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The Dominant Dollar   By: (1878-1909)

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THE DOMINANT DOLLAR

By the Same Author

BEN BLAIR. THE STORY OF A PLAINSMAN. With frontispiece in full color by Maynard Dixon. Seventh edition, 60th thousand.

[] Besides the wide success of "Ben Blair" in this country the book appeared in a large edition in London and also in Australia.

PUBLISHED BY A. C. MCCLURG & CO., CHICAGO

[Illustration: "Most of all because I love you" ( Page 242 )]

The Dominant Dollar

By WILL LILLIBRIDGE

AUTHOR OF "Ben Blair," "The Dissolving Circle," "The Quest Eternal," "Where the Trail Divides," Etc.

WITH FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS BY LESTER RALPH

A. L. BURT COMPANY PUBLISHERS :: NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT A. C. MCCLURG & CO. 1909

Published September 11, 1909

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, England

All rights reserved

CONTENTS

BOOK I

CHAPTER PAGE I. A Prophecy 9 II. Understanding 35 III. Pleasure 56 IV. Uncertainty 70 V. Certainty 87 VI. A Warning 110 VII. Rebellion 126 VIII. Catastrophe 146

BOOK II

I. Anticipation 165 II. Acquaintance 185 III. Friendship 203 IV. Comprehension 217 V. Fulfilment 241 VI. Crisis 268 VII. Travesty 285 VIII. Celebration 302 IX. Admonition 320 X. Decision 330

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"Most of all because I love you" ( Page 242 ) Frontispiece

"I'm tired of reading about life and hearing about life. I want to live it" ( Page 66 ) 64

"Steve!" The girl was on her feet. "I never dreamed, never You poor boy!" ( Page 153 ) 156

"You mean to suggest that Elice," he began, "that Elice You dare to suggest that to me?" ( Page 107 ) 278

The Dominant Dollar

BOOK I

CHAPTER I

A PROPHECY

"You're cold blooded as a fish, Roberts, colder. You're There is no adequate simile."

The man addressed said nothing.

"You degrade every consideration in life, emotional and other, to a dollar and cents basis. Sentiment, ambition, common judgment of right and wrong, all gravitate to the same level. You have a single standard of measurement that you apply to all alike, which alike condemns or justifies. Summer and Winter, morning, noon, and night it's the same. Your little yardstick is always in evidence, measuring, measuring You, confound you, drive me to distraction with your eternal 'does it pay.'"

Still the other man said nothing.

"I know," apologetically, "I'm rubbing it in pretty hard, Darley, but I can't help it. You exasperate me beyond my boiling point at times and I simply can't avoid bubbling over. I believe if by any possibility you were ever to have a romance in your life, and it came on slowly enough so you could analyze a bit in advance, you'd still get out your tape line and tally up to the old mark: would it pay!"

This time the other smiled, a smile of tolerant amusement.

"And why shouldn't I? Being merely the fish you suggest, it seems to me that that's the one time in a human being's life when, more than another, deliberation is in order. The wider the creek the longer the wise man will linger on the margin to estimate the temperature of the current in event of failure to reach the opposite bank. Inadvertently, Armstrong, you pass me a compliment. Merely as an observer, marriage looks to me like the longest leap a sane man will ever attempt."

"I expected you'd say that," shortly, "predicted it."

"You give me credit for being consistent, then, at least... Continue reading book >>




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