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[183] fashionable life in England, John appears in the form of some impoverished cousin of a countess, or one of those “led-captains” of whom we read in old English novels. As our war correspondents during the Civil War used frankly to avow that they picked up incidents from deserters or “intelligent contrabands,” and described them as personal observations; so any capable woman, trained by long practice, can no doubt extract from the very outskirts of a Queen's Drawing Room materials for a minute inventory of the Duchess of Marlborough's diamonds, with incidental remarks quoted from the “dear duchess” or from “a former lady of honor.”

We are steadily outgrowing the impression that wealth is a peculiarly American institution, or exerts its chief charms in this country. The love of it is hardly to be called a transplanted taste, for its spell is as old as the history of the world and as wide as the earth's circumference. There is nowhere a tribe so savage in Asia or Africa that the prestige of power does not attach itself to those who have more horses, more camels, or more wives than their fellows. But the thing which gives the utmost prestige to wealth is its power to intrench itself in the form of hereditary aristocracy.

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