We come now to a consideration of the prosperity of the class to which I have the honor to belong. It is an ambiguous group, neither fish, flesh, nor fowl. The Lynds ally it with the business class, though many of us-- clerks, laboratory men, surgeons--do much work with our hands. We comprise everybody who is not a farmer, a manual laborer, or an owner (capitalist, landlord, top executive). Three main sub-divisions are to be found in our ranks:
Clerks, superintendents, under executives, "white- collar" workers.
Storekeepers and merchants (except merchant princes).
Professional people--doctors, lawyers, engineers, artists, writers, teachers, newspaper men, politicians, actors, musicians, etc.
In the first and third category fall most government employees, a tremendous group in itself, comprising over one million persons.
Some of us are very well-to-do indeed. Certain lawyers,