Bernard Baruch, Park Bench Statesman

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CHAPTER THREE

Now that Dr. Baruch's practice was producing an income sufficient to permit her a little leisure, Mrs. Baruch was finding a new vocation. She had a flair for charity entertainments and in planning them became associated with Mrs. J. Hood Wright, wife of a member of the firm of Drexel, Morgan & Co. When the J. Hood Wright Hospital was established, later, Dr. Baruch was appointed a visiting physician for that institution.

Mrs. Baruch was happy for another reason. At Camden there had been no synagogue. In fact, save for their immediate families (even Mrs. Mannes Baum was a relative of Miss Belle) there were few of their faith near by. She had always insisted that the children dress up on Saturdays, and this was the only day the little boys wore shoes. They also dressed up on Sundays to conform with local custom, but not to the extent of wearing shoes. But she had longed for regular religious services, and these the Baruchs now had.

Bernard studied German under a professor named Hofstadt, who amused his students by taking snuff and startled them by "blowing his nose mightily" in a big red handkerchief. He studied Hebrew under Dr. Mendes, a Portuguese rabbi. By the time he was eighteen he could speak and read German and French fairly well and could read Latin well and Greek "with a little difficulty." This "little difficulty" must have been slight indeed, for

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  • Title Page iii
  • Illustrations v
  • Chapter One 1
  • Chapter Two 13
  • Chapter Three 21
  • Chapter Four 28
  • Chapter Five 37
  • Chapter Six 45
  • Chapter Seven 54
  • Chapter Eight 63
  • Chapter Nine 70
  • Chapter Ten 79
  • Chapter Eleven 89
  • Chapter Twelve 98
  • Chapter Thirteen 108
  • Chapter Fourteen 117
  • Chapter Fifteen 126
  • Chapter Sixteen 134
  • Chapter Seventeen 145
  • Chapter Eighteen 158
  • Chapter Nineteen 169
  • Chapter Twenty 181
  • Chapter Twenty-One 195
  • Chapter . . . Twenty-Two 207
  • Chapter Twenty-Three 218
  • Chapter Twenty-Four 228
  • Chapter Twenty-Five 238
  • Chapter Twenty-Six 250
  • Chapter Twenty-Seven 262
  • Chapter Twenty-Eight 272
  • Chapter Twenty-Nine 284
  • Chapter Thirty 297
  • Chapter Thirty-One 303
  • Index 311
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