Not since Kaisers, Hindenburgs, Ludendorffs, Von Tirpitzes and Bethmann-Hollwegs ceased to shake the Fatherland has Germany been so profoundly moved by an individual. The death of Hugo Stinnes in Berlin following an operation for gallstones which was complicated by pleural pneumonia, stirred the whole country to the complete exclusion of all else.

Hugo Stinnes, 54 years of age, was an emperor of finance, a tsar of industry, a king of business. His minions were princes and grand-dukes, his serving men were lords. His interests were as far-flung as the seven seas. His business...

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