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Whether it is because gold has depreciated in value, owing to the increase in its production, or whether it is because of good times resulting from good crops and other good things that tend to prosperity, we do not know, and it does not matter; but, whatever the cause, the prices of all the necessities and luxuries of life— except a few articles whose cost of production has lessened by improved machinery—have enormously increased during the last few years. This is common knowledge. Likewise it is well known that the shoemaker, the bricklayer, the carpenter and artisans of all kinds, as well as the hod-carrier and the day laborer, are receiving from 25 to 100 per cent, higher wages than they did ten or fifteen years ago. The lawyer is not hesitating to charge for preparing a brief double what he charged ten years ago—and he gets it. Even the
LIFE INSURANCE EXAMINATION FEES. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(18):1380–1381. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510450054009
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