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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 zatioa . 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 unsartin lookin!" 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? edent. 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 $125.000 to so toward feeding the poor of London. He is knighted by his sovereign as a reward for his munificent charities. He owns a beau? tiful place, a veritable palace, at Osidge: he travels In special trains, he . gives half a million to found eating [friends he is'still known itrvHl ' " ?millionaire." \joi3ierry There are other men wbj ? wealthy as Sir Thomas T.'i tor.' nr0 08 there nro many way. of but thin wealth. Upton's succt ... liasc5ui,'*nsf reward of energy a e&rr'*" th0 deavor and uncompro islne*!1 ?u* The story of his strut es i.'.onostr. to all the final success ? th ilnR UP busy life has been ci ? \necl -lc1, nis written out in full, wo . * reilf l'v?r romance. Mho a i When this man todav .i.-es deck of his beautiful sw mi yr'? V"?-*. and cliauces to feel tin >u^b Erin tllators the fetid air sd .. ng *e xcn~ the boiler rooms below, ? \vD ?rl),u ably recall the days whei <y t' Prol> of his own brow In Just su h a' sweHt room he worked tits passage 'ul'nace York as a stoker on at ocei.0 New That flight from Glasgow v.as t' ,iner ing of the man. Sir Thomas J ,uak contosses tliat his early life J'mselt pcrlences In the United States tld ex" salvation. It Americanized h!re hls put n razor edge on his alread^1, 11 wits and gave him an extra '< sbarp shrewdness: it tauglit htm to josc ?* a chance when he saw one. Thnn} at i why, after knocking about the 1 was Jnited W$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 England; 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 ] dream. 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 ; Omaha._ j 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 figure. 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 $12.500,000 for the Lipton business. Lipton.declln ed with thanks, Instead of selling.put . he himself turned the business over to ' a corporation, and English capitalists mm personseb? c?x?. Ihadyi nor whs n? in disg?^$rf of the true* witb: the i his ehe'cki 000 to - fourid^ London, fc' ' poor, whereof food at'It'snt^ sovereign. 'say generosity .'wU Lipton,' 'onte.s boy, bOcntfW St wtieni^ln'liti^l ster Yacht? cl'iit lenged for theK icr.'a cup, thcr, iristacrats^c?img 'airs in Great ;hc ?'preterifiptf.. . irisiocratsVby ii^fjfi worth, -an?WtKaM parvenu spbHs'mai their rarik?jyvitut$' of Europe" - son n culty.. Jt-must ov/\ whomso e veiK, tt a': ffn nobs with is .ria ipu\< social ran.tvrfeucfj'fe,-, glorifies him, tit onceg. Edward erewJ-'khdmray merchant prince and'ft1 tea seller, cotxid be as^'-ii?1$}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 prevent...an.y\.mlsuudernta.9fii.n. 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 " on;rt.^Mjint ^tt'tdrriself nlnd "by his';;;. ^?'jraodestry-\ cVlh/:tho.V 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- [ normal condl f*?* fn ther had obtain? ed the direction of a public school of draw? ing, which he attended two or| three times week. After his I death Rosa,Who took a great In- [ torest in the pu? pils, manifested a desire to suc? ceed him, and nothing could equal the love "irnd?asimtrntlorr she Inspired 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 sters!" 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'''* V!/??-?'