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pause. Stafford looks at the door through Stafford-You asked for a promise. I which Jimmie went and his face shows that he gave it and I now repeat it, so that is settled, now fully realizes the situation) If you isn't it? hadn't come, I should have had to come to Virginia-Yes. you! I should have had to! And that Stafford—You said you wouldn't send for would have robbed me of everything I've me, and you haven't. Have you?
, been fighting for. It would have stripped Virginia-No. me of my self-respect, it would have made Stafford-Then don't you see, dear, all me despise myself. I should never have been along the line you won the victory? able to hold up my head to myself again! Jim-It's more than a victory! It's a But now I shall; now I shall know that I landslide! didn't have to do what I knew to be wrong, Virginia-Victory! When you came, you and it makes me so happy, dear! So happy! thought it was yours. You thought I had So very, very happy! (Virginia, sobbing, sent for
found I hadn't, kneels beside Stafford and covers her face with why didn't you tell me?
? her hands. There is a pause)
Stafford-Because I knew you were in the Stafford-Of course I came for you! If I right. Because I realized for the first time had known all that it meant to you, I should all it meant to you.
Because I loved you have come long ago.
and wanted you. Why, even had I been Virginia-Then you did miss me? right instead of you, I would have done the
Stafford—I didn't imagine that any hu-· same. I simply couldn't have helped it man being could miss another so much! after having held
my arms again. And though I knew I loved you deeply, I Jim-(To Fanny) Get that arms thing? didn't think it possible that I could ever I guess I'm bad, eh? love any one as I soon realized that I loved Virginia--You thought the victory was you.
yours, but when you found me claiming it
and realized what it meant to me, you gave Fanny and Jim enter and find them in it to me without a word. That was a big a warm embrace, and Fanny innocently thing, too. exclaims that one of Jim's ideas has turned Stafford-What does anything matter but out right, anyway.
this: I love you, you love me, and we Jim-Shut up!
are together again. That's everything, Fanny-Didn't she know? (Jimmie pan- isn't it? tomimes his disgust)
Virginia-Yes, dear. That's everything. Virginia-Know what?
Stafford—Then come along, dear. Have Fanny—Why-why
you any rubbers? Virginia--What don't I know? What is Fanny-Jimmie! it? (There is a pause) Robert, tell me. Jim-Sure! (Jimmie goes out)
Stafford-You fix this. (He gives Fanny Stafford-Well, dear--now please, please the veil
, etc., for Virginia's head and she addon't be worried about it-when I came I justs them. Jimmie reënters with rubbers thought you had sent for me.
and starts to put them on Virginia) Virginia-Thought I had--why should Stafford-Now for the coat. (Stafford you think it?
takes the coat) By the way, I've something Stafford-That was the message I got else for you. It's from Tiffany's. over the 'phone.
Virginia Oh, Robert, didn't I tell you Virginia-From whom?
that --! Stafford-I'd rather not tell you.
Staford-Wait! Wait! You don't know Virginia-You thought I had sent for what it is. (He takes the wedding-ring you! Then everything is wrong! Every- from his pocket and holds it up. Virginia thing!
holds out her hand and he puts the ring on her Stafford-No, dear, everything is right. finger, then he puts the big fur coat about her. You were fighting for a principle. Have Speaking over her shoulder as she looks back you surrendered it? Have you?
at him) And now, dear, let's go home! Virginia-No.
In the following review, written especially for THE WORLD TO-DAY, Mr. Hovey has
was never anything resembling
HERE is a thoughtless saying, house in which he was born still stands. It which is only partly true, that was a small and unpretentious building of Mr. Morgan is not a self-made red brick which stood on the village street man. With him, indeed, there in the center of a few acres of land. Some
years ago it was raised one story and a store the famous Rockefeller account book-nine was set in under it, and now it is being closedollars and eighty cents this month received, ly crowded by business blocks in what is five-sixty expended "for necessities," - the center of Hartford. J. P. Morgan's balance, four-twenty toward the distant associations are not with this house, howPalace of Ambition-written out in a ever, for his parents lived here only during cramped, clear, boyish hand. From the the first year or two of his life. Then they first, he stood at a certain height above the moved to the large and comfortable house crowd, and began life in New York easily, on Farmington Avenue which Joseph Morpossessing all the advantages and claims of gan, J. P. Morgan's grandfather, had had a successful banker's idolized son.
