HETTY GREEN'S MILLIONS:
HOW SHE CAUSED THE RECENT
FAILURE OF JOHN J. CISCO & SON
The friends of the house say that if Mrs. Green had taken up the loan made to her husband it would not have been forced to suspend. It makes her largely responsible for the failure and subjects her to much criticism for the selfishness which actuated her conduct towards a firm which for twenty years has acted as her financial agent, collecting her interest and looking after her interest, besides guarding with honor the securities held by it in trust for her, amounting to the enormous total of $25,000,000. The friends say that if, under a strong pressure, the firm had but used for a day or two a million or more of her securities in its possession, it might have bridged over the gulf and saved itself from financial wreck.
Quoted in Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America's First Female Tycoon, by Charles Slack, (Ecco, 2004).