Science: Dr. Johnson of the Rats

Sir John Reeves Ellerman might be mistaken for a wealthy dilettante. He acts in little plays with his own theater company, in his own private theater. He is fond of odd pets, which have included several porcupines and an elephant named Charlie. He has his own private orchestra, which plays for his rare but lavish parties. But young (38) Sir John is no lighthearted dabbler; he is deadly serious about three things.

One of England's richest men, he is serious about the £18 million shipping fortune he inherited 15 years ago; through shrewd investment (insurance, breweries, coal, illustrated newspapers), he has run...

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