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One day, six years ago last week, the yacht Ohio dropped anchor in the harbor of Monrovia, Liberia. Her owner, Edward Wyllis Scripps, a big bristly-bearded man of 72 for whom the yacht had been Home for four years, had the U. S. Consul aboard to dine with him. After the consul had gone ashore "Old Man" Scripps felt suddenly, terribly, weary. "Too many cigars this evening, I guess," he mumbled. He sank into unconsciousness and in a few minutes his weak old heart ceased to beat....

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