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From The Wit and Humor of America, edited by Marshall P. Wilder, Volume IV, New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls and Company, 1911; p. 588.




Once on a Time there were Two Men, each of whom married the Woman of his Choice. One Man devoted all his Energies to Getting Rich.

He was so absorbed in Acquiring Wealth, that he Worked Night and Day to Accomplish his End.

By this Means he lost his Health, he became a Nervous Wreck, and was so Irritable and irascible that his Wife Ceased to live with him and Returned to her Parents’ House.

The Other Man made no Efforts to Earn Money, and after he had Spent his own and his Wife’s Fortunes, Poverty Stared them in the Face.

Although his Wife had loved him fondly, she could not Continue her affection toward One, who could not Support her, so she left him and Returned to her Childhood’s Home.


This Fable teaches that the Love of Money is the Root of All Evil, and that When Poverty Comes In At the Door, Love Flies Out Of the Window.

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