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coarse features, thick lips, his small, gray eyes, possessing a
peculiar restlessness, together with a certain insolence. . . .
H e exhibited with a certain vu lgar swagger, the richness he
possessed . . . he smiled to some and frowned at others . . . a
smile, a little inclination o f head . . . a sneer and con temptu­
ous look . . . as the occasion requ ired .29
H e is a true son o f his father. M oney is their passion. Outward ly
pious, they worship Mammon only. T h e caricature is o f an imm i­
grant Jew and son, ignorant, coarse, grasping, cruel and dece it­
ful, yet acting the part o f pious philanthropists.
An d when a large army o f work ing peop le complained most
bitterly that “ Zamzumowsky and Son” tyrannized and op ­
pressed them, and starved them in the bargain, no one was
found to even listen to them; and they were put down in the
estimation o f the world and were denounced as Anarchists
and outlaws.30
But Nathaniel Disraeli
. . . was a lover o f knowledge. . . . His house was the ren ­
dezvous o f the intellectual element. . . . A lthough quite
young, he was already distinguished fo r his good deeds, and
won esteem e veryw h e re .31
T h e d ifference between the “ two kinds o f Jews” is sharply etched.
During “ a summer and autumn spent with them ,” the artist,
Joseph Pennell, depicted the Polish Jew in pictures and. words.
Am erica could see and read his impressions in
The Jew A t Home,
published in 1892.
T h e poo r Jew th inks . . . that once in Am e r ic a . . . his fortun e
is made; and he arrives there usually only to be sweated as he
was at h om e . . . . T h e r e is no more pathetic f igu re in history
than this poo r wretch whom nobody wan ts .. . . W hen we see
him at a respectful distance, all ou r sympathies are stirred
and we welcome any movement in his behalf. But the better
we know him the more anxious we are that some one else,
not ourselves, should be chosen to solve his p rob lem .32
29 A .H . Frankel,
In Gold We Trust,
Philadelphia, 1898, p. 7, 8.
30
Ibid.,
p. 21.
31
Ibid.,
p. 54.
32 Joseph Pennell,
The Jew A t Home,
N .Y ., 1892, pp. 102-105.