International: Little Old Lumberman

"I was well along in years then, nearly 70," recalled a thin, grey, tight-lipped little man on the witness stand in a Kansas City court last week. "The organization was my own creation. . . ." It was the story of Long-Bell Lumber Co. that Chairman Robert Alexander Long, now 81 was telling. He was fighting a receivership long desired by certain bondholders (TIME, Feb. I). One day in 1918, faced with exhaustion of their southern pine reserves, Chairman Long had gathered his executives about him to...

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