Business & Finance: Kingdom of Smells

Jews are the world's biggest consumers of onions and there are more Jews in New York City than anywhere else in the world. Therefore Manhattan is the world's onion capital. There in a slick red and white office with a deep onion aroma, at 40 Harrison St., works sleek, well-fed Benjamin Balish, 41, who bears the proud title of U. S. "Onion King." Last week Ben Balish, after years of distinguished partnerships, completed arrangements for going into business solely for himself.

Ben Balish's first partner was a truant officer. A poverty-stricken boy from Manhattan's East...

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