Fibre & Fabric; A Record of American Textile Industries in the Cotton and Woolen Trade Volume 6

Fibre & Fabric; A Record of American Textile Industries in the Cotton and Woolen Trade Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...won 't pray, he ought to be sworn at until he is ashamed of himself."--Lynn Union. The basis of all expenditure is in what we need. That is the primal fact of money-spending--an egg, a fish, a pair of boots, or a hat, as the case may be. When I buy a pound of beef I have some idea of its basic value, but when I give a hundred dollars for a poodle dog, because my father is a millionaire and my rival keeps a fifty-dollar spaniel, I am plainly sinning against real values; and when to meet a dozen such wild outlays of money I have to reduce the wages of my servants, my extravagance becomes a social crime and my waste another's want. Just here we find one cause of so much of labor stringency and under pay. If we waste the milk some one is necessarily short of the butter. Many a man is free to confess, if he dare do so, that his personal or family extravagance has been at the bottom of the low wages that kept his hands in thin shoes and hungry discontent. This condition of society is ominous. It cracks the social fabric. Dives here; Lazarus yonder. As an illustration here are two items copied out of a newspaper of the same date: ..". in the splendor of a diamond necklace, valued at $16,000." ..". pale, attenuated woman making buttonholes at 5 cents a dozen." "Twenty thousand dollars was the price paid to transfer... to the... baseball club." ..". engaged at %1 a month, with home found for family, to work on farm." It is true the diamond necklace might be worth the money, but is there not room for a grave suspicion that the wealth with the necklace at one end of the social staircase had something to do with the hungry seamstress on the doormat? Of the baseball craze, is it not self-evident that so far as the...show more

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  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 590g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236521145
  • 9781236521149