As the title says: Do Agents start chapters with Ether like gentlemen?
It is also stated in the setup-chapter of the rules:
5 . GATHER STARTING EQUIPMENT
Each Gentlemen and Agent starts with a number
of Ether tokens, represented by the number on the
Ether icon on their Dashboard. In addition,
some Gentlemen may also begin the game with
1 or more Equipment cards, also listed on their
Dashboard. Take these tokens/cards and place them
on their matching Dashboard.