CONTENTS 4 cover story/interview
Donald Cavett and Ben Doherty, principals and founders of American Business Development Company, Inc. (ABDC) talk about their latest venture
Tips for becoming a tech-savvy traveler
10 member profile Marcel Fenech, Global Retirement Strategies
Leslie C. Stone
Historian Mel Ayton shares new revelations about plots against U.S. presidents throughout the decades
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INTERVIEW Donald “Don” Cavett and Ben Doherty, principals and founders of American Business Development Company, Inc. (ABDC) talk with BizNet Magazine’s Executive Editor Leslie Stone about their new venture.
fter a 30-year executive career in the property and casualty insurance industry, Ben Doherty segued into investor relations and spent several decades helping publicly traded companies get their story out to Wall Street. In the early 2000s, he became active in small private investor clubs and launched Turtle Creek Club, a national
preneurs and investors online through their social business connections and in person at membership-chapter luncheons, all-day conferences, and international conferences and educational events. Doherty recently joined forces with former investment banker and entrepreneur Don Cavett and IT entrepreneur
equity investments in predominantly private companies. Those are typically difficult to invest in. As regulated investment companies, however, they may distribute over 90 percent of their profits to shareholders. That results in above-average dividend yields.” BizNet: How did you two meet?
“Business development companies provide investors with exposure to debt and equity investments in predominantly private companies,” says Ben Doherty, ABDC chairman and president. angel group with a membership of up to 200 accredited investors who would meet quarterly to review and invest in early-stage companies. Five years ago, Turtle Creek Club morphed into ClubsCorp Business Link (CCBL), a nextgeneration national membership angel investment group that connects promising entre-
Tony Craig to form American Business Development Company (ABDC). “ABDC intends to become a public corporation that invests in small- and midsized companies and helps them grow in the initial stages of their development,” says Doherty, who will serve as chairman and president. “Business development companies provide investors with exposure to debt and
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Don Cavett: A mutual acquaintance I had known since the mid-1980s when I was in the investment business introduced me to Ben, whom I find a joy to work with. I left the industry in 1999 and started a few different companies of my own, and I enjoy being around young companies and helping them grow. Ben built an incredible business with CCBL. I did a presentation
at one of his lunches when I founded a VoIP telecommunication service. BizNet: We understand ABDC is acquiring ClubsCorp Business Link. Don Cavett: Yes, ABDC is acquiring ClubsCorp. I am very excited to be working with Ben. We intend to dramatically grow the event platform. The acquisition of CCBL will generate revenue from membership sales, event sales, advertising, premium subscription rates, and speaker fees. CCBL and its predecessor club brands (Fat Cat Club and Turtle Creek Club) have a revenue history dating back to April 2007. ABDC and its members will also have first look at investment opportunities of the companies that present at our events. Additionally we are launching the magazine. BizNet: Where will the company derive its revenue? Don Cavett: We will have revenue from three sources: the event platform, investments and the magazine. ABDC is truly an exciting opportunity, since we are looking to grow the membership sales platform from its existing 1,634 membership base to more than 10,000 by the end of this year. We will be transitioning from a free model, where we only made money from speakers, to a paid membership
model. We have a significant opportunity to grow the revenues. Additionally, we operate similar to a business development company and we have the vision to ultimately become a public company. Ben Doherty: I think ABDC is one of the most unique qualities of tying together two very fine business models that I’ve seen. My colleagues and I would talk after events, saying wouldn’t it be nice if we had an entity that could make a commitment and an investment at each and every one of these events, so that pre-
senters knew once they arrived at the podium to make their case to investors they would be pretty sure investments would be made. We know the program works on the business membership and event side; we know that we have the personnel and capability to make good investment decisions—and each of those is buttressed by an advisory committee that will look at each and every investment on behalf of the shareholder. Currently, ABDC has 50 shareholders and we expect to grow exponentially
with the advent of new members and other Internet marketing strategies that we are utilizing. That ‘Tony Craig website and platform’ is driving the progress of the company and enabling it to create the new publishing subsidiary. We are individually considering a small investment in Blue Moon Advisors, which would be an investment in a company that is built and operates to provide readiness for financing of both public and private companies. Be that as it may, the platform is but one of the wholly=owned subsidiaries that ABDC will enjoy. We are excited to develop a strategic relationship and partnership with companies like Blue Moon Consortium, who brings back-office capability and the expertise needed to make a company ready to receive financing. Once companies pass the vetting test, they are ready for financing. BizNet: How do you see the Trump presidency impacting small businesses? Don Cavett: The Trump administration is pro-business and wants to relax a lot of the regulations that were put in place over the past eight years. That is giving everyone a great deal of optimism because regulations are presently too harsh, making it difficult for people—especially banks—to do business. So I think,
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in general, people are excited about the future and I believe the business climate will improve. We are definitely in the right place at the right time. Ben Doherty: Trump’s incredible election has brought global accomplishment, business knowhow, and grass root optimism to the Oval Office, and that is ra-
diating throughout the business world. People are feeling optimistic that things are going to be better. I believe the advent of ABDC is timely because we are entering an optimistic era and a small business development environment, and that is what our business plan is all about. Our attitude is ‘yes, can do’ instead of ‘no, can’t do.’ Obviously, the
economic climate is not going to change overnight but certainly the attitude changed to one of positivity on the Wednesday morning after Election Day, and I think that it is real and a great thing for entrepreneurs and investors. •
“I think, in general, people are excited about the future and I believe the business climate will improve,” says Don Cavett, CEO and director, American Business Development Company. LESLIE STONE is an award-winning writer, editor and journalist with more than two decades of experience covering business, finance, real estate and lifestyle issues for newspapers, magazines and online publications. Originally from Virginia, she currently resides between Florida and Michigan. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @lescstone.
