Foreign News: A Room with a View

Colonel Wilfred Mark Lapper, 58, chairman of the board of the Yorkshire area of Britain's nationalized electricity industry, always wanted a room with a view. He and his staff saw no reason why working folk should labor in smoky towns, if they could do their jobs equally well in nicer surroundings. Especially if the working folk were Colonel Lapper & Co.

When the Yorkshire Electricity Board was appointed in 1947, the colonel knew just the right spot for its headquarters. With a little remodeling, stately Scarcroft Lodge, a 120-year-old mansion overlooking 160 acres of rolling farmland, would be absolutely top-hole. It...

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