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again, this time for a loan of $17,000. In the meantime, Gold­
schnapp, learning that Duncan’s father, Beasely Powell, had
committed an act of treason against the American army, extorts
$20,000 from the father as the condition for not revealing the
crime. He gives $17,000 of this to Duncan as a loan and keeps
the remaining $3,000 for himself.
Soon Duncan comes again fo ra loan. This time Goldschnapp
consents to lend him money on condition that he marry his
daughter, Ruth, and tha t she receive as her dower the Kirsh-
wood estate which Duncan owns and an additional $20,000. This
comes as a surprise to Duncan, bu t Goldschnapp explains that
his daughter is half-Christian.
Matters continue to go badly for Duncan and he loses every­
thing, including Ruth. Furious that the Jew had at first promised
him his daughter and now that he has been brought low refuses
to let her marry him, he plots to kidnap Ru th with the aid
of his ruffian friends. While carrying out this plot he is killed
by Goldschnapp who mistakes him for a robber.
T h e M y s t e r i e s o f M a n c h e s t e r , b y
Chandler Eastman Potter.
Boston, 1844.
Benson, a counterfeiter, suspecting tha t Judah Israel, a “Jew
peddler” of watches and jewelry, may reveal his illegal practice,
brutally murders him. Benson’s helper, Hadley, questions the
wisdom of taking the gold watches and jewelry from the dead
man’s boxes. T o this, Benson replies:
“Why simply, because Judah Israel is a foreigner, the agent
of a foreign house—no one bu t his employer will care for him
or his goods; of course, we can keep what’s in our possession”
(p. 14).
T h e C l i p p e r Y a c h t , o r M o l o c h , t h e M o n e y L e n d e r , b y
Joseph
Holt Ingraham. Boston, 1845.
Enoch Moloch, a Jewish moneylender, manipulates matters
so as to get young T udo r Dauling to marry his beautiful niece,
Rachel. When Dauling comes to him for a loan, Moloch recog­
nizes him to be the legitimate son of the wealthy Duke, Henry
Tudor.
Many years before, the Duke, then a student, had struck
Moloch when the latter refused to take off his hat to a signpost
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