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Be a Tech-Savvy Traveler
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How to ensure your technology needs are met when staying in a hotel.
ou arrive at your hotel and pull out your smartphone. After an incredibly long signin process, you connect to the Internet. It works fine in the hallway but not in your room, so you go to the hotel’s business center to check email and print out your boarding pass for tomorrow’s flight. Unfortunately, the business center is packed, so you decide to try later and head back to your room. Both business and leisure travelers rely on technology to stay connected and streamline their to-do lists. However, poor WiFi and minimal tech-focused amenities leave many travelers disappointed. That’s why before booking a hotel, you should always ask questions to ensure you get as much out of your technology while traveling as you do in your own home—no matter how many devices you plan to use. 8 BIZNET MAGAZINE / Premier Issue
Here’s what you need to know: 1. Is the room suited for technology? Whether new or remodeled, modern hotels should feature room designs that support technology. For example, ask about easy access to outlets and charging stations while you’re in the room to ensure you can plug in your phone, charge your tablet and use your computer all at the same time. Some hotels feature in-room desks equipped with a multimedia port. 2. How reliable is the Internet? Fast, reliable Internet with increased bandwidth to meet the demand and volume needs of guests is critical for anyone traveling for business. 3. What is the login process? Lengthy login processes are a hassle, especially if
you’re connecting multiple devices. Some hotels offer single sign-on access for the length of the stay, which is a big time-saver because guests simply log in once after check-in and don’t have to log off until they check out. 4. How secure is the WiFi network? Most hotels today offer WiFi to their guests, but that doesn’t mean it’s a secure network. An open network could be risky if you want to check your bank account, email, social media—or access any accounts or websites that you want to stay confidential. To ensure your private information remains private, only stay at hotels with a private and secure Internet connection for guests.
8. Are meeting spaces available? For business travelers, impromptu meeting spaces are great for quick meet-ups or when you want to get out of your room for a change of scenery. For more formal gatherings, ask the hotel about the availability of meeting planners who can assist in organizing the technology needs of large groups of people and corporate events. Keep your technology moving as fast as you do by asking these questions now. That way your hotel stay will be that much more enjoyable, comfortable and productive. •
5. Does WiFi cost extra? Some hotels charge extra for fast Internet access. If you don’t have an opportunity to call ahead and inquire about costs, be sure to ask at checkin. If not, you could find a $25 charge on your bill for using WiFi. Some hotel companies offer membership perks that waive these fees for customers. For example, IHG Rewards Club members receive free WiFi at all IHG properties. 6. What is available at the business center? According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, 88 percent of hotels still have business centers. A basic business center will offer printers, fax machines, computers and a variety of outlets. Some have copy machines. Guests can access the Internet, print documents, scan receipts and make photocopies. Many hotels today are catering to tech-savvy travelers by installing wireless printers that let guests print from anywhere in the hotel. 7. What are the hours of the business center? Ask about the hours of the business center so you know you’re covered, whether you need to book a last-minute reservation to the city’s hottest attraction or print out that big report for tomorrow’s presentation.
AVOID HOTELS WITHOUT A PRIVATE AND SECURE INTERNET CONNECTION FOR GUESTS
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MARCEL FENECH GLOBAL RETIREMENT STRATEGIES, INC.
ost Americans have not adequately prepared for their retirement. “Lack of planning is the major problem that I see,” says Marcel Fenech, a licensed insurance professional and founder of Global Retirement Strategies, Inc., based in Addison (on the outskirts of Dallas), Texas. “People don’t have plans and all of a sudden they are too old, too fast. The big plus, which is also a minus is that we are living longer with no preparation to live longer.” For more than two decades, Fenech has been educating his clients on how to transition into retirement, reduce their tax burdens and increase their income. “Planning for retirement can be a complicated, intricate process,” he says, adding that his company analyzes a client’s unique financial situation
and tailors strategies that address their individual needs.
Global Strategies also does a lot of key man insurance, Fenech says. A key insurance policy is a life insurance policy taken out on a key employee by the company where he or she is employed. The company pays the premiums and is the beneficiary of the policy. So, if that person dies unexpectedly, the company receives the insurance payoff. “This helps companies with funds that can be used for [recruiting] or training the next person,” he explains. “Also, in situations where a business partner dies and part of the business then belongs to the family or beneficiary, key man insurance is paying the beneficiaries instead of them taking half of the business away.” More often than
not, he explains, the beneficiary is not capable of running the business. “The insurance money goes to the beneficiary—instead of half the business— and the surviving business partner gets to keep their business.” As the population ages, long-term care is another issue that many individuals and families are facing. Global Strategies helps its clients navigate the types of long-term coverage available, which members of a family are likely to need long-term care and what to look for when buying long-term care insurance. “We also remind them about what else has to be done, such as a power of attorney and living trust, so their families will be taken care of if they die or become incompetent,” Fenech adds.
their parents. I get a lot of satisfaction in Most of Fenech’s business comes knowing that I have helped people with from referrals, and he prides himself some of the biggest issues they will have on superior customer service. “People to face in their lifetime.” • come to us because we are well known in the field,” he says, adding that he treats all of his clients the same— whether they have six figures to invest or a few thousand. He recalls traveling to a small town to visit a family For More Information Contact who sought his financial advice. “I Global Retirement Strategies spent four or five hours with them, 15455 Dallas Parkway took them to lunch and helped them Suite 600 work out a plan,” he says. “Later, I heard the father had died and the last Addison, TX 75001 thing he said was ‘Marcel took care retirementstrategiesonestop.com of my money as if it were $1 million.’ Phone: (972) 523-8153 Everyone deserves the same respect.” Fax: (972) 403-8198 He says his clients have become like family. “I’ve been doing this so long it’s at the point where after the parents pass away their children are coming to me about the money they inherit from
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MEET THE IT GUY TONY CRAIG, V.P. & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER ABDC is making the right acquisitions and poising itself for proper growth and development. —Tony Craig In 2010, Tony Craig partnered with Ben Doherty and his Turtle Creek Club angel investment group to create the ClubsCorp Business Network (CCN). Tony now serves as vice [resident, executive director of ClubsCorp, and is a founding partner in the American Business Development Company, Inc. (ABDC) serving as Chief Technology Officer. He also serves as vice president and executive director of the ClubsCorp Business Network.
hen Tony Craig was pitching a deal for one of his companies to the Turtle Creek Club angel investment group about seven years ago, he didn’t realize it would be a lifechanging moment. “After the pitch this guy comes up to me and says, ‘You and I need to talk.’ Long story short, Ben Doherty and I decided to take his business concept and my IT expertise and create an online business network that would let companies connect and do business with each other via a business social media platform,” says Tony. Tony and Ben partnered to create the first iteration of what was then called the Turtle Creek Club. “It became ClubsCorp, and throughout this process we have continued to build an online presence and grow the membership and work to grow investors and entrepreneurs, not only in person but online as well,” he adds. “My passion for technology allows me to lend my expertise. My job is
simply to either support whatever it is they’re doing from a technology standpoint or to build it if they need it. “The difference between us and other organizations doing these things is we don’t want to be the online king,” he continues. “We aren’t looking to replace LinkedIn. At the end of the day we believe that personal relationships make things happen.”
