Business & Finance: Era's End

Money makes noise. There is money in the screams of locomotive brakes, rumble of subways, shrieks of factory whistles, whirr of machinery, cracks of pile drivers, cries of peddlers. There is "big money" in the clamor of exchanges, in the shouts of bidders, the scurrying of page boys, the ringing of telephones, the rattle of tickers. When money is plentiful, easy, the world's marts are thunderous with the din of handling it, transmuting it, losing or winning it. But when money is scarce, tight, there is silence.

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