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Viscount Leverhulme of the Western Isles



    THE death on May 7 at the age of seventy-three of Lord Leverhulme deprives the world of a man quite out of the ordinary. Possessed of an amazing vitality, which increased rather than diminished as the years passed, he exerted an influence that will be missed more than a little. For the greater part of his life his activities were confined to the building up of his own business: it is only more recently, with the conduct of the details left in the hands of competent lieutenants, that he has played a part in the affairs of the world at large. Primarily a salesman by nature, Lord Leverhulme had an intimate knowledge of every detail of the soap business; as a designer of a works he can have had few equals-indeed, to play the architect was one of his chief recreations. The great factory at Port Sunlight and the smaller plants which are growing up all over the world will for many years be memorials of this phase of his greatness.

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