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1894 Excerpt: ...night," said the Altrurian to me. He added, to the
company generally: "I suppose that even in America there are more
poor people than there are rich people?" "Well, I don't know about
that," I said. "I suppose there are more people independently rich
than there are people independently poor." "We will let that
formulation of it stand. If it is true, I do not see why the
Altrurian system should be considered so very un-American. Then, as
to whether there is or ever was really a practical altruism, a
civic expression of it, I think it cannot be denied that among the
first Christians, those who immediately followed Christ, and might
bo supposed to be directly influenced by his life, there was an
altruism practiced as radical as that which we have organized into
a national polity and a working economy in Altruria." "Ah, but you
know," said Mrs. Makely, with the air of advancing a point not to
be put aside, "they had to drop that. It was a dead failure. They
found that they couldn't make it go at all, among cultivated
people, and that, if Christianity was to advance, they would have
to give up all that crankish kind of idolatry of the mere letter.
At any rate," she went on, with the satisfaction we all feel in
getting an opponent into close quarters, "you must confess that
there is a much greater play of individuality here." Before the
Altrurian could reply, young Camp said: "If you want to see
American individuality, the real, simon-pure article, you ought to
go down to one of our big factory towns, and look at the mill-hands
coming home in droves after a day's work, young girls and old
women, boys and men, all fluffed over with cotton, and so
dead-tired that they can hardly walk. T...
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