A student of both the College Conservatory of Music and College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, Tony’s first job out of college was a part-time night shift stint with a bank in Columbus, Ohio. He quickly moved up to a position of overseeing the daily balance of millions of dollars between that bank, other clearinghouse banks and the Federal Reserve System. From there, he ventured into a new consumer service called rent-to-own. Tony rose
to communications director for one of the largest chains in the country, where he also managed the company’s intranet and represented the company to state and national trade associations. He has lobbied on behalf of the rentto-own industry in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas and Washington D.C.
Leaving rent-to-own in 2006, Tony and his son Dustin stretched their entrepreneurial legs, launching several companies in the B2B sector. Their passion, however, is ministry, and they applied that same entrepreneurial spirit to create ministry programs in sports, music, hospitality and other areas, including the establishment of an online church whose live-stream broadcast has been viewed in 80 countries and territories around the world. •
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Presidential Assassination Attempts New Revelations By Mel Ayton
Mel Ayton is the author of numerous books and articles. Hunting The President – Threats, Plots and Assassination Attempts From FDR to Obama was published in 2014 by Regnery Publishing. His latest book, a “prequel” to Hunting The President, is Plotting To Kill The President – Assassination Attempts From Washington to Hoover, (University of Nebraska Press/ Potomac Books).
n 2014 my book, Hunting the President, was published. The new revelations included previously unknown or little-known assassination attempts against American presidents from the time of FDR to President Obama. My latest book covers the presidencies of George Washington to Herbert Hoover. It includes never-beforetold stories of incidents when the president’s life was put in danger, including attempted stabbings, shootings and bombings. They have remained largely hidden from the public; some buried in newspaper archives and others in government reports, presidential memoirs, bodyguard memoirs, Secret Service agents’ memoirs, the National Archives, the Library of Congress and presidential libraries. Individuals or groups who attempt to kill American lead-
ers or threaten to assassinate them go all the way back to General George Washington. Before he was president Washington was the target of an assassination plot involving members of his bodyguard but it was discovered and the plot failed. President Monroe was so frightened of assassins he hid sharpshooters in the trees of the White House and in 1818 had an iron fence constructed around the grounds. President Tyler feared he would fall victim to bombs. He instituted the Washington Metropolitan Police in 1844 partly to improve presidential security and at one point made the White House ushers defuse a package he thought contained a bomb but which instead held a cake. However, threats or attempts against early American presidents were a rare occurrence for
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a number of reasons. The absence of any fear for the president’s safety resided in the fact that the country had only a small population. The year Jefferson entered the White House the population of the United States was 5,308,473, nine-tenths of which resided east of the Alleghenies. Eighty percent of the population lived in the countryside and the absence of public transport for the common man resulted in only a small number of people who could travel to meet with the president. The early presidents also did not go “electioneering” as the public considered it “unseemly.” This meant that the president did not place himself in harm’s way by exposing himself to danger in large crowds. It was indeed a paradox. The American people
did not want their president acting like a king but neither did they want him campaigning like an ordinary politician. Additionally, whilst the lives of the presidents were widely publicised their faces were not. They went about their business unrecognized for most of the time. Each day at 1 p.m., Thomas Jefferson liked to go horseback riding—usually riding alone. Few knew his identity as he often stopped to converse with locals. On one occasion a man told him how angry he
press publish the president’s photograph. s the country grew and the nation expanded, so did the dangers presidents faced. From the time of Richard Lawrence’s attempt to shoot President Andrew Jackson in 1835, most of America’s presidents have survived “near lethal approaches” whereby would-be assassins have breached the president’s security but the assassination attempt has been thwarted, either by presidential guards, White House guards,
to Kansas and reported to his fellow conspirators that the task of killing the president would be “easy.” The plotter revealed that Buchanan would be an easy target as he was known to “loiter” in the grounds of the White House and had been observed on the streets of Washington unaccompanied. He was sure he could kill the president and make his escape back to Kansas. The plotter was “assured of protection” once he arrived home. However, as the day of the planned assassination drew near
President Monroe was so frightened of assassins he hid sharpshooters in the trees of the White House and in 1818 had an iron fence constructed around the grounds. was with the president. Jefferson invited him to the White House. In 1817, President James Monroe and his aides called at an inn in Altona, New York, and went about their business unrecognized until the president revealed his identity during supper. On a visit to New York City in 1847, President James Polk was frequently mistaken for his travelling companion, Alabama Senator Dixon Hall. However, with the advent of new inventions like the daguerreotype and photography and the publication of the presidents’ portraits in the press, the risks of assassination increased. The first photograph of a president was not taken until the 1840s, however, and not until the end of the 19th century did the
White House doormen, Secret Service agents or local law enforcement officers. Particularly shocking are the previously unknown attempts to assassinate Presidents Buchanan, Arthur, Hayes, Cleveland, Harrison, McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge and Hoover. It has been assumed that James Buchanan passed through his presidency without any attempts to assassinate him. Yet there is compelling evidence to suggest otherwise. When a group of “Civil War army veterans” met in Saratoga in 1887 one of them revealed a plot to kill Buchanan. In the spring of 1858, the would-be assassin arrived in Washington to see for himself “the lay of the land.” A month or so later he returned
the “civil war veteran” tipped off the authorities after hearing plotters discuss the assassination in a Lawrence, Kansas, tavern. In April 1858, the informant and the would-be assassin arrived in Washington at the same time. After the would-be assassin was observed purchasing a gun for $25 he was arrested. Ulysses S. Grant said there had been a “deliberate attempt” on the life of President Andrew Johnson during a visit to Indianapolis. Johnson and his party, including Grant, were staying at a hotel in the city during the visit. When they gathered in one of the rooms booked for the party a shot was fired from a second-storey window on the opposite side of the street from the hotel. The bullet struck a Chinese lantern near where the president was standing and passed within three Premier Issue / BIZNET MAGAZINE 15
feet of Grant’s head. Local law enforcement agencies made no arrests. A gunman, William Meyers, stalked President-elect Hayes and plotted to kill him during the inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol in March 1877. The plot was investigated by Washington Police Chief Major Richards. The assassin was eventually tracked to the city’s Imperial Hotel and was immediately arrested with the “unofficial assistance” of two U.S. Secret Service agents who happened to be in the hotel’s vicinity. [Author’s Note: The Secret Service did not take on the duties of Presidential protection until the time of President Teddy Roosevelt
President Hayes was informed of the plot to kill him. He thanked the officers for their diligence and promised compensation. He rewarded Maxwell by arranging an appointment as a second lieutenant of the 20th Infantry shortly after his inauguration. In August 1881, the assassination story was corroborated when an assistant district attorney, Joseph E. Hayden, told reporters he was the man who had “saved President Hayes’ life” by turning over to the police “a lunatic” who had planned to kill the president on his inauguration day. President Arthur was the victim of two previously un-
gave to the Philadelphia Times many years later. The second incident occurred on 31 October 1881. Dr. John Noetling, a “prominent doctor from Colesville, Snyder County, Pennsylvania,” arrived at the White House armed with a pistol. When he was challenged by the doorkeepers he fought with them until he was overpowered. When the doorkeepers confiscated Noetling’s seven-shot revolver they discovered every chamber was loaded. The guards believed Noetling was there to assassinate the president. He was taken to a local police station and later sent home to Pennsylvania. Presidents Harrison and Cleveland were also the victims of
The U.S. Secret Service did not officially take on the duties of Presidential protection until the time of President Teddy Roosevelt. but the agency did provide “unofficial presidential protection” during the presidencies of Cleveland and McKinley.] During questioning Meyers admitted to his assassination plans. He said he intended to shoot President-Elect Hayes, “then proclaim himself president, and to be sworn in amid the ringing of bells and the firing of cannon.” Convinced Meyers was insane, the police authorities sent him to an insane asylum. He was incarcerated for a period of around six months and then released to the supervision of his sons with the assistance of a nurse.
