The Money Master Being the Curious History of Jean Jacques Barbille, His Labors, His Loves and His Ladies by Gilbert Parker. Jean Jacques Barbille had the French Canadian life of pageant, pomp, and place extraordinarily developed. His love of history and tradition was abnormal. A genius, he was, within an inch, a tragedy to the last button. Probably the adventurous spirit of his forefathers played a greater part in his development and in the story of his days than anything else.