Business: One and Only

Six months ago a German torpedo blew the stern off the South America-bound freighter La Paz, 40 miles off the Florida coast. Last week the 10,000-ton La Paz was tied up in Jacksonville waiting for repairs that would send her back to war. It was all thanks to William Radford Lovett, a 51-year-old Jacksonville businessman who now says he wishes he had minded his own business in the first place—despite the fact that both he and the war effort will be the richer for his meddling.

Billy Lovett stopped minding his own business after one of his Suwanee Fruit & Steamship Co.'s...

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