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Story of the Career of the Shamrock's
Owner?A Lad Who Had a Dream
Which He Never For a Moment
Forgot ?? Its Full Reali
ALL America Is standing on tip- i
toe. From the busy offices ot
Wall street, New \ York, to the
crowdud wharfs of Seattle, from the I
lumber camps of northern Michigan to
the Mexican border line, every good
American is looking anxiously toward
Sandy Hook, waiting for the first news
of the great international yacht race.
Which will it be? Will it be the
Stanch Columbia, the Power of the west,
or the licet Shamrock, the pride of the
Emerald Isle and the old world? Will
the cup of the old America, which Un?
cle Sam has held so long, remnln with
us, or will it bo carried triumphantly
back to England by Sir Thomas Llplon
.and his Clyde built racer?
Such questions only time can answer.
Today everything stands In doubt. The
early conlldcnco of the American
yachtsmen who once grew enthusiastic
over the beautiful lines and the airy
lightness of the Columbia has been
somewhat shaken since the ominous
looking Shamrock has been Puttering
up and down the Jersey coast like a
frightened' gull after her astounding
dash across the Atlantic. Splendid as are
the lines und the sailing qualities of the
Columbia, there has been a feeling of
vague uneasiness since the Irish racer
has stretched her canvas In American
waters. "A dark horse." say old sea
dogs sagely, with a wise wag of weather
beaten bends, " a dark horse, an mighty
But the Interest will not all be on one
side. While the Montana cowboy nnd
. the Michigan lumberman are waiting
been a strange history. In that history
there is a key to the present situation.
Sir Thomas is a man of originality.
He defies and always has defied prec?
He likes to have a public shock up his
I their odorous hales, and he often snld
1 to himself that when he was big ho was
going to own great ships and send
cargoes of tea In them all over the
I world. But most of all he liked to see
I the yachts that went up and down the
I Clyde und said that some day he should
like to own the best and fastest yacht
In the world. Even when ho became
I a messenger boy in a Glasgow station?
ary house he often used to steal down
to the docks and watch the white sails
go up and down past the dirty shipping
that crowded the river front.
"When 1 am 01b," the messenger boy
earning 2 shillings and C perrce a week
used to say, "1 shall be a rich man. 1
i am going to have a yacht of my own.
j It will he the fastest yacht that was
i ever made."
I Then the messenger boy would start
I out on his rounds through the great,
i gloomy Scotch city. But he did not do
lonese are picking and packing and
sorting tens. Each one of them labors
for Tommle Lipton.
Four hundred nnd twenty flourishing
business houses now stand in Great Brit?
ain alone, each one bearing the name of
Thomas Lipton. In Chicago and Omaha
he ownsabattolrs thnt could supply the
whole British army with meat. In his
employ arc 10.000 whites and a far
greater number of blacks scattered
throughout the remoter regions of this
earth. When the Princess of Wales
finds her jubilee dinner fund falling
through, this man takes out his check?
book and nonchalantly writes out a
check for $125.000 to so toward feeding
the poor of London. He is knighted by
his sovereign as a reward for his
munificent charities. He owns a beau?
tiful place, a veritable palace, at
Osidge: he travels In special trains, he
. gives half a million to found eating
[friends he is'still known itrvHl ' "
There are other men wbj ?
wealthy as Sir Thomas T.'i tor.' nr0 08
there nro many way. of but thin
wealth. Upton's succt ... liasc5ui,'*nsf
reward of energy a e&rr'*" th0
deavor and uncompro islne*!1 ?u*
The story of his strut es i.'.onostr.
to all the final success ? th ilnR UP
busy life has been ci ? \necl -lc1, nis
written out in full, wo . * reilf l'v?r
romance. Mho a
i When this man todav .i.-es
deck of his beautiful sw mi yr'? V"?-*.
and cliauces to feel tin >u^b Erin
tllators the fetid air sd .. ng *e xcn~
the boiler rooms below, ? \vD ?rl),u
ably recall the days whei <y t' Prol>
of his own brow In Just su h a' sweHt
room he worked tits passage 'ul'nace
York as a stoker on at ocei.0 New
That flight from Glasgow v.as t' ,iner
ing of the man. Sir Thomas J ,uak
contosses tliat his early life J'mselt
pcrlences In the United States tld ex"
salvation. It Americanized h!re hls
put n razor edge on his alread^1, 11
wits and gave him an extra '< sbarp
shrewdness: it tauglit htm to josc ?*
a chance when he saw one. Thnn} at
i why, after knocking about the 1 was
W$Vantea ?* to..- Afl^h^jW^owXli'i'to'i
hablt of saying.'-he used' to'Wdrk'S& out,
of the 24 hours" of the day. ;;,Thcn: hVf
decided to advertise.1'..It ;^waa*hii?V'fh>fc
venture along a line in which hV- haa
since distinguished himself, and it was
significant. He bought 20 of the big?
