SEQUELS: Mother Knew Better

Hetty Green well deserved her reputation as "The Witch of Wall Street." A genius at stock speculation and a hard-hearted moneybags, she was ever ready to foreclose on a church mortgage or haggle over the price of a peck of potatoes. She lived in grubby solitude in a $12-a-week boarding house in Hoboken. When she died in 1913, she left a $100 million fortune—and a daughter trained in most respects to carry on.

Like her mother, Mrs. Hetty Sylvia Rowland Green Wilks was a lonely, frugal recluse. She dwelt alone in a Manhattan apartment, wore cheap, drab clothing, doted on newspaper...

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