built as a wedding present for his son. But, although the name and business con- After the family moved to Boston, he nections of Junius Morgan furnished him attended the English High School until his with a substantial pedestal, Pierpont Mor- graduation in 1853. The next year he spent gan has made it a mountain. By virtue at Fayal in the Azores, after which he conof all that separates his commonplace, if tinued his education abroad, spending a comfortable, inherited position from his year at Vevay, Switzerland, and two years Cyclopean influence and authority to-day, at the University of Göttingen in Germany. Mr. Morgan is “self-made." His growth He left Göttingen to enter his father's bankwas slow; it occupied all of fifty years, ing house in London. counting from the year he began as a In the year 1857, the young man was sent banker's clerk in '57. He subordinated to New York as his father's representative himself, first to his father, and afterward with the firm of Duncan, Sherman & Co., to the Drexels, and he was middle-aged and there he met Mr. Dabney, with whom before he became quite his own master he afterward went into partnership. In and was utterly free.
the summer of 1859, Mr. Morgan sailed for Young J. P. Morgan spent the first four- Paris to see the lady who was soon to beteen years of his life in Hartford. The come his wife. She wa Miss Amelia Sturges, the daughter of Jonathan Sturges of and Morgan were shooting at each other New York. Miss Sturges was an invalid; with injunctions; twenty-two suits were bein reality, she was dying of consumption. gun in connection with this fight. Finding Mr. Morgan persuaded her
that Gould could best him in the to marry him, declaring that
use of such weapons and he would take her the world
was continually aided over to find her health. He
by the so-called Erie dropped business entirely
judges at his back, after his marriage and de
Morgan made an adroit voted himself to the dying
move which threw the woman. She lived only a
case into the hands of few months after
Governor Hoffman, of their wedding
the State of New York, He returned to
and drew his opponents New York and
before judges who plunged into his work
took the up-State again. He lived quietly,
view of the atbeginning the day with
tempted seizure: a horseback ride in Cen
The Governor tral Park and often
had already threatened to spending the evening at
run the road with the the house of one of his
soldiers if the two parties friends. His interest
did not end their differin pictures, always
ences. Morgan trapped strong, occupied
Gould and Fisk into sendhim much at this
ing a written note to the time. He married
Governor, stating that it was again in the year
impossible for the contending 1865, and his second
parties to agree, that the railwife, the present Mrs.
road could not be run as Morgan, was Miss
matters stood, and reFrances Louise Tracy, daugh
questing the State to apter of Charles Tracy, a lawyer
point an official to take of New York. In his business,
charge in the interest of Mr. Morgan was
public peace. The Govoccupied exclu- J. Pierpont Morgan,
ernor made the appointsively with the
the greatest financial
ment, and during the calm work of a private
that followed, Morgan obbanker and dealer in exchange. But when
tained from the stockholders the railway mania struck the country in '69,
the power to lease the property, Morgan was drawn into a sensational fight
did so, and placed the A. & S. for the control of the Albany & Susque
forever out of the reach of Gould hanna. It was the first big fight of his life, and Fisk. and involved a direct challenge to battle Three years later, Mr. Morgan was apwith Jay Gould and “Admiral” Jim Fisk, proached by the Drexels, of Philadelphia, a alias the “Prince of Erie,” two of the ablest very rich and prosperous banking family, and least scrupulous men who had come to
and asked to enter the New York branch Wall Street bent on reckless manipulation. of that house as a member of the firm.
When Morgan beat them at the stock- The connection insured him a position of holders' meeting, Gould and Fisk sought to influence and power beyond anything he gain physical possession of the track and had yet reached. Consequently, the firm of engines. From this time the thinly settled Dabney, Morgan & Co. was dissolved, and, country through which the A. & S. ran was in 1871, Drexel, Morgan & Co. began busiin a state of war. The metropolitan dailies ness. A plot of ground was bought at the sent their correspondents and the whole corner of Broad and Wall streets, and a State looked on in wonder. While Fisk and white marble building was erected at a cost Ramsey were fighting in the field, Gould of $1,000,000—the same solid structure which, no longer very white, but turned a dull gray-brown, and dwarfed by the surrounding high buildings, is the headquarters of the Morgan enterprises to-day.
The railroad rate wars of the eighties and nineties made a terrible inroad on the value of stocks, and although Morgan was not a railroad man but a banker,
perhaps getting no interest at all. In
Mr. Vorgan in conferpies, the one-man ence with Sir Caspar power in American
Purdon Clarke, late di
rector of the Metropolifinance which he
tan Museum of Art, is, had its beginning.
New York City But it was Morgan's famous contract to furnish the U. S. Government with gold in 1895 which first made his name familiar to every one the country over.