known assassination attempts. The first attempt was made at the Butler Mansion in Washington, D.C., and the second attempt occurred at the White House. When Chester Arthur was staying in the Butler mansion prior to moving to the White House he escaped an assassination attempt, according to an 1888 report in the Charlotte Democrat. A “shot was fired at a reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer who was sitting talking to Senator John P. Jones ... the villain took the reporter for Arthur.” The shot came through a window but missed the target. The incident was corroborated in a statement Senator Jones
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previously unknown assassination attempts by lone gunmen. Although there were numerous rumours of assassination attempts throughout Harrison’s presidency, there is compelling evidence that a serious attempt on the president’s life actually occurred in 1890 but was covered up by White House aides. A U.S. Senator had received letters threatening to kill President Harrison. The letters were turned over to U.S. Secret Service Chief John S. Bell,who conducted an unofficial investigation as the Secret Service. Although used as a detective agency by government departments during this period, it did not have official sanction
to investigate threats to the president. The letter writer was tracked down by the two agents Bell had assigned to the case. They scoured Petersburg and managed to locate a suspect, a Virginia shopkeeper. On 23 May 1890, the agents followed the suspect to Washington and observed the would-be assassin stationing himself on Pennsylvania Avenue at around 9:30 a.m. It was known to be part of the route taken by President Harrison on his carriage rides. The would-be assassin was approximately 20 feet away from Harrison as the president passed by. As he attempted to draw his revolver he was quickly subdued by the agents and taken to police headquarters. Washington Police took possession of a .38 calibre Smith and Wesson revolver, together with a number of letters which chronicled the wouldbe assassin’s grievances and the reasons why he had targeted the president for assassination. During his interrogation the Virginia shopkeeper confessed “boldly” that he had intended to kill the president. Later, he was quietly adjudged to be insane and was confined to an insane asylum near Richmond. On 26 November 1890 the by now ex-Chief Bell, who had been visiting the capital on business, confirmed the story to newspaper reporters and “verified it in every particular.” The White House denied the assassination attempt had occurred. After President Cleveland had completed his first term in office, and shortly before he began his second term, he
was the victim of an assassination attempt. During the 1892 presidential election campaign, Cleveland, who had been living at his New York home, went about his business unguarded. However, his friend Superintendent Thomas Byrnes of the New York Police Department kept a special watch on the former president. Cleveland had been dining with his good friend and personal physician Dr. Joseph Bryant when a young German immigrant arrived at Cleveland’s New York house and asked to see him. The former president had just finished dinner with Dr. Bryant and stepped forward to greet his caller. The young man drew a .44 revolver, pointed it at Cleveland and pulled the trigger. The gun failed to fire. Cleveland rushed towards his assailant, threw his arms around him and pushed him against a wall. He held him there until Dr. Bryant and the servants assisted in tying the would-be assassin up. When Byrnes arrived at the house the police officer who was first on the scene was instructed to “forever to keep his mouth shut” concerning the affair. Byrnes took the would-be assassin to his home where he was kept overnight. The following day Dr. Bryant and another physician examined the young German and “took out a certificate of lunacy.” By noon Cleveland’s
assailant had been transported to Bloomingdale Asylum. Cleveland and Bryant decided to cover up the story because it was “... likely to stir up a large crop of cranks.” The story of the attempted assassination was confirmed by a “member of Congress” who had been told the story by the doctor who accompanied Dr. Bryant when the would-be assassin was declared insane. According to acclaimed journalist of the time, Frank G. Carpenter of the Deseret News, “Through Dr. Bryant and Superintendent Byrnes the matter was kept out of the papers and today no one but the president and his most intimate friends know the exact facts of the case.” The story was also confirmed by The Chicago Herald’s special correspondent in Washington. A serious assassination plot to kill President McKinley was hatched four years before his actual murder in 1901. It was only months after his accession to the presidency when Joseph Bloomfield Jackson, who came from Meriden, Connecticut, sent letters to local newspapers containing threats against “high officials.” Shortly after the letters were sent Jackson arrived at the gates of the White House and, after a confrontation with one of the guards, shouted “mysterious boasts about what he was going to do to a high official.” The White House police on duty stopped Jackson and searched him. He was discovered to be “heavily armed” and carrying a loaded revolver. As the law stated at the time, Jackson could only be charged with vagrancy and carrying a concealed weapon. It was no different Premier Issue / BIZNET MAGAZINE 17
from many other cases, according to White House guards. “Hundreds of other cranks ... who created disturbances” had been removed from the White House grounds. However, the Washington police officers who were on duty at the executive mansion believed that had the president driven out that afternoon instead of being detained by visitors he would have been shot by Jackson. The police also believed their actions in confronting Jackson prevented President McKinley’s assassination.
