millions of readers take into accout with excitement Oscar Lewis’s high-quality booklet at the Western railroad robber barons, The titanic Four
. Silver Kings
is a better half piece, dealing because it does with the large 4 of the Nevada Comstock Lode, one of many maximum of all silver mines. those have been particularly incredible males who led surprisingly interesting lives. John W. Mackay (the father of Clarence Mackay), most sensible recognized of the 4, equipped up the Postal Telegraph and advertisement Cable platforms. His spouse, Marie Hungerford, for years after her marriage observed little of the United States, yet saved the society of Paris and London agog. James G. reasonable used to be a grasp mechanic and one of many shrewdest of financiers—of the entire Comstock’s conspicuous figures simply the least favourite, a truth of which he used to be conscious and which he seemed with whole indifference. He turned a United nation Senator and his elder daughter, Tessie, married Herman Oelrichs, then a thirty-seven-year-old bachelor and member of the trendy big apple and Newport kinfolk. James Clair Flood’s nice mansion atop Nob Hill in San Francisco is now the Pacific Union membership. William S. O’Brien, Flood’s companion, used to be the main shadowy of the quartet.
It’s a wealthy box that Mr. Lewis has mined, and his tale, which by no means lags, is decided opposed to the beautiful history of the Virginia urban of the seventies in addition to the San Francisco of that period. the result's a very superb piece of real Americana.