There is no doubt a preference in the community for honesty, even on a large scale; and a stigma often attaches to ill-gotten wealth during a man's lifetime.
He knows, however, that it will not extend to his children, and that they will have as little reason to trouble themselves about its origin as an English duke troubles himself about the possible shame of the ancestor who laid the foundation of the family.
There are undoubtedly many rich men who honestly feel great doubts as to the rightfulness of their unequal position.
Very frank and noble expressions of this feeling might be quoted.
The other perplexity, however, comes in — as to what they are to do about it. Even if they give millions to colleges and libraries and public buildings, it does not satisfy their critics, and perhaps does not quite satisfy themselves.
Ought they not to use their money, in some way, towards remedying the very inequality that has created it?
But that way bewilderment lies.
In some little Judean village the text “Sell that ye have, and give alms,” might be literally interpreted.
For a large and highly organized community any such literal interpretation would be disastrous.
It is hard to conceive of a greater