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The Traitors Might Steal My Money

But They Can Never Steal My Soul


PREFACE


Like it or not, we are surrounded by traitors. They do not carry a flag or an ID badge or are in some kind of special uniform, where you could tell them for what they are and wherever they might happen to be hiding. Since times immemorial, they have been known to be the masters of disguise and even the people, who profess to be cleverer than their compatriots and boast to be in the know and cry hoarse to be vigilant at all times, are often caught like sitting ducks, in the cleverly cast nets by the traitors - nets which are undetectable by the naked eye. When they are attacked by the traitors, such self-proclaimed clever people are pained even more than the ordinary people, as they find it harder to believe as to how people like them, who had exercised eternal vigilance at all times and not just some of the times, could become victims so easily. But they forget that the predators, whether they are human predators or jungle predators, always have to stay a step ahead of everyone else or they risk being eliminated from the face of the earth. The old saying, 'Beware of the strangers,' will not be of much help to the preys here; the traitors are hidden amongst your very own near and dear ones and even amongst the most revered religious, political and social leaders, whom you could have been worshipping as gods all your lives; innocently believing that they are what they are crying hoarse to be. Many have tried but few have succeeded in avoiding being caught in the elaborate and invisible nets cast by the traitors of this world.


The hero in the story, David May, was a simple, straight forward and trusting person. He went out of his ways to help others and be kind to everyone he came into contact with. Just because you have been kind and gentle to everyone, all of your life is no guarantee that the traitors will spare you from making you their next prey whenever you happen to be in the range of their attacks. David May shown full trust in the Manager, Adam Harris, and the Accountant, Daniel Potter, of his firm, 'David May Machine Tools Ltd.' and they conspired to bankrupt him and he ended up on the road. When you innocently believe that you have got everything in the world, you had ever dreamt about and you have been generous, kind and helpful to everyone in need, nobody in the world could even dream about harming you. When you are suddenly struck by a bolt from the blue and end up homeless, penniless and all of those friends or relatives for whom you had done everything, simply refuse to provide you any help at all, you need nerves of steel to stand such shock. Only the brave few could survive such shocks in life while most of the weaklings perish from the face of the earth, without leaving any trace behind.


David May went to his best friend, Anthony Thacker, whom he had helped from going bankrupt and at times from the clutches of certain death, as he had carelessly nurtured some dangerous enemies by his sheer ignorance and arrogance. David May had landed at some scary crossroads, where he desperately needed help as the people he had trusted fully and completely with closed eyes, ruined him totally and completely. He thought that his best friends and relatives, in whom he had shown full trust and gave them all they had ever asked for, would gladly sacrifice their lives, if that was what was required to save that of his. To his shock and consternation, most of them, flatly refused to provide him shelter and some of them even for a single night, at a time when he had been betrayed totally and completely by the very people he had bestowed his total and complete trust in. He had to beg for shelter from another friend, Peter Blakeman, who happened to be honest, trusting and helpful, just as David May had been all his life. Peter Blakeman welcomed him with open arms, as a friend and as a near and dear one should do to a friend in need and helped him to stand on his own two feet once again. It is almost impossible to recognise the good people when you are surrounded by thugs, cheats, liars and the most vicious traitors, right, left and centre. The very person, who had been full of confidence and so sure of himself, stands confused, lost and unable to decide which way to turn. As the saying goes once bitten, twice shy. If you ever, inadvertently, burnt your lips with hot milk, you could be very sceptical about bringing anything remotely resembling that, anywhere near your lips ever again, as long as you live. Wise people say that you have to be vigilant all of the times and not just some of the times. Applying this to the driving scenario, just a wink away from the road could land you in the deepest abyss from where it could become very difficult if not almost impossible to climb out.


'The quote “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” is often mistakenly attributed to the Irish lawyer and politician John Philpot Curran and frequently to Thomas Jefferson. In fact, Curran’s line was somewhat different. What he actually said, in a speech in Dublin on July 10, 1790, was:

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.”

