MANUFACTURING: Rubber Friendship

Across a trial table in Cleveland's Common Pleas Court last week two aging tycoons, once inseparable friends, faced each other in bitter litigation. Plaintiff was tiny (5 ft. 3) Frank A. Seiberling, board chairman of Seiberling Rubber Co.. keen and dapper despite his 80 years. On the other side was mystic, eccentric, 275-lb. Edgar B. Davis, 66, oil & rubber man, who has made and spent four fortunes, given away some $6,000,000 to charity and friends because he believed his money "came from the good God himself."

When the pair first met in...