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By Martin Gottfried

Bob Fosse (19271987), the director and choreographer of Chicago and candy Charity, hasn't ever been extra renowned than he's right away. this is the less-publicized part of his story-his astonishing ascent from the realm of sleazy Chicago strip joints to the glitter of Broadway. A legend's reminiscence is preserved during this eloquent biography.

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Because of his sole reliance on the compradore the old-fashioned taipan was often appallingly ignorant about China. The compradore became a synonym for wealth and was a lordly figure on whom petty shopkeepers looked with awe. He was a daring trader and often made immense fortunes not only for himself but for the firm which employed him. Some of them acquired legendary reputations for an ability to tell which way the market in silk or silver or tea was going to turn. Foreigners who speculated in commodities would risk fortunes on a hint from him.

Obviously one with money in the bank was more useful than one who was heavily in debt and it was taken for granted that everyone was entitled to some perquisites aside from his regular income. Some taipans might collect secret commissions for their own personal accounts. This was not at all common but such unethical if not fraudulent practices are amply provided for in the phrases of the most generally used and highly respectable code books. Until it was destroyed by Japanese air raids there was in Hankow a very fine foreign residence which stood as a symbol of compradore prosperity and of gratitude to a system which had enabled the easy accumulation of wealth.

His firm was established for the sole purpose of acting as commission agents for other traders, to sell and buy cargo for them and take care of all of the shore details of the business. Before the establishment of his firm, the skippers of the sailing ships had not only the responsibility of the long and difficult voyage but also [ 23 ] FOREIGN DEVILS IN THE FLOWERY KINGDOM that of disposing of the old cargo and the purchase of new. The Russell venture succeeded from the very beginning. Business men in America now consigned their ships and cargo to this firm and had no further worries about the business abilities of the skipper or the responsibilities of a supercargo.

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