gest hogs In all Scotland. He had them
decorated with gayly colored ribbons.;
Then ho had them labeled "Lip ton's
Monsters" and driven through the
streets of Glasgow. A sensation fol?
lowed. The sedate old Scotch wives of
that sedate old Scotch town were as?
tounded. Such a thing had never be?
fore been in the memory of man!
Everybody took to talking of the affair.'
and people boge.n to Hock to. the Lipton
shop. Just to sec what It was like. So ]
many people came that the shop grew
too small. The idea of a second placo
in the same city occurred to the
prosperous young merchant. So a sec
? ond shop was secured, and then a third,
(and then still more, until London was
I invaded nnd the provinces of England
were studded with them, and they were
even token to Ireland, and the name of
Lipton became associated with the best
tea and the finest hams that could be
bought with a limited pocketbook.
Each new shop was opened with o
brass band and a parade. Each estab?
lishment, too. was lighted with elec?
tricity and shone like a star beside the
dingier Inmplightvd rivals about it.'
Business went up by leaps and bounds.
Ilofore he could realize it Lipton found
himself the biggest retail tradesman in
With the acquisition of wealth came
the desire to realize a long cherished
ambition. He had 420 stores through?
out Croat Britain und CO in London
alone. Hut he wanted to go still
farther. He wanted to do away with
the middleman, to grow his own tea
on his own-plantations and kill his own
hogs, and In doing so be able to sell to
his millions of customers goods the
quality of which did not depend upon
the honesty or dishonesty of the pro?
ducer and wholesaler.
The Idea was laughed at. Upton let
them laugh. lie took a quiet little trip
across the Atlantic, and before he re?
turned to ICngland he had started a
provision factory of his own in the city
of Chicago. At the present time 3.000
hogs are killed each day In that same
factory. Englishmen seemed to like
those Upton hams, for soon afterward
for the first word from New York the
.Prince of Wales will probably be pacing
anxiously up and down the velvet plleil
carpets of Buckingham palace watching
for the first word of the race to tlasli
across the wide Atlantic. While the
crowded excursion steamers of New
York harbor arc churning and panUng
after the two flying clouds of white
?'canvas the emperor of Germany will
be impatiently pulling his Imperial
rnuntnehios and wondering how his sail?
ors, who were sent over to help man
the Irish racer, have done their work.
In faroff Ceylon C.000 half naked men
and women sweating among the vast
hillside tea plantations of their great
white master will pass around the word
that their great white sahib and the
while men of the new world are making
strange trials of speed with little ships
that are all sail and no body. And as
the fragrant bales of tea are picked and
packed many rupees will be slyly put
up in wagers against the ship of the
now world. And when the last race is
lost and won and the news has gone
scurrying on a thousand singing wires
nil about the world, and while extras
are being pounded out in sun scorched
Bindras und newsboys are crying the
news In the frost laden air of Edmon?
ton, there will cither be tears in thu
eyes of Uncle Sam or pandemonium in
lower New York bay.
For never before in the history of the
world has a boat race attracted greater
attention. The great machinery of
states and kingdoms will stop, the
' wheels of commerce will slacken and
when It is all over a few million people
will sny "I told you so!"
In the meantime Sir Thomas .Tohn
stone I.lpton, the titled owner of the
Shamrock, ^frnds himself the most
talked about man In two hemi?
spheres. And with Sir Thomas there
io much to talk about. His has
sleeve. All his life he has b?en trump- |
ing aces. Has lie still another trump
hidden away up the sleeve of that im?
maculate white yachting suit of his?
Thirty-six years ago a ragged little
urchin used to sit on the busy docks
that fringe the Ttiver Clyde at Glasgow.
He spoke with a brogue and had few
friends among the wharf rats of the
city. So he used to sit on the edge of
the docks and dream day dreams. With
eyes of bright Irish blue he used to
watch the merchantmen and the
schooners and the small sailing craft
going eternally back ami forth. He
liked to watch them and the yachts
that w'ent skimming back and forth
with broad, white wings.
The boy's name was Torn'mle Llpton.
He was also very fond of watching the
big tea veauels from China .unloading
.is most boys. He did not forgot his ]
The boyish fancy took root in bis
breast. lie still said he was going to be
a rich man some day. owning-great tea
vessels laden with fragrant chests.
