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[167] all the more the less we share of it; just as it was said of Cardinal de Retz, that he made up for an utter neglect of his own soul by exercising an abundant supervision over the souls of other people.

There is doubtless a great drawback on all the direct good done by great riches, although in many respects one has to recognize this good. Mr. Edward Atkinson thinks that all the Vanderbilt wealth is not, as such things go, too large a commission for its founder to have earned by the actual cheapening of the freight on each barrel of flour from the West to the East. It is usually claimed by the advocates even of mercantile trusts that, though the immediate effect of such organizations is to raise the price of the necessaries of life, the trusts tend to lower them in the end by methodizing and cheapening the production. Then the socialist also usually maintains that all such tendencies are to be helpful at last, because they prepare the way for public ownership, which is what he desires. But the trouble remains, after all, that it is not for these reasons that men really admire wealth or seek it. They do this simply because it is wealth. In all ages of the world it has been its intrinsic quality that dazzled. “Put money in thy ”

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