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During this period of John’s life things were constantly changing. The next news I had from him was that he had gone back into investments—this time the buying and selling of commodities. He advised me to get into this business myself. As an example, he said one could buy a carload of frozen pork bellies (these days euphemistically called “lean pork”) that one could sell at a huge profit at a later time in the spring, when pork usually became scarce and pricey. When I complained that I couldn’t conceive of how to get rid of a carload of pork bellies, which someone had left for me at the train station, he replied that one would, of course, sell these products well before the goods arrived at any station.