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SOMEONE HANDED J. PIERP. 'MORGAN A-GOLD BRICK
AND ALL WALL STREET LAUGHS
New York, March 6", -There's
a grjn over Wall street today that
you couldn't "break up with a
slick of dynamite.
Our own J. Pierp. Morg-tn'has
been gold-briqked to the tune of
$399,000, and the reason Wall
street appreciates it so much is
that Wall street oft has been
gold-bricked by Pierp.
It was Pierp't Ibve for art that
got him in bad. There's no law
against Pierp. or anyone else Lov
ing up art all they want; but a
man should knpw something
about art befpre he begins paying
out real mpney for "art treas
ures" the way Pierp. has been do
ing. - - - )
It seems that there haye been'
57 fake -Coptic bqoks-r-whatever
they are lying around the? junk
shops of Egypt for the last! cen
tury or so. ' ' i
Every once in so often, some
smart guy would breeze along,
buy the books fbr abouT$10 for!
the lot, and then try and selL
them to sqme museunrfora small
The-museum authorities would!
look the books over.-andtthen dis-j
passionately offer about $1 for the
lot, explaining that they might,'
be of use to light the furnace inj
winter. ' t j
'Then the smart guy would;
take them back to Egypt and
have a fight with the dealer who'
sold him the-books,-and get him
self in jail, and the'dealer would
cop off JJie books again and sell
them to another, smart guy. , ,
- This game got to vbe so com
mon that the European museums
posted notices about-these books,
and whenever a glassy eyed
stranger would- roanvinlo the
museum and start burbling about
Coptic bodks, they'd just lead
him to the notice and leave him
Then our Pierp. had it printed
big in the papers that he-was go
ing to Egypt, and one of the orig
inal wise guys among the Arab
book dealers of Cairo got busy.
When the trumpets announced
the arrival of Pierp, the said Arab
wise guy bowed himself rinta the
"Would the great American
icing like to buy books?" aslced
the wise guy.' r "
Well, o f course, Pierp'- -was
Tplumfc tickledcto death at being
called "king, and called for the
books?-" w " . '
He looked f them over, 'but did
not'say'anytfiing, not wishing to
show "his ignorance. -
"I'll give -you $100 for them,"
lie said. - ,
'The' wise guy threw up ' his
hands, and gave an excellent imi
tation vi aTman in a fit.
"Oh, my lord," he cried "these
books havebeen'in your servant's
family for thousands of years
Ever since the days of "the great
Raniesesihavethey been in my
family. One .hundred dollars!
The great American king jokes."
"Yes." said Pierp, scared to
death the wise guy would get
hep, that he didn't know anything