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New-York tribune. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, November 13, 1904, Image 55

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LATEST PHOTOGRAPHS OF THREE CELEBRATED NEW-YORKERS WHO ARE ENDOWED WITH FINANCIAL ABILITY TO A DEGREE WHICH IT
IS DIFFICULT TO DISTINGUISH FROM GENIUS.
FINANCIERS.
Whence Comes
Their Enviable
Ability?
It would seem that
anybody ought to get
rich nowadays. Never
were there so many
methods, nor so much
advice — as to which
t!;> tod to adopt. If
ever there were any
secret* in the art of
money making, they
must now all be known.
Wherever one turns one
st ea opportunity upon
opportunity to win
fort one upon fortune.
Th.-re are advertise
ments which tell how to
Invest In this land or
that stock. There are
1 total Felling for a
nickel or a dime which
explain methods of ac
cumulating millions of
dollars. Regular period
icals are printed which
purport to unveil all
the mysteries of Wall
Street, so that the
"^••ritle reader" may
"gel in" even before the
pr. ;:t money kings sus
pect which way the
market will tip.
And if the fortune
hunter be young, there
are a hundred and
one schools scattered
throughout the land
where he may study the
art of finance from A
to '/.. He is taught how
to organize companies
and to manage compli
< ated commercial enter
prises, and in some
schools he is even made
a member of a mimic
Stock Exchange, where
he speculates on the rise
and fall of the market
with mimic money.
Yet, despite all these
ways to wealth, all
the finder posts pointing
to tUe golden goal, all
the «uides who "will
take you there," the
great mass of humanity
still remains in as hope
l'-ss darkness as before,
and those of them who
do attempt to rise by
ii" sudden, well ad
v ri i(-f>d means, almost
always sink to still
greater depths. At last,
but too late, they learn I
that t^ose who boom,
cr-rtaln stocks are most I
anxious to get rid of
them; that authors of
books on "get-rich
quick flnanc*" teD how
'.. make the plunge, bat.
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT.
MRS. HETTY GREEN.
JOHN IX ROCKEFELLER.
OHnnrrtsm. UO< by Amu. New-Tort.)
RUSSELL SAGE.
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never themselves takt
it; that professional tip
sters seldom take their
own tips, and that In
structors in commercial
schools remain content
to instruct others. All
of which goes to provo
that wealth is not to be
obtained by rule or rote^
A study of those who
have actually obtained
wealth soon discloses
the fact that their chief,
characteristic is not a
knowledge of books, tip
bureaus, prospectuses,
or commercial schools,
but a knowledge of
men. The successful
merchant of New-York
at the present time is
the same as the pros
perous trader of the asa
of Abraham, the first
capitalist mentioned in.
the Bible, who "was
very rich in cattle, in
silver and gold." With
out a keen insight into
human nature a man, in
spite of the most ex
travagant luck, will
soon fall behind the real
of the world. The mer
chant cannot succeed
unless he knows the
desires and needs of
his fellow beings well
enough to meet them
satisfactorily. The man
ufacturer must also suit
the product of his ma
chines to the tastes and
sometimes to the fleet
ing whims of the con
sumer. The banker ni<ij|
read the mind behind
the face when he :.<*
vances loans and takes
securities, for unless I'd
can Judge men rightly
he is sure sooner <>r
later to be trapped.
And as the employer
nui.>t know human nat
ure "to get orders," .«t
the employe must havf
i .similar suit of wlsdoif"
to bo able "to take or
ders." Otherwise, one
heart; it si id that "ha
cannot gel along with
the boss," and lilts plaoa
is soon made vacant for
one who can.
No one has yet been
known to analyze exact
ly that mysterious es
sence which is called
financial genius; for if
this had ever been dona
and the results made
public all men would
be equally rich, or all
equally poor. All that
is possible is to point
out the characteristics
of some of the repre
sentative rick men of
the world, and thus
from many pictures

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