A Hidden Double Acrostic

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In the October 10, 1885, issue of Golden Days, a Mrs. Harris contributed the following ingenious verse with two acrostics (one of them is partially hidden) without sacrificing either meter or rhyme:

He squanders recklessly his cash
In cultivating a mustache;
A shameless fop is Mr. Dude,
Vain, shallow, fond of being viewed.
‘Tis true that he is quite a swell —
A smile he has for every belle;
What time he has to spare from dress
Is taken up with foolishness —
A witless youth, whose feeble brain
Incites him oft to chew his cane.
Leave dudes alone, nor ape their ways,
Male readers of these Golden Days.

The first one is easy. After a bit of searching, you will find that the last letter of each line spells out HEEDLESSNESS.

How about the other one? The fourth letters of the lines spell out QUANTITATIVE.

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