And, according to Jefferson scholars there is “no evidence to confirm that Thomas Jefferson ever said or wrote, ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty’ or any of its variants.”

Traditionally, the most famous use of “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” that’s included in books of quotations is from a speech made by the American Abolitionist and liberal activist Wendell Phillips on January 28, 1852. Speaking to members of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society that day, Phillips said:

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. The living sap of today outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand entrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.”


For example, an article in the May 2, 1833 edition of The Virginia Free Press and Farmers' Repository says:

Some one has justly remarked, that ‘eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.’

Let the sentinels on the watch-tower sleep not, and slumber not.”


My personal favourite is by the novelist Aldous Huxley. In an introduction to the 1965 radio version of his novel, Brave New World,

Huxley said: “Eternal vigilance is not only the price of liberty;

eternal vigilance is the price of human decency.”

http://www.thisdayinquotes.com


Most of the people, after they had been betrayed by the very traitors in whom they had bestowed full trust fully change after becoming preys to those traitors and are dying to beat the traitors at their own game and are dying to inflict the most unbearable pain and suffering on them than they could have ever imagined to receive from anybody, let alone from their preys, whom they had believed to be weak and defenceless and they had sucked them bone dry and threw away the empty shell. Once somebody had been betrayed viciously, the whole world becomes the target of their hatred and anger. But there are individuals who come out even stronger at the end of the tunnel and even more determined than ever before and stand firm on their principles. They refuse to let the traitors steal their soul, their honesty and indeed their humanity and their core values that they had always defended with their lives.


When Maya, David May's, youngest daughter teases him, 'Dad, you have been too simple, straight forward and trusting person all your life and let the traitors prey on you so easily.'

David May said proudly and with renewed convictions, 'Traitors might steal my money but they can never steal my soul. If I become mean, crook and predator like them, I let them win but I will never allow the traitors to win.'


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DISCLAIMER


This is a work of fiction and the Names, Characters, Business, events and incidents used in this book are solely the products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. The author would accept no responsibility whatsoever for such coincidental resemblance of names, characters, business, events, incidents or places or anything else for that matter.


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LIST OF CONTENTS



Chapter No.

Contents

Page No.





Preface

1


Disclaimer

6





List of Contents

7




Chapter 1

David May's father Robert May lived at Royal Leamington Spa

10

Chapter 2

Industrial Revolution started from the late Seventeenth Century

13

Chapter 3

Robert May lived very frugally

20

Chapter 4

David May worked as a mechanic in a machine tools firm,

'Flavels Machine Tools Ltd.'

25

Chapter 5

What is Machine Tools business?

30




Chapter 6

David May inherits vast fortune

40

Chapter 7

David sends his elder son, Tyler to Oxford University to study Engineering

45

Chapter 8

David sends his daughter Abigail to study medicine at the University College

51

Chapter 9

Women are a mystery beyond the comprehension of poor simple men

56

Chapter 10

Abigail was plagued by a prowler

65

Chapter 11

Abigail was concerned about

Liam's fate

69

Chapter 12

The manager and the accountant conspire to defraud David May and bankrupt him


75

Chapter 13

The excruciating pain felt by the victims of betrayal

80

Chapter 14

David seeks shelter at friend's house

88







Chapter 15

His best friend shut the door in his face and David May moved on to beg for shelter from another friend

