Foreign News: Flyaway Bird

"A rare bird," Winston Churchill called him, "a past master of monopoly who has made an immense fortune by 'private greed,' and who, without in any way relinquishing it, has become a convinced Socialist." He was speaking of Steven Hardie, a brawny Scot who looks like a hard-boiled egg and is a steel-tough taskmaster with a canny eye for profits. Glasgow-born Steven Hardie parlayed his World War I separation pay into one of Britain's biggest industrial fortunes. His British Oxygen Co. monopolizes British industrial gas production; his Metal Industries Ltd. is Europe's biggest...

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