gordon, writing from St. Louis, pointed out that, " whisky, though not an authorized article, has been a principal, and I believe a very lucrative one for the last several years.
Page 20 - 3 which is equal to saying that the pearl merchant got it for almost nothing. Two other directors — Godyn and Bloemart — became owners of great feudal estates. One of these tracts, in what is now New Jersey, extended sixteen miles both in length and breadth, forming a square of sixty-four miles.*

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