91

Chapter 16

Maya May finds her love

94

Chapter 17

Maya May marries Ian Blakeman

97

Chapter 18

Conclusion

99





REFERENCES

104





Back Cover

106












Chapter 1


David May's father Robert May lived at Royal Leamington Spa



David May's father, Robert May, lived at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Leamington Spa is a nice little town, in the nucleus of the country and is popularly known as the 'Heart of England.' The inhabitants of this little town are very friendly and would like to live as part of a large family. They go out of their ways helping each other and sharing each other's pleasures and sorrows. It has a well knit community and variety of community centres to enrich the social and cultural needs of the community; Brunswick Community Centre, Sydni Community Centre, Queensway Community Centre, Lillington Community Centre and Bath Place Community Centre, to name but a few. These community centres are welcoming centres for the communities to get together and feel proud of their communities and their beloved town Royal Leamington Spa. In a National survey Leamington Spa was rated as number one place to live after retirement. It has neat and clean streets and a lovely network of parks and gardens. It was awarded the Royal charter and is best known as, 'Royal Leamington Spa.' It has a lively and effervescent town centre with welcoming family businesses, where people feel at home. It also enjoys variety of beautiful restaurants and cafes'. The town becomes livelier at weekends when people from neighbouring villages and towns come for enjoying their social life for enjoying quality and delicious food and relish themselves in lively pubs and clubs.

Its unique location makes it reasonably accessible to all parts of the country; It is conveniently accessible to London, the capital of the country and the centre of banking, insurance and other financial services in Europe if not all over the world; from here, it is equally convenient to reach the north of the country, right from Manchester, the financial and the cultural powerhouse of the north to the other parts of the north like Lancashire, Yorkshire, Northumberland and all the way right up to Scotland. Midlands enjoyed its fair share of prosperity at the time of the Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom which started from the late Seventeenth Century. All sorts of industry, whether on the small scale or large scale, brought prosperity to the country and indeed to many other parts of the world. There were so many factories and foundries emitting thick black smoke, day and night, that some parts of the country in the West Midlands were known as Black Country. An extensive network of canals were developed to transport the raw materials like coal, iron ore and other heavy and bulky raw materials from all parts of the country and to transport the manufactured goods to their destinations to other parts of the country and indeed to many parts of the world, of course when the British Empire was a power to be reckoned with in the whole wide world.


The Industrial Revolution was powered by exploiting the third world countries. Raw materials like cotton were produced by the poor farmers of India and the cotton cloth was manufactured by the mills in Lancashire, five thousand miles away. British Empire was built on the foundations of the exploitation of the poor, passive and defenceless people who did not believe in violence and robbing other people and indeed other countries. The British colonisers bought raw material at the cheapest possible terms, most of the times with menaces, from the farmers in their British colonies and sold cotton cloth and other manufactured goods at the most extortionate prices in those markets. By illegally dumping their goods onto their colonies, the British colonisers virtually killed off their economy totally and completely. When British went to India, Indian output was comparable to that of Europe but by the time they left India, Indian output was negligible, as they had sucked it bone dry and threw away the empty shell leaving the poor people of India to pick up the pieces. They brutally killed off Indian Industry and the craftsmen and technicians producing the highest standards of goods were forced to starve. Some skills were really unique to India and had developed over the centuries but the British colonisers killed off such trades brutally and barbarically and showed no remorse for it.




















Chapter 2


Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom started from the late Seventeenth Century


It is vital to know how the Industrial Revolution transformed the economic, social and political structure of the United Kingdom from the late Seventeenth Century onwards.


