Excerpt from American Finance, Vol. 1: Domestic This book is written specially for American readers, the most appreciative and sympathetic that any financial writer could wish for. The American people are making financial history on the largest scale of any nation. It is natural, therefore, that finance should be to them a living, working interest. Their practical activity keeps their minds open and alert. They are wholly free from the Cobden fetish which has paralysed ecomic science in England. They have courage eugh to hear both sides of a question, and they take the trouble to judge for themselves. Neither are they afraid of honest independent judgment from others. Once on a time they were proverbially thin - skinned, but Jefferson Brick is as dead as Queen Anne. The Americans of to-day have become conscious of their national strength. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.