, are marked five million dollars each.
, and Lux are marked still moreseven millions, ten millions, twelve millions each.
Flood and Fair, Mackey
are said to be richer still.
The poor are very poor; not in the sense of Seven Dials and Five Points
; yet poor in having little and craving much.
A pauper wants to get money, and to get this money in the quickest time.
Cards, dice, and share-lists serve him, each in turn.
He yearns to be Lick or Ralston-owner of a big hotel, conductor of a prosperous bank; but he neither courts the labour nor endures the selfdenial which have crowned these speculators with wealth.
He thinks all life a game of chance; he looks for dollars in the sink and sewer; and stakes his savings, when he has them, on a rise in stocks.
These worthy citizens, tossing their whisky in Montgomery Street, know the lighter and lower portion of their countrymen; and in that knowledge they proceed to form a ring.
A rumour spreads along the streets, and finds an echo in the evening papers, that a great and wonderful discovery has been made in the Virginia