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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1913, Lethbridge, Alberta BOOTH, CANADA'S TIMBER EMPEROR Cot His Start on Roar} to Wealtli When He Bought a Timber Limit. WAS WORTH A MILLION But He Paid Only $45.000-Has Been Very Generous', to His Employes. By ANSON A. GARD. TIMBER "Eings" are so numerous that nothing: short of Timber "Emperor" will properly designate the. one and only J. R. Booth, since empires are so much larger tha.n kingdoms. Had Kins' Richard been emperor instead of king, the day that Khakespearo had him making his high bid for a horse, that ho might ''sa* e his bAeon"-r-no play on the possible VlDELIGnfADN'MEN'AND -\VOFlENIIf-TI THlVPUDLIC  EYE One after another dropped out, for the] tub, and thus foil into tlie trap. The price was going' beyond- oil precedent, > police had got him at last, and, as they seemed to think, beyond 1 Eor two years lm waa confined in all reason. "'e terrible fortress .if Peter nnd Paul, ""Thirty thousand dollars,, who says thirtr-tlve? Thirty-five I'bBv-e," "$116,-000." slowly came a bid, "Who, makes it $40,000?" Scarce had the auctioneer asked it till he ran on: "Forty I have!" "Forty-one," followed the drawling bidder, "Eorty-two, forty-three, forty-four, forty-five thousand! Going! Going! Last call. Alt done? Sold to .1. R. Booth!" Wad a thundcr-claP, from a clear sky, sounded, at that moment, It Mould not have startled that crowd wllh tho same consternation as did that: "Sold to J. R. Booth." Worth Oyer a Millipn ... E cannot pay for It!" front One. 'Not a tenth of it!"-., from another. "We have been' defrauded of our rights!" from a third,- ,'j;he auctioneer, in slow, measured Avoids, -replied: 'The limit is sold to J". R ,l=!doth H1 whore he underwent frightful hard whips. Then came his dramatic oscnpe, followed by a. flight across Finland to Sweden, and then England. Since that time he baa .inVs-r returned to ill mul he can pay for It! W*t1 Wnen .ths capitalist- ,7. R. Booth. Shakespeare-he'd wanted a whole learn in; exchange. No wonder' that the biographies oi dead men are questioned, when the live? of the living are so inaccurately told. But inaccuracies in writing of Mr. Booth are excusable, Sf ever, as he tells one So littls about, himself that one is tempted to guess at the reBt. I mind the first day I mot him, some ten years ago. 1 wertt down to his great mills beside the foaming Chaudiere, (t think it was foaming that day), and seeing d number of men, asked to have pointed out the one and only. "That is he." And tbe last one of the number whom I would have taken for the multi-millionaire, was the man designated. ".Mr, Bootb.'.'said L. "a, Yankee once went to see Barnum. 'JDon't want a thing, Mr Barhum," sa|d the Yankee, Must came' down to see you.* Same here- Just dropped In to see a m-m who had done things. Good day!"' "Hold on!" said he, as I was starting away.. And then I found the great ,T. R. aB genial as he is successful. He talked freely about everything but himself., ire is all too modest on that subject>fo.r a successful (nterviewt In fact, modesty- is his leading characteristics There is no ostentation about him \nriia.'teyer; He does nothing" for -showi-.' And this leads up to an incidental*1 story. One'of his sons was wont to frequ�ntT ly drWe out to a timber l)mlt, along a road on which was a country hotel, it which ho would stop for dinner.. One day J. R. himself was driving the| teatri;-"' As he started away, he tossed a -quarter to the obsequious stabler mam. "who said: "Say,'' Mister, the fellow what use-yeiy drives this hero! team tins'me a half dollar." "Yas, but," said Mr. Booth, jj9,"-started out to se,pk. his fortune. He went over into Vermont to help byild �JurJdsos for the Vermont Central Railroad. In the year 1857 ho reached Ottawa, rented porter from 'one of the mills, and went to making, shingles; Ha made such good shingles that a capitalist was attracted to him and rme day showed how much he was i*.-tiacted, Hia First Timber Limit UjlV/HY don't 5'oti branch out ami V\r buy a limit?" asked the capl-i-list. "Tell me how'end I'll do it," said Mr. Booth. "Well, that's easy. One of. the .John Kjran limits is to be sold. ,Go and buy it and I'll back you.", And then Ue told him of a limit of forty-fivesquare miles, away to the west, of Ottawa. ,n the Madawaska Rlveri"' where by I lip way, he Inter was to build a, railway'and own it. At first he thought i bat the capitalist was hot in earnest, nut when he put his offer in writing, ,i. r. sent his cousin, Robert Booth, with estimators to lopk over the'limit. The day before the sale was-to be neld was an anstous day for hlrh. His prospectors had not returned, and he bs.d noV even heUrd-from, them, T-iS feared they would not reach Ottawa -Rut at 3 o'clock iph'tji* they came -*n? . .