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SOME NOTABLE BANKERS IN Fiction.
PAGE 1.-Balzac's Bankers
139 II.-Thackeray's Newcomes
147 III.-Bulwer's "Crawford”
150 IV.—Dickens's Bankers
152 V.—Dumas’ “Danglars”
158 VI.—Charles Reade's Story of “An Old Bank”... 160 VII.—The Rothschilds in Literature
172 VIII.-Miss Mulock's “Run on the Bank”...
186 IX.-A Meredith Creation
188 X.-Ibsen's “Helmer”
190 XI.–Stockton's “J. Weatherby Stull”
201 XII.-Paul Leicester Ford's "Mr. Blodgett"
207 XIII.--Westcott's “David Harum”
211 XIV.—Thomas Nelson Page's “Norman Wentworth” 214 XV.—John Law in “The Mississippi Bubble”
222 XVI.—Mrs. Ward's Country Banker
232 XVII.-F. Hopkinson Smith's "Peter"
The Ideal Banker
literature of banking, we must go back to the
Chinese, with whom so many good things originated.
The first known work on finance is "The Examination of Currency,” by the Chinese banker, Ma-twan-lin, published in 1321. In the highly poetical language of the Flowery Kingdom, bank notes were by him called “flying money.” Some of us still find the term singularly appropriate!
Marco Polo, in the thirteenth century, and Sir John Mandeville, in the fourteenth, pioneers in the literature of travel, tell of the fiat money banker, Kublai Khan, showing that the autocrat of the East anticipated our modern fiatists by nearly seven centuries. Polo quaintly adds to his description: “Now you have heard the ways and means whereby the great Khan may have, and, in fact, has, more treasure than all the kings in the world.”
Naturally enough, this fiat system of financing an empire and its emperor led to abuses. Mandeville, who followed Polo to Tartary, says: