Our League For Improving the Rich

Day, Clarence
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p67
This article focuses on efforts of the U.S. government to improve the life of poor people. The lives of the rich have met certain prejudices, even among benevolent people. They grant that many rich people are unhappy and lead miserable lives, but nevertheless they make these assertions that when people are distressingly rich it must be their own fault. Nobody has to stay rich if he'll just make an effort. This article presents several cases where the U.S. has fought against poverty. One case was of a wealthy and ignorant girl, who was found one cold morning exhibiting toy dogs at a show. The dogs had been eating heartily, but the poor girl was living on raw carrots, for her complexion. After a friendly study had been made of her case, her money was quietly taken away by degrees, this being accomplished with the aid of an old family lawyer, who became genuinely interested in helping her out in this way; and when she had thus reached a healthfully destitute state, a husband was found for her in the janitor of a Hoboken flat.


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