__ who was at the sule, and had wondered why-Booll'f-h'acl tfj not- put in a bid, as he thought-found m that he was in for $15,000, tie said a , 'whole lot of things. Among': Ptiters -'Iwssi "X will, give you $10,000 cash If you will throw up the Sale and Jet mo off." "No." came the wiso answer of the future emperor. "No;/you- could not buy me otr for all you arc worth. That limit is a fortune." -And so it has proved. After more lhim forty j'ears' cutting, It was valued at oyer $1,000,-000. , � � : - It was a start, -But what a very, very small start. Small compared, with the mora than C.OQQs'fluare miles ..of limits ho has since acquired. The Soy. ,thai left home for "something 'better than farming" later owned .the t-lwteor-, of' a country that would blot ou|! almost five. Rhode Islands, cover a Stale its lftrge-as Connecticut, and leave/ enough ,to cover another almost half;as big'". -Or to give an illustration, closer home, it would more than cover a strip six miles wido and reaching from Montreal to Port Arthur-a thousand mileti away. The man of 31, whom, we-might have soon standing at the little sltlngle mill doing his own sawing, is now, at 88, turning out, per year, 90,000,000 feet of lumber, and every working day or the whole year producing 320 tons of pulp -In all enough to load a train of cars nearly one hundred miles long-, I gave the stableman "tip" Incident for a purpose. Somp might think from it that the "Emperor'' is close iri motley matters. But ask the thousands of men who have during the'nearly one-half century worked, for h'lni, to 'whom they could freely go when in trouble; ask the hospital boards whose checks were 'always forthcoming when there was a need; ask of those behind any good thing for Ottawa, and they will tell you of a man who has nothing for show while giving freely of his thousands for real good. And that man is J, R- Booth. i'lina- Ktopothm lit time, morning But at of the sale They reported -that the timber Was aW most -Without; limit. "Trees standing like grass for number and in slsse and nuallty unexcelled," salo ooiisln fiobart. ' '.  ../:'' Buyers were there from far and near, Others,. too, had swt out -estlm^tprs and 'had learned of the wonderful pfu�i forest. The bidding- bees,me brisk; capital met capital, and the price rpje, higher and higher, At flri^t. no ppjae svss bid but what it met a quick raise, soon all bidders were known to the. veiled crowd. All? ^o, not all, Then! was a silent bidder, who winked his hid. " "Who Is ha7?!vaskea the others, 'j'ho face of each ihan in the roohi-^'as closely scanned. But the silent one was not suspected, vvruudl" cried an ox-..iicrrbiddpr. "No fraud;" answered, back U�e uuctio'nccr. "Alj bids are. ho.heKj." PRINCE KROPOTKIN THE fame of Prince Kropotkin has spread throughout the civilized world, and when he celebrated his seventieth birthdjay.  recently, ho was the recipient of congratulations from all quarters. Prince Kropotkin's career reads like a romance by Dumas. A member of one of the most ancient and noble houses in Russia, when a boy he belonged to the Tsar's corps Of pages, but as he gr?w .up Ms soul .revolte'd against serfdom, and � the autocratic tyranny. >under which-', - the, .'Russian people groaned, H� Joined ;thei movement aimed at establishing freedom attd gqod. governriight and the police became" aware that a, mysterious "Borodin" was exercls'lrtg-''a remarkable influence-on the revolutionary party. Who this ''Borodin" wa? they were unab'e to ascertain,-and peasants and artisans w,ho ^>rti imprisoned or sent to the scaffold refused to divulge the- secret,'.,. - ..: In 1874 the savants of Russia as-Rembled at the. Qeographical Society In St. Petersburg tb 'hear the famous Prince Kropotkin recount, the results of his explorations In Finland, As/the lecturer was driving from the meeting ip a cab, he passed ynotheri conveyance frbm which an artisan called out "Mr. Borodin." The Fringe stopped his Russia, but the vengeance of' Russian autocrats has pui-mmd him. AViien be went to France after tin- Lyons' riots of 1SS2 ho was sentenced to five years' the instigation of the Russian Government. But So strong was the resentment in France at this move that Prince Kropotkin was re leased at (he end of three years. Other attempts hart; been made to lay hands on him, but ho resides safelv in England. This famous scientist, who surrendered great estates in Russia as the result of his devotion to liberty, lives In u simpli; manner, sup-Porting himself by ills writings. His best-known work is 'Fields, Factories, and Workshops," but h>; has made many notable contributions to social science. AN ADVOCATE OF PEACE SIR JOHN BRUNNER, Who has been endeavoring to arouse British public opinion as to the vital necessity of a better