Foreign News: Sir Basil's Diary

Fifty years ago a young European sat up 15 minutes beyond his bedtime writing in a book. That was the Beginning of a habit. The first pages of the book were like any one of a million other diaries, taken up with a description of the young man's doings, ambitions, theories. Gradually, the man's doings came to have a more than personal importance. Sir Basil Zaharoff began to be spoken of as the "richest man in Europe"; people said that his power was beyond that of kings and premiers. When it became known that...

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