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AMORY, SON OF BEATRICE
SPIRES AND GARGOYLES
THE EGOTIST CONSIDERS
NARCISSUS OFF DUTY
THE DEBUTANTE
EXPERIMENTS IN CONVALESCENCE
YOUNG IRONY
THE SUPERCILIOUS SACRIFICE
THE EGOTIST BECOMES A PERSONAGE

a French car, bought that year, was over thirty-five thousand dollars. 

The rest was fully taken care of, and there were invariably items which 

failed to balance on the right side of the ledger. 

 

In the volume for 1912 Amory was shocked to discover the decrease in the 

number of bond holdings and the great drop in the income. In the case of 

Beatrice's money this was not so pronounced, but it was obvious that his 

father had devoted the previous year to several unfortunate gambles in 

oil. Very little of the oil had been burned, but Stephen Blaine had 

been rather badly singed. The next year and the next and the next showed 

similar decreases, and Beatrice had for the first time begun using her 

own money for keeping up the house. Yet her doctor's bill for 1913 had 

been over nine thousand dollars. 

 

About the exact state of things Mr. Barton was quite vague and confused. 

There had been recent investments, the outcome of which was for 

the present problematical, and he had an idea there were further 

speculations and exchanges concerning which he had not been consulted. 

 

It was not for several months that Beatrice wrote Amory the full 

situation. The entire residue of the Blaine and O'Hara fortunes 

consisted of the place at Lake Geneva and approximately a half million 

dollars, invested now in fairly conservative six-per-cent holdings. In 

fact, Beatrice wrote that she was putting the money into railroad and 

street-car bonds as fast as she could conveniently transfer it. 

 

 

"I am quite sure," she wrote to Amory, "that if there is one 

thing we can be positive of, it is that people will not stay in 

one place. This Ford person has certainly made the most of that 

idea. So I am instructing Mr. Barton to specialize on such things 

as Northern Pacific and these Rapid Transit Companies, as they 

call the street-cars. I shall never forgive myself for not buying 

Bethlehem Steel. I've heard the most fascinating stories. You 

must go into finance, Amory. I'm sure you would revel in it. 


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