History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint)

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Russell Sage was mellow with experience when Gould was still in his verdant youth; years before Gould began his predacious career, Sage had the reputation among the knowing of being an old hand at political and financial corruption. Was this reputation justified? And did Sage garner his first millions by illicit methods? Certain of his biographers glide nimbly over these questions, while others tell their ready-made advocates tale; how by his thrift and enterprise, his marvelous business astuteness, and his imposing array of other mercantile virtues and faculties he made his great fortune.1 It would denote a lack of fidelity to these accounts were the word sterling omitted in connection with virtues; in the case of our multimillionaires virtues must necessarily be sterling virtues. Were it not that the same stock phrases abound in all of these eulogies, they might provoke a gush of emotion, so touching are they, and often pathetic. But the moment the test of examination is applied they turn out to be sheer inventions. 1F or example: See America s Successful Men, Vo Li, containing a laudatory sketch of Sage.
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