Letters & remittances attested that emigrants were making a success, but the most convincing and unanswerable evidence was the reappearance of the expatriate himself. The visit of one of these adventurers was a demonstration no village could ignore, & gave rise to many stories of the good fortune that had come to the once-pitied refugees of the "hunger years." Conversation & the press repeated stories of the penniless servant who was now a rich merchant, the apprentice who was the master of 100 employees, the poor tenant who owned scores of acres. Not only success, but rapid success was the recurring theme.
- Marcus Hansen, The Atlantic Migration, p. 154-55