notion amongst presidential historians that Roosevelt was never the victim of an assassination attempt whilst in office is now seriously undermined. There were at least three occasions when armed assassins breached the president’s security, placing Roosevelt within seconds of assassination. Two attempts to kill him were made at his summer home and one attempt occurred at the White House. The two most dangerous threats to Roosevelt’s life occurred early in his presidency when
kept numerous newspaper clippings of the president’s daughter. Elliott travelled to Washington in a freight train after purchasing a “Bulldog” five-shooter pistol and lodged at the city’s St. James Hotel on 30 September. He wrote a letter to the president requesting an interview and enclosing a photograph of himself. Secretary Loeb read Elliott’s letter and concluded the writer was “insane.” Loeb informed White House police officers on duty they should be on guard for him. Shortly before noon 5 October 1903, Elliott walked up to the main
There were at least three occasions when armed assassins breached security, placing Theodore Roosevelt within seconds of assassination. In 1899 Harry Mitchell, who lived in Virginia, travelled to Washington, D.C., with the express purpose of assassinating President McKinley. He was tried and found guilty of threatening to assassinate the president but after he was later examined by psychiatrists he was found to be insane and sent to the Virginia State Hospital for the insane. Mitchell was kept there until the time of McKinley’s assassination when he persuaded his doctors he had recovered from his bout with insanity. The assassination attempt against ex-President Theodore Roosevelt by John Schrank in 1912 is widely regarded as the only serious assassination attempt Roosevelt suffered. However, the commonly accepted
two men, in separate incidents, attempted to shoot him. In September 1903 Roosevelt came within a hair’s breadth of assassination when Henry Weilbrenner pointed a loaded gun at him. The incident has been reported in a number of journals and books. However, a relatively unknown incident involving an alleged assassination attempt occurred a month later after an armed man, Peter Elliott, breached the president’s security. Peter Olson Elliott had changed his name from Peter Olson in the hope a more American-sounding name would help him secure a government job. However, President Roosevelt rejected his application. Elliott also said he was going to marry Alice Roosevelt, and
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door of the White House, stepped inside and asked police officer James Cissell if he might see the president. Chief Usher Thomas Stone recognized Elliott as the person he had been warned about. Stone interrupted Cissell and began to humour Elliott telling him he could not see the president at that time but he might be able to arrange a meeting. Stone and the officers led Elliott through the basement of the White House to the guard room at the east end of the building where he was told the president would see him momentarily. While Elliott waited a police van was summoned. However, Elliott was becoming increasingly disturbed and began to act violently towards the officers. After a brief struggle he was overpowered and taken to the police van, which
was waiting at the southeast gate. During the altercation Elliott grabbed his pistol but was subdued by White House police officers. When Elliot’s pistol was examined it was discovered he had prepared the bullets with poison. The Secret Service concluded that the only purpose for coating the bullets in such a way was to kill President Roosevelt. Elliott was sent to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington, D.C., for a short time then to St. Peter Hospital, Minnesota. However, in November 1903, he escaped, which greatly alarmed the Secret Service. Elliott was captured but later released. On 23 May 1904, he hanged himself from a bridge in South Minneapolis. The most serious threat to President Taft’s life occurred in California in October 1911. Taft was visiting the state for speeches in Los Angeles and Pasadena. The plot to kill Taft was discovered by the sheriff of Santa Barbara County, Nat Stewart, who relayed the information about the plot to special detectives of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Secret Service. The sheriff said the plot involved blowing up a long bridge, the Cartian Viaduct, 20 miles north of Santa Barbara over which the president’s special train was to pass early on the morning of 16 October 1911. Twenty-one sticks of dynamite were found under the bridge but the culprits were never arrested even though an extensive manhunt had been undertaken. Secret
Service agents concluded there had been “complete evidence” of a plot to kill the president. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson also became the victim of a previously unknown attempt to kill him. John Rogofsky had recently been released from the Massachusetts state mental hospital at Worcester when he tried to gain admittance to President Wilson’s suite at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Agents blocked his route and Rogofsky was arrested. After he was searched he was found to be carrying a .32 calibre revolver with 60 rounds of ammunition and a “blackjack.” Rogofsky was handed over to local police officers. He was arraigned in Central Court but was only charged with “carrying dangerous weapons” even though he admitted to police he, ‘intended to get the president and save the world” and that he had been instructed by the “Supreme Being” to carry out his mission. Rogofsky was judged to be insane and sent to a mental hospital. President Wilson was also targeted by anarchists. A man who had stockpiled bombs, dynamite and nitroglycerin in his hotel room in Hoboken, New Jersey, confessed he was plotting, along with 14 others, to assassinate the president. In 1918, another anarchist plot to assassinate President Wilson was concocted in Leavenworth Prison by 20 men and led to successful prosecutions. The conspirators had drawn lots to determine
who would be the assassin. They also vowed to kill the assassin if he failed to carry out the assassination. Pietro (Sam) Pierre had been chosen. He was eventually arrested, tried and found guilty of conspiring to assassinate the president. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. In 1922, a would-be assassin stalked President Warren G. Harding but the assassination attempt was covered up. Dr. Henry A. Cotton, Medical Director of the Trenton State Hospital in New Jersey, said that one of his patients revealed he planned to kill the president. The unnamed man was a storekeeper and an unsuccessful inventor. Frustrated by his failures to patent his inventions he became bitter against the government. The mentally unstable would-be assassin stalked Harding and was going to kill him at the president’s vacation home at Pinehurst, North Carolina. He arrived at Pinehurst with two automatic weapons but during his time at the resort he confessed his plans to a Christian minister who in turn notified the authorities. He was arrested by the Secret Service in Camden, New Jersey, and was later admitted to a state hospital. The assassination attempt was kept from the public until Dr. Cotton’s revelations in 1933. In 1934, a plot to kill President Calvin Coolidge during his visit to Cuba in 1928 was revealed by the Cuban authorities. The plotters planned to shoot the president from the window of an apartment opposite the presidential palace in Havana. Agents and Cuban
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police arrested a Spaniard, Claudio Bouzon and a Russian, Nosko Yalob, who had rented the apartment and were leftwing radical leaders. However, the two men did not stand trial. On the orders of President Machado they were taken from jail and murdered. In 1928, a plot to bomb President-elect Herbert Hoover’s train in Argentina was foiled by the Secret Service and local police. It has been assumed by historians that this was the only assassination attempt made against Hoover. However, a second attempt to bomb the presidential train (as the president was traveling to his Palo Alto, California, home) was made in 1932 but was not widely reported. A bomb was planted where the Southern Pacific tracks were crossed by the Western Pacific, at an underpass near Palisade, Nevada. A watchman discovered the dynamite and confronted the would-be assassins, who levelled a gun at him and escaped. A bundle of dynamite was found, and another dozen dynamite sticks were discovered in a nearby sack. Despite an intense manhunt, the two bombers were never found. • MEL AYTON is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination Attempt of Robert F. Kennedy, which was endorsed by Alan Dershowitz. The California Attorney General requested Ayton’s assistance when Sirhan Sirhan petitioned the courts for his release, and utilized his book and various articles he wrote to make their case. Ayton was a history consultant for the BBC, the National Geographic channel, and the Discovery Channel. He and his wife, Sheila, live in County Durham, England.
