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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 31, 1913, Image 7',
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unloaded on. a guUable -public -as no
man .ever did before.
Morganutilized'the panic of 1907
to get tn&chfef rival of 'the giant steel
trust, the" Tennessee Coal & Iron
Company, out of the way., He sent
representatives to 'President Roose
velt and the latter approved the mer
ger which tooktheT: C. & I. out of
the market. ,
Away from business, Morgan was
a remarkableeater. He liked the good
things pf"likeThe;richest viands ap
pealed to :His 'appetite. He exulted in
Anna Morgan, .well-known, charity
. - worker.
.... I i
. surrounding himself with, regal lux
ury. ' ,t ,t
Yachts and- palaces ' were common
r so Morgan becamea collector.
He paid $25,000 for arrare bible
but, never opened- it $5,000 for an
engraving, '$25;000 for a rug; $30,000
for a bronze Hercules, 1,000,000 for
a coUectionof painted panels. One of
his. agents paid $150,000 for a fake
Gainsborough. Yet he had none of
the. passions, of the real collector. He
merely demanded results.
Morgan bought entire collections,
not single pieces.
Morgan was married twice. His
first -wife died 'after a year. In, 1865
hej married Miss Francis Louise
Tracy, who survives him. They had
four .children, three daughters and
the new head of the house of Morgan,
J. P. Morgan, Jr.
' . HOLDING THE FORT
Raw recruits were the men, but the
sergeant-in-charge was an old cam
paigner, up to every single move..
The sergeant was waiting for his
commanding officer qutsicje a com
fortable and. inviting hostelry, rejoic
ing in the name of, the Old Apple
Tree, and he resolved to. pass the
time in teaching' his "rookies") out
postduty. "You three men," he said, pointing
to a sturdy trio, "will go to the east
end of the street; three moreof you
will march to the west end; the re
maining force will guard tbe side
streets and turnings, and our cap
tain is supposed to be the, enemy."
The men displayed .remarkable in
terest in the instructions.
"This, little hotel," continued the
P-sergeant,' "represents the camp, and
wnen you sigm me enemy, raise ine
alarm and fall back Jt on the main
body that's 'myself." '
"And what will you do, .sergeant?"
asked one of the recruits timidly..
"Me?" came the reply. "Oh, I'll
go inside the fort, and there attend
to supplies, ammunition and thatsort
of thing!" -
The good widow was about to sell
her household furniture, her rugs,
plated' ware and what not. As she
was going over these articles her
eyes filled with tears; a host. of mem
ories rose to her mind, and, laying
aside a half-dozen knives, she said:
"Oh, dear! I can't let these go:
They've been in poor. George's mouth
too. often!" , -