Making Money

Making Money

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Toward the close of a pleasant September afternoon, in one of the years when the big stick of President Roosevelt was cudgeling the shoulders of malefactors of great wealth, the feverish home-bound masses which poured into upper Fifth Avenue with the awakening of the electric night were greeted by the strangest of all spectacles which can astound a metropolitan crowd harassed by the din of sounds, the fret and fury of the daily struggle which is the tyranny of New York. A very young man, of clean-cut limbs and boyish countenance, absolutely unhurried amidst the press, without a trace of preoccupation, worry, or painful mental concentration, was swinging easily up the Avenue as though he were striding among green fields, head up, shoulders squared like a grenadier, without a care in the world, so visibly delighted at the novelty of gay crowds, of towering buildings decked in electric garlands, of theatric shop-windows, that more than one perceiving this open enthusiasm smiled with a tolerant amusement. Tom Beauchamp Crocker, familiarly known as Bojo, had sent his baggage ahead, eager to enjoy the delights one en-joys at twenty-four, which the long apprenticeship of school and college is ended and the city is waiting with all the mys-tery of that uncharted dominion-The World. He went his way with long, swinging steps, smiling from the pure delight of being alive, amazed at everything: at the tangled stream of nations flowing past him; at the prodigious number of entrancing eyes which glanced at him from under provoking brims; at the sheer flights of blazing windows, shutting out the feeble stars; at the vigor and vitality on the sidewalks; at the flooded lights from sparkling shop windows; at the roll-ing procession of incalculable wealth on the Avenue. Everywhere was the stir of returning crowds, the end of the summer's hot isolation, the reopening of gilded theaters, the thronging of hotels, and the displays of radiant shop fronts, preparing for the winter's campaign. In the crush of the Avenue was the note of home-coming, in taxicabs and coupes piled high with luggage and brown-faced children hanging at the windows, acclaiming familiar landmarks with piping cries. Tradesmen and all the world of little business, all the world that must prepare to feed, clothe, and amuse the winter metropolis, were pouring in.show more

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  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 24.13mm | 562.45g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514667630
  • 9781514667637

About Owen Johnson

Owen McMahon Johnson (1878 - 1952) was an American wri-ter best remembered for his stories and novels cataloguing the educa-tional and personal growth of the fictional character Dink Stover. The "Lawrenceville Stories" (The Prodigious Hickey, The Tennessee Shad, The Varmint, Skippy Bedelle, The Hummingbird), set in the well-known prep school, invite comparison with Kipling's Stalky and Co. A 1987 PBS mini-series was based on them. He was born in New York City, the son of Robert Underwood Johnson and his wife Katharine, nee McMahon, and atten-ded Lawrenceville School, founding and editing the Lawrenceville Literary Magazine, known as The Lit. He attended Yale University, as a member of the Class of 1900, graduating in 1901, marrying Mary Galt Stockly and moving to Paris, where he did his initial writing. He was a war correspondent for the New York Ti-mes and Collier's during World War I. His first wife died in 1910. His second wife was Esther Ellen Cobb (better known as Cobina Wright Jr.), whom he married in 1912 and divorced in 1917. His third wife was Cecile Denise de la Garde, who died in 1918. His fourth wife was Catherine Sayre Burton, who died in 1923. His fifth wife was Gertrude Bovee Le Boutillier. He was the father of five children. Johnson worked and resided in Stockbridge, Massachusetts from 1923 to 1948, writing about marriage, divorce, and golf. After 1931, his writing activities became less intense, and he became interested in politics, running (unsuccessfully) for the House of Representatives in 1936 and 1938. He died at his home in Vineyard Haven, Massachu-setts, where he had lived for five years. Other Books of O. Johnson: Arrows of the Almighty (1901). In the Name of Liberty (1905). Max Fargus (1906). The Eternal Boy (1909; a 'Lawrenceville' story). The Prodigious Hickey (1910; a reissue of The Eternal Boy). The Humming Bird (1910; also one of the 'Lawrenceville' sto-ries). The Varmint (1910; introducing Dink Stover at Lawrenceville). The Tennessee Shad (1911; a 'Lawrenceville' story). Stover at Yale (1912). Murder in Any Degree (1913; stories). The Sixty-first Second (1913; a novel concerning the Panic of 1907). The Salamander (1913). Making Money (1915). The Woman Gives (1915). The Spirit of France (1916; nonfiction). Virtuous Wives (1918). The Wasted Generation (1921). Skippy Bedelle (1922; also one of the 'Lawrenceville' stories). Blue Blood (1923). Children of Divorce (1927). Sacrifice (1929). The Coming of the Amazons (1931).show more

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