Industrial Revolution - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com highlights some of the major developments brought about by the Industrial Revolution, not only in Great Britain but also in Europe, United States of America and indeed the whole of Western World. Its effects were felt in the colonies of Great Britain and indeed those of the other Western powers. They all set out to exploit the innocent, passive, peace loving people and the untapped natural resources and under used human resources of Asia, Africa and all the other countries they possibly could. They not only exploited raw material from those poor countries, they cruelly destroyed their economies to dump their own manufactured goods there. They did not confine themselves to the economic exploitation of those innocent and the defenceless people; the cruelties and the barbarities inflicted on them to hold on to their colonies puts all humanity to shame right to this day. If anybody dared raise their voices for the freedom of their motherlands, not only the people concerned but also the people from those villages and from the areas around them were hanged by the trees outside their villages and left there for days to create fear and awe in the whole communities so that nobody ever dared utter a word against the cruelties inflicted by the colonisers. It was not only the people who were proved guilty beyond any reasonable doubt who were punished but anybody they even suspected of resenting their brutalities were blown to pieces by tying them up to the mouths of the cannons. The atrocities committed by the colonisers were horrendous and awe-inspiring and could make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. When you think about all those brutalities, it makes you wonder as to what kind of people could go as low as that for the sake of sheer greed for money and for the sake of the exploitation of the innocent, defenceless human beings and their countries. The Hindu Religion and the Buddha Religion preached peace and non-violence and love for all human-beings, even for their enemies. They were strictly forbidden to harm any form of life; not only human life but they believed that even the lives of animals were also just as sacred as that of the human beings. Little had they realised at the time that the innocent millions would have to pay a vey heavy price for being ultra-religious, extremely passive and fanatically peace loving people. For these reasons, India had to suffer one thousand years of slavery; eight hundred years at the hands of all sorts of Muslim dynasties who committed barbarities which cannot be described in any civilised language; people who refused to convert to Islam or made visible and desperate attempts to defend their daughters from being taken by the brutes were not only barbarically beheaded but their skulls were hung as decorations, outside the palaces of those barbaric rulers, to provide them with some sort of sadistic pleasure, When the predators set out in their search for preys to satisfy their animal lust, they did not show an ounce of humanity to their victims; even when their victims happened to be little children playing with their dolls just outside their houses. If any human being while reading about that shameful chapter of human history in those bleak periods, did not shed floods of tears or did not burst into uncontrollable sobbing, that human being could not have as much as an ounce of milk of human kindness in their insensitive veins.


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And then for the next two hundred years, the British colonisers did not want to be left behind any barbarians before them. In 1600 A.D. they established East India Company and begged for permission for trading facilities in India. As it turned out later, their actions were anything but trading. With their mean policies of Divide and Rule, they ruled India and eventually after sucking it bone dry divided the country into two separate states, based on the basis of religion. Millions of innocent people had to leave their ancestral homes and there are no reliable records about how many innocent men, women and children were killed, went missing and their daughters kidnapped and raped. But the British colonisers did not shed a single tear or shown any decency by apologising for their cruelties and barbarities.


Despite suffering all these , brutally inflicted by the most uncivilised barbarians ever known in the history of mankind, India displayed ultimate magnanimity and forgave them for their crimes against humanity. India did not want to be left behind the rest of the developing world, by incessant mourning about the past exploitation by the foreign invaders. Every man, woman and child in India have not forgotten what the savage invading powers have done to their country and their peace-loving people but they have forgiven them for their inhuman treatment of other human beings and tried to move on. Because if you do not forgive, you could be writhing in pain for revenge, day and night and that pain could paralyse you for the rest of your life. With a growth rate of 7% per annum, today India is the fastest growing economy in the world and every man, woman and child of India is proud of it.


The invaders and the colonisers must be the biggest human predators in the history of mankind and they are ignorant and arrogant enough never to apologise for their crimes against humanity. It is hard to decide whether to laugh or cry when the same people cry hoarse about the abuses of human rights committed by some other people; abuses which pale into insignificance compared to the ones committed by them over the centuries.


According to the History.com;


Prior to the Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain in the late 1700s, manufacturing was often done in people’s homes, using hand tools or basic machines. Industrialization marked a shift to powered, special-purpose machinery, factories and mass production. The iron and textile industries, along with the development of the steam engine, played central roles in the Industrial Revolution, which also saw improved systems of transportation, communication and banking. While industrialization brought about an increased volume and variety of manufactured goods and an improved standard of living for some, it also resulted in often grim employment and living conditions for the poor and the working classes.