Thirty-six years have passed since
the ragged little boy on the edge of a
Glasgow dock said that some- day he
would be rich ami own a yacht. What
lias happene:1 since that time?
Today the once ranged little Tommle
Uipton has a fottune. of SDO.OOO.COO. At
vast warehouse docks in Colombo, Cey?
lon, He fleets of vessels loading with
chests of fragrant tea?tea smelling Just
as it did in the nose-of the little Scot?
tish-Irish boy "who used to watch the
shipsamong thodocksdf Glasgow. Thosn
fleets now balong to that same little
boy. Today over 0,000 half naked Coy
houses In T,ondon, ho chums with the
Duke of York and hobnobs with the
Prince of Wales, ho crosses the Atlantic
in his palatial private yacht, the Erin,
but above and beyond all this, he is the
owner and the manager of the beautiful
and mysteriously constructed yacht
which Is the challenger for the historic
cr.(> of the beloved old America. The
ragged little Irish lad who onco wan?
dered about the streets of the gloomy
Scotch city Is now Sir Thomas Lipton,
the merchant king of the united em?
pire. But In the gray blue eyes of tins
opulent merchant king there Is still
the samo old merry twlnklo that lurked
there 36 years ng<$. Sordid and un?
scrupulous ways of . buaincsa -have
never come to England's great- mer
ehnnt to embitter his heart and dull
his sympathies. Today among hi*
States for awhile, young Lipton saw
there was money In the sroecry busi?
ness In Glassow If any one could only
Yankeefy the methods of carrying on
such a business.
in some way or another his humble
but hardworking parfenls had scraped
up the vast fortune of $100?vast in?
deed for British working people?during
their son's wanderings about America.
With this as a loan young Lip ton start?
ed a little provision store In a narrow
street of Glasgow, not a pretentious af?
fair, to be sure, for he was his own
salesman, and his own bookkeeper, anil
his own porter, and his uwn delivery
wagon. It .was hard work, but ho was
happy. In the evening ho put up his
tdiuiter.y himself and in the morning
he himself took them down. Business
increased, but not so fast as young Lip"
another factory had to be started at ;
Then the tea "business began 10 de? I
yelop. When Lipton's success as a
provision merchant became the talk of
commercial circles in London, a number
of metropolitan bankers who had loaned
money to certain Ceylon tea planters
went to the big merchant and invited
him to go Into lea planting. They were
afraid of their investments and trem?
bled for the Interest on the faraway
loans they hnd made. They thought
they might unload on Lipton. They
suggested he buy the plantations on
which they had taken foreclosure pro-;
ceodlngs. They swore there were mil?
lions In it. They set Lipton thinking.
Lut Lipton did not decide at once.
He packed his valise and went to Cey?
lon. He went over the plantations, no
one guessing who he was or the object
of his visit. He liked the appearance
of those plantations very much. They
fitted into his general scheme of things.
He cabled to the London bankers, offer?
ing them a very low figure for their
plantations. "Can't you do better?"'
cabled bach the bankers. Lipton knew
the plantations wore his at his own
I That is how "Upton's Tens" became a
byword throughout the world. He saw
how the ruinous dirt and waste of the
primitive Chinese method of preparing
and packing the leaf was losing money
for every tea planter, in the east. He'
put In machinery, clean and economical
affairs that allowed him to undersell
his rivals, ond gave the worklngman of
England good tea to drink at a most
I reasonable figure.
In a few year's tho now notorious
Ernest Terah Hooley offered $12.500,000
for the Lipton business. Lipton.declln
ed with thanks, Instead of selling.put
. he himself turned the business over to
' a corporation, and English capitalists
nor whs n?
of the true*
witb: the i
000 to - fourid^
London, fc' '
boy, bOcntfW St
ster Yacht? cl'iit
lenged for theK
icr.'a cup, thcr,
'airs in Great
;hc ?'preterifiptf.. .
of Europe" - son n
culty.. Jt-must ov/\
whomso e veiK, tt a': ffn
nobs with is .ria ipu\<
glorifies him, tit onceg.
merchant prince and'ft1
tea seller, cotxid be as^'-ii?1$}h
man as a bprn'noidemanYanj*
respecting a'; ynehtsmnaethi
raven, the tipper clasies. be.
lent and said tbitt Sir Thpi'ni
such a bad feji?.v after'ill..
? In London thai* when' Lord
declined to alloy- Llpton t
[Valkyrie in'asjv trial'jior,.
