The Parting of the Ways (Volume 1); A Novel

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1888. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter iv. 'and One Other!' jad Mr. Rapham come hither in the guise of the angel Gabriel, goodness immaculate written on his front, divine pity and love of mankind irradiating his whole being, words of fellowship dropping honey-sweet from his lips, he could not have been more thrillingly welcomed. The wealth of the gold-dust and ivory merchant was sufficiently indicated by his purchase of such a property as Strawton Park. Scant need to inquire into the circumstances of a man who can buy a place 'tit for a prince, and set up horses and carriages compatible with any fortune. Then the furniture, the household staff, the green-houses--these things were all of apiece, and spoke for themselves. It was evident that here at least was an individual who must have more money than he well knew what to do with, who would not only be willing but thankful to put out some of his superfluous cash at good interest. Nothing could be more opportune for the community at large than such an arrival. The town of Strawton was just now in one of those positions which seem the inevitable result of civilization. It was for the time being the victim of over-production. A very wave of ruin had swept over it, and nobody could give any better explanation of the crisis than that the warehouses were full, instead of being empty. As certain painters overstock the picturemarket, and have numerous canvases thrown back upon their hands, so the manufacturers here had produced more goods than they could possibly get rid of. Money not coming in, hands must be reduced to a minimum, claims allowed to accumulate, new enterprises given up, business stand still. In fact, the aspect of affairs for months past had been desperate. The unfortunate heads of factories were in the position of soldiers called into...