Why were so many assassination plots hidden from the public?
“Many assassination plots were hidden from the public because of presidential secrecy and a fear that publicity would inspire others,” says author and historian Mel Ayton. “At least since the time of Lincoln’s assassination, presidential aides and friends have conspired to cover up numerous assassination attempts against American presidents. In 1901 a ‘clerical employee’ at the White House told the Boston Evening Transcript, ‘Few persons realize how vital a subject at the White House the possibility of presidential assassination always has been. Of course, nothing of this discussion gets out except in the cases where a shot is actually fired or some other overt act committed which startles the country. Of the larger number of seemingly suspicious cases that, whether alarming or not, are nipped in the bud, little is ever known.’” According to Ayton, White House guard William Crook noted in his memoirs that,
“Episodes of (violent behaviour) were a frequent occurrence in the White House. We dealt with them quietly and they rarely got into the newspapers.” However, in an open democracy like the United States, Ayton says, it was often difficult to keep many attempted assassination stories from the public—especially when reporters often spent a good deal of their time in the White House front door vestibule. “They were able to observe the efforts of White House doormen in keeping mentally unstable individuals or political fanatics from attempting to approach the president. Despite efforts by White House staff to keep the assassination attempts from the public news often leaked out. “Additionally, personal papers and diaries kept by presidential secretaries, obscure government reports and newspaper archives have confirmed the efforts made to hide the risks presidents have always taken when carrying out their duties.” •
ST EP HE N J. P O L L ACK POLLACK ASSET MANAGEMENT ABDC Advisory Board member Stephen J. Pollack has over 40 years of investment banking expertise. A former Wall Street executive, he retired after 25 years at Morgan Stanley, where he served as its first vice president and financial advisor in New York City. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked for 17 years as a vice president at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. An alumni of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, he is an active member of many professional organizations—including the Friars Club in Manhattan, the University of Pennsylvania’s alumni affairs and the Financial Analysts and Money Managers Society (FAMMS)—and is recognized in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and Men of Achievement. He currently serves chief financial officer for Nano Biomed Inc., a company that has developed a sustained-release delivery system for notoriously hard-to-deliver therapeutic agents that is licensed from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2008, Pollack founded Pollack Asset Management to advise companies on mergers and financing. Q. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE A FINANCIAL INDUSTRY CAREER?
Q. WHAT LONG-TERM EFFECT MIGHT THAT HAVE ON THE INDUSTRY?
When I was at Wharton everybody I knew was entering the brokerage field. New issues were very popular in those days. And anybody entering the field when I did in was able to get new issues all the time and open up new accounts for customers. Because of the new issues that were abundant in those days, I thought this was the place where brokers like myself were able to immediately make a lot of money.
A lot of people won’t be entering the brokerage business. Most major firms today only want people with money managed accounts of 1 percent or .5 percent of the assets involved. So, I feel they will have an adverse affect on people entering the brokerage field. It will not be an attractive place to work or a place to grow.
Q. HOW HAS THE INDUSTRY CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED OUT? More and more regulations for brokers, and certainly more compliance. This is not in the best interest of the brokers. When Dodd-Frank came about—as well as several other anti-Wall Street, anti-bank legislation—I did not consider it good for people who are in the brokerage industry. After the defeat of the health care bill, for example, there is now thought that the tax cuts that were expected to occur, and the easing of some of the Wall Street regulations that are now in effect, could possibly be burst. [Political consultant and policy advisor] Karl Rove, one of the banking experts, came out earlier this year and put a sell on the bank stocks. He doesn’t feel DoddFrank is going to be adjusted in any way. [The Dept. of Labor] Fiduciary Rule, originally expected to go into effect in April, is certainly anti-broker and anti-brokerage. It’s not in the best interest of the customers as it pertains to retirement accounts. The broker cannot recommend a mutual fund that is loaded or has a load of commissions. As I’ve been saying over especially the last 10 years, the environment has changed.
Q. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH ABDC? I’ve had a close relationship with Ben Doherty through the years and I have been supportive of his meetings—particularly in New York—and the companies he has featured. He used to hold the meetings at the Friars Club, where I am a member, and I always felt that what he was doing was great because there’s no other organization that has over 30 venues of this kind in the United States. Ben has dedicated his time and effort over the years to developing business relationships across the country, and that is certainly very unique. I would say that because of the uniqueness of the club, and with Ben’s knowledge of event planning and the respect that he has built through the years, ABDC stands a very good chance of success. People trust Ben and believe in what he is doing. ABDC is just getting off the ground, and I believe it’s going to be very successful. •
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Make the Most of Your Workday
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9 tips to boost productivity in the workplace.
f you feel like you’re working more, but getting less done, you’re not alone. Employees are working an average of 44 hours per week, but only think 29 of those are productive, according to a new survey of 1,200 full-time office workers. The “Productivity in the Workplace” study commissioned by Fellowes found respondents feel the key to productivity is making adjustments within the existing workday versus working more hours. Chatty coworkers top the list of productivity killers, with unnecessary meetings, cell phone disruptions and problems with office equipment also on the list. Productivity can be increased by cutting meetings, creating more quiet spaces to work, making schedules flexible and updating technology. Laura Stack, also known as “The Productivity Pro,” travels the country helping organizations of
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every size improve their employee and team productivity. She shares the following tips to help people make the most of their hours in the office.
1. Put an end to disruptions.
Resist the urge to constantly check email. Turn off email notifications. Set your cell phone on airplane mode, instant messaging on Do Not Disturb, and let calls go to voicemail.
2. Speak up.
Need something new in the office to help your coworkers and you stay more productive? It never hurts to ask. Office equipment, like printers and shredders, are being made with advanced technologies that can make your job easier.
3. Cut down on meetings.
Ask yourself if you really need to have a meeting.
Can you cover agenda items via email? Cancel meet- 7. Vary your activities. ings if face time isn’t imperative and give colleagues For mental and physical alertness, vary sitting activimore time to get their jobs done. ties with standing ones, mental activities with physical ones. It will help prevent fatigue and keep your efficiency high.
4. Don’t multitask; single-task.
When you have a meeting, make sure you are 100 percent focused. You don’t want to miss crucial updates and next steps on projects—it will only hurt your productivity later.
5. Practice “on, in, around or shred.”
Eighty-eight percent of people use paper in the office. Keep items you work with daily on your desk, those you work with weekly in your desk drawers, and those you work with monthly around your desk—in archives or a filing cabinet. Use an automatic shredder for everything else.
