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[149] in an American year. It is largely a good-natured curiosity; and behind this lies, with the judicious, a real desire to philosophize on the future workings of American aristocracy, if such a thing there is to be.

It seems very complimentary to this country, on the whole, that the upper extremes of wealth find themselves uncomfortable here, and discover that they can get much more for their money in Europe. This was acutely pointed out by our best critic, Mr. Bryce, who makes the matter very clear. All American ways and methods are founded largely upon the needs of the great middle class of the community. Wealth in the United States can only buy a little more of those comforts and luxuries of which everybody has something. But wealth in England can buy that of which the great body have nothing-the possession of hereditary rank. When a man grows rich enough, no matter whether his wealth came by breweries or by public employment, he can fairly expect to reach the ranks of the titled classes; and thenceforward, if he plays his cards well, he may climb higher and higher. This is a privilege wholly different in kind from anything that wealth gives in America. Moreover, some of the best natural

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