Business & Finance: Death of Ryan

With a Baltimore store, Thomas Fortune Ryan went to work as an errand-boy for $3 a week; with William Collins Whitney he was a broker in Wall Street; with King Leopold II of Belgium he developed the diamond fields of the Congo Free State; and with a fortune estimated between one and five hundred million dollars, last week, he died.

The phrase, "in conference," to most people, educated by comic strips, signifies: "out playing golf," or "unfit to receive callers." Actually, of course, it means something else. It can be seen that the life of Thomas Fortune Ryan was, in its most...