6. Break it down.
If you have trouble getting started with a big task, break it into smaller chunks. Ask yourself, “What is the next action step I need to take to see progress on this project?” Then set a timer, leap into action, and focus on the next step.
8. Have some fun.
Turn boring tasks into a game. Make a deal with yourself that when you complete the activity, you will do something fun afterward—like take a walk or have a piece of chocolate.
9. Get a change of scenery.
Try to work in a different setting once a week. Whether you work from home, the library, or a nearby park, new surroundings can inspire ideas and give you the energy you need to tackle your to-do list. •
To learn more about Laura Stack and the “Productivity in the Workplace” study, visit www. fellowes.com or www.TheProductivityPro.com.
A CHANGE OF SCENERY CAN HELP YOU TACKLE YOUR TO-DO LIST
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COMING EVENTS JULY 2017 ClubsCorp uniquely connects entrepreneurs, investors and resources—online and in their communities. We believe looking each other in the eye and sealing friendships with a firm handshake is still important. (Members eat for free when attending luncheons sponsored by their chapter.) Don’t miss these coming events! DALLAS Q2 ALL CCBN CHAPTERS FULL-DAY CONFERENCE “National Gathering of the Stars: ABDC Original Shareholders and Founders, Charter Fat Cat Club, and CCBN Members” at the historic landmark Warwick Melrose—near Uptown, Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek.
Tuesday July 7, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. CDT Warwick Melrose Hotel Get Your Ticket HERE
This full-day event is free for CCBN Members and includes Continental Breakfast, Presentations of “First Look” Featured Companies, Luncheon, Keynote ... more Presentations.
Adjourn to 4:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception Bivins Gallery 300 Crescent Court #100 Dallas, TX 75201
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COMING EVENTS JULY 2017
PHILADELPHIA ClubsCorp returns to its Philadelphia Chapter for the “America First” Investments Luncheon Series with new, compelling Business Members speaking over luncheon and presenting their stories and deals.
Tuesday July 11, 2017 12 - 2 p.m. EDT Maggiano’s Little Italy Get Your Ticket HERE
MANHATTAN ClubsCorp returns to its Manhattan Chapter for the “America First” Investments Luncheon Series with new, compelling Business Members speaking over luncheon and presenting their stories and deals.
Wednesday July 12, 2017 12 - 2 p.m. EDT Morton’s, The Steakhouse Midtown Get Your Ticket HERE
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Prelude to Pipe Dreams Illusion or Fantasy? How do you reproduce a dream? It’s like trying to reconstruct a forest from branches broken, and bone dry withered leaves. In my dream I see everything is as it should be; yet were it in words or something cabalistic: at once I fall down in humble anamnesis. Then glowing reminiscence courses through me at supersonic speed, and the dream vanishes from my consciousness, and I am left behind with only things. Why to me does this illusion now befall? Suddenly, my memory reveals a dream all true: I’m not entirely sure at all. two well-acquainted bodies appear on cue; each loving with possession of a potent plan, In the dream I am the person, displaying devoted intimacy, closer still at hand, and the history is solely mine; nearer still, they torch hazy designs alight, but it is like a dream inside a dream, then behold amaranthine fantasy perfectly re-ignite. beneath clouds of vaporous mystery; onward goes my probe of ethereal delicacy, —Ben Doherty to retrieve my undying fantasy. PHOTO BY RYLEY N. STONE
The following is an excerpt from Pipe Dreams, a short story by Ben Doherty.
hadwick “Chad” Oliver Welles was a Seminarian at Christ Church Seminary in Bronxville, New York. Though of a once wealthy family from Beacon Hill, Cambridge, he was poor and prided himself on the independence that poverty gives: for a man will pride himself on anything if he cannot get rid of it. Although popular with his fellow Seminarians, he had no close friends; and none had ever set foot in the garden, and shared a pipe, and a dream. Indeed, the reason for aloofness to his Seminarian brothers was the secret of his unknown retreat, where in the evenings he could go to indulge, undisturbed, in his own studies and reveries and pipe dreams.
a child whose everyday life meets the wonder of the world around him in his dreams and rejoices without questioning. I would like to live in that realm if I could only go there.”
Hardly had the half-spoken words wafted from him, as he sat looking into the haze, when hitting him with a start of wonderment that stunned him was a form noiseless and unannounced glided suddenly into the garden where he dreamed upon his rock. With stately, yet reluctant and faltering step, the graceful form of a woman, clothed all in white appeared. Her back only was visible as she walked slowly to the garden bench positioned off its path. The path was inserted within the rectangular shape It was a windless April evening that Chad of the garden and a bench placed at the eastern most stepped into the garden on the other side of the wall ends, on which she laid herself wearily, showing him that separated the property from the Seminary and a face of unutterable loveliness, in which suffering, his living quarters. A haze seemed to hang over the and dislike, and a sense of compulsion strangely garden—everything was gray or hazy brown. Bush- mingled with the beauty. He sat motionless with es and shrubs were still in a wintry color. The Enghis eyes fixed upon her. She lay with her eyes shut, lish Ivy, left to go wild, crawled over everything. The where two large tears were welling; still as death, trees in the garden were shrouded in sinewy snarls of except for the irregular motion of her chest. a parasite, myrtle, and even wild grape. The parasite with its trailing stems that evidently can root instanChad could not describe what he felt. His emotaneously anywhere was choking everything else out. tions were of a kind that destroyed consciousness, Chad felt as if he were in a ruin, a beautiful ruin of and could never be clearly recalled. He kept starineffable mystery; a fairy garden with a strange inde- ing at the girl, though he was painfully aware of his finable sweetness at its very heart. Old trees imrudeness, and afraid that her eyes might open and pervious to the insults of neglect reached out across meet his. what had been the heart of the garden to touch one another—like fingers on hands of lost lovers. Soon her eyes slowly opened and she began looking around the garden as if to acquaint her with That night he was dreamily drawing the tobacco this new place, although they never addressed Chad. smoke from his pipe bowl as he sat upon a large Then the two figures met face to face, Chad carefully granite out crop near the back of the garden, and stepped closer and looked at her. He feared that if then exhaled it into the night air. But before long he were to step any closer to the bench on which she he said half aloud, “What a strange thing my pipe lay, his presence would be either unseen or would smoke is! And what a wondrous affinity exits benot produce any soulful nearness. Before long her tween it and a man’s dreams! All its commonness eyes began to look about the dun garden. He saw has disappeared. The pipe smoke has become the her shiver and close them. The Girl did not open haze and I feel as if I am lifted out of the realm of them again, but signs of dislike were evident on her fact into the realm of dreams. I see dreams as they face. Chad looked round the brown grayish garden really are—as they represent themselves to the eye of and promised himself to improve things. He would Premier Issue / BIZNET MAGAZINE 27
do it at once, but he feared the girl would be more discomfited by the awareness of his presence. So he just stood. And he watched her. The troubled expression finally faded leaving only a faint sorrow behind.. Her face finally rested, and her breathing found a slow steady rhythm that told Chad she was asleep. He could now look on her without embarrassment. He saw that her figure dressed in the simplest gown of white was equal to her face.