I the new chailepger the Prince
himself silently ,i but sjgrilfici
buked the chlldiibly snobbisL
offering to the Irish sportsman
yacht, the :Britannia., . .Th?/pE
fnatter, took a great personalIri
the trial races, atid'so ivh,
Lipton sailed for 'A(-vfV'i
he found those EnklEor^
had at first lo?ked;^^t?3n
yacht with a jeal'?u*.
to be recognized birV
rock's owner.' Since
lea, too, Sir Thomas h ?
one of the best of sport
amiability and kindliness!
lins won many friends-,
camps of the enemy. AridL^L
it so falls out that the .hlat^i?^cn^lyoii:,
the old America must go"..^^^^^?^.'
land, there Is no one whom^^^ene?nB;
would prefer to see carrying it;'bo^k'lrt',
triumph than Sir Thomai:LJife^?l]fil'ni^
self. But whether It! goes' br-^ot^I?p?l>(
together another tpiestlpu. V. -t? .'tho
Shamrock does win.and the 'cu^;'i^.'iwxffii|
tied back across the yuiar?fl[cy
dream of the little -Scot
who used to watch the ships'/jfrjo
docks of Glasgow "(Shall htfyA'
renllaed, and he who was on^',,'
as Tommie Lfpton will own the'i
yacht in the world. .
ROGER TP. BAJT "
nlnd "by his';;;.
lu the ener
me ciyxys cur-.
itishrMsb'. hoy :;?
STOllIES OP ROSA nOJIEtQtlUc
Here is one of the ?'mSn^'gtorJest H\
that are being told in Paris' ot the' latj '
eccentric painter, Rosa BQiibfifajr;'
After she had cut her long:'ha|r7and ',v- %.
shortened her pettiooats she; to. the In?
tense disgust of her fathe.r-';'brought
home one day a pair- of trousers-, Which
she resolutely put on,In spite.;o?.;every
tiling said by the other inexnbtifs ? of '
the family. This attire -provsd;jia'ier---' :r
on to be the most ebhv'<mlen?;y/fo^^^
her to go about with in. the.'-'fields,'''-. -'?>,
the slaughter houses, the - villa.g^&lrsv;^
and various other places. ;
I in spite of her love for j'roaso?iVno
1 dress, however. Rosa, was" too-r(iueoV-pf'- ':-'-:
an artist to admire it in othpr^womon,'
who wero not,
like her, destln- I
ed to live In ab- [
ther had obtain?
ed the direction
of a public
school of draw?
ing, which he
attended two or|
week. After his I
took a great In- [
torest in the pu?
a desire to suc?
ceed him, and
equal the love
among the girls, whose sole''ami?t]foi
was to resemble "dear, mademoiselle!'*
Hut they wont too far; for, 'one rnoi;~
Ing, as Rosa Bonheur entered;
schoolroom with her firm .'stepVandli^
expansive smile, she stopped !sh?rtv^ni
raised her arms in amazement. :"Hca'
of little Idiots!" she soreame? In'a tij!
of ludicrous but real . de^peraitio
"What have you done?"
They had all cut their hnJr'qh?rlXjt
honor to their beloved miatresin^ffiS
round nob! -"'?5!^^Sa
It was not a joke. Rosa T\'as furiQUtj;
"Goodby, sottise Alias!" she said: "yi
won't see mo again till your hair h
grown again; I will not teach mo
And It requlre.d no end of persuaslor
to coax her round again. ''-Tl^ffi^H
SEW ZEALAND DltlSK CTBf?.
In New Zealand a man who idrtuk*;.
too much for his own good may b? sumir
moned before any, Justice Of-the p^cVj
on complaint of any , member bfv pl!*
family or other person' Interested.! Wit*
neSses are then heard, and If,-lt'.cs^ti-.Y"'"2
proved that he "misspends, wastea.tM...
lessens hls'estate, generallyjhiurys^Bja
health and.''.endangers.,'akd. -.'f.nt.oi^Ei^&J
the peace and happiness of his."[Jf?^?g"""
the magistrate will Issue a wrlt^alc
der to ali liquor dealers wlttilu Ills Jri
diction .forbidding them to ^iji^'lsj^
wit,h any intoxicating liciiiors Yt?>
period of 12 months. . S
Dr. Aael Ames will' go on r?cc
one fit the' greatest, vacclnatloiiV
ngers of modera times, Ho rccsntly,
charge of, administering!'?, th?> vlrs
bvfcfl Lomooft; j>$rtc> ?Kfo?iife,t'''*