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"As a poet, I am a polytheist; as a naturalist. a pantheist; as a moral
man, a deist; and in order to express my inind I need all these forms.
-GOLTRE,

THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

479496

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.
R 1910 L

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year eighteen hundred

and ninety-two, by C. DEAN, in the office of the

Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

PREFACE.

To present a book of this kind, with character sketches of living men who are prominent factors in great public enterprises, might have been criticized fifty years ago as being somewhat in bad taste. But opinions like fashions are continually changing. The popular demand of today is to know the methods of successful men; and, in order to know them character must be investigated.

"As soon as a stranger is introduced into any company one of the first questions which all wish to have answered is, How does that man get his living?” And if he has succeeded in adding something to the general

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