understanding with Germany, is an outstanding figure both in tho political and social world. As chairman of Brum-ner, Mond, and Co., he !s at the head of the largest alkali man u facturlng concern in Great Britain, and has mad& a huge fortune out of the chemical industry. Tho. son of a Swiss clergyman, who was a schoolmaster at Everton, Sir John has carved out his own. career. He was educated in liis father's school with a view to becoming Sir John Brunner a clergyman, but this was not the career the boy desired to adopt, and he entered a Liverpool commercial office over half a century ago. The turning po,int in his career name when he met T>\: Ludwig Mond, who had just discovered a sulphur recovery process. Together they started the alkali works at Northwleh, which became the largest in the world. But success was only attained after numberless experiments-and many failure."'. As Sir John himself declares: "The first year everything in (he works that could explode did explode, and everything that coulu break did break." Sir John Brunner's benefactions have been many and various. He presented JCorthwlch with a public library, erected Guildhalls for the use of trade unions at Runcorn and Winsford, and he has given largely to Liverpool University, of which he is Pro-Chancellor. PRJNCfc LOUIS OF BATTENBERG VPtY POPULAR IN THE NAVY Ar For nearly a rjuurtor of ;i fiilury he represented Xorlhwieli In I''riiatin.-nt, and bo is bull) u Deputy-Lieutenant and a Privy Councillor. Sir .Inlui Urunner ban served" on variciu* ''uin-missions, notably the one on fanals ami another on the Paris Exhibition, and ho has shown his interest in m Hili.-t inly-f\\u years ;i solicitor in partnership with the late "Lord Wol- marl his lie h Rood he -h, one i ly. sent time look lish A .vir Hobcrt Perlccs. ADMIRAL BATTENBERG, PRINCE LOUIS \ OP who has just teen appointed First Sea Lord, Is Bince ():e retirement af Lord Charles.Bares? fnrdi certainly tna most popular man in the service. . His nlcknanies are many, "L,B." and "Baits." being perhaps the favorites, "Lulu" is tha name one of his ships knew him by. Another has its origin In the fact that his title; begins, '"ills Seroric 'Highness.".,' . The'story goes that two petty officers met in Simonstown some years ago-; "Got a cod ship this time?'.' pile asked. "Oh, all serene," the other replied. "Who's the- 'owner'?" was! the second- question. '"(Vhy, I've just: told you-all Serene," was- the Answer, Though of such exalted rank.Princu Louis' steady climb! upwards has. been due entirely to bis own abilities. The na^y has no use for "figureheads, arjd the new First Sea Lord has long had the reputation of being thy finest tac-(ttofajn''in tha s*rvJce_. 'Till this year he haetinevei' met with! a single, 'defea-t In manoeuvres. '  The ,ne>v .First Sc$ Lord; has had the unusual esperlence of refusing the offer of a>kli>gt?c,nv H wi| just after his brother Prince Alexandeiv h$ i hoan driven fmm tjw. throne of uUaId and decorous. They would not oven smoke, at supper. Prince Louis looked surprised. "I don't really mind that nobody offers me a cigar." he said, "hut the fact is. I funk taking out my own cane." ;; /. There was a shout of laughter.?.and. clouds of Kiuokc were soon rising'ail rcu)Kl tho room. � � ^ '.,., Cliiossa Money, At.P. to Mr. Money, and lie can handle figures in a manner which is only equalled by " Mr. Bonar Law. Though born in Genoa forty-two yr bird, for your national emblem, instead of a maple leaf," be remarked. "S'pose you're w'aiting till we annex you!" "We have tho' beaver," Sir Wilfrid Laurier reminded tho assertive youth, with dignity, "the emblem of indus;-try." : ' ''-.!' "Beaver, indeed.' Po you know what we call the beaver in tin* states? A rat with a swelled tail," chuckled th� Jankee. ' "And many people are inclined to'' look on your American eagle as a jay with a swelled head," was Sir Wilfrid's retort. The American slunk away from the statesman, and kept at a distance during the rest of the function. THE CZAR'S BROTHER TT-f'K Grand Duke Michael of Russia, * brother of the Cza,r, whom Dame ftuinor was-without warrant-some years ago about to wed to our Princes? Victoria. King George's only unmarried sister, is a handsome young fellow in his early thirties, and a great sportsman. St. Petersburg gossip has it that the Grand Duke Michael a little while back-had his first real "affair of tho heart"; but as the lady, whose name was not made public, is not of Eoyal birth, the Czar not only sternly refused his consent to a marriage, but ordered that tho girl should be banished forthwith from Muscovy, with the proviso that the mandate would be rescinded as soon as the Grand Duke's inamorata should have wedded some one in her own station. The Czar's decree was carried out with such energy and despatch