NEW YORK LETTER
New York, Jan. 14. William
Rockefeller was known as a shy
man long before the Pujo com
mittee sleuths got after him. His
brother, Johrr., dislikes public
ity, but accepts it good-naturedly
when it is forced upon him. Wil
liam has an absolute horror of
courts, of newspapers, of report
ers, of photographers.
It is said of him that he has
never had a lawsuit as a private
This little-knojm multimillion
aire has other interesting traits.
He is one of the most courteous of
individuals. He has always smok
ed a great deal, and he smokes
very excellent cigars. But if he is
dictating to a stenographer and
a puff of smoke drifts the stenog
rapher's way he will apologize,
and by opening a window or
changing his position make sure
that there will be no further an
noyance. He is very serious and one of
the greatest economists in the use"
of words that the world has ever
known. As a listener he always
gives satisfaction. When a prop
osition is being laid before him he
doesn't do anything except listen
until it has all been unfolded.
Then, if he doesn't cars for it, he
says "No." And that's all he will
say. No reason, no discussion.
If he is favorably inclined it
doesn't take many words to close
Many Wall street men say that
William Rockefeller is the big
gest .speculator in stocks, in
America. If the reports of the ex
tent of his operations are true,
and if he could guess right every
time, he would have gathered to
United States before this. But,
with all his wealth and his "inside
information," he gets bumped
now and then like any other spec
ulator. On his estate at Tarrytown
there are hundreds' of squirrels.
In the early fall, each yeais the
purchasing agent of the Standard
Oil Co. buys for Mr. Rockefeller
twenty barrels of hickory nuts to
feed the furry tenants during the
snowy months. Samples have to
be submitted. The purchasing
agent keeps a nutcracker at his
office for this yearly event. Rock
efeller cracks and eats nuts from
the various samples submitted
and thus decides with whom the
order shall be placed.
Like John D., William is fond
of bread and milk, and it usually
constitutes his lunch. He is one
of the greatest lovers of the trot
ting horse in America.
An old country woman entered .
a drug store in an old market
town one morning and carefully
looked over a case containing,
fancy soaps. "I'll take one cake
ot soap UKe tnai, sne saiu ai
1orVi nnintincr nut the kind she
required. "Will you have it scent
ed or not?" asked the druggist.
"Oh, I'll just take it along with
me," said she.
Unfortunately, counter feit
money still continues to be a
thing of the passed.
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