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On the last day of July in the year one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, a man died in a hotel in Philadelphia—a man who had houses but no home, a family but no wife or child, many acquaintances and friends but no intimates to whom he confided everything. He was sixty-seven years of age, a man of fine physique and commanding presence, who had travelled widely over the world and who had observed much of the ways of nature and of other men. He was a college graduate and came of a family long prominent among the socially elite of Philadelphia, his native city. He was a geologist by profession, and in that field he had attained wealth and honor beyond that of most men. In short, he enjoyed in this life more than falls to the lot of most men; yet he lacked much that most men enjoy.

Early in life he manifested the poise and self-sufficiency which belong only to those who have learned to rely upon their own resources, who enjoy the society of their fellowmen but are not dependent upon them, and who are not encompassed by financial limitations. This self-reliance increased with the passing years, and thus, in the course of time, he became a somewhat mysterious figure in the social and professional worlds in which he moved.But however different from most men he may have seemed to those who knew him only in later life, he would undoubtedly have soon become merely another

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