RIVERBOAT CAPTAIN BUILDS RANCH AS BIG AS TEXAS

By Bartee Haile.
 
An Irish immigrant, who escaped a tenement hell to create an empire as big as Texas, took his last breath on Apr. 14, 1885. The Kings were destitute refugees from the Emerald Isle trapped in the dead-end poverty of the New York slums. Eleven year old Richard was apprenticed to a jeweler in 1835, but the moment his keeper turned his back the headstrong boy ran away. The youngster roamed the Atlantic seaboard before finally settling in Florida, where he grew up on the rivers. Displaying a natural talent for the helm, he became a skilled steamboat pilot while still in his teens.

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