s she lay, her whole body stated the relaxation of perfect repose. He watched until he was weary, and at last seated himself at the foot of the bench, and mechanically took out his pipe, like one who watches by a sick friend. His imagination sent one wild dream of happiness and joy after another coursing through his soul. How long he sat Chad did not know, but after a while he shook himself, and got up, and shaking in every fiber of his body looked at the bench.
sixth hour, in glided the pale loveliness, and again laid herself on the garden bench. Poor Chad nearly jumped with joy. She was there once more! Her eyes sought the snarls of the parasite, myrtle and wild-grape. A faint gleam of satisfaction crossed her face at seeing them gone. She looked suffering still, but there was less discomfort expressed in her face than there had been the night before. The girl took more notice of the garden and gazed with curiosity on the absence of the plant rubbish here and there in the garden. After a while, however, drowsiness seemed to overtake her, and again she fell asleep. Determined not to lose sight of her this time, Chad watched the sleeping beauty. Her sleep was so deep and engaging, that a fascinating repose seemed to pass contiguously from her to him, as he watched her; and he aroused himself as if awakening from a dream, when she moved and without opening her eyes, arose and moved from the garden with the walk of one under a spell.
The miser has his stash, the artist his pet ring, the scholar his rare book, the writer his favorite haunt, the lover his secret boxes; but Chad had his secret garden with a beautiful girl in it. She was gone. When he returned to his room he could barely lie down on his bed for anxiety that she would come again and he would miss her. However, weariness prevailed, and in his clothes he slept until his alarm sounded for his first morning class. He awakened wondering whether the events of the night before were merely a pipe dream. Chad Welles was smoking the beautiful brierwood pipe given to him by an unlikely acquaintance at the beginning of the term: a priest whose radical theology was infamous throughout the diocese. However, the gift was simply too exquisite to turn down. He made the contents of the bowl glow with a warmth that matched his heart. With a beating heart, beating so loudly he could scarcely breathe, he sat upon the granite rock without movement the following evening planning his plantings. Just as his body vibrated with the call of Christ Churchâ€™s angelus ringing the 28 BIZNET MAGAZINE / Premier Issue
Chad was in a state of utmost delight! Most of us have a secret treasure somewhere. The miser has his stash, the artist his pet ring, the scholar his rare book, the writer his favorite haunt, the lover his secret boxes; but Chad had his secret garden with a beautiful girl in it. And now he knew by the garden, that she was affected by the things around her. He had a new object in life: he would turn the bare dingy garden into a place such as no girl need to hesitate to call her own. This he could effect only by planting anew and adorning the garden. Although he possessed gifts that could be turned into money, he had managed to cope, until now on his small allowance rather than increasing his income by what his pride considered unworthy of his class. He was the best musician in Seminary, and indeed the region. He now offered lessons in organ to such who chose to pay him well. His offer was received with surprise by Seminary faculty and students; but it was eagerly accepted by many; and soon his instructions
had was sweating heavily. It was just before noon. He had dug up in the last three hours, seven yards of new flower bedding in the back easternmost section of the garden. It was relatively soft ground and he only dug one-half yard deep. He then spread sand on the bottom of the bed after he struck clay. The garden still loomed gray and skeletal. There was a feeling of stillness, as if even the birds had abandoned it. Tangles of myrtle, wild grape and ivy hung like immense cobwebs shrouding the trees. Although the Acre sedum had been cut away from the common wall shared with the Seminary, the facing wall of the garden sagged under the weight of wisteria. Climbing white roses had a stranglehold on the lattice arbor behind the bench in the back of the garden. The arbor tilted at an angle and the vines were so thick that there was only little opening at the top, “like the face of a dead person,” he thought. It made Chad sad and uncomfortable. He would replant under the copper Beech trembling white masses of Astilbe grandis. It would look like a piece of the Milky Way came right down into the secret garden. Every night, about the same time, the girl entered. The first time, she started with a half smile; then her face grew very sad, the tears came to her eyes, and she laid herself upon the bench, and pressed her face into her hands, as if to hide from everything. She took notice of each addition and change as Chad’s work proceeded; and a look of acknowledgment, as if she knew that someone was ministering to her, and was grateful for it, mingled with the constant look of suffering. At length, after she had laid down one evening, her eyes fell upon the “American Beauties” Chad had lined along her path earlier that day. She arose, and to his great delight, walked across the garden, and proceeded to inspect them carefully, showing much pleasure in her looks as she did so. But again the sorrowful, tearful expression returned, and again she buried her face in her hands. Gradually, however, her face had grown more composed, much of the suffering showing on her first appearance had vanished, and a kind of
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were not confined to a select few, but were anxiously sought by many amongst the region. So that very quickly he had a good deal of money at his disposal.
quiet, hopeful expression had taken its place; which, however, frequently gave way to an anxious, troubled look, mingled with something of sympathetic pity. As for Chad, as one might expect, his interest had blossomed into love, and his love, shall we say, ripened, or withered into passion? But, unfortunately, he loved a dream. He could not come near her, could not hear a sound from those sweet lips, to which his longing eyes would cling like bees to their honeycombs. Every now and then he sang to himself:
“I will die for love of the girl” and looked again, and did not die, though his heart seemed ready to break with intensity of life and longing. And the more he did for her the more he loved her; and he hoped that, although she never appeared to see him, she was pleased to think that an unknown would give his life to her. He tried to comfort himself over his separation from her, by thinking that perhaps someday she would see him and make signs to him and that would satisfy him, for, he thought, “is not this all that a loving soul can do to enter into communion with another. No, how many who love never come nearer than to see each other as in a dream, seem to know, and yet never know the inward life; never enter the other soul; and part at last, with but the haziest notion of the world, on the edge of which, they have been visiting for years? If I could only speak to her, and knew that she heard me, I would be satisfied.” Chad began to sing to himself, “I live, then die; die, then I am alive.” • Premier Issue / BIZNET MAGAZINE 29
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