that the young lady and her parents departed from their ancestral estate within six hours, RED FLAG IN THE LORDS THE House of Lords has undergone many shocks of late, and nervous peers are anxiously inquiring, "Where's it all going to end?" Tho Hon. Charles Lister, heir of Lord P.ibblesdale, is a Socialist, and so also is the Countess of Warwick, Not long ago . tho Duchess of Sutherland confessed to a belief in Socialism, and now Earl Russell has. joined the Fabians. Earl Russell is not a sentimental , youth who has 1 been seised with a| 'sudden fad for Socialism. He is now 47 years of age. It is 34 years since he succeeded  his grandfather, tho great Lord John Russell, so that lie has been In the peer business for quite a T_ , jy,,,.;,.;; long time. He is EMI RWW-related to both Lord Rlbbleaaale swul tho Stanleys of Alderley, and Is, ft -member of the great house of Bedford In his time Earl Russell baa fclayarl manv parts. He has served in the army, studied electrical engineering' Is a barrister, and has given proof of literary abilities. He has served on the London County Council, and ' is credited with the responsibility for some of the most advanced proposals made by the recent Divorce Commis- SlEarl Russell has declarod hlraseif l� favor of the nationalization of iftjld. and this declaration has excited very great interest, in view of the fact that' he himself owns land in Ireland, and his distinguished relative, the pulte of Bedford is one of the wealthiest-landowners in the world. We may yet be favored with the spectacle of Earl Russell vigorously �upporting .Mr, Lloyd George in his forthcoming: laqd . campaign, and raising aloft the reel; flag tu the House of Lords. He has for long been regarded as the "bad boy" of the ducal'family, and some of his peers would dearly like to convert him to more orthodox views or quietly suppress him. PICKS BOOKS FOR AND THE QUEEN MARY ROYAL CHILPREN self!:' sfR ROBERT PERKS SlItROBERT PERKS, who would like to have the privilege of constructing the Georgian Bay Canal for a1 private British syndicate, or even of building it for the Canadian Government, is regarded as one of tho stalwarts of Weslcyan Methodism In Great Britain. The inception of the Twen- ANECDOjfES WANTED, / Tho Slnr Weekly win is anecdote* nliout tl'oi'0|itonl(in9 and Canadian!) wb� ui'6 prominent, -lu tho world's affairs for ris'ffe. and will pay ono dollar-for every one- that Is aa-. copied .onrt prlniufl. Tho only conditions are that the stories-must" bs true and must not exceed 200 word* In lonctlt. IN nil King George's domains there is said to bo no more voracious reader than Queen Mary.,.,... In spite of the innumerable demands on her time, her Majesty manages to read most of the novels of torday that really count, and almost-always has a serious work in hand, too, such as a book of biography or on,e devoted to science or travel, But the Queen does not choose her reading herself. The business of selecting it and also that of Princess Mary1 and the young the exception of the heir to. throne-Is in the hands of a court official. This is the Hon. John Fortesoae, who Is a younger brother ot Lord Fortescue, and the author of several books, ' . Since 1906 the Hon. John has been librarian at Windsor Castle; and he went to India with the King and Queen, ahd-wrote the official account of-tho Durbar, which was severely "roasted" by the newspapers- on account of Its author's tendency to dilate oi> the color of ceremonial carpets artd-the length of opurt'trains to the exclusion of more human details. However,..there was some excuse for the Hon, John, for It-Is hardto imagine a more thankless^ job-than writing about such a ccreniohlal with a whole battery of royal and official blue pencils ready to pounce on the slightest "indiscretion," or disclosure of what wont on behind the scenes. ,, One reads every now and then thftf Queen Mary has accepted a copy ' pf So-and-so's book,, but whether she ever roads ft or not depends on the royal >1(* -brarian. Every, week he sends her a list of works which he believes she will enjoy reading,:including suggestioijs about books for the royal ch.'il4rcn,.ay|d :, we hear that he^ias his worK-,eut ;out to keep up with the literary appetites pf the Queen and her youngsters, alj-- of whom, the little princess psnocially, are ; inclined to be bookworms, Nor is $hc Hon. John Eortesoue s job an eXeciH . tlonal one. - There is always some one at court'= whoso business it is to recommend^-the, , right books to the young princes , anti, ^ prmceaB'e�i-.-:w^^r^bah.feQtte)^%fete' has1 noi time  to "bc-jthor,. vvitlf hook �e>' views, and is glad' to bo old what if i worth, reading. As foj' KlnB' Gcotgo, IM. i rarelv tajkes upwboolr,xdnd when he i .does "wants * jral6htayvayaloij,1*oC.a.tU 11 venture. ' ' -i � * t-' 5 ;