The Illustrated American Volume 6

The Illustrated American Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...in to avert bankruptcy and destitution. Even where the annual premiums have proved an annual tax upon the income without any corresponding cash returns, they have justified themselves as well spent in removing apprehensions, in giving the insured a calm certainty that, come what might, he and his family were provided for. But men are not perfect. Some of them are not even medium. There is a fair scattering of honest and decent men; but among them are also such beings as incendiaries and grave-yard insurance men. It is a demonstrated fact that fires and accidents, and, to a much lesser extent, suicides and even murders, have increased with the growth of insurance. To gain the benefits of their policies when hard pressed for ready cash, men have been known to commit arson, to maim themselves, or to murder the friend or the relative who had been insured in their favor. To benefit a destitute family they have been known to kill themselves. Nevertheless, the benefits of insurance are so great and so apparent as to counterbalance all its evils. What we need is a careful overhauling of our laws. It is doubtful whether the American decisions which allow a suicide's family to reap the benefit of his crime should not be wiped out by statute. This is a constant temptation to evil-doing of a sort that is particularly dangerous because it has a certain heroic aspect. Arson, mayhem, and murder are more difficult to deal with. Increased vigilance in our detective and police force, and among insurance agents, alone can combat the evil. Nor let us forget the newspaper reporter! His zeal and efficiency outrun all the efforts of police, detectives, and agents. He is the true revealer of crime. He has the welldeveloped scent for news, the trained instincts...show more

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  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 975g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123679124X
  • 9781236791245