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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 23, 1912, Image 17

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astor's Prospects
Down ast they are speculating
as to whether young Vincent As
tor will make a success like his
brainy old. grandfather, or wheth
er the intervening generations of
Astors without1 much brains has
resulted in practical atrophy in
his case.
Old John Jacob of the last cen
tury was the greatest real estate
manipulator" who ever lived. He
made enormous sums by "sitting
pn" real es'tate taxed as farm
Jands. and watching a metropolis
build up around it. For taking
the last cent in advantage from
priyilege old John sure had the
brains and they are going to call
Vincent a "success" if he makes
his $1001OOQ,000 grow in propor
tion to the growth of his great
grandfather's tens of thousands
acquired early in his career.
It is greatly to be .feared and
desired that Vincent will not be
such a "success." Nature in the
abstract and human nature in
particular are against it. Nature
decrees that you cannot breed
for brains -in 1812, breed for idle
ness, arrogance and extravagance
a hundred years, and from the
same line of stock- get Drains in
1912. f
Human nature is about to de
cree that no one person with
$100,000,000 shall be taxed on the
same basis as 100,000,000 persons
with $1 each. With old John
Jacob's brains, privileges and
$100,000,000, Vmcent would
make the Astor fortune ten bil
lions of dollars or more.
It will not be permitted. It is
not a question as to Astor brains.
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SHE DIDN'T NOTICE. '
"Did you see a man and woman
driving past here about an hour
ago?"
"Yes."
"Ah, we're getting on their"
trait What kind of a horse was
it?" "They were driving so fast I
didn't notice. But the woman had
on a Scotch blue mohair jacket of
turquoise blue, last year's style,
with stitched lines, a white pique
skirt with deep circular flounce, a
satin straw hat, tilted and rather
flat, trimmed with hydrangeas.
That's all I had time to see." ,
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