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The Sign of "B".

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Pages: 92

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: George H. Eisenhart

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. Evert mail for the first two weeks of the first month of the new year brought him a coupon, a check or a notice of an extra dividend. Money simply rolled into his coffer: but somehow he did not enjoy counting his wealth as he did in former days. The making of money had lost its fascination, and the romance of business was lost in the dim past. Today, for the first time in eight years, he stopped to think of his former partner and his reasons for going out of business. Eight years of travel: how Carl must have changed! The places he must have inspected, and the strange people and customs he must have seen! Today, Tom Wilks called himself a fool for not having done the same instead of bending every effort to accumulate, and had he been offered a reasonable price for his business, he would have sold at once. But few men can raise two millions on short notice. No, he would not extend his business. He would reduce speed. He would delegate more of his work to his assistants. He, too, would travel. He felt he lacked the broad view of life and cosmopolitan bearing, which his wealth demanded. Before he indulged in travel he would build a house for himself that was in keeping with his wealth. Yes, he would consult an architect at once, and begin operations in the spring. That evening after they were comfortably seated in the library, he said abruptly: '' Mary, let us build ourselves a new home. "I did not mention building for five years or more because I was busy looking after my affairs. I have lost interest in making money. We have plenty, and to spare. I think we ought to build a house in keeping with our means." "You are the financier, and you must know what you can do. A new house would be very fine, but I am perfectly content with our home." "I think we o...  

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