A number of factors contributed to Britain’s role as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. For one, it had great deposits of coal and iron ore, which proved essential for industrialization. Additionally, Britain was a politically stable society, as well as the world’s leading colonial power, which meant its colonies could serve as a source for raw materials, as well as a marketplace for manufactured goods. As demand for British goods increased, merchants needed more cost-effective methods of production, which led to the rise of mechanization and the factory system.


Innovation and Industrialization


The textile industry, in particular, was transformed by industrialization. Before mechanization and factories, textiles were made mainly in people’s homes (giving rise to the term cottage industry), with merchants often providing the raw materials and basic equipment, and then picking up the finished product. Workers set their own schedules under this system, which proved difficult for merchants to regulate and resulted in numerous inefficiencies. In the 1700s, a series of innovations led to ever-increasing productivity, while requiring less human energy. For example, around 1764, Englishman James Hargreaves (1722-1778) invented the spinning jenny (“jenny” was an early abbreviation of the word “engine”), a machine that enabled an individual to produce multiple spools of threads simultaneously. By the time of Hargreaves’ death, there were over 20,000 spinning Jennys in use across Britain. The spinning jenny was improved upon by British inventor Samuel Compton’s (1753-1827) spinning mule, as well as later machines. Another key innovation in textiles, the power loom, which mechanized the process of weaving cloth, was developed in the 1780s by English inventor Edmund Cartwright (1743-1823).

Developments in the iron industry also played a central role in the Industrial Revolution. In the early 18th century, Englishman Abraham Darby (1678-1717) discovered a cheaper, easier method to produce cast iron, using a coke-fuelled (as opposed to charcoal-fired) furnace.

In the 1850s, British engineer Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) developed the first inexpensive process for mass-producing steel. Both iron and steel became essential materials, used to make everything from appliances, tools and machines, to ships, buildings and infrastructure.

The steam engine was also integral to industrialization. In 1712, Englishman Thomas Newcomen (1664-1729) developed the first practical steam engine (which was used primarily to pump water out of mines). By the 1770s, Scottish inventor James Watt (1736-1819) had improved on Newcomen’s work, and the steam engine went on to power machinery, locomotives and ships during the Industrial Revolution.


Transportation and the Industrial Revolution


The transportation industry also underwent significant transformation during the Industrial Revolution. Before the advent of the steam engine, raw materials and finished goods were hauled and distributed via horse-drawn wagons, and by boats along canals and rivers. In the early 1800s,

American Robert Fulton (1765-1815) built the first commercially successful steamboat, and by the mid-19th century, steamships were carrying freight across the Atlantic. As steam-powered ships were making their debut, the steam locomotive was also coming into use. In the early 1800s, British engineer Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) constructed the first railway steam locomotive. In 1830, England’s Liverpool and Manchester Railway became the first to offer regular, timetabled passenger services. By 1850, Britain had more than 6,000 miles of railroad track. Additionally, around 1820, Scottish engineer John McAdam (1756-1836) developed a new process for road construction. His technique, which became known as macadam, resulted in roads that were smoother, more durable and less muddy.


Communication and Banking in the Industrial Revolution


Communication became easier during the Industrial Revolution with such inventions as the telegraph. In 1837, two Brits, William Cooke (1806-1879) and Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), patented the first commercial electrical telegraph. By 1840, railways were a Cooke-Wheatstone system, and in 1866, a telegraph cable was successfully laid across the Atlantic. The Industrial Revolution also saw the rise of banks and industrial financiers, as well as a factory system dependent on owners and managers. A stock exchange was established in London in the 1770s; the New York Stock Exchange was founded in the early 1790s. In 1776, Scottish social philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790), who is regarded as the founder of modern economics, published “The Wealth of Nations.” In it, Smith promoted an economic system based on free enterprise, the private ownership of means of production, and lack of government interference.


