Business & Finance: Gum Man Adams

As it must to all men, Death came last week to Thomas Adams, 80, benefactor of tens of millions of gumchewers, at his Fifth Avenue home, Manhattan.

It was 40 years ago that Mr. Adams and his son paid a call on General Santa Anna of Mexico at Snug Harbor, Staten Island. From a bureau drawer the General produced "a little chunk of something resembling overshoeing." The guests beheld him place a piece of this substance in his mouth, chomp his jaws, smile. They dubiously examined the "overshoeing," which the General called "chicle" and...

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