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MONEY.

CHAPTER I.

THE MONEY-MAKER: A SHORT LESSON IN SOCIAL ANATOMY.

The subject of this little volume is Money; that powerful agent which sets in motion the various and complicated wheels of society, and without which the whole mighty machine would speedily come to a pause. Not less important also is the influence of money on individual interests. So greatly has it been prized by mankind, that it has even been boldly defined as an object, the possession or non-possession of which makes the difference whether life be an enjoyment or a task; whether it be a walk over a smooth verdant lawn amidst fragrant flowers and aromatic shrubs, or a wearisome journey through thorns and briers. Poets have sung, moralists have declaimed, and philosophers have speculated, respecting money. It is the object which has occupied the mind and enthralled the affections in all ages. Five thousand years have rolled along their course, but amidst the mighty alterations which the lapse

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