you are right in refusing Prince Saldem's offer, for I promise you, you shall be a princess, even without the title, and the great and noble shall bow as low before your riches as if they were a ducal diadem."
Elise shook her head with a melancholy smile: "I have no desire for such homage, and I despise the base metal with which you can buy everything."
"Despise it not!" cried her father, "prize it rather! Gold is a holy power; it is the magic wand of Moses which caused springs to gush forth from the sterile rock. See, my child--I, who despise all the rank and honors which the world can offer me, I tell you gold is the only thing for which I have any respect. But a man must perceive and understand the secret of this magic power. He who strives for wealth only to possess it is a heartless fool, and his fate will be that of Midas--he will starve in the midst of his treasures. But he who strives for wealth for the purpose of giving, he will discover that money is the fountain of