1878 · New York
by [AMERICANA] HINE, C.C.
New York: Insurance Monitor, 1878. Paperback. Octavo (24cm.); bifolium. Previous folds, some wrinkling and short closed tears from handling, else Very Good overall. Scathing critique of reciprocal inter-insurance exchange companies, which are owned by the subscribers rather than shareholders. The text details the machinations of Daniel Cheatem, who, with the help of other unsavory business types, forms Catchem & Skinem as a get-rich-quick scheme. Though Cheatem is haunted in his dreams by the cries of starving widows and orphans whom he has scammed, he awakes with the thought that "this all furnishes me a fat living, and a rich profit, and it is easier to endure these things than work." Hine himself was the owner and editor of the Insurance Monitor, a professional and literary magazine for the insurance industry. This edition not separately catalogued in OCLC as of February, 2019, though Harvard holds a 6pp. variant published in 1871. (Inventory #: 43713)