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ing on human effort, would, by the world's charity, be let out on contract. So much by bid for converting India, so much for Borneo, so much for Africa. You see this doing good in the world by driblets is just nothing. I am for doing good in the world with a will. Do but think of the eddies and maelstroms of pagans in China. People here have no conception of it. Of a frosty morning in Hongkong, pauper pagans are found dead in the streets like so many nipped peas in a bin of peas. To be an immortal being in China is no more distinction than to be a snowflake in a snowsquall. What are a score or two of missionaries to such a people? I am for sending ten thousand missionaries and converting the Chinese en masse within six months of the debarkation. The thing is then done, and turn to something else.'” Such was the ironic temper of Melville's mood in 1857.
Of the four books which he published after that date two were privately printed in limited editions and three contained exclusively verse. As Mr. Weaver observes, "Melville's family seem all to have been more skeptical of
his verse than they were of his prose. In 1859 Mrs. Melville wrote to her mother, 'Herman has taken to writing poetry. You need not tell any one, for you know how such things get around.' Mrs. Melville was too optimistic: her husband's indiscreet practice is still pretty much a secret to the world at large." Most of these poems, and they are sufficiently quoted by Mr. Weaver, deal with the speculative divagations which preoccupied Melville's long period of silence. Mr. Weaver quotes Melville's verdict on "Clarel," the longest and most revealing of his poems: “A metrical affair, a pilgrimage or what not, of several thousand lines, eminently adapted for unpopularity." "Though this is completely true,” says Mr. Weaver, "Melville used in 'Clarel' more irony, vividness, and intellect than the whole congregation of practicing poets of the present day (a few notable names excepted) could muster in aggregate. Yet with all this wealth of the stuff of poetry, the poem never quite fulfills itself.” And, with the exception of "Moby Dick," the statement seems equally well to apply to the bulk of Melville's writing.
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WHEN YOUR INSURANCE
when the mail is opened. See the great stacks of letters brought in and emptied on the receiving tables, and let your imagination busy itself with the stories that lie behind these envelopes. Here is a money order from a crossroads post office-only a few dollars, yet a husband and wife have sacrificed for a month to purchase the protection it represents. Here is a check for thousands—a corporation has insured the life of its president, in order that the business may be protected in the event of his loss.
Stiff, formal envelopes and poor, shabby envelopes—some addressed in typewriting, some in ink, some with lead pencil in letters hardly legible, but every one a magnificeni testimony to human faith. For the people from whom these envelopes come have never seen the office of the insurance company nor met its officers; they are intrusting the dearest thing in the world—the protection of their wives and children to men whose names even are almost unknown to them. Surely there is no more solemn trust than this. I pity the insurance man, no matter how familiar the sight may be to him, who can watch the morning mail being opened without feeling a renewed and deepened sense of obligation at this vast, silent ritual of Confidence and Faith.
Now what becomes of these millions that are sent to the insurance companies from families all over the world? Are they kept piled up in banks? Some of them are, for sound insurance practice dictates that the company shall always have a large reserve in cash. No one knows when a catastrophe or an epidemic may come, making thousands of families suddenly dependent--the insurance company must be always prepared.
But what of the rest—the millions and millions which will not be needed by the policy-holders for years?
In St. Paul's Cathedral in London there is a simple slab marking the burial-place of Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of the great edifice. Upon it is this inscription in Latin, “If you would see his monument, look about you." The same inscription might be written of the dollar which you, and you, and you, have intrusted to your insurance company as a protection for the future. If you would see that dol. lar, you have only to look about you. It is not lying idle in some vault far away; it is invested and at work close at hand.
You pick up the telephone receiver and are connected with a friend in another part of your city. It is a miracle that would amaze us more if it were not So common. Your insurance dollar has helped to work that miracle; for the
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WHEN YOUR INSURANCE DOLLAR PUTS ON ITS OVERALLS (Continued) telephone system has been constructed by the proceeds of telephone bonds. And millions of dollars of insurance money are invested in these and other utility bonds.
You step into a train in New York, eat dinner, go to bed, and wake up in Buffalo. Another miracle—and again the insurance dollar has helped. For the railways could never have stretched their tracks across the continent except by the sale of railway bonds. And the insurance companies are large investors in those bonds.
You pass a beautiful park or a fine public school; they too are built by bonds—municipal bonds—an investment which is heavily owned by insurance companies. You pass a row of houses, each the home of a family that is paying a few dollars a month and looking forward to the day when it can call that home its own. Who furnished the money to erect this home, and took a mortgage as security? Very likely an insurance company another place where your dollars are at work.
And farms—here your millions have been at work also. Thousands upon thousands of acres have been planted, buildings have been improved, and life made happier because your savings have been at work in the shape of farmmortgage loans.
So the story might be carried on indefinitely; but enough has been said, perhaps, to give you a little picture of the multitude of activities which are being made possible through the wise investment of your insurance savings. Your insurance dollar is not a proud aristocrat, snobbishly living an idle life. Rather it is a worker in overalls, helping to build and maintain the most vital institutions of modern life.
It is paid for its work in interest or dividends of course, as is perfectly proper and right. And the interest dollars and dividend dollars are put to work in their turn—a constantly increasing army of dollar workers, adding to the security behind your insurance policy and reducing its cost to you.
So, if you would look for your insurance dollar, look about you.
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THE RAINY DAY
CCORDING to statistics printed by "Dun's Review" there were 19,652 failures in the United States in the year 1921.
The liabilities of these concerns totaled $627,401,883. In 1920 there were 8,881 failures for a total of $295,121,805. Every one said that the year just ended was a bad one for business, and these figures certainly furnish the proof that this was so. Out of every hundred concerns in business 1.02 failed, the highest percentage of failures since 1915. All sections of the country had their share of failures, the South Atlantic, South Central, and Central Western States making the worst records as com
pared with the year previous, while the best showing was made by the Pacific Coast, where the percentage of increase over 1920 was 50.8 per cent, the lowest of any section.
It is interesting to compare the banking suspensions with the commercial failures. The number of banking defaults reported for 1921 totaled 383, an increase of 264 over 1920. In New England there were 1,702 commercial failures and 3 banking suspensions; in the Central Western States 1,855 commercial failures and 119 banking suspensions. In the Middle Atlantic and Central Eastern States, where, combined with New Eng.
ORTY years ago, the first investments safeguarded under the Straus Plan
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