Quality of Life during Industrialization


The Industrial Revolution brought about a greater volume and variety of factory-produced goods and raised the standard of living for many people, particularly for the middle and upper classes. However, life for the poor and the working classes continued to be filled with challenges. Wages for those who laboured in factories were low and working conditions could be dangerous and monotonous. Unskilled workers had little job security and were easily replaceable. Children were part of the labour force and often worked long hours and were used for such highly hazardous tasks as cleaning the machinery. In the early 1860s, an estimated one-fifth of the workers in Britain’s textile industry were younger than 15. Industrialization also meant that some craftspeople were replaced by machines. Additionally, urban, industrialized areas were unable to keep pace with the flow of arriving workers from the countryside, resulting in inadequate, overcrowded housing and polluted, unsanitary living conditions in which disease was rampant. Conditions for Britain’s working-class began to gradually improve by the later part of the 19th century, as the government instituted various labour reforms and workers gained the right to form trade unions.


Industrialization Moves beyond Britain


The British enacted legislation to prohibit the export of their technology and skilled workers; however, they had little success in this regard. Industrialization spread from Britain to other European countries, including Belgium, France and Germany, and to the United States. By the mid-19th century, industrialization was well-established throughout the western part of Europe and America’s north-eastern region. By the early 20th century, the U.S. had become the world’s leading industrial nation.'

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Chapter 3


Robert May lived very frugally


David May's father, Robert May, was a qualified engineer and earned a lot of money from his well paid job as the chief engineer at the Fords car manufacturing factory at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire in the United Kingdom. Although most of the people were being constantly crushed under the pillars of extreme poverty at the time, even the people who were relatively well off, were scared of parting with their money. Like most of the people of his day, Robert May was also extremely miser by nature and hated spending any money at all. And that was not on any luxuries or fanciful goods; he hated to spend money even on his essentials like food, drinks, and clothes and even on his medicines when he or his wife happened to fall ill. For Robert May, the boasts about eating healthy and nutritious food for a healthy body and a healthy mind was an empty talk. He believed that they were the ploys used by the rich and the powerful businessmen to fool the simple and innocent people into spending more money, than need be, on their rather highly priced products. As a result of his miserly habits and his refusal to eat healthy and nutritious diet and flatly refusing to get regular medical check ups, he and his wife were suffering from various health problems and as a result were getting weaker and weaker and were prone to infections and diseases. In those days, the medical care was scarce, as the country had very limited resources after the Second World War. Even for the elderly and the patients with chronic and incurable diseases the requisite medical care was fictional and non-existent. If somebody had the misfortune of falling ill, they had to pay the doctors and they had also to pay for their own medicines. If somebody did not have a decent job or regular income from any sources or happen to be lucky enough to have a decent enough pension coming to them, life could be very hard indeed in those bleak periods just after the Second World War.

The Second World War virtually bankrupted Great Britain and all but a lucky few were suffering from extreme poverty, malnutrition and ill health. Even the bare essential goods were in short supply. After the Second World War, they introduced ration cards. A family could get only what they were permitted by the Government of the day and that was not much indeed. For example, on a typical ration card a family were allowed one bread, half a dozen eggs and some other essentials every week and a packet of sugar and oil and some other less essential things every two weeks. People were forced to live frugally and the wages were really inadequate and barely enough to survive. Life expectancy was very low indeed; people were lucky to reach their sixties and only a lucky few survived to enjoy the fruits of their hard earned pensions. Most of the people were being grinding under the pillars of poverty and the lucky few people who did have some decent money coming to their houses were scared to spend it for the fear of falling deep into the poverty ditch, from where it could have been very difficult, if not outright impossible to climb out of. The fear of losing their jobs or their bread winners or any unexpected calamity was always high on their minds and they were more worried for the rainy day than the day in hand.


German bombardment gravely devastated London, the financial capital of the country. Most of the other towns and cities which Germans suspected of being engaged in supplying the war industry, also suffered extensive devastation. The whole country had to be re-built right from the scratch and it appeared to be an impossible task but the war rekindled the British spirit and they rose up with a renewed enthusiasm to re-build their country in right earnest. Thousands and thousands of British citizens were killed in the war and despite their best intentions, there was very little they could have done on their own; they did not have the necessary man power to build back all that were needed to be built. They took full advantage of the British Colonisation and invited people from the Commonwealth countries to come and work in the United Kingdom. Their own countries had been sucked dry by the colonisers and their economies were deliberately and persistently devastated to develop the economy of the colonisers. Workers from the Commonwealth countries were prepared to do the hardest and the dirtiest of jobs and that for the paltry sums of money. The immigrants needed the money to send back home to their families and the Colonisers needed no lessons in exploiting the innocent, defenceless and vulnerable immigrants to the limits. The immigrants accepted the most challenging jobs like working in the foundries, handling molten iron with their bare hands. There was hardly any machinery or any mechanical aids to handle heavy or dangerous goods. All work had to be done with bare hands. The immigrants worked day and night putting the life back into the dead industries and they worked equally enthusiastically in the hospitals and the other essential services like health and social services and all sorts of other vital services of the country and helped in developing a health system which in time became the envy of the whole free world.


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Robert May's wife Emma was eighty three years old and became very weak and suffered severe ill health. She begged her husband, to employ somebody for home help but Robert did not budge as he feared that it was one of his wife's other antics to waste his hard earned money on her fanciful schemes. She was very weak and vulnerable to infections and as it happened she fell ill and Robert did not spend any money even on her treatment. Robert refused to summon medical help, declaring that the doctors and the chemists rob you and charge you too much money and after a long suffering, Emma eventually died of pneumonia. The irony of it all was that Robert had saved over £100,000 in the banks and other investments and his house was worth half a million pounds in those days. In today's prices, he could be rated as a proper millionaire. Other people marvelled at his wealth but he was not fortunate enough to appreciate his own fortunes for himself. He also fell ill and did not want to spend money even on his own medical treatment and suffered horribly and eventually died a painful death, dying inch by inch with his acute asthma attacks. He did not want to waste any money on heating the house and as a result his asthma got from bad to worse and eventually cost him his life.

He had even thrown away his son David May from his house, as soon as he turned eighteen years old. He complained that he was spending too much money on his books and on his education, on his clothes and like his mum, showed no appreciation for his hard earned money. He had been insisting on his son to find some work in a factory and bring home some money even if he had to work in the coal mines risking his health even at such tender age. Realising that his dad was not going to spend any money on his education, David May became apprentice in a firm, 'Flavels Machine Tools Ltd.' at the tender age of sixteen. In those bleak periods, the health and safety regulations were non-existent and the ruthless employers exploited the workers, not sparing even child labourers to boost their coffers. The rates of accidents at work were alarmingly high and the painful moans of the victims never reached the deaf ears of the greedy employers or even the rulers of the day who unapologetically bent backwards helping the rich and the big landlords than the poor and the needy. The rich people and the big landlords provided generous funds to the politicians at the times of elections and once elected they paid their backers back generously. After all they were not paying from their own pockets; anybody can be generous with other people's money and here it was tax payer's money and they were privileged to be in a position to help them generously and help those people who go out of their ways to put them in those positions. They expected and indeed received nothing from the poor and the needy whose constant demands for more and more facilities and government funds irritated them to say the least. David May was a self-made man and he worked very hard at his work and became a good and well respected mechanic at 'Flavels Machine Tools Ltd.'


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One day, David May went to share the news about his son, Tyler's birth with his dad. David knocked on the door many times but he got no answer. He suspected that there appeared to be something seriously wrong and he called the police. The police broke the door and found Robert slumped on his arm chair. He was clutching bundles of notes in his hand and they could see the pain on his face for having to leave his hard earned money behind on this ignoble earth. If there were any means at all by which he could possibly take all of his money, every penny of it, with him to the next world, Robert May most certainly would have spent